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Tony Oursler

Luminato To-Do, Day Two

Luminato’s opening weekend continues with music, dance, art and much more.

Jacob Abrahamse as Stephen, the holy child, in <i>The Children's Crusade</i> (photo by Steve Wilkie).

Jacob Abrahamse as Stephen, the holy child, in The Children's Crusade (photo by Steve Wilkie).


The Children’s Crusade
Marvel at the world premiere of a Luminato-commissioned opera renowned composer R. Murray Schafer. Based on a horrific (and historically disputed) 13th-century escapade when thousands of children are said to have joined an ill-fated journey to the Holy Land, the show features a cast of more than 100, including many members of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company. Performed before a standing audience in a warehouse “theatre,” this is a musical crusade you won’t want to miss.
153 Dufferin St., 8 p.m., $40.

Family Dance Party
Are there any budding guitarists in your family? Why not take them to Yonge-Dundas Square for the Family Dance Party, a free event celebrating guitar music. Show off your shredding skills during air guitar lessons, or partake in some guitar-inspired craftmaking. Rock on!
Yonge-Dundas Square, 11 a.m., free.

Tony Oursler
One of North America’s preeminent multimedia artists, Tony Oursler, has taken over Grange Park with a fascinating—and potentially disturbing—installation. His latest public piece deals with modes of communication and the ways in which we connect through mass culture, among other things.
Grange Park (McCaul & Dundas streets, just south of the Art Gallery of Ontario), for the duration of Luminato, free.

The Great Canadian Tune
Visit the festival’s hub to witness—or better yet, be a part of—Guiness World Record history. Here, guitarists from far and wide are invited to assemble and strum Neil Young’s classic “Helpless,” in what may turn out to be the world’s biggest jam session; only 1,803 players are needed to beat the current record-holder, Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany. Win or lose, it’s bound to be a great time.
Yonge-Dundas Square, 2 p.m., free.

Luminato Preview—Visual Art Abounds

Free public art installations have always been important pillars of Luminato’s programming, and this year is no exception. On display for the duration of the festival, these visual arts encounters are as inventive as they are unavoidable.

David Rockebys Long Wave installation is part of Luminatos Communication/Environment art programming (photo by Craig Moy).

David Rockeby's Long Wave installation (photo by Craig Moy).

1. Communication/Environment examines physical responses to invisible stimuli (such as sound or electromagnetic radiation) in three projects, including Long Wave, a large-scale installation at Brookfield Place (181 Bay St.) by Toronto artist David Rockeby, which deconstructs the image of a sine wave.

2. Don’t be startled by the giant sphere looming over you. This isn’t an episode of The Prisoner, but Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project Toronto, which places, well, an oversized orb around the city to foster creative engagement with public spaces and landmarks.

The RedBall Project rolled up to Torontos Old City Hall (photo by Craig Moy).

The RedBall Project rolled up to Toronto's Old City Hall (photo by Craig Moy).

3. The festival’s affection for the guitar is visually manifested in Shadow Notes, an exhibition at Yonge-Dundas Square that features huge music-related photographs by famed shooters Danny Clinch, Ralph Gibson and Police guitarist Andy Summers.

4. The compelling—some might say unsettling—work of pioneering American new-media artist Tony Oursler finds a temporary home at Grange Park, directly south of the newly renovated Art Gallery of Ontario.