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Friday, June 4, 2010

Luminato Announces Lineups For Luminato First Night And Light On Your Feet


TORONTO (June 4, 2010) - Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity, announces its Yonge-Dundas Square musical lineup, including Canadian R&B singer/songwriter Jully Black,INDIA "la princesa de salsa," and Japanese superstar Maki Nomiya. These additions to the Festival's music program are an example of the Festival's enhancements made possible by support from the Government of Canada through the Marquee Tourism Event Program. Luminato takes place from June 11 - 20, 2010.

NEW ADDITIONS

Luminato First Night
Luminato's free opening night concert in Yonge-Dundas Square features a celebration of Canadian divas hosted by CTV'sTraci Melchor. New to the First Night lineup, Luminato is proud to announce the addition of Jully Black, joining previously announced artists Juno Award-winner Sass Jordan and 2010 Grammy nominee Melanie Fiona. Jully Black, a Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter, actor and TV personality, performs hits from her recent release, The Black Book. Yonge-Dundas Square becomes a dance-floor for Festival-goers in celebration of Luminato's opening night, while Mill Street's onsite pub offers food and drink. Luminato First Night is presented by TELUS with additional support from L'Oréal Paris. Marketing partner:Metro.
Friday, June 11 at Yonge-Dundas Square, 7 PM - 11 PM
FREE

Light On Your Feet
Enjoy five nights of music and dancing with Luminato's Light On Your Feet concerts in Yonge-Dundas Square. In celebration of Rufus Wainwright's opera Prima Donna, this year's events are a cross-cultural tribute to the Diva. Light On Your Feet is presented by OLG with support from L'Oréal Paris, Maybelline New York, and shu uemura.
Saturday, June 12 - Wednesday, June 16 at Yonge-Dundas Square, 7 PM - 11 PM
FREE

Saturday, June 12 - Latin Divas
Grammy Award-nominated salsa singer INDIA "la princesa de salsa," a superstar in the world of Salsa music, headlines Latin Divas night. INDIA became a singer at the age of 16 in the dance group TKA, one of the first Latin Hip Hop ensembles. The night begins with the Lula All Stars paying tribute to the queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, featuring Patricia Cano, Alberto Alberto and Luis Mario Ochoa. Latin Divas is produced in association with the Salsa Festival Group. Its major media partner is Telelatino.

Sunday, June 13 - Queer Divas
Hosted by American actorMichael Urie of the hit TV show Ugly Betty, and Canadian comedic performer Shawn Hitchins, Queer Divas features an all-star lineup of queer and queer-friendly artists. The evening kicks off with Toronto's own Kelly and the Kellygirls, reuniting for their first appearance in many years. Featured performers include; Lea DeLaria, whosePlay It Cool was hailed by The Times as the best jazz album of 2001; singer, songwriter, and Tony-nominated performance artist Justin Bond (described by Time Out as "a transatlantic cabaret messiah"); alternative music star and former Rough Trade vocalist Carole Pope; and Toronto-born actorChristian Campbell, best known to this program's audience as Gabriel in the cult classic movie, Trick. Emmy-award winning composer and performer, Lance Hornereturns to Luminato as musical director. Queer Divas is co-produced with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Monday, June 14 - Bollywood Divas
Bollywood-style dance lessons punctuate a night of vibrant Bollywood performances. Monday's featured Diva isSuzanne D'Mello, a Bollywood playback singer celebrated for her diverse range of musicality. Her hits include two songs from the Oscar-winning movieSlumdog Millionaire. Joining the bill with D'Mello is classical fusion vocalist Bageshree Vaze. A multi-talented Indo-Canadian artist, Vaze is known for blending traditional dance moves with Indian music. Bollywood Divas night also offers Festival-goers the chance to learn some Bollywood dance moves, led by Tarana Dance Company and Diyas Arts & Entertainment. Bollywood Divas is hosted byHussain Madhavji and produced in association with Masala! Mehndi! Masti!; the marketing partner is Asian Television Network.

Tuesday, June 15 - The Ultimate '80s Party
Yonge-Dundas Square is transformed into the Ultimate '80s Party with a slate of retro-chic tribute bands. Luisa Marshall as Tina Turnerstarts off the night, so faithfully replicating Ms. Turner that in 2003, she won the World Rock and Roll Tribute Artist Championship. On the Rock side, '80s Diva band Heart is represented by New York tribute bandHeartless, lauded for its authentic portrayal of Heart's memorable songs, lyrics and rocking stage presence. In homage to the ultimate '80s Diva, Britain's Vogue Madonna closes out the night with an authentic tribute to the Queen of Pop, including Madonna's iconic hits, costumes and dance moves. The Ultimate '80s Party is hosted by Shawn Hitchinsand Cabaret performerSharron Matthews. Luminato is encouraging all '80s fans to dress up for the event.

Wednesday, June 16 - J-Pop Divas
The Japanese Pop celebration begins with The Moist Towelettes, a quartet that splits its time between Toronto and Tokyo. The Moist Towelettes employ sparkly costumes, balloons and candy, making them a popular act worldwide. Next, Japan's Maki Nomiya headlines the J-Pop show with a rare North American appearance. Well-known as the vocalist for Pizzicato Five in the '90s, Maki is now a full-fledged celebrity and cultural icon in Japan, a captivating solo singer who also designs, writes and models. J-Pop Divas is supported by The Japan Foundation.
ABOUT LUMINATO For 10 extraordinary days in June, Toronto's stages, streets, and public spaces are illuminated with arts and creativity. Luminato is an annual multi-disciplinary celebration of theatre, literature, music, food, dance, celebrations, visual arts, fashion, film, and magic.

For more information, visit
luminato.com. Tickets are available now through all Ticketmaster outlets (call 416-872-1111 or visitwww.ticketmaster.ca). Luminato gratefully acknowledges the generous support and vision of its Luminaries, SuperNova donors, and Patron Circle Members; corporate partners; the presenting partner, L'Oréal; the dedicated government partners; and major media partners.

Luminato Partners: L'Oréal, TELUS, National Bank Financial Group, President's Choice, OLG, RBC Foundation, Manulife Financial, Scotiabank Group, Aeroplan, Mill Street Brewery, Porter Airlines.
Government Partners: The Government of Ontario - Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of Canada, City of Toronto, Ontario Arts Council, The Japan Foundation, The British Council, The Consulate General of Spain, The Consulate General of Australia.

Foundation Partners: Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Hal Jackman Foundation, The McLean Foundation, Candy Lee/The Sidney Lee Dream Foundation, The John McKellar Charitable Foundation. Major Media Partners: CTV, The Globe and Mail, Cineplex, Toronto Star, The Weather Network, Tourism Toronto, St. Joseph Communications, Telelatino Network.

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