“Artistic works from a vast spectrum of homegrown and international artists will share the spotlight at the upcoming Luminato Festival,” states an unsigned report at CTV News (Toronto). “The Toronto-based multi-arts festival has unveiled its 2017 lineup, the first programmed by new artistic director Josephine Ridge and led by CEO Anthony Sargent. Luminato will kick off on June 14 with ‘Tributaries,’ a free celebration of contemporary indigenous music and dance at Toronto’s David Pecaut Square. … The Ottawa-based National Arts Centre Orchestra will bring its multimedia presentation of ‘Life Reflected’ to Toronto. The symphonic showcase features the works of four composers, each serving as a musical portrait inspired by four Canadian women: Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro; pioneering Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar; and posthumous tributes to the late British Columbia teen Amanda Todd and Mi’kmaq elder and poet Rita Joe.” Other performances at the festival, which run through June 25, include “two Canadian-made world premieres: the dance opera ‘Bearing’ exploring the impact of Canada’s residential school system; and musical theatre production ‘King Arthur’s Night,’ which features actors living with and without Down syndrome,” classical Indian dance, and a hip-hop dance theater gathering.

Posted April 7, 2017