All the Luminato events happening in Toronto this weekend

Jun 21 2018, 4:54 pm

The 12th annual Luminato Festival is almost to a close.

The multi-arts and multi-platform event has taken over the city this month with 19 days of free and ticketed programming.

This year guests can enjoy an impressive lineup that fuses together arts and politics while highlighting contemporary issues such as human rights, diversity, and feminism.

In case you haven’t had a chance to enjoy any Luminato events yet this year, here’s a brief guide to what is happening this weekend.

At the Illusionist’s Table


At the Illusionist’s Table

What: Acclaimed Scottish illusionist Scott Silven hosts At the Illusionist’s Table throughout the festival, which is an intimate evening of fine dining and whiskey-tasting, interwoven with illusion, mentalism, and storytelling in a private dining room at Toronto’s historic Casa Loma.

When: Now until June 24
Time: 6 pm to 8:30 or 9 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: The Austin Room, Casa Loma
Price: $225 (Includes a three-course dinner by BlueBlood Steakhouse)

Burning Doors

Credit: Alex Brenner, Belarus Free Theatre

What: Burning Doors is a moving performance about human rights from Maria Alyokhina, political activist, member of punk group Pussy Riot, and the Belarus Free Theatre. Burning Doors recently made the New York Time’s “Top 10 Plays of the Year” list.

When: Now until June 24
Time: Friday, 7 pm to 8:45 pm; Saturday, 1 pm to 2:45 pm & 7 pm to 8:45; Sunday, 1 pm to 2:45 pm
 Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front Street East
Price:  $78.32 for adults

Out the Window

Out the Window

What: If you’re in the mood to see something local, Out the Window is a documentary theatre performance from Toronto artist Liza Balkan about an incident she witnessed in 2010 of police brutality towards a mentally ill man, that resulted in his death.

When: Now until June 24
Time: Friday, 7 pm to 9:30 pm; Saturday, 2 pm to 4:30 pm & 7 pm to 9:30 pm; Sunday, 2 pm to 4:30 pm
 Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: $39

Amal Clooney in Conversation with Nick Clooney

Luminato 2018

Credit: Human rights attorney Amal Clooney, Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage

What: Festivalgoers will have the chance to see renowned international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney make a rare appearance at Roy Thomson Hall. Amal will be taking part in an onstage conversation with her father-in-law, American journalist Nick Clooney, to discuss the most pressing human rights issues facing the world today.

When: June 22
Time: 7 pm to 8:15 pm
Where: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street
Price: $35 to $500

The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir


Magnetic Fields

What: If you’re in the mood for some live music, indie folk legend Stephin Merritt with his band, The Magnetic Fields, will be in town for a two-night special event performance of his biographical 50 Song Memoir, which celebrates his first half-century on the planet.

When: June 22 (songs 1 to 25) & June 23 (songs 26 to 50)
Time: 8 pm to 9:40 pm
Where: Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street
Price: From $39

Le Grande Continental

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What: Le Grande Continental is a public participation show that will take over Nathan Phillips Square for four shows. The performance will feature almost 400 local dancers in a large scale dance piece choreographed and directed by Montreal’s Sylvain Émard. The show concludes with the audience being invited to join the party for a freestyle continental dance party.

When: June 22 to 24
Time: Friday, 9:15 pm; Saturday, 4 pm & 9:15 pm; Sunday, 11 am
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
Price: Free to attend

You can find full programming details here.

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