Luminato Art Festival Toronto

Launched: June 2, 2022

Luminato

The Luminato Festival Toronto returns this month so you can fill your schedule with literature, music, dance, and theatre. From June 9 - 19, events and installations are occurring at various locations throughout Toronto, including both free and ticketed experiences. This international art festival will be an inspirational start to your summer - and it includes a special performance produced in partnership with GO Transit!

Art In Transit: Luminato on the GO

Art in Transit

Do you need a little extra incentive to get out of bed for work this month? Produced in partnership with GO Transit, the Luminato 2022 Festival includes a unique event that brings live art to your morning commute! 

Yes, you’ll still be riding your usual GO train on your way to work, but you’ll feel like you’re attending a street performance. Art in Transit: Luminato on the GO brings the art festival to you and will transform your normal sleepy commute into an immersive performance experience!

One of the performers, Anand Rajaram, says that Art in Transit: Luminato on the GO is meant to be “a moment of whimsy and lightness for and amongst morning commuters…[and] it will replace any dreariness of that morning commute with bliss, being inside the performance without any stress or responsibility to do more than just watch and enjoy.” He hopes that “this interaction will stay with [viewers] for the whole day or many days, returning when the world of work proves less than inspiring…”
Now that’s an amazing way to start your day!

Details On The Experience

What’s Art in Transit: Luminato on the GO all about? It’s a series of 7 free performances over 7 days, on various GO train lines, giving you a theatrical experience during your regular morning ride. Stations and train cars will become the “stage” for this immersive performance that concludes with a special event at Union Station. This is the first time that GO Transit has collaborated with Luminato - and we couldn’t be more excited to share this experience with you!

What’s The Story?

From the Art in Transit: Luminato on the GO organizers, here’s a little taste of what you’ll see during the performance:

“A fish walks onto a GO Train…  

Art in Transit: Luminato on the GO follows grumpy, urban Fish, suited and caffeinated, as he begins his morning commute yearning for the water and feeling the call of the lake. With assistance from a cheery Train Conductor and chance encounters with musicians and dancers, rituals and readings, Fish rides the train all the way home to Lake Ontario, while slowly transforming from a fish-in-a-suit into his true aquatic self.  Waiting for Fish at Union Station is the musical Welcoming Committee, who joyfully joins him on his final quest to get to the water.” 

Performance Schedule

Check out the performance schedule so you’ll know where to be and what time to catch the train on your GO line. 

  • At the first station on the schedule, some artists, musicians, and crew will board Car 6 of the train.
  • At the second station on the schedule, The Fish will be waiting for the train and will board the last car.
  • At the third station on the schedule, dancers will perform inside the station and then board Car 5 of the train along with other artists.
  • When the train arrives at Union Station, a special concluding story event will occur!

Don’t miss Art in Transit: Luminato on the GO!

Richmond Hill line

Thursday, June 9

  • 8:11 a.m. - Gormley GO Station
  • 8:20 a.m. - Richmond Hill GO Station
  • 8:25 a.m. - Langstaff GO Station
  • 9:05 a.m. - arrive in Union Station

Kitchener line

Friday, June 10

  • 7:40 a.m. - Mount Pleasant GO Station
  • 7:46 a.m. - Brampton GO Station
  • 7:53 a.m. - Bramalea GO Station
  • 8:28 a.m. - arrive in Union Station

Barrie line 

Monday, June 13

  • 8:07 a.m. - King City GO Station
  • 8:14 a.m. - Maple GO Station
  • 8:18 a.m. - Rutherford GO Station
  • 8:48 a.m. - arrive in Union Station

Stouffville line

Tuesday, June 14

  • 7:42 a.m. - Centennial GO Station
  • 7:47 a.m. - Unionville GO Station
  • 7:54 a.m. - Milliken GO Station
  • 8:28 a.m. - arrive in Union Station

Milton line

Wednesday, June 15

  • 8:12 a.m. - Erindale GO Station
  • 8:17 a.m. - Cooksville GO Station
  • 8:22 a.m. - Dixie GO Station
  • 8:48 a.m. - arrive in Union Station

Lakeshore East line

Thursday, June 16

  • 7:57 a.m. - Pickering GO Station
  • 8:04 a.m. - Rouge Hill GO Station
  • 8:11 a.m. - Guildwood GO Station
  • 8:40 a.m. - arrive in Union Station

Lakeshore West line

Friday, June 17

  • 7:57 a.m. - Bronte GO Station
  • 8:03 a.m. - Oakville GO Station
  • 8:10 a.m. - Clarkson GO Station
  • 8:45 a.m. - arrive in Union Station
 

Use PRESTO Perks

Are you planning to attend one or more of the ticketed Luminato 2022 events? GO Transit is a great way to get there, and you can also use your PRESTO card to save money on tickets.

Use code L22PRESTO to get 15% off any Luminato 2022 event.

Ticketed Events Include:

  • What You Won’t Do For Love
  • The Cave
  • Creation Destruction
  • Beloved: A Tribute to Toni Morrison

Visit luminatofestival.com/tickets to purchase your tickets and don’t forget to use your coupon code!

Check Out Other Luminato Events 

Luminato

Art in Transit: Luminato on the GO aims to bring some of the festival to commuters, but we hope you’ll be inspired to attend more of the festival events. GO can get you to all the performances and art installation locations!

What You Won’t Do For Love

  • Date: June 9 - 12 & 17 - 19
  • Event Type: Theatre, World Premiere
  • Location: Canadian Opera Company Theatre
  • Cost: $20 - $60 (use PRESTO Perks to get 15% off)
  • Get There With GO: Travel by GO train or bus to Union Station and then walk east along Front St. to the theatre.

Creation Destruction

  • Date: June 15 - 17
  • Event Type: Dance, Music
  • Location: Trillium Park Pavillion
  • Cost: $35 (use PRESTO Perks to get 15% off)
  • Get There With GO: Take the Lakeshore West line to Exhibition GO Station. Walk south via Manitoba Dr., Princes’ Blvd, and Ontario Place Blvd.

The Cave

  • Date: June 15 - 26
  • Event Type: Music, Theatre
  • Location: Theatre Passe Muraille
  • Cost: $40 (use PRESTO Perks to get 15% off)
  • Get There With GO: Travel by GO train or bus to Union Station and then connect to the TTC.

Beloved: A Celebration of Toni Morrison and Black Women Writers, with Donna Bailey Nurse

  • Date: June 17 & 18
  • Event Type: Literature, Music
  • Location: Winter Garden Theatre
  • Cost: $40 - $60 (use PRESTO Perks to get 15% off)
  • Get There With GO: Travel by GO train or bus to Union Station. Walk east on Front St. and then north up Yonge St. to the theatre. 

Check out the website for a full list of events

About Luminato

Started in 2007, as a way to revitalize Toronto after the SARS epidemic, Luminato embraces art in all its forms and believes in “using art to open people’s hearts and minds to new ideas.” Luminato allows Canadian audiences access to international artists while also “shining a spotlight” on Toronto’s rich art scene. After two years of online events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Luminato 2022 returns in-person to the parks and theatres of Toronto - and for the first time on GO Transit, too!