luminato shows 2017

10 must-see shows at Luminato 2017

This year's must-see shows at the Luminato Festival mostly happen under a massive tent in David Pecaut Square, but they're also spread across other stages in Toronto. Find everything from ice skating performances to comedy, and that's not even mentioning all the free stuff.

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    • June 15-18
      This is a stunning dance show by the award-winning choreographer and dancer Akram Khan. It fuses Indian Kathak, contemporary dance and music to give life to Karthika Naïr’s collection of poems.
      Canadian Opera Company
    • June 15-18
      This ambitious show is co-created by Niall McNeil, an artist living with Down syndrome. It's a re-telling of a classic tale with actors, a live band, and a 16-person choir.
      Berkeley Street Theatre
    • June 16
      The June 16 performance of this concert inspired by the art of American writer and activist James Baldwin is free. Stew and The Negro Problem explore Baldwin’s trailblazing legacy through music.
      The Famous Spiegeltent
    • June 17
      Hear soulful, world beat and house music from this Toronto DJ duo. They are both politically active and as musically relevant as ever. 
      The Famous Spiegeltent
    • June 20-22
      This an energetic pop concert mixed with contemporary drama that explores friendship and family though magical realism. Think of it as a modern-day musical that is scared of nothing. 
      The Famous Spiegeltent
    • June 22-25
      Vertical Influences is a contemporary ice skating double-bill from wildly entertaining Montreal collective Patin Libre.
      Mattamy Athletic Centre
    • June 23-25
      This is the world’s biggest festival of hip hop dance theatre. The country's greatest hip hop crew's, along with international groups, will stomp the stage.
      Sony Centre
    • June 23
      Erin Markey’s standup show combines her signature comedy scored by pop music, creating an intimate musical conversation inspired by Whitney Houston, Lesbian Mythology and Pretty Woman. 
      The Famous Spiegeltent
    • June 23-24
      Two MCs and one DJ based in the west of Ireland storm the stage for a night of honest double-edged lyricism over skewed soul samples, 808 beats and sliced-up breaks.
      The Famous Spiegeltent
    • June 24
      It's a five-song, electronic trip out of this world with Montreal-based pianist Jean-Michel Blais and genre-defying, Grammy Award-nominated electronic producer Mike Silver.
      The Great Hall
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    Alice Clark

Lead photo by

Alice Clark

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