Luminato Festival Toronto: Virtual 2020

June 11, 2020

June 13, 2020




Events Description

Toronto’s international arts festival is going virtual!

Streaming for free on, Luminato offers 3 days of live and recorded performances, conversations, panels, late night DJ sets and participatory activities, world premieres and gems from past Luminato Festivals.

The festival will feature an array of events including a cooking and singing session with international award-winning Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, a conversation about Refuge, a new album by three-time JUNO Award-nominees Sultans of String, a request radio hour with Canada’s godfather of hip hop Ron Nelson and conversations about climate change and activism with UK-based live artist Amy Sharrocks. Science journalist and author of Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell, demonstrates the art of the interview in Field Notes from the Future, produced by The Theatre Centre and presented by FOLDA (Festival of Live Digital Art). Reprised highlights from past Luminato Festivals will include R. Murray Schafer’s epic theatrical oratorio Apocalypsis with a cast of 1,000 (Luminato 2015), Blast Theory’s single-shot film My One Demand (also from 2015), and the sleeper hit of the 2019 festival, the cabaret concert The Cave with music by John Millard, lyrics by Tomson Highway, directed by Adam Paolozza. At 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 12 and 10 p.m. Saturday, June 13, the Festival will also feature dynamic late night programming with a Black Summers Night with Unit 2, Black Lives Matter Toronto and Tea Base and The REVELATION, featuring Les Femmes Fatales with DJ Nik Red and Live VJ Roxanne Luchak, respectively, both perfect for partying the nights away. Special appearances include acclaimed Anishinaabe hand drummer-singer Nimkii Osawamick, JUNO Award-winner Quique Escamilla, Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Zuppa Theatre Co. and a live stream of Alex Bulmer’s performance May I Take Your Arm presented by Kingston, Ontario’s FOLDA.


Day 1 – Luminato Festival Toronto: Virtual 2020 kicks off at 7:00pm (EDT) with a welcome from Naomi Campbell, Artistic Director of Luminato and Here We Are with Two Birds, a reimagined land acknowledgement, followed by the world premiere of Alanna Mitchell’s Field Notes from the Future. Stay tuned for special guest appearances singer-songwriter Quique Escamilla and Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman.

Day 2 – Luminato Festival Toronto: Virtual 2020 continues with conversations about climate change, a journey along the streets of Toronto and R. Murray Schafer’s theatrical oratorio Apocalypsis. Don’t miss your chance to party all night with some of Toronto’s greatest DJs is support of Black Lives Matter Toronto’s COVID-19 Black Emergency Support Fund.

Day 3 – Luminato Festival Toronto: Virtual 2020 goes out with a bang. Beginning at 1:00pm (EDT), the final day includes intense conversations, musical performances, interactive activities and a by-request radio hour, alongside Luminato’s sold out 2019 hit The Cave. Stick around late night for THE REVELATION and party like it’s the end of the world with Les Femmes Fatales and friends.

Who is it for?

All ages


Tickets: Free

How to get tickets?

Buy online



Date: Thursday June 11, 2020 to Saturday June 13, 2020

Thu, June 11: 7PM-10:30PM
Fri, June 12: 6:45pm-2 AM
Sat, June 13: 1PM-MIDNIGHT

Venue & Address

Online, at


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