If imagination is the core of the soul, then Toronto’s spirit is strong indeed, and on full display during Luminato. This annual celebration of arts and creativity brings to the city an international array of theatrical and dance performances, world-music concerts, visual art displays, literary events and much more—all of which you can read about here daily. Expand your horizons and imagine new heights; for 10 days in Toronto, anything is possible.
TODAY’S (FINAL) TOP TICKETS
NAVAL GAZING It figures that a boat without a captain would find itself stranded in the middle of Toronto. Now that it’s here, why not make the best of it? Climb aboard Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s Ship O’ Fools—a salvaged, nine-metre-long Chinese junk—and embark on a voyage of sight, sound and discovery. Trinity Bellwoods Park, Queen Street West and Strachan Avenue, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., free.
COMMUNITY CREATES The Young Centre for the Performing Arts becomes a multidisciplinary hub as a dozen resident artists curate works involving hundreds of their peers. On the last of its three days, the Waves Festival offers short theatre, dance and music performances staged throughout the venue. Enjoy the whimsy of Nursery Now, in which nursery rhymes are transformed with innovative music and movement, or seek out the impromptu, interactive Insta-Dance. And if the festivities leave you tuckered out, you can curl up in the Bedtime Stories sleep haven, where performers lull you to relaxation beneath a ceiling of glittering stars. Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill St., 1 to 6 p.m., free.
MORE MUST-SEE SHOWS
>> Pay tribute to Luminato co-founder David Pecaut by viewing the Atom Egoyan–curated film installation Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids)/Light Air. Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., free.
>> Experience a candy-coloured wonderland in the heart of Toronto: Miami-based art collective FriendsWithYou transforms the city centre into a “Rainbow City” with bouncing castles, giant totems and all-around warm feelings for its Wish Come True Festival. Queen’s Park, Queen’s Park Crescent and Wellesley Street, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., free.
>> Art, fashion and beauty are woven into the world-renowned stitch works of Canadian Mark Fast’s Luminato-exclusive display. Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St., all day, free.
>> Feast on 1,000 Tastes of Toronto as the city’s myriad culinary delights are brought from the restaurant kitchen to the streets for just $5 a dish. Queen’s Park, Queen’s Park Crescent and Wellesley Street, noon to 9 p.m., free entry.
>> Tunes from around the globe close out the Luminato festival with a World Music Celebration. Queen’s Park, Queen’s Park Crescent and Wellesley Street, noon to 6 p.m., free.
>> Push boundaries at the Waves Festival, which fills every nook and cranny of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts with theatre, dance, music and artwork. Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill St. 2 to 10 p.m., free.
>> Three points of view merge in The Africa Trilogy, an exploration of East meets West uniting playwrights, directors and performers who ask: How do we see each other? Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queen’s Quay W., 7 p.m., $30 to $45.
>> Looks can be deceiving in Masters of Magic, starring top magicians Mac King, Max Maven, Bob Sheets and Juan Tamariz. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge St., 8 p.m., $35 to $45.
Purchase Luminato tickets daily at the T.O. Tix booth, located at Yonge-Dundas Square.