Jun 09, 2022

By Christine Ross

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This year’s Toronto’s Luminato Festival shares a similar goal with the very first one launched following the 2003 SARS epidemic. The popular arts and culture event returns to bring energy back into the city’s culture in the wake of the COVID pandemic.

“There’s a great desire for people to gather, people are going out, concerts are doing well, says Naomi Campbell, festival artistic director.

After going digital during the pandemic, this year’s in-person event is expanding to include more GTA neighbourhoods like Brampton and Vaughan along with a special event on GO Trains into the city that will run each work day of the 11-day festival.

“It’s the early morning trains so it’s art in the morning and art for commuters with beautiful costumes, music and dance and other special items to help you pass the time on the train,” adds Campbell.

Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki and his partner Tara Cullis are travelling from B.C to Toronto in their electric vehicle to present their play called “What You Won’t Do For Love.” It’s an intimate theatre experience that asks whether the love we have for each other can inspire us to take action for the planet.

“It speaks about the way we fall in love with a person,” says Campbell. “So we all need to fall in love with the planet and be as good to the planet as we are to our life partners, or our family or our best friend.”

If music is your thing, check out the music festival at Woodbine Park June 18th. Among the headliners, Ukrainian electro-folk band Go_A, finalists in the 2021 Eurovision contest.

The 11-day festival of both free and ticketed experiences runs June 9th to the 19th.

More information at Luminato Festival.

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