I want – I got’s Luminato Festival 2013 Top Picks

Luminato Festival 2013
Luminato Festival 2013

The Luminato Festival is upon us once again. There are so many things to see and do during the festival. Toronto is lucky to have a few Marina Abramovic’s works to take in also. Here are I want – I got’s top picks of the festival to get your started on your festival planning.

The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic
The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic photo: Lucie Jansch

The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic
Unfortunately this is sold out. I was lucky enough to see the show on June 14. It was haunting, beautiful and random. I loved it completely and shamelessly. Willam Dafoe (who I love even more now) and Antony were perfection. It’s a performance that will stick with me for a very long time. I hope to be able to see it again in the future.

Marina Abramovic – The Past, The Present, and The Future of Performance Art: A Lecture – June 18, 2013 – 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. — No Intermission..
$25
Winter Garden Theatre

The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic photo: Lucie Jansch
The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic photo: Lucie Jansch

A Symphonic Birthday Party – June 21, 2013,
8:00 p.m. – 9:20 p.m.

Free. The Hub at David Pecaut Square

Chamber Magic- June 17 – 19 – 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
$75, $60
George Brown House

Luminato Festival 2013 - MAI Prototype
Luminato Festival 2013 – MAI Prototype

MAI – Prototype – June 14 – 22, 2013 – various times
$25, Trinity Bellwoods Park. The video below is Marina Abramovic discussing MAI – Prototype

Stockpile – June 14 – 22, 2013 – 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Free
Brookfield Place – Allen Lambert Galleria

One Thousand Speculations – June 14 – 22, 2013 – 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Free
The Hub at David Pecaut Square

Luminato presents Dolls by Viktor & Rolf - Till June 30, 2013
Luminato presents Dolls by Viktor & Rolf – Till June 30, 2013

Luminato Festival 2013 – VIKTOR&ROLF DOLLS – June 10 – 30, 2013
Free
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Royal Ontario Museum – Thorsell Spirit House

Lancôme - Roses by... Photo: JJ Thompson
Lancôme – Roses by… Photo: JJ Thompson

Lancôme – Roses by… – June 11 – 22, 2013 – 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Free
First Canadian Place

The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic photo: Lucie Jansch
The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic photo: Lucie Jansch

Mark Morris Dance Group – June 21 – 23, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
$95, $85, $75, $60, $45
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

20 Bloggers for a Rose: The Lanc̫me Virtual Gallery РJune 14 Р20, 2013
Free
Check out this Virtual Gallery installation located at David Pecaut Square with your smartphone. Download the Virtual Gallery App for Android and Download the Virtual Gallery App for iPhones. You can only see the gallery when you are physically located at David Pecaut Square.

Danse Lhasa Danse – June 19, 2013 – 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Free
David Pecaut Square
This event will be streamed so if you can’t see it, bookmark this page and watch the video below on the 19th at 9pm.

Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice at Luminato – June 10 – 19, 2011

Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice at Luminato - June 10 - 19, 2011
I love that Luminato and Lancôme bring Canadian designers to create beautiful art installations. Last season it was Mark Fast and this season it’s Denis Gagnon who is going gangbusters with good news this year. Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice is the name of the piece that will be on display during the Luminato festival in June.

Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, one of Canada’s iconic fashion designers creates a world of wearable fantasy.

One of the most acclaimed Canadian designers of his generation, Denis Gagnon is noted for his bold traversal of the boundaries between the fashion industry and art. For over a decade, his concept of clothing as “moving sculpture” has informed his innovative collections for fashion lovers across Canada while also finding expression in the realms of pure creativity.  As a result, Gagnon, who began his career designing theatrical costumes, recently became the first Canadian in his field to have his work exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

In this installation, a one-of-a-kind dress surrounded by a garden of roses provides an intriguing complement to Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet performed by the National Ballet of Canada.

Commissioned by Luminato and Lancôme.

June 10-19
Wintergarden Lobby
225 King Street West (beside David Pecaut Square)
Toronto

image: luminato.com

Luminato 2010 – Wish Come True Festival

Luminato 2010 - Wish Come True Festival

I had to check out the super cute installation by FriendsWithYou at Queen’s Park for Luminato. It was like an acid trip came to life; floating mushroom and pill shaped objects with happy faces.

Luminato 2010 - Wish Come True Festival

Magic, luck, and friendship are the qualities that FriendsWithYou, a visual arts collective based in Miami Beach, seek to spread throughout the world. Now, in an unprecedented spectacle created just for Luminato, they invite Toronto to come out and play.

FriendsWithYou turns Toronto into Rainbow City, a delightful explosion of colour and jubilant energy. Led by the Rainbow King, Luminato 2010’s Festival mascot, a host of celestial characters transform Queen’s Park with larger-than-life dimensions of giant totems, bounce houses, and inflatable friends. Meanwhile, emissaries from this magical world fan out across Toronto to spread their universal message.

Luminato 2010 - Wish Come True Festival

Luminato 2010 - Wish Come True Festival

The trusty Olympus E-PL1 was there to record some video

I wish random installation like this were more common in the city.

