Luminato Festival Gets David Byrne, Rufus Wainwright, the Roots, TV on the Radio
Published Apr 08, 2014Toronto's Luminato Festival spans a variety of mediums, and as usual, this year's lineup for the annual event includes a generous selection of music from June 6 to 15.
Festival Hub will be at Pecaut Square in front of Metro Hall. Among the performers appearing at the Hub are the Roots, TV on the Radio, the Hidden Cameras, Tanya Tagaq, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Saidah Baba Talibah, Ziggy Marley and more.
But perhaps the most intriguing music event will take place at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on June 14. Dubbed "If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway - An Evening of Love Duets," this Rufus Wainwright-presented evening features a cast of notable male singers performing duets from Broadway musicals. In addition to Wainwright, participants include David Byrne, Boy George, Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, the Swell Season's Glen Hansard, Josh Groban, and former Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page, among others.
Elsewhere at the festival, Jason Collett will host a series of Basement Revues and Hal Willner will spearhead a tribute to David Lanois called "Sleeping in the Devil's Bed." Performers who will salute Lanois include Emmylou Harris, Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew, Martha Wainwright, the Handsome Family, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Anna McGarrigle and more.
For the festival's film portion, Kid Koala will present a multi-disciplinary adaptation of his graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall; this will entail a "real-time filming of more than a dozen miniature stages and a cast of puppets," while Koala and some collaborators perform a live score.
Also on deck, Lanois, Byrne and Wainwright will speak for TimesTalks Luminato.
See Luminato s full day-by-day schedule and get ticket information over at its website.