One of the themes for this year’s
Luminato Festival is the guitar, which as you might guess, means there are lots of guitarists playing at various venues. The most interesting music options this year include the Travelling Blues showcase (June 6, Metro Hall Square), headlined by Taj Mahal alongside a large roster of blues musicians from all over the world. Also worth noting is NXNE’s collaboration with Luminato, Tales Of The
Uncanny (June 11, Yonge-Dundas Square), which features post-rockers Do Make Say Think, indie violinist extraordinaire Owen Pallett and German experimental electronic artist Robert Lippok performing a live score to the classic silent horror film. Both events are free. luminato.com.
Harbourfront can always be counted on for some quality outdoor concerts, and this year is no exception. Highlights include Nigerian icon King Sunny Adé, who performs for free, alongside Femi
Kuti (son of Afrobeat architect Fela Kuti) as part of the Hot Spot (July 4). Hometown heroes Broken So
cial Scene have moved their cancelled Olympic Island concert to Harbourfront for Beats, Breaks &
Culture (July 11), which is good news. Not only do we still get to hear them outdoors, the show’s now free (and won’t be disrupted by the Indy Car race). harbourfrontcentre.com.