Luminato Festival

‘Today is the Future’ at Luminato Festival’s Big Bang Bash and Opening Party

TORONTO – On June 9, Luminato Festival kicks off with two highly anticipated events: the Big Bang Bash and Opening Party. The annual fundraising double-header officially launches Luminato’s 17-day residency at the Hearn Generating Station, providing partygoers, partners and supporters a first-look at the reimagined venue, temporarily transformed into a community and cultural hub for the duration of the 10th anniversary festival.

Big Bang Bash, one of the country’s most popular and buzzed about yearly galas, brings together Luminato artists, philanthropists and special guests from Toronto’s artistic community for a seated dinner (6:30 p.m.). Once again, the event brings guests into a new area of the vast industrial cathedral that is the Hearn with dinner (prepared by North 44) served in the Jackman Gallery on the soaring third floor mezzanine against the backdrop of Luminato’s city-wide visual arts project TROVE: A View of Toronto in 50 of its Treasures as photographed by Scott McFarland.

At 9:30 p.m., gear up for one of the hottest events in town, Luminato’s Opening Party, and celebrate the festival’s 10th birthday. Be the first to experience Circa 1948, an immersive installation by Canadian artist Stan Douglas (co-presented with the National Film Board and TIFF); dance under the world’s largest mirror ball as Luminato Festival installs Canadian artist Michel de Broin’s One Thousand Speculations (a 7.9 metre in diameter ball made up of 1,000 mirrors) for a second time; be dazzled by a concrete-jungle style parkour performance that plays off the grandiose concrete and steel of the Hearn; and explore a range of art installations, galleries and more nestled throughout the space. Music by live DJ The Soul Proprietor (Eon Sinclair).Opening Party tickets, $100 each, are now on sale.

Today is the Future, the theme for both events, offers a glimpse of what the Hearn Generating Station could one day become. To juxtapose the gritty industrial tones of the space, the décor will be almost entirely reflective, clear and see-through, symbolizing a clean canvas for the future of the Hearn and the city. The Big Bang Bash dress code, ‘Tomorrow’s Black Tie’ encourages guests to have fun with their formalwear, and play with fashion forward ideas (though flat shoes are recommended).

“The first year we hosted our gala at the Hearn, we created a Berlin vibe that was new to the city; in the second year the idea was to show what would happen to the Hearn if nature were to take over; and in my final year, I want to show what the future of the Hearn could be – where industrial past meets creative energy,” said Jorn Weisbrodt, Artistic Director, Luminato Festival. “The gala will happen in a space that has never been open to the public, the upper turbine hall, which will be transformed into a sparkling futuristic heaven under Michel de Broin’s gigantic mirror ball – sort of like “Twilight Sparkle” meets “2001 Space Odyssey”. We call it ‘Today is the Future’ as the future of the Hearn starts today and for 17 days, we will show audiences how the Hearn could become something that is unique in the world, not a larger Tate Modern, or a covered Highline, but the largest cultural, community and sports centre in the world. Oh, and did I mention we threw the best party two years in a row – so why shouldn’t this year be better?”

Tickets for Big Bang Bash, Opening Party, and all 2016 Luminato Festival events are on sale now. 
For full details on programming, more information, and to buy tickets, visit

About Big Bang Bash

While only in its fourth year, the Big Bang Bash already has a strong reputation for its unprecedented use of extraordinary spaces, and for the last two years has been hailed as the event of the year in Toronto by Canada’s artistic community, business leaders, media partners and social influencers.

Big Bang Bash co-chairs Mark and Vanessa Mulroney and Jonas and Lynda Prince, and honourary co-chairs David and Angela Feldman and Tony and Lina Gagliano, host guests for a decadent meal amid music, mingling and exciting art. Event concept by Jorn Weisbrodt with event management and production by McNabb Roick Events. Food by North 44 Executive Chef Sash Simpson. 

June 9, 6:30 p.m., The Hearn Generating Station (440 Unwin Ave.). For Big Bang Bash sponsorship or table packages, please contact:

Big Bang Bash Gala Cabinet:

  • Mohammad and Najla Al Zaibak
  • Elly Barlin Daniels
  • Cleophee Eaton and Scott McFarland
  • The Honourable Nicole Eaton and Mr. Thor Eaton
  • Jim Emanoilidis
  • Amoryn Engel
  • Richard and Rana Florida
  • Shaun Francis
  • Max and Heather Gotlieb
  • Trinity Jackman and Marcus Doyle
  • Lucille and Urban Joseph, O.C.
  • Krystal Koo
  • Raj Kothari
  • Chetan and Clara Mathur
  • Joe Mimran and Kimberley Newport-Mimran
  • Mila Mulroney
  • Jay Smith and Laura Rapp

