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David Pecaut Square

Luminato Festival: Concerts at the Festival Hub

Kid Koala's Space Cadet show is just one of the Luminato Festival's free concerts (photo: AJ Korkidakis)

Kid Koala’s Space Cadet show is just one of the Luminato Festival’s free concerts (photo: AJ Korkidakis)

JUNE 14 TO 23  Officially known as David Pecaut Square—after one of Luminato’s co-founders—the Festival Hub on King Street West is ground for dozens of concerts, art installations, lunchtime discussions and more. The musical performances, in particular, are organized around a variety of curated themes. Opening night sees a double-bill of Toronto-born stars k-os and Serena Ryder popping the cork on this year’s festivities. Beat aficionados can check out Beijing supergroup Long Shen Dao (June 15) as they fuse the reggae spirit with traditional Chinese instruments. For a more low-key, mellow vibe, stop in for Montreal DJ Kid Koala‘s late-night Space Cadet show (June 14 & 15), which  offers an immersive “quiet time” experience under the night sky. Similarly, Polaris Prize winner Patrick Watson (June 20) carries on the cozy vibe with a performance of his warm, intimate tunes. Other highlights include Malian musicians Amadou and Mariam (June 16), interpretive music pioneer Laurie Anderson (June 16) and country scion Rosanne Cash (June 22). David Pecaut Square, 55 John St., free; visit luminatofestival.com for a full schedule and further details.  —Sam Cheung

Please note that Kid Koala’s Space Cadet performance is $20. All other shows mentioned in this article are free.