Event Category: Performance

Le Grand Continental®

A group of people with arms outstretched dancing on a wet surface; water is splashing up from the ground

Joyous and intoxicating Le Grand Continental® is a world-renowned extravaganza that brings together hundreds of dance enthusiasts to perform a sensational line dancing inspired contemporary dance. Twirling into a rhythmic human kaleidoscope of participants aged from the very young to the young-at-heart chosen from applicants from across the breadth of the city, will dance up an exhilarating storm.

Instruments of Happiness

Photo illustration: children playing ukuleles superimposed over a circle made of guitars

A reverberating tribute to George Harrison by 100 electric guitarists led by Montreal virtuoso Tim Brady and hundreds of Doane Uschool ukulele students.

Since 2015, composer/guitarist Tim Brady has been creating site-specific works for mass ensembles of electric guitars, enlivening shopping malls, old railway buildings and hockey arenas. Now, Luminato has commissioned him to write a new work for 100 spatialized guitars to pay homage to George Harrison, who would have been 75 years old in 2018.

With a mix of professional and community musicians, While 100 Guitars Gently Weep – Concerto for George is a monumental new work that celebrates the electric guitar and the sheer joy of playing it out loud, in public for all to hear!

This event is free.

For more information: Instruments of Happiness at Luminato

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Gaelynn Lea with Ali Jafri

Gaelynn Lea holding a coffee mug

Presented by Small World Music Society, Martin Atkins and Jafri Music.

Gaelynn Lea was given the opportunity of a lifetime when she won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, and she certainly made the most of it. She and her husband Paul quit their jobs, sold their house, bought a van, and hit the road.

Since they left a little over a year ago, Gaelynn has played over 200 shows in 39 states and 6 countries. She has performed in the widest variety of venues imaginable – coffee shops, bars, schools, music festivals and performing arts centers. Gaelynn has been a featured performer at Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center, and even on BBC World News.

Gaelynn Lea performs from her electric wheelchair. She began playing violin 20 years ago after a creative music teacher helped her to adapt a playing style that suits her frame. Lea holds her instrument like a tiny cello and loops her classically trained rhythms and melodies “to create a symphonic cacophony that is both glorious in its reach and profoundly introspective”. (Collins de la Cour, Ear to the Ground) Her original songs explore the contrasting nature of existence – dark and light, birth and death, anger and forgiveness, sorrow and joy.

Her band is comprised of several Minnesota heavy-hitters including Al Church, Dave Mehling, Marty Dosh, Andrew Foreman, and Alan Sparhawk.

Ali Jafri is an eclectic multidisciplinary and multicultural artist who writes and performs music that pulls audiences in with a big-hearted twist. As an experimental multi-instrumentalist, he plays guitar and sitar. He also sings, plays percussion (the bendir/daf drum, tabla) electric bass and uses electronic effects.

Tickets: https://smallworldmusic.thundertix.com/events/127453

The Fever

A man and a woman facing each other; the woman is holding the man's wrist aloft

This is no ordinary performance. The Fever tests the limits of individual and collective responsibility and our willingness to be there for one another. Performed in collaboration with the audience, The Fever examines how we assemble, organize, and care for the bodies around us. Who will you be when all eyes are on you? What will we see when we look your way?

Experimental New York theatre company 600 HIGHWAYMEN — moniker for theatre artists Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone — invites you to a party hosted by someone named Marianne. Through interactions with fellow audience members and the actors, The Fever breaks down the unseen walls we all put up around ourselves in a reminder that we are all here together.

For more information: The Fever at Luminato

You can purchase tickets online or call the Luminato Box Office at 416 368 3100 x254. TTY calls from all Relay Service Providers accepted.


A woman on a darkened stage, lit by a spotlight

bug is a timely reflection on the cycles of abuse and addiction in which too many Indigenous women in contemporary Canada find themselves. Yolanda Bonnell, an exciting young performer and playwright of Ojibwe and South Asian descent, was named one of NOW Magazine’s Toronto theatre artists to watch in 2017. Bonnell gives life to this story with visibility and resilience through poetry, prose, and song.

bug is a solo physical theatre piece about the life of The Girl; taken from her alcoholic Mother and cycled through the damaging foster care system, The Girl develops an addictive personality that clings to anything that gives her power or makes her feel loved. As The Girl grows so do her addictions and they manifest as the creature Manidoons (Ojibway word for bug, insect or worm). When Manidoons takes over her addictions become more and more dangerous.

There will be a post show talk with Yolanda Bonnell following each performance.

For more information: bug at Luminato

You can purchase tickets online or call the Luminato Box Office at 416 368 3100 x254. TTY calls from all Relay Service Providers accepted.

June 23 at 1:00 PM
June 23 at 6:00 PM

Out the Window

A pencil sketch of a Toronto intersection

What would you do if you saw a stranger die? In August 2000, Liza Balkan witnessed the beating death of a man during an altercation with the police in the west end of Toronto. Called to the witness stand, Balkan kept careful track of the aftermath, then turned verbatim court transcripts, audio, video and text derived from interviews with top lawyers from both sides of the bench, into Out the Window.

The result is a rousing theatrical forum investigating a highly charged and provocative subject that remains topical today.

For more information: Out the Window at Luminato

You can purchase tickets online or call the Luminato Box Office at 416 368 3100 x254. TTY calls from all Relay Service Providers accepted.