Associate Sponsors and Premium Table Supporters: Aimia, Mantella Corporation, RBC Capital Markets, Nicole & Thor Eaton, David & Angela Feldman and Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, The Ira Gluskin and Maxine Granovsky Gluskin Charitable Foundation, Max and Heather Gotlieb, The Jackman Family, Next Pathway Inc. and Chetan & Clara Mathur, Jonas & Lynda Prince, The Slaight Family, Jay Smith & Laura Rapp

Big Bang Bash Event Supporters: PARTISANS, McNabb Roick, Campo Viejo, Stoneleigh, Mill Street Brewery, Absolut, glacéau smartwater
Design Partner: PALETTERA

Media Partner: National Post

About Opening Party

A not-to-be-missed evening officially launching Luminato’s 17-day residency at the Hearn Generating Station. An annual tradition to kick off Luminato Festival. June 9, 9:30 p.m., The Hearn Generating Station (440 Unwin Ave.), $100.

Opening Party Supported by: President’s Choice® Black Label Collection, VAN HOUTTE® 

Opening Party Beverage Partners: Campo Viejo, Stoneleigh, Mill Street Brewery, Absolut, glacéau smartwater

About Circa 1948 by Stan Douglas, co-presented with the NFB and TIFF

Circa 1948 is a projection-mapped installation in which guests interact with the world that then responds back in real-time. Partygoers encounter conversations with the ghosts of noir-ish Vancouver, a rain-soaked city caught between the ruins of an old order and the shape of things to come. 

Circa 1948 is co-created by internationally renowned artist Stan Douglas and the award-winning NFB Digital Studio and invites guests to enter the shadows of post-war Vancouver in this immersive and interactive experience. The installation ties economic recession to police corruption and the black-market economy, and looks at the influence of social dynamics and poverty on urban planning. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

About Monkey Vault

Monkey Vault will create a special performance for the Opening Party on June 9 and will lead a number of Parkour workout sessions throughout the festival at the Hearn Generating Station. 
 Based in Toronto, The Monkey Vault Team, led by Dan “Pkdanno” Iaboni, has been teaching and performing parkour around North America for over 10 years. Originating from Paris suburbs in the 1980s, parkour is half sport, half artistic method of training the body to overcome physical obstacles and adapt its movement to any environment and situation. Parkour also elicits a sense of reclaiming public space in the city, freeing the citizen from the physical and psychological constraints prevalent in our society.


Valet parking will be offered during Big Bang Bash. 

The Hearn is located a few minutes from Toronto’s downtown core and can be reached easily by TTC, car, bike, and foot. FreeLuminato Shuttle Buses will run daily, with first-come, first-served pick-ups at Union Station, the Commissioners St. TTC stop and the Hearn. 

Guests can walk from Cherry Street or Leslie Street (approximately 15 minutes), bike on the Martin Goodman Trail,drive and park on-site (daily parking passes are available for pre-order online), take the TTC (suggested routes include the 172B Cherry Street bus from King or St. Andrews Stations, the 72C Pape bus from Pape Station or the 83 Jones bus from Donlands Station) or book an accessible Wheel-Trans bus.  

Media Relations

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Kathleen McDonald, The Knot Group:, 416.532.9035

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Ashley Ballantyne, Luminato Festival:aballantyne@luminato.comor 416.368.3100 x242

About Luminato Festival:

Luminato Festival is Toronto’s global multi-arts festival dedicated to performance, visual art, music, theatre, dance, magic and more. In 2016, the Festival marks its 10th anniversary from June 10 to 26 with a free and ticketed program of Canadian and international artists delivering adventurous art in adventurous places. 

In its first decade, Luminato has become one of the preeminent arts festivals in North America, having commissioned close to 100 new works of art, with more than 3,000 performances featuring 11,000 artists from over 40 countries. This June, as part of its first-ever residency, Luminato will temporarily transform the Hearn Generating Station, an epic decommissioned power plant and one of Toronto’s unique industrial landmarks, into the world’s largest multi-arts centre under one roof with a theatre, music stage, site-specific performance space, restaurants, bars and more. #TurnOnTheHearn

Curated by Artistic Director Jorn Weisbrodt and led by CEO Anthony Sargent, Luminato Festival is a charitable, not-for-profit, cultural organization. 

Luminato Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support and vision of its Founding Luminaries, SuperNova donors, 10th Anniversary Circle and Patron Circle Members. Luminato Festival proudly acknowledges its supporters:

Founding Government Partner: Province of Ontario
Major Partner: Government of Canada
Presenting Partners: City of Toronto, CIBC
Government Partners: Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund
Program Partners: BMO Financial Group, L’Oréal Canada and OLG