No. 4 see Isabella RossellINI do gReeN poRNo at lumINato.
The Luminato Festival’s mandate is to gather the best artists from around the world and from inside our own city in an orgy of creation. The fest doesn’t always succeed in attracting the greatest stars – last year’s Joni Mitchell appearance notwithstanding – but it can be counted on to feature some very intriguing figures.
To give just a few examples, Isabella Rossellini dons various animal costumes for her erotic stage show Green Porno Live (June 6 to 8) and gives an artist talk on the final day. Mercurial avant-garde visual artist Matthew Barney talks with curator Kitty Scott about his AGO show Drawing Restraint on June 7, and Canuck icon Buffy Sainte- Marie hits the stage June 10.
This year’s outdoor Literary Picnic on June 15 boasts 45 writers and commitment to uncover unseen Toronto. A rainstorm flooded out last year’s picnic, but that won’t happen again – this year’s edition has an alternate venue in case of bad weather. luminatofestival.com.