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Emmylou Harris

Luminato To-Do, Day One

Today marks the beginning of Luminato, Toronto’s annual, brazenly progressive festival of the arts and creativity. With more than 100 events happening across the city—many of the free—you’ll have plenty of options for entertainment and enlightenment. Check back here for daily festival highlights from the editors of Where.

Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman kicks off Luminato with a free concert (photo by Greg Malo).

Randy Bachman kicks off Luminato with a free concert (photo by Greg Malo).

FRIDAY JUNE 5

First Night with Randy Bachman
What better way to kick-start the festival than a free concert by the guitar-slinging king of Canadian rock, Randy Bachman? The founding member of the legendary bands The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive jams well into the evening, along with special guests Digging Roots and The Canadian Tenors. Taking care of business, indeed.
Yonge-Dundas Square, 7 p.m., free.

Shadow Notes
Danny Clinch, Ralph Gibson and Andy Summers—yes, that Andy Summers —all share a passion for music and Leica cameras. Their large-scale photographs depicting the life of a musician surround Luminato’s Yonge-Dundas Square hub and offer a visual cue to this year’s festival-wide celebration of the guitar.
Yonge-Dundas Square (southeast corner of Yonge and Dundas streets), for the duration of the festival, free

Three Girls and Their Buddy
Continuing the melodious vibe is a one-night-only affair featuring renowned country and folk singers Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Shawn Colvin, accompanied by “their” Buddy Miller on guitar. Snag a seat and enjoy the show at Massey Hall, the city’s most venerable concert venue.
Massey Hall (178 Victoria St.), 8 p.m. $59.50-$79.50.

The Redball Project Toronto
A worldwide art sensation rolls into Toronto, and today finds a temporary resting place at Nathan Phillips Square. It may look like an ordinary 15-foot orb (if that can be considered ordinary), but Kurt Perschke’s installation promises to make you visualize urban space as you never have before. Touch it, run around it, and by all means, photograph it. Then follow the bouncing ball as it moves each day to different locations throughout the city.
Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St. W.), for the duration of the festival, free.

Luminato Preview—The Axemen Cometh

One of Luminato’s themes this year is a celebration of the guitar, arguably the most versatile of musical instruments. Check out these mostly free concerts featuring international fretboard phenoms.

Canadian guitar hero Randy Bachman (photo by Mark Maryanovich).

Canadian guitar hero Randy Bachman (photo by Mark Maryanovich).

JUNE 5 Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Shawn Colvin—a trio of country and folk music’s most lauded singers—are accompanied by strummer Buddy Miller to kick off the festival with their concert, Three Girls and Their Buddy. Massey Hall, 8 p.m., $59.50 to $79.50.

JUNE 5 Luminato’s First Night offers a major gratis performance, too, with Canadian guitar hero Randy Bachman of Guess Who and BTO fame. Yonge-Dundas Square (at Yonge and Dundas streets), 7 p.m., free.

JUNE 6 Eclectic blues legend Taj Mahal performs as part of The Traveling Blues, a day-long showcase of that genre’s international iterations. Metro Square (225 King St. W.), 1 p.m., free.

JUNE 7 Known for his work as producer on such albums as U2’s The Joshua Tree, Daniel Lanois is also an acclaimed pedal-steel player. He appears in The World of Slide Guitar, which also features the Derek Trucks Band and others. Yonge-Dundas Square, 11 a.m., free.

JUNE 12 Fusing rock ‘n’ roll with traditional Balkan music has made Goran Bregovic a European sensation. See (and hear) why during the festival’s closing weekend. Yonge-Dundas Square, 8 p.m., free.

JUNE 13 The cozy confines of Yorkville offer ideal environs for taking in the hottest sounds of South America, as part of the Brazilian Guitar Marathon. Village of Yorkville Park (at Cumberland and Bellair streets), 1 p.m., free.