Hey Toronto! Today is the launch event for the first ever Humanitas Festival, “A festival of what was, is and could be Toronto”.
Starting at 6pm at the Cooler By The Lake Tent at the foot of Yonge Street, at the water’s edge, you can come on down and
Join Mayor David Miller, City of Toronto Poet Laureate Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, NOW Magazine’s Alice Klein and CBC Radio One 99.1 host Garvia Bailey along with a variety of Toronto’s best-loved artists expressing how Toronto’s creative energy is deeply rooted in its history and diversity. The event includes performances by Autorickshaw (Indian Fusion Jazz), The Pocket Dwellers (Rap/Funk/Jazz) the Nathaniel Dett Chorale (Afrocentric Choral Music) and Zaki Ibrahim (Soul). Rap artist MC Abdominal kicks off the evening with a live performance of what could be Toronto’s unofficial anthem T.Ode.
Also, you can pop into the T.Ode airstream, and record you stories, feelings, experiences, loves, frustrations, and desires about Toronto for the Humanitas Toronto Story Archives and the CBC.
There’s quite a whack of stuff going on at this Humanitas festival, including other story telling events, panel discussions, Networked City art installations, films, and more. Check out the Humanitas site for info, though it’s likely that Torontoist will point out some of the highlights from time to time.
Humanitas is on from Today until June 26th.