Posted in Festivals
Contributed by Christopher Jones
04/8 2014

Weisbrodt Promises Sexy Luminato

Artistic Director Jorn Weisbrodt, above, says sex will be a theme of this summer’s eighth edition of the Luminato Festival taking over the city June 6 – 15 with sexy film, sexy dance, sexy theatre and sexy music.

Isabella Rossellini examines animal world lust in Green Porno: Live on Stage, while senior citizens explode myths and taboos in All The Sex I’ve Ever Had. And in honour of World Pride this summer, singer Rufus Wainwright leads the charge in If I Loved You featuring men singing Broadway love songs to men, among them Josh Groban, Steven Page, Boy George and David Byrne. Also on tap are visual artist/filmmaker Matthew Barney (River of Fundament, Drawing Restraint), choreographer Lemi Ponifasio (Stones in Her Mouth) and magician David Ben (Card Table Artiface).

Jason Collett’s Basement Revue at Luminato

The Luminato Hub in David Pecault Square will be transformed into a cardboard beach by Cuban collective Los Carpinteros where free performances feature Ziggy Marley, Bebel Gilberto, Jesse Cook, Saidah Baba Talibah, The Roots, Jason Collette (above) and TV on the Radio, among many others.

Ticketed events go on sale Saturday; check the Luminato website for the full Festival schedule.

Posted in Art
Contributed by Christopher Jones
04/7 2014

AGO Art of the Day Tumblr

Art Gallery of Ontario’s Art of the Day Tumblr isn’t new but it’s new to me. I discovered it on Twitter this morning (@agotoronto) and I like the idea of seeing a single work from the gallery’s enormous collection each day. You can sign up to find AGO Art of the Day in your digital in-box each morning. Pictured above is today’s edition, Tom Thomson’s A Northern Lake, c. 1916 (Oil on composite wood-pulp board, Gift from the Reuben and Kate Leonard Canadian Fund, 1927 © 2014 Art Gallery of Ontario).

Posted in Film
Contributed by Christopher Jones
04/2 2014

Highway of Broken Dreams

Filmmakers Derreck Roemer, left, and Neil Graham didn’t have a whole lot of luck on the festival circuit with their second documentary, Lost Highway. So the pair is screening their film Sunday afternoon at the Revue Cinema (4 pm, one show only), a gesture to give friends, family and interested film buffs a chance to see the doc up on the big screen.

“It’s really great closure,” says Graham. “It’s a nice way to say it’s over.”

Adds Roemer: “We wanted to see at least one screening of the festival cut.”

Sponsoring broadcaster on the project is TVO which screens the TV cut April 23 at 9 pm (and again April 27 at 11 pm, and April 29 at 9 pm).

The movie is a slow, sad look at the fate of businesses and residents trying to survive on a dilapidated stretch of Highway 7 in Eastern Ontario. Once a busy transport corridor, traffic petered out with the completion of Highway 401 in the 1960s. Today the area looks more like the depressed American South than prosperous Ontario.


Posted in Art
Contributed by Christopher Jones
04/2 2014

Terror & Beauty at the AGO

Francis Bacon and Henry Moore are brilliantly paired in a new Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition opening Saturday (April 5). Organized by the AGO in conjunction with the U.K.’s Ashmolean Museum, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty features more than 60 works by these two highly influential artists, as well as a number of photographs and archival materials dating from the Second World War.

The show very astutely pairs works by both artists comparing and contrasting forms and mediums. In the photo above Moore’s Warrior With Sheild (1954) relates to Bacon’s Portrait of John Edwards (1988). Guest-curated by York University’s Dan Adler, the exhibition features numerous loans from the Henry Moore Foundation, Tate Britain, the Estate of Francis Bacon and the MOMA. The show is visceral, beautiful, powerful.