If you are a festival goer, like free events and can attend only during the weekends, Luminato has lots to offer this coming June.
There are 2 weekends covered by the festival, 11-13 June and 18-20 June.
There is great live music for your dancing pleasure, kids stuff, interactive arts. And there are several locations, Dundas Square, Queens Park, Distillery District.
Below is the press release that Luminato prepared it for your festival weekends in June:
LUMINATO ANNOUNCES ITS
OPENING AND CLOSING WEEKEND EVENTS
TORONTO (March 30, 2010) – Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity, announces
more of its free opening and closing weekend celebrations, including big concerts, dance parties,
and large-scale art installations. Closing weekend festivities also include a feast of culinary
creations in Queen’s Park from Toronto’s best chefs. Luminato 2010 takes place June 11-20,
This June on Luminato’s opening weekend, Yonge-Dundas Square becomes a hub of Luminato
activity and the scene of Luminato First Night, on the Festival’s opening night, Friday, June 11.
This free live outdoor concert features up-and-coming R&B singer, Grammy and Juno nominee,
Melanie Fiona and Juno Award-winner Sass Jordan. The music and dancing continue from
Saturday, June 12 to Wednesday, June 16, with the return of Luminato’s Light On Your Feet, a
program of free nightly concerts celebrating empowered musical divas. Light On Your Feet
features a diverse musical style each night, including Bollywood, Latin, Drag, ‘80s music, and
Closing weekend celebrations in Queen’s Park features the return of President’s Choice® 1000
Tastes of Toronto™, showcasing the food of Toronto’s top chefs for $5 a dish, including
creations from celebrated chef Susur Lee’s restaurants Lee and Madeline’s.
Other closing weekend highlights in Queen’s Park as previously announced include FriendsWithYou’s Wish
Come True Festival, a world of colourful lounge areas, interactive bounce castles, and 12-metre
high inflatable characters.
There are also two free concerts in the park: Global Music: Rock The
Casbah & An African Prom featuring Béla Fleck and National Bank Festival: Global Divas
and Global Blues featuring Razia Said with Juno Award-winner Madagascar Slim.
Luminato’s closing weekend celebrations continue in the Distillery Historic District with the Waves Festival at
the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, showcasing a vast array of new multidisciplinary work
by over 100 of Toronto’s artists.
“Our opening and closing weekends offer an abundance of free concerts, art installations and
great food,” says Luminato’s Artistic Director Chris Lorway. “Luminato 2010 truly offers accessible
programming to suit everyone’s taste.”
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Luminato First Night
R&B star Melanie Fiona and rocker Sass Jordan headline a celebration of Canadian divas for
Luminato First Night, Luminato’s free opening-night concert in Yonge-Dundas Square. Juno
Award-winning rocker Jordan shares the bill with Toronto-born singer-songwriter Fiona, a 2010
Juno nominee for her single Give it to Me Right. Fiona’s other chart-topping song, It Kills Me,
recently earned her a 2010 Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Yonge-Dundas Square becomes a dance-floor for Festival-goers in celebration of Luminato’s
opening night, while Mill Street’s onsite pub offers food and drink. Luminato First Night is
presented by TELUS with additional support from L’Oréal Paris. Major media partner: Metro.
Friday, June 11 at Yonge-Dundas Square, 7 PM – 11 PM
Light On Your Feet
Luminato’s series of nightly concerts in Yonge-Dundas Square encourages Festival-goers to
embrace their inner divas. This cross-cultural celebration of musical women features
performances by the top Latin, Drag, Bollywood, ’80s, and Japanese pop (J-pop) artists from
around the world. The lineup for these shows will be announced in the coming weeks. Latin divas
is produced in association with the Salsa Festival Group. Its major media partner is Telelatino.
Bollywood divas is produced in association with Masala! Mehndi! Masti! Its marketing partner is
Asian Television Network. Light On Your Feet is presented by OLG with support from L’Oréal
Paris, Maybelline New York, and shu uemura. The major media partners for Light On Your Feet
are CTV and The Globe and Mail.
Saturday, June 12 – Wednesday, June 16 at Yonge-Dundas Square, 7 PM – 11 PM
President’s Choice® 1000 Tastes of Toronto™
Luminato once again showcases some of the best chefs in the city on the Festival’s closing
weekend as the city’s top restaurateurs turn street eats into a favourite Luminato attraction. Each
chef offers high-end food at a low cost with each individual item priced at $5. This year’s lineup
up includes dishes from Susur Lee’s restaurants Lee and Madeline’s, with additional participating
restaurants soon to be announced. Presented in partnership with President’s Choice®. Media
partner: Toronto Life.
Saturday, June 19 at Queen’s Park, 12 PM to 9 PM; Sunday, June 20 from 12 PM to 6 PM
FREE access, each food item is $5
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Young Centre’s 12 Resident Artists
have again brought together a vast array of new multidisciplinary work by over 100 of their
Toronto peers. Filling every corner of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, and ranging from
short theatre, dance, and music performances to innovative mixed-media work, the Waves
Festival is a cultural celebration of the arts in Toronto. Produced in association with the Young
Centre for the Performing Arts.
Friday, June 18 (6 – 10 PM), Saturday, June 19 (2 – 10 PM), and Sunday, June 20 (1 – 6 PM)
at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts