From June 1 - 10 Luminato,
Toronto's Festival of Arts and Creativity, will take centre
stage as the world's newest International Arts festival.
Luminato will attract hundreds of thousands of participants to
its over 100 events in 2007, and expects to continually grow its
program and audiences in the next few years.
widely accessible events and "accidental encounters with art"
are other important hallmarks of Luminato. At every turn,
festival-goers are invited to participate, explore and celebrate
their own creative spirit while enjoying everything Luminato has
applauds the ambitious 2nd weekend 3 day [June 8-10th] best of
Carnaval presentation: Carnivalissima @ Harbourfront in
this inaugural year. Joy in the present!
We hope organizers appreciate their opportunity to give the
megacity a multicultural Carnavalseason by committing
early to bring back this component of their wide ranging arts
festival next year as a guiding principle of the fest-for-all.
Other 2007 Arts Festivals Highlights include:
* OPENING NIGHT CONCERT - The inaugural Luminato Festival
of Arts and Creativity shines its light on Toronto this June.
* 24 FRAMES PER SECOND - an introduction to the history
and technology of the moving image
* ART OF JAZZ - an extraordinary array of performances,
gathering jazz greats of today and rising stars of tomorrow
* AURORAS/TESTIMONY - two new works by artists Atom
Egoyan and Kutlug Ataman result in a provocative discourse
* BOOK OF LONGING - A spectacular union of living legends
as composer Philip Glass interprets the poetry of Leonard Cohen.
* NORMAN - thrill to the multimedia magic of 4D art, as
you travel inside the creative universe of filmmaking pioneer
* NOT THE MESSIAH - A Comic Oratorio Inspired by Monty
Python's Life of Brian
* THE WALKER PROJECT: ESCAPE FROM HAPPINESS - three
vibrant portraits of hardscrabble urban life from
internationally acclaimed Toronto playwright George F. Walker
* VIDA! - sensual new exploration of Cuba's richly vivid
social history, as interpreted by Lizt Alfonzo's landmark Danza
Luminato will be an annual
multi-genre celebration featuring theatre, classical and
contemporary music, dance, visual arts, film, literature, and
more. The festival will feature highly acclaimed World
Premieres, innovative new work and unexpected collaborations
that result in unforgettable creative moments.
Luminato's three touchstones
-collaboration, diversity, and accessibility -will continue to
set Toronto's Festival of Arts & Creativity apart on the world
stage. Since early 2006, $10 million has been raised towards
mounting the inaugural Luminato Festival from June 1 to 10,
2007. Luminato began as a big idea, an aspiration for Toronto to
realize its true potential as one of the most creative cities in
instant of beauty
Carlito Daceggio - secret silk society
Secret Silk Society is an invitation for anyone who refuses to
live in the first level of reality. People who understand that
there is a second level of reality can discover a more emotional
and compassionate one, a world that you cannot see with your
eyes but you can feel. A spiritual world that does not exist in
the physical, yet exists as a society for those who will to
discover something new."
Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity
From June 8 to 10 at
part of the new
Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity
"The madcap reign
of the Merry Monarch and his jester court of the
Lords of Misrule is proclaimed for two days and
three nights as Harbourfront Centre becomes the
centre of the Carnival universe.
All routes lead to Congo Square, opening wide a
charmed circle of celebration and making merry. Drum
Nations summon-up dancing spirits. Earth-pounding,
From Salvador, Bahia --the capital of the African
Diaspora in the Americas and the world's greatest
street Carnaval comes the most celebrated of all
Live @ Harbour Front, Toronto - June 9, 2007
Olodum in Toronto
Harmony extends to Melody, an invitation to the
Keepers of the rhythm testify to the rebirth of a
new creation, born out of cultural interaction.
Longing is a world premiere concert by renowned
composer Philip Glass, based on Leonard Cohen's poetry in
The Book of Longing. The evenings (June 1–3 at the Elgin
and Winter Garden Theatre) feature musicians from various
including classical and indie rock, with Leonard Cohen providing
recorded words, and Glass himself on piano to accompany.
artist Carlito Dalceggio documented a spectacular live artistic event in
the heart of downtown Toronto throughout the 10-day Luminato Festival.
Each evening from June 1 to 10, Carlito will apply his artistic vision
to a massive outdoor 51' x 34' canvas..
Ball is open to the public and is
free. Dress in costume or come as you are—all are welcome!
Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and the best
dancers to the music of Jay Douglas and the All Stars.
A Tarot card reader, food for sale by Chef Ismat Juvani,
and free Artistic Face Creations by Kromatik,
will add that Mardi Gras flavour to the mix! The tent will have
a full service bar.
