Luminato Festival: 10 Days of Interactive Art & More

The Luminato Festival  is back! This 10 day celebration of the arts, food, dance, music and more gives you a chance to get involved and get interactive! Each day has something new. Here’s what I checked out at opening night.


Alas, Karaoke with an Orchestra was only around for the opening night, but let me tell you- it was exhilarating just to watch the rehearsal. I hope they do this again!
Hunter, Gatherer, Purveyor is a very cool popsicle cart on wheels with some of the most unique pops you’ll ever eat. This duo visited Toronto neighborhoods with a reputation, and created popsicles with what the found there. The chosen neighborhoods were Rosedale, Malvern and Mount Dennis. I had Malvern, and it was made from goat’s beard and yarrow. Definitely one of the most unusual popsicles I had ever had! Find them at the Pan American Food Festival on June 21 and at the Festival’s closing night, June 28.


An Imaginary Rose Garden is combination of installation, and digital exhibition. It’s very pretty, and a bit romantic! Perfect place to steal a kiss?

The Festival Hub is the heartbeat of the festival at David Pecaut Square. The best part? Parts + Labour will be serving up fresh eats all week long.


Grilled Talapia la Plancha with Pico de Gallo, served with a grilled pita bread. ($8)


Frijoles with stewed pork and beans, with chips. ($6)

Three cocktails will be served, and this is Barefoot in the Garden- a Barefoot Moscato Slushy.


Tonight at 7pm, in the festival shed, you can attend a literary talk.


Luminato Literary Talks: The Mexican Drug War in Film, Fact + FictionJoin Louie Palu, celebrated Canadian documentary photographer of the war in Afghanistan and now the US border with Mexico; renowned investigative journalists Alfredo Corchado, author of Midnight in Mexico, and Emmy Award-winning Angela Kocherga alongside Governor-General’s Award-winning writer John Vaillant, author of The Jaguar’s Children in a discussion moderated by Luminato’s Literary + Ideas Curator Noah Richler. With a musical performance by Juno Award-winning Quique Escamilla.

Interested in what else Luminato has to offer this week? Check out the schedule!

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