The 2014 Luminato Festival line-up was announced today in a special event held at …. There’s something for everyone this year, with the regular assortment of theatre, art, culture and more blending with new and exciting initiatives including increased efforts to appeal to the foodie crowd and a licensed urban beach for David Pecaut Square!
For my readers, I’m willing to bet that the hottest event on the bill will be “If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway” Conceived by Rufus Wainwright and produced in conjunction with World Pride 2014, this unique event will feature men singing love songs to other men. Confirmed to perform are David Byrne, Boy George, Steven Page, Andrew Rannells, Glen Hansard, Ezra Koenig and Brennan Hall. Early buzz states we can expect to hear songs from Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific and Stephen Sondheim.
David Pecaut Square, the hub for all things Luminato, will be transformed into a cardboard beach installation complete with huts, cabanas, chairs and more. Commissioned by Los Carpinteros, the hub promises to become the place see and be seen, an urban oasis and escape from the hustle and bustle of the Financial District. The best part? For the first time ever the entire area will be fully licensed!
There’s even more to love this year for those with food on the brain, as Luminato brings in 10 local chefs to host a barbeque on the cardboard beach on June 7th. In addition there will be a ‘Food Adventure’ train running from Toronto landmark hotel The Royal York and going to a secret location with performances and tons of great food eats.
Other unique highlights this year include a partnership with CBC Q’s Jian Ghomeshi who will do a live broadcast of his popular radio show on June 5th at the Winter Garden, special ticketed weekend concert events featuring The Roots, Ziggy Marley and TV on the Radio and a five film series by the groundbreaking American artist Matthew Barney.
Returning favourites include Times Talks which will feature artists in conversation with New York Times Journalists, as well as fantastic literary, installation, artistic and music programming that you’ve come to expect from the Luminato team.