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David Bates on 100 years of ‘The Famous Spiegeltent’!

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks with jazz musician and owner of the enchanting “Famous Spiegeltent” David Bates

WHO: David Bates

WHAT: Luminato takes over David Pecaut Square for twelve days with free outdoor programming as well as nightly shows in our pop-up venue The Famous Spiegeltent, a licensed patio, activations from our partners, and more!  It’s your go-to place in the city from June 14–25.

WHERE: David Pecaut Square in downtown Toronto

WHEN: June 14th through June 25th




BIO: The Famous Spiegeltent is a 1920s heritage travelling pavilion which provides an intimate performance space for music, theatre, spoken word, and cabaret. There are only a handful of these unique “tents of mirrors” left in the world today. The Famous Spiegeltent, considered the most beautiful of the last remaining Belgian Spiegeltents, was built in 1920 by master craftsmen Oscar Mols Dom and Loius Goor. This Grande Dame has spent her lifetime at the behest of festivals and fairgrounds throughout Europe and beyond, playing host to the world’s greatest cabaret artists, musicians, and circus burlesque performers. It’s been a mainstay at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has travelled from Melbourne to Montreal, Brighton and now Toronto.

Since Marlene Dietrich sang Falling In Love Again on The Famous Spiegeltent stage in the 1930s, its magic mirrors have reflected thousands of artists, audiences, and eclectic gatherings. This June, it will be the creative heart of Toronto with free lunchtime concerts as well as evening performances featuring local and international musicians, clown artists, and more.

The Drake will be fuelling The Famous Spiegeltent bar and outdoor patio in David Pecaut Square this year. Drake Catering and the brand new Drake Commissary – The Drake’s creative culinary hub in the Junction Triangle – will serve up expertly crafted cocktails and snacks all week, while OLG will be on-site with fun activities from June 16–18. It will be the perfect place to relax, unwind, and discover.

You’ll also find food trucks on site every day from 11am-2pm and 5pm onward.  Come grab a bite from any of the three trucks we’ll have in the Square, rotating daily.  Food truck selection will be curated by the team behind Food Truckin Friday, so you know it’ll be delicious!


Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the Jazz FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.

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