From June 8 to 10 at
part of the new
Big Chief Brian
Nelson and the Mardi Gras Indian Collective
Big Chief Brian
and the Mardi Gras Indian Collective
are dedicated to preserving the more than a century-old Mardi
Gras Indian tradition.
The tradition of masquerading
as Mardi Gras Indians has been carried on exclusively in the New
Orleans African-American community since before the 1880s.
During the era when people of African descent were enslaved,
local Native Americans assisted and sheltered enslaved people
who were able to escape. When African Americans began to
participate in local Mardi Gras celebrations, they chose to
masquerade as Native Americans to pay homage and respect to area
Native Americans for the assistance granted to them. The music
of this uniquely New Orleans tradition is poly-rhythmic,
blending elements of jazz and African drumming techniques with
the distinctive call and response style the of singing.
This eclectic group has excited
audiences worldwide with their soulful songs, spirited dancing,
and spectacular ritual attire of ostrich plumes, beaded images,
rhinestones, and velvet.
Big Chief Brian Nelson - Guardians of the Flame
Big Chief Clarence Dalcour - Creole Osceola
Big Chief Gerard Dollis - Wild Magnolias
Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson
Percussionist Shaka Zulu
2:45pm - Saturday, June 9Carnivalissima Tent
is a Toronto based drum and dance company that performs Candombe,
a lively and entrancing Afro-Uruguayan hybrid music form. Fused
with various other world rhythms, including those of Brazil and
Mardi Gras Carnivals, they produce a high-energy explosion of
vibrant colours and sounds.
is a global dance group as are its members, totaling 25, whose
ages range between 8 through 23 years and who come from across
the globe. The various nationalities and genres of dance within
Rhythmic Fire's repertoire represent Toronto's as well as
Canada's rich ethnic diversity - from Salsa, Samba, and Hip hop,
to Polynesian and Belly Dancing to name a few. Rhythmic
Fire performs at many of the Latin festivals including
Hispanic Day Parade, Latin Fest held at Canada's Wonderland and
Salsa on St Clair.
in Bahia, Brazil and widely credited for developing the music
style Samba Reggae—have been performing since 1979, and are
recognized internationally as ambassadors for Carnival in Rio de Janiero. Olodum's performing band (or Banda)
has released records in its own right and the band's musicians
have been featured on recordings by stars such as Paul Simon,
Michael Jackson, Daniela Mercury, and Spike Lee among others.
- Saturday, June 9Concert Stage
Maracatu Nunca Antes
Nunca Antes is a high-energy percussion troupe that brings deep
rhythm and raw
performance to Toronto's streets. Comprised of about 20 dynamic
percussionists, the group plays Afro-Brazilian rhythms in a
traditional style inherited from the Maracatu nations of Recife
9:45pm - Saturday, June 9
is a Toronto based ensemble dedicated to the study and
performance of the percussion-based music of Africans on the
continent and in the Diaspora. The group is aptly named after
Baro, one of the villages in the region of Amana/Gberedou where
the popular djembe drum was born and the people are
acclaimed for their dununba—"the dance of the strong
11:00pm - Saturday, June 9Brigantine Room
Sunday is Afro-Caribbean Day at the Carnivalissima Tent!
- Produced by Roger Gibbs and Ting-A-Ling productions. A show
about the legacy of early Calypso (the Kaiso) featuring music,
dance and storytelling. This is a 90 minute musical journey in
four segments with scripted narration portraying the evolution
of Calypso music from its folk roots to modern-day variations.
When day turns to night,
Carnivalissima fires up the Toronto waterfront with spectacles
of swirling fire dancers, daring fire eaters, majestic stilt
performers, mythical giant puppets, and the glimmering lights of
a thousand lanterns! Join this dance procession of shadow and
light and follow the sound of Samba, Steel Pan, and Tassa Drums
as we lead you through Harbourfront Centre's boardwalks and
alleyways, transformed like you have never seen them before!
comprises two routes of parading performers and participants.
Like two glowing dragons, the crowds will grow in size and
length as they approach the Congo Square from the East and the
---The Swizzlestick Theatre
---Clay and Paper Theatre
---Fire Sculptures by Bruce Smith
---Banethi-wallahs Fire Performers
---Hot Dog Inc. Fire Performers
---Big Chief Brian Nelson and the ---Mardi Gras Indian Collective
---The Mercury Descent
---A Girl in the Sky Productions and Simon Gerard Productions
---Olodum Samba Band
---Hummingbird Tassa Drummers
---Farmers Rhythm Section
---Lanterns by McDonalds Corners and Elphin Recreation and Arts
---Lanterns by Toronto District School Board Students
Performers & Audience
CARNIVAL at HARBOURFRONT-Toronto
June 13, 2007From:
beats ebb, flow and resound
from the four directions,
hand-clapping, foot stomping, hip shaking, heart warming finalissimo!