Luminato 2014 Preview
It’s early June, and in Toronto that means one thing: schedules just got a lot tighter. On top of patio dates, intramural games, enjoying novels in the park, and all of your friends’ weddings, you’ve also got many of Toronto’s beloved arts festivals begging for your precious summer hours. Among them is the Luminato Festival: its eighth edition kicks off this Friday and wraps up on Sunday, June 15. And there are enough events—from magic shows to late-night concerts to marathon pieces of performance art—to keep even the most dedicated festival-goer occupied. The festival’s categories are not all rigidly defined and feature a certain amount of exchange and overlap–but they provide a sense of the range of experiences on offer. We’ve picked one highlight from each of the them to help you devise your Luminato plan of attack.
SummerWorks Launch Party and Fundraiser
SummerWorks will announce its full 2014 festival lineup at a launch party and fundraiser, featuring exclusive performances by special guests from the lineup, including Patrick J. Adams from Bravo’s Suits. After the exclusive (at $100 a ticket) VIP party and announcements, the grounds will be opened at 9 p.m. to the public on a PWYC basis, with DJ Warren Bray of Grand Analog, a locally sourced food market, and more special happenings going until 1 a.m.
Nathan For You Season 2 Sneak Peek
The eponymous star of Comedy Central hit Nathan for You, Nathan Fielder, honed his idiosyncratic style of deadpan comedy and satire here in Canada, live in Toronto with members of the Laugh Sabbath collective, and on television with CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Following up on the success of the first season, which included the Dumb Starbucks venture and the viral “pig saves goat” video, Fielder has a second season nearly ready to go, and he’s previewing it live exclusively at Comedy Bar, with questions after.
IsKwé Live in the Stacks
IsKwé is the latest musician to be featured in the Toronto Public Library’s Live in the Stacks series. The Cree/Dene singer-songwriter was recently a semifinalist on CBC’s national Searchlight competition, representing from Winnipeg, though she’s now based in Toronto. This will be the last chance to see her perform here for a while, though, as she is headed out on a European tour for the summer.
Veda Hille, with John Southworth and the South Seas, Thom Gill
Vancouver-based musician and interdisciplinary artist Veda Hille, who was here briefly in May for a Canadian Music Week showcase, is back in Ontario and playing a late-night show at the Tranzac, with John Southworth and Thom Gill opening. Hille is currently working on both a new musical (a follow-up to last year’s Craigslist Cantata) and a new album, and will surely be trying out some of that material here.
The Animal Project Release Party
The Animal Project, which headlined our cinema selections for this week, is celebrating its long awaited Toronto release (at the TIFF Bell Lightbox) with a release party. The film, directed by Ingrid Veninger (who was on our People to Watch list last year), features many local performers and locations, and has multiple screenings all opening weekend. After the 7:15 p.m. screening, where Veninger and members of the cast will take part in a Q-and-A session, they’ll all move to the Monarch Tavern, where there will be live music, giveaways, and “costumed” animals in attendance. Entry is FREE with a movie stub (it can be for any screening over the opening weekend, including Saturday and Sunday pre-purchases).