June 19-28: Luminato Festival
On June 1, 2007, the first Luminato Festival event was launched with Pulse Front: Relational Architecture 12, a light installation commissioned from Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Festival supporters gathered along the harbourfront to witness the city skyline illuminated by the heart beats of the audience. Over four years in the making, Luminato Festival was ready to be unveiled to Toronto and the world.
Luminato Festival has become one of the preeminent arts festivals in North America, having commissioned over 66 new works of art, and featured 7,500 artists from 40 countries.
To September 3: Dancing on the Pier at Harbourfront Centre
Every Thursday evening this summer, the Harbourfront Centre presents Dancing on the Pier, a participatory dance experience for singles, couples and families. The event transforms the waterfront into a pulsing dance floor alive with global rhythms and styles, where footloose participants of all ages can experience the joy of movement in the warm summer air.
Dance clubs and instructors are on hand to offer guidance, with live bands and musicians holding down the beat. This mutli-sensory experience is complemented by delectable aromas wafting from nearby World Cafe, a marketplace of culinary delights from around the world.
To September 12: Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre
Answering the nagging questions you’ve always had about whether or not toast always lands butter side down or how much wind you need to blow down a house, the Mythbusters use fun experiments to answer these and a number of other questions. This exhibition features live demonstrations recreating some of the more popular myths tested, and a number of props and gadgets from the show are on display.