Luminato 2010 – The Ascension of Beauty by Mark Fast

Luminato 2010 – The Ascension of Beauty by Mark Fast

Mark Fast returned to Canada to be part of the Luminato festival of Arts and Creativity.  He has the honour of presenting in the one of the best installation venues in the city, the Brookfield Place Allen Lambert Galleria.  It was two years ago that myself and some friends were part of the Toronto’s Mille Femmes installation during Luminato.

Luminato 2010 – The Ascension of Beauty by Mark Fast

Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity will present a free landmark installation in partnership with Lancôme by London-based Canadian knitwear designer Mark Fast. Commissioned by Lancôme in celebration of their 75th anniversary, The Ascension of Beauty will be presented in Toronto’s Brookfield Place Allen Lambert Galleria throughout the 10-day festival from June 11th to June 20th.

Luminato 2010 – The Ascension of Beauty by Mark Fast

Fast welcomes the challenges of such a largescale project, which will see him outfit architecture in rope sculpture and fashion a dress of lycra, viscose and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Said Fast, “The knitwear I have created is symbolic of the elegant structure of the rose and I have derived my inspiration from its delicate confidence. Its layers extend off the body emulating the delicate petals held together by the stem. The exhibition will encompass a rope structure that represents the emotion the Lancôme woman evokes. In my mind and my design, she encompasses the whole space and she is an inspiration to all people who behold her.”

Luminato 2010 – The Ascension of Beauty by Mark Fast

The installation was beautiful. It did a great job of using the length of the atrium.

Mark Fast is available at The Room (The Bay Queen Street).

L’Oréal Paris Offers Complimentary Summer Beauty Makeovers for Luminato, June 5 – 7

L’Oréal Paris Offers 1,000s of Complimentary Summer Beauty Makeovers to Torontonians for Luminato, June 5 – 7

L'Oréal Paris Beauty Tent

To help Torontonians go to Luminato in style with the latest summer beauty trends, L’Oréal Paris is offering complimentary makeup and hair makeovers from some of Canada’s top makeup and hair artists. Participants will also get the opportunity to ‘walk the red carpet’ at the Beauty Tent where a photographer will capture their final beauty look as a special memento.

Special guest appearances at the Beauty Tent by L’Oréal Paris’ Official Makeup Artist, Eddie Maleterre and Official Hair Artist and Colourist, Eric Del Monaco – the same beauty masterminds who created all of the runway beauty looks for LG Fashion Week, Beauty by L’Oréal Paris in Toronto and appeared on the hit TV show, Project Runway Canada. Eddie and Eric will direct the team of 20 makeup and hair artists for three-days at this amazing beauty hub, as they apply 1,000s of beauty makeovers on Torontonians using L’Oréal Paris ‘star’ products of the summer.

The following special guest appearances with L’Oréal Paris Beauty Experts, Eddie Maleterre and Eric Del Monaco will feature their pro beauty tips and secrets:

Friday, June 5 at 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 6 at 4 p.m.
Sunday, June 7 at 4 p.m.

L’Oréal Paris Beauty Tent
Yonge-Dundas Square
Toronto
June 5 – 7, 2009 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

image courtesy L’Oreal Paris

I’m one of Toronto’s Mille Femmes

Toronto
I was lucky enough to be approached for the Toronto’s Mille Femmes project by Pierre Maraval and it’s pretty freaking cool.

French artist Pierre Maraval calls his photo exhibitions “human landscapes”, each a collection of 1,000 portraits of individuals linked by a common characteristic or shared passion. Athletes, AIDS workers, Internet pioneers, and women from some of the world’s greatest cities are among those whom Maraval has celebrated since he began his project in ’93. Now he turns his lens on Toronto and the women who enrich the city’s flourishing cultural scene through Toronto’s Mille Femmes.

Toronto’s Mille Femmes is a tribute to one thousand artistic, creative and inspiring women from Toronto and their protégés, who embody the passion and heritage of the city. Architects, actors, dancers, designers, journalists, musicians and others have been chosen in recognition of their achievements and leadership in their field. Once joined together, the 1,000 portraits will become a visual network, a chain of recognition that celebrates not only an extraordinary community of women, but also the creative character and diversity of Toronto.

Now my portrait is hanging in Brookfield Place for everyone too see. I even like the photo.

Toronto’s Mille Femmes
Till June 15, 2008
Allen Lambert Galleria,
Brookfield Place (formerly BCE Place)
161-181 Bay Street
Toronto

The Creation Of Toronto’s Mille Femmes by Maraval

YouTube – The Creation Of Toronto’s Mille Femmes by Maraval

Making Of – Co-produced by Luminato and Lancôme, Toronto’s Mille Femmes by Maraval will capture the inner-beauty and unique personalities of the inspirational women who embody the passion, heritage and inspiration behind Toronto’s artistic community.

Toronto’s Mille Femmes is a tribute to 1,000 artistic, creative and inspiring women from Toronto and their protégés, who embody the passion and heritage of the city. Architects, actors, dancers, designers, journalists, musicians and others have been chosen in recognition of their achievements and leadership in their field. Joined together, the 1,000 portraits will become a visual network, a chain of recognition that celebrates not only an extraordinary community of women, but also the creative character and diversity of Toronto.

Video Directed By Stephane Cocke

Jesus, I’m gonna associated with freaking Daria people.