TORONTO, Canada (Top40 Charts/ Luminato-Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity) - Harbourfront Centre, in association with Luminato - Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity, brings Luminat'eau: Carnival H20 to Toronto's waterfront. Harbourfront Centre is proud to create a weekend-long spectacular finale for the city-wide festival from Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15, 2008. Luminat'eau is generously supported by The Weather Network, Vichy, Garnier, and the Ontario Arts Council.
Expanding on the success of Carnivalissima, a key part of the 2007 finale to Luminato that attracted over 500,000 visitors to Harbourfront Centre and the Toronto Waterfront, Luminat'eau will transform the 10-acre waterfront site into a nexus of creativity and celebration. Drawing inspiration from water carnivals, celebrations and imagery from all over the world, Luminat'eau is saturated with exciting, original and free programming for all ages.
Luminat'eau will irrigate the senses with a steady stream of prominent music acts, including Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali, the prodigious nephews of legendary qawwali master Nusret Fateh Ali Khan, Jamaican reggae and dancehall star Junior Reid, Calypso luminary David Rudder, water instrument inventor Steve Mann and his States of H2Orchestra, plus Sea Shanties by children's singer sensation Dan Zanes.
Other highlights include the Water Ball, an underwater fantasy world of rollicking pleasure, the incredible Lake Spirit sculpture, a stunning Boat Lighting Competition, plus the return of FireWalk, the wild and awe-inspiring Saturday night parade.
Also on tap for this festival weekend are traditional, contemporary and original dance performances, astonishing site animation and visual displays, terrific food, engaging films, and waves of fun activities for the kids. Luminat'eau is the port of entry to an enriched realm of enchanting art and culture.
'We are very proud of The Weather Network's affiliation with Luminato. In particular, we are proud to support Luminat'eau which we expect will be one of the outstanding events of this great arts festival,' said Pierre L. Morrissette, Chairman and CEO of The Weather Network.
For information on Luminat'eau: Carnival H20 events, call 416-973-4000 or visit harbourfrontcentre.com/luminateau - all events take place at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
For more information on Luminato - Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity 2008, June 6 through June 15, visit www.luminato.com
ALL CONCERTS ARE FREE
For information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit harbourfrontcentre.com/luminateau
Friday, June 13
7:00 p.m. - Kiran Ahluwalia - classical Indian vocalist (SIRIUS Satellite Radio Stage)
8:30 p.m. - Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali - 2 ? glorious hours of epic traditional Pakistani, with original dance piece accompaniment from Sashar Zarif Dance Theatre (SIRIUS Satellite Radio Stage)
11:00 p.m. - The Luminat'OH! Cabaret host David Gale, various acts (Neptune's Cove)
11:00 p.m. - DJ Rekha's Basement Bhangra w/ The Tabla Guy & Krystal Garib - South Asian dance party (Brigantine Room)
Saturday, June 14
1:00 p.m. - Talisker Players Chamber Music - The Harp of Fire - with special guests Zorana Sadiq and Krisztina Szabo - (Neptune's Cove)
1:00 p.m. - Zari - Vocal group of Georgian/Black Sea roots (Toronto Star Stage)
3:30 p.m. - The Shuffle Demons - local eccentric jazz trio reunited (Natrel Pond)
4:30 p.m. - Karibeatz by Ting-a-ling Productions - West Indian (Toronto Star Stage)
6:30 p.m. - Lady Son - salsa/Cuban (Neptune's Cove)
7:00 p.m. - Sea Shanties with Dan Zanes - popular children's singer (Toronto Star Stage)
8:00 p.m. - David Rudder - tremendous calypso luminary (SIRIUS Satellite Radio Stage)
9:45 p.m. - Junior Reid -first-class reggae/dancehall maestro (SIRIUS Satellite Radio Stage)
11:00 p.m. - States of H2Orchestra - water instruments by Steve Mann (Natrel Pond)
11:00 p.m. - Bubble Party by Newmindspace - DJs (Neptune's Cove)
*Just announced! - 11:00 p.m. - Buckshot and 9th Wonder - prime hip hop from Brooklyn's Buckshot and super-producer 9th Wonder (Jay Z, The Game, Mary J. Blige) in support of their brand new LP 'Formula' - w/ DJ Power and DJ Taktiks (Brigantine Room)
Sunday. June 15
1:30 p.m. - States of H2Orchestra - water instruments by Steve Mann (Natrel Pond)
3:00 p.m. - Cheri Maracle - Indie/Acoustic/Folk Rock - (SIRIUS Satellite Radio Stage)
4:15 p.m. - Batucada Carioca - Brazilian drum music (Neptune's Cove)
4:30 p.m. - Hot 8 Brass Band - New Orleans jazz/funk (SIRIUS Satellite Radio Stage)