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Luminato, To-Do Day Six

Reinvigorate yourself mid-week with more entertaining options courtesy of Luminato.

Pierre Brault channels guitarist Lenny Breau in 5 O'Clock Bells (photo by Christina Riley).

Pierre Brault channels guitarist Lenny Breau in 5 O'Clock Bells (photo by Christina Riley).

Wednesday, June 10

5 O’Clock Bells
Lenny Breau might have been a man of few words but his cultural impact continues to this day. On Monday the NFB screened a documentary about him, and today you’ll be able to catch Pierre Brault’s one-man show inspired by the jazz guitarist’s short and tragic life. The show, directed by Brian Quirt, wowed audiences during a sold-out run in Ottawa; expect a similar reaction when it premieres in Toronto tonight.
Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley St.), 7:30 p.m., $35.

Gothic Toronto—Writing the City Macabre
We always knew there was something ominous about the CN Tower; now we have our proof. Luminato and Diaspora Dialogues commissioned six Toronto writers, including Michelle Wan, Ann-Marie MacDonald and Andrew Pyper, to write short stories about the city. But there’s a twist: each one falls within the realm of gothic literature, so expect a spook or two. Bring a friend along because after a night of spine-tingling tales you probably won’t feel like heading home (or back to your hotel) by yourself. And be sure to pick up one of the limited-edition “chapbooks” compiling all the stories before they disappear into the ether.
The Music Gallery (197 John St.), 7:30 p.m., free.

The Canadian Songbook—A Tribute to Neil Young’s Live at Massey Hall
It’s hard to imagine Neil Young as an upstart musician still trying to prove his worth as a singer-songwriter. Yet that’s exactly what he was when he took the stage at Massey Hall on January 19, 1971, and played his soon-to-be-iconic songs including “Helpless” and “Old Man.” As part of Luminato’s music programming (particular those events celebrating the guitar), an assemblage of such top Canadian musicians as the Cowboy Junkies, Holly Cole, Steven Page and Carole Pope come together to recreate Young’s landmark performance.
Massey Hall (178 Victoria St.), 8 p.m., $59.50 to $79.50.


Luminato Preview—Guide to Gothic

The third annual Luminato Festival brings international creativity to Toronto from June 5 to 14. This year, a significant part of its programming celebrates the concept of the macabre, partly inspired by the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth. Check out these gothic happenings.

Neil Gaiman brings a gothic sensibility to the city (photo by Phillipe Matsas).

Neil Gaiman brings a gothic sensibility to the city (photo by Phillipe Matsas).

TALE FROM THE CRYPT
JUNE 8 Fantasy enthusiasts need no longer seclude themselves in darkened rooms, casting 12-sided dice and conjuring Lovecraftian visions, for the genre is now enjoying a popular renaissance. British writer Neil Gaiman is one of the prime movers behind fantasy’s contemporary cachet. The creator of The Sandman comic series, as well as bestselling adult and all-ages novels like American Gods, Anansi Boys and Coraline, graces Toronto with a reading from his latest work, The Graveyard Book. Winner of the 2009 Newbery Medal for children’s literature, the mildly macabre story has been described as The Jungle Book set in a cemetery. Gaiman also discusses his writing in an onstage interview and participates in a book signing following the event. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (27 Front St. E., 416-366-1656), 7 p.m., $15.

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