|by JD Rinne||Canada, Toronto||1|
Luminato, a festival of arts and creativity, will host more than 140 music, theater, dance, arts, literature, and food events in Toronto, all in the hopes that regular people will have an "accidental encounter with art."
Most of the festival's events are free—public art installations, dance parties, short film presentations (including a quadruple feature of animated Edgar Allan Poe stories), and street performances make up the bulk of the scheduled activities. The festival starts Friday and goes for 10 days.
The schedule is massive (try this at-a-glance calendar to make sense of it all), but it's easy to spot a few highlights: On Saturday, the festival organizers will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest guitar ensemble. The current record is 1,802 guitarists performing together—Luminato has invited 2,000. In a public vote on the event's website, Neil Young's Helpless won as the chosen song for the attempt (download the music and lyrics here).
Luminato also brings some cool public art installations to Toronto. One highlight is Binary Waves (pictured), in Toronto's financial district. The work lights up when there are invisible electromagnetic communications signals present—you can imagine what it looks like at 5 p.m. on weekdays. The installation is part of a work called Communications/Environment.
Next weekend, sample the city's cuisine for just $5 an item in the 1,000 Tastes of Toronto event.
If you're looking to make a vacation of it, note that more than 30 hotels are offering hotel packages, with some including event tickets.