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12 Can’t-Miss Events at Luminato

FLARE picks the best of this high-culture fest

Isabella Rossellini will perform Green Porno at Luminato 2014

Isabella Rossellini will perform Green Porno at Luminato 2014

This weekend one of Toronto’s most killer culture festivals is coming to town: Luminato (June 6—15) is a beautiful cacophony of theatre, visual arts, film, lectures and musical events. Here’s a roundup of the most must-see events. Click on the links for venues, times and dates.

Some of our favourite brands will have a presence at the festival, offering event-goers unique experiences that will colour their world. Essie and L’Oreal (one of the festival’s main sponsors) will bring the sea to the city with beach houses doling out product samples, beauty services and advice. Kiehl’s will continue its history of supporting the arts community by offering personalized aesthetic consultations on-site, while the Eaton Centre hosts Vichy’s Health Centre, with experts on hand to help you better understand your skin.

If you’re seeking out religion through rock ’n’ roll, look no further than New York’s TV on the Radio, who bring a hard edge to gospel rock. Jimmy Fallon’s late-night house band—and legends in their own right—The Roots guarantee an inspired dance-a-thon with their blend of jazz, neo-soul and hip hop. Into more of a sultry serenade vibe? Catch bossanova queen Bebel Gilberto, whose voice is as smooth as a warm Brazilian breeze.

Matthew Barney’s multi-disciplinary work is both puzzling and compelling, enough to make you wonder what’s going on in his mind. (He describes his film series CREMASTER—which totals seven hours—as “a new post-Oedipal myth for our contemporary culture.”) The answer, or at least part of it, will be revealed at this artist’s talk, which will also feature AGO contemporary art curator Kitty Scott and Luminato artistic director Jorn Weisbrodt.

To call Isabella Rossellini versatile is an understatement. From modelling as the face of Lancôme to starring in David Lynch’s classic films, Rossellini is an intriguing fixture in the worlds of fashion, theatre and art. She’ll be performing Green Porno, a quirky, surreal exploration of the love life of insects, birds and animals. Montreal scratch DJ Kid Koala has always strayed from the conventional, as well: he’ll live-score a visual adaptation of the graphic novel Nufinio Must Fall, which will unfold in real-time filming with miniature stages and a cast of puppets. The thought of older people doing it isn’t something that’s generally celebrated in the mainstream; All the Sex I’ve Ever Had: The International Edition throws that out the window with frank confessionals of torrid love affairs from an international panel of brave seniors.


#ReadWomen2014 is a roundup of some of Canada’s most talented literary ladies, who will address the challenges faced by women of letters. The panel features Lisa Gabriele, who publishes under L. Marie Adeline, 2007 Canada Reads choice Heather O’Neill, Governor-General’s Literary Award winner Miriam Toews and Globe and Mail columnist Liz Renzetti.