June 22
June 23

Swan Lake / Loch na hEala

Two actor performing a scene from Swan Lake on stage

From the imagination of one of Ireland’s foremost dance and theatre-makers, Michael Keegan-Dolan, comes a magical, contemporary adaptation of the most famous ballet in the world. Swan Lake/Loch na hEala transforms this age-old folk tale into a transcendent and original illumination of the familiar, with searing contemporary resonance and visceral impact.

Through powerful dancing and compelling imagery, this new and raw interpretation of Swan Lake is rooted in the midlands of Ireland where ancient mythology and the modern world collide. A company of 13 world-class performers, including beloved Irish actor Mikel Murfi, weave story-telling with song and movement. Dublin-based band Slow Moving Clouds combines traditional Nordic and Irish music with minimalist and experimental influences infusing Swan Lake/Loch na hEala with a remarkable energy.

There will be a post show talk following the performance on June 9.

For more information: Swan Lake / Loch na hEala at Luminato

You can purchase tickets online or call the Luminato Box Office at 416 368 3100 x254. TTY calls from all Relay Service Providers accepted.

Weathering the Storm

Four coloured panels with white silhouettes of people and trees, with the words PushPULL Dance and Weathering the Storm

In PushPULL Dance’s 14th annual production “Weathering the Storm”, we dance our way through the seasons, and all types of weather they throw at us. From the snow storms we’re so familiar with as Canadians to spring rain, you’ll see it all on stage.

We hope to brighten your day with 22 original numbers in styles ranging from ballet, to tap, to jazz.

The members of PushPULL Dance want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy our performances as much as we do. So for the first time, we will be hosting a Relaxed Performance featuring selections from this year’s show, Weathering the Storm.

Join us at the Al Green Theatre on May 26, 11am-noon, for a sensory-friendly show in a relaxed environment that we hope will be comfortable for folks on the autism spectrum, people with sensory processing differences, or anyone who wants to see the show in an accepting setting. All ages and all bodies welcome!

This show will be interpreted in ASL. Thanks to the support of Autism Ontario and Miles Nadal JCC this show is FREE, but you must still reserve your seats in advance.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reelabilities-toronto-with-pushpull-dance-tickets-45259120247

More about the venue: Al Green Theatre

Circus Sessions

Image of two circus performers and the following text: Produced by Femmes du Feu in partnership with Harbourfront Centre, Circus Sessions, Friday April 27th & Saturday April 28th 2018, 8pm, Canada Council for the Arts logo, Femmes du Feu logo, Harbourfront Centre logo

Femmes du Feu, one of Canada’s leading innovators in aerial circus works, is proud to announce the fourth annual Circus Sessions at the Harbourfront Centre as part of NextSteps 17/18. This initiative prides itself as a week-long creative laboratory and think-tank that will offer a small group of contemporary circus artists the opportunity to work with internationally renowned circus artist/instructor/researcher Marie-Andrée Robitaille in The Harbourfront Centre Theatre’s beautiful space. Through this, two performances of new collaborative work will be showcased on April 28th and April 29th at 8:00pm at Harbourfront Centre Theatre.

Alex Bulmer, a Toronto based blind theatre artist and writer, will be mentoring three artists through audio describing and discussions around accessibility in circus and performance. These three artists—Whitney Treddenick (B.C. circus student and fluent with 2 Hand Manual and Hand Under Hand communication), Erin Ball (Kingston, ON based professional circus artist and double leg amputee), and Kate Kavanagh (UK based circus writer and academic)—will explore how to integrate live audio describing for visually impaired audiences into the project as material develops.

All components and participants, including these 3 artists looking at accessibility, start from scratch on day one, and explore and create throughout the 5 days to develop some work to share with an audience.

For tickets, visit website: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/femmes-du-feu-circus-sessions/

Dido, Queen of Carthage

Queen of Carthage Poster

“Worlds of Exile,” Theatre @ York’s 2017-18 season, culminates in Christopher Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage, an epic story in an intimate and innovative new production directed by Peter Hinton. Dido, Queen of Carthage blends classical text with a compelling contemporary approach.

Shadowed by war, Dido, Queen of Carthage is the original tragic love story with its hero Aeneas, the exiled prince of Troy, compelled by Fate to leave his beloved Dido, Queen of Carthage in order to fulfil a political destiny.

Inspired from the Virgil’s Aeneid, the story of Dido and Aeneas has stimulated artists for two millennia; from Ovid’s Opera to modern-day science-fiction like Battlestar Galactica. “The playwright Christopher Marlowe is considered the “bad boy” of Elizabethan drama,” said Hinton. “Always controversial, he was a homosexual, a convert to Roman Catholicism and some say even a secret agent and spy. We are setting this production in 1593 in the Deptford [London, UK] tavern in which Marlowe was murdered that year. In a case of great synchronicity, the tavern was an infamous halfway house for political refugees.”

Director Peter Hinton has worked across Canada and directed over 140 productions. From 2005-2012, he was Artistic Director of English Theatre at Canada’s Natural Arts Centre.

Hinton has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada, Ryerson University and since 2012 he has been the professional mentor for the York University/Canadian Stage MFA program in directing. In 2009, Peter was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.


When: Relaxed performance Thursday March 22, 2018 at 7:30pm.

A Relaxed performance is designed to reduce anxiety and provide a safe space, enjoyable experience, taking into account variable sensory, communication or learning needs and abilities.

Where: Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East Building – Main Floor, York University, 4700 Keele St. Toronto

Use the code welcome2 online or at the box office for two free tickets for both March 21 & 22 7:30pm shows. Map & Directions

Box Office: online or tel. 416.736.5888