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It’s Monday and that means Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore shares his top picks for your arts and entertainment week ahead.


The Luminato Festival of creativity returns for its 11th year, but with a different spirit this year. The days of heavy electronica heard pounding through the walls of the gargantuan Hearn Generating Station have come to an end. The festival is looking to be more inclusive in 2017, both in proximity to Torontonians, and in the talent being represented.

On Wednesday night, Luminato begins with a free event at David Pecaut Square titled “Tributaries”. The performance will feature over 60 artists paying tribute to Indigenous Women.

Mark Wigmore spoke to new Artistic Director Josephine Ridge about her career and this year’s festival

Luminato attractions to look out for in 2017: The Famous Spiegeltent, which will house live music and entertainment nightly at David Pecaut Square. Also look for performances of King Arthurs Night, Life Reflected, and the International Festival of Hip Hop titled "Breakin Convention".


You may have heard the ads on Jazz FM91 for Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, well, the reviews are in!

The Panasonic is certainly a place for the off-kilter, off-beat, and totally unique, and this time it’s this Olivier Award winning shwo. Direct from London's West End, each show is a different experience, and you have some very talented musical comedians guiding you through the performance. Audience suggestions are used to build this night of singing and dancing, and the talent here can really get a crowd boiling with laughter. 3 Stars in the Globe, 3 and a half in the Star. High praise! for tickets.


EarthDay Canada throws a big party every year, and it’s a good one. The Gala is a gathering spot for business leaders, activists, connected community members and political types to rub shoulders and talk turkey when it comes to planet earth. The Earthday Canada Gala is this Wednesday at the Mill Street Brew Pub, which is situated beautifully within the Distillery District. The goal this year is to raise funds for the EarthPLAY Program which helps kids get back outside to just hang out and explore as they please. Fresh City Farms is taking care of the food, and Turbo Street Funk is playing the tunes. for info.

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