Luminato Festival

Nature Versus Industry as Luminato Festival’s Big Bang Bash Transforms Toronto’s Hearn Generating Station

On June 18 Luminato Festival presents the Big Bang Bash, its annual fundraising gala that kicks off this year’s multi-arts festival at the stunning, decommissioned Hearn Generating Station. With a theme that juxtaposes nature versus industry, the unique space will be transformed from a lush Pan American forest to a barren post-apocalyptic wasteland over the course of the evening.

The Big Bang Bash gala brings together Luminato artists, philanthropists, and special guests from Toronto’s artistic community for a seated dinner followed by a not-to-be-missed Opening Party celebrating the Festival’s 10 days of art, ideas and creativity. For the first time, tickets to the Opening Party will be on sale to the public with 500 tickets available at $175 each.

“The Hearn is one of Toronto’s most incredible spaces. We put it on the map last year and this year we are going further and deeper. The Hearn is a raw canvas, full of possibilities and ready to be filled with art and life. The theme for the event is inspired by the battle between nature and industry – we want to inspire guests to think about both directions this battle can go,” said Jorn Weisbrodt, Artistic Director, Luminato Festival. “And after the gala, we’ll take it one step further bringing a new, throbbing music energy with the Unsound Festival on June 19 and 20 in the first-ever public event held at the Hearn.”

Highlighted guests from previous years include featured Luminato Festival artists Isabella Rossellini, Marina Abramovic, Atom Egoyan, Willem Dafoe, and Rufus Wainwright. Gala co-chairs Tony and Lina Gagliano and David and Angela Feldman invite guests to experience the breathtaking venue while exploring the elements of surprise and discovery at the heart of Luminato Festival.

Gala and party guests will also be the first to experience Tim Hecker’s Ephemera, the world premiere of a live version of the Unsound Festival produced project. Bringing together scent and sound in a startling new way, Ephemera presents olfactory compositions by conceptual perfumer Geza Schoen based on the musical resonances and reverberations of Hecker, alongside immersive lighting design by Berlin’s MFO. Let the physical presence of scent and sound trigger emotions, uncover memories and move your other senses.

Schedule highlights include:

  • 6:30 PM: Big Bang Bash – Red Carpet Arrivals and Cocktail Reception
  • 7:30 PM: Dinner
  • 9:30 PM: Luminato Festival Opening Party
  • 10:30 PM: live world premiere of Tim Hecker’s Ephemera

Food for the Big Bang Bash and Opening Party is prepared by North 44, Executive Chef Sash Simpson, with event management by McNabb Roick Events. The Opening Party will feature interactive activations by Timberland and Lancôme Canada with beverages by Bacardi Canada, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Mill Street Brewery. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

The Hearn continues to thrive from Friday, June 19 to Saturday, June 20 as the home of Unsound Toronto, a two-day amorphous music festival marking its Canadian premiere at Luminato Festival this year. For more information and to apply for accreditation to Unsound Toronto, please click here. Luminato Festival runs June 19 to 28 at various venues across Toronto.

Big Bang Bash

Lead sponsors: St. Joseph Communications and Camrost-Felcorp Inc.
Associate Sponsors: Aimia, CIBC, L’Oréal Canada, Next Pathway Inc.; Chetan and Clara Mathur,
RBC Capital Markets
Premium Table Supporters: Ms. Sandra Faire and Mr. Ivan Fecan
Media Sponsor: National Post

Opening Party

Partners: Timberland, Lancôme Canada

Supporters: glaceau smartwater, Bacardi Canada, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Mill Street Brewery

Luminato Festival Opening Party
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Hearn Generating Station
Limited number of tickets available at
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About Luminato Festival:

Luminato Festival is Toronto’s international multi-arts festival for people open to having art change their outlook on the world. For 10 days each June, Luminato Festival transforms Toronto’s theatres, parks and public spaces with hundreds of events celebrating theatre, dance, music, literature, food, visual arts, magic, film, and more.
Luminato Festival is a charitable, not-for-profit, cultural organization whose vision is to commission and present significant local, national, and international programming that reflects Toronto as a crossroads of ideas, cultures and traditions. Now in its 9th year, Luminato Festival has become one of North America’s leading arts festivals. The Luminato Festival runs June 19 to 28, 2015.

Luminato Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support and vision of its Founding Luminaries, SuperNova donors, and Patron Circle Members. Luminato Festival proudly acknowledges the support of the following partners:

Founding Government Partner: Province of Ontario
Major Partners: Government of Canada, L’Oréal Canada
Presenting Partners: City of Toronto, CIBC
Program and Official Partners: BMO, Manulife, Slaight Music, Mill Street Brewery, OLG, Timberland® President’s Choice® Black Label Collection
Major Media Partners: Toronto Star, Bell Media, The Globe and Mail
Marketing Partners: Classical 96.3 FM and AM740, Air Canada Centre, CBC
Government Partner: Ontario Arts Council

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Ashley Ballantyne, Director of Communications
Luminato Festival
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