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Luminato’s Closing Weekend Festivities Packed with Dance, Music and Art from Around the World During Carnivalissima!
Presented by CIBC at Harbourfront Centre

The world’s most exciting carnivals celebrated in grand spectacle

TORONTO, June 5, 2007 - Never before have all of the world's great Carnivals from New Orleans, the Caribbean, Rio, Europe, Asia and of course, Canada, been combined in a celebration of such spectacular nature – until now during Luminato’s closing weekend festivities.

Produced by Luminato and Harbourfront Centre, and presented by CIBC, Carnivalissima celebrates the diversity and creativity of Toronto, the world’s most multicultural city, through the themes of carnival and spectacle in three days of non-stop events at Harbourfront Centre, June 8, 9 and 10.

Carnivalissima delivers excitement for audiences of all ages featuring concerts, art, film, fashion, dance, jazz, opera, family and kids' programming and international crafts and cuisine. Celebrations kick off on the evening of June 8 with the opening Masquerade Ball, and continue all weekend. Thanks to CIBC’s generous sponsorship, events and activities are FREE to attend and will take place throughout the grounds of Harbourfront Centre.

Carnivalissima Highlights:

Masquerade Ball
The Masquerade Ball will start with a call to dance by Maracatu Nunca Antes and continue with music by Jay Douglas and the All Stars and dance lessons by Miko Sobreira and Company. Performances in the Venetian tradition will occur featuring commedia del'arte by MetaPhysical Theatre. Amazing fashion competitions and two fashion shows created by Len D. Henry of Fashcam Productions take place.

When: June 8, 8:00 p.m. Where: Carnivalissima Tent

Carnival: The Spirit and the Soul
An exciting new art exhibition curated by Theodoro Dragoneri will examine tradition based on more contemporary aspects of the uses of theatrical narrative and masking. This three-part exhibition will include masks, photography and mixed media from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

When: June 8 – 10 Where: Marilyn Brewer Community Space

When day turns to night, Carnivalissima ignites the Toronto waterfront with spectacles of swirling fire dancers, daring fire-eaters, majestic stilt performers, mythical giant puppets, and the glimmering lights of a thousand lanterns! Join in a dance procession of shadow and light and follow the sound of Samba, Steel Pan and Tassa Drums through Harbourfront Centre’s transformed boardwalk and streets.

When: June 9 Where: Congo Square

Family Programming
A two-day carnival arts and crafts extravaganza will take place by the waterfront. Children of all ages, family and friends are invited to create dazzling carnival masks and costumes, bamboo and paper lanterns, and musical instruments from all over the world. Jump up and dance along to the beat of live steel-pan orchestras, chutney Soca, African drums, stilt-dancers, and hoop-dancers all performed by professional youth artists. Special dance workshops, mask theatre performances, aerial dance performances, and the aroma of live food demonstrations from the master chefs of Pier 4 Restaurant and Radisson Hotel will ignite the carnival spirit in kids and adults alike.

When: June 9 & 10 Where: Topsy Turvy Territory and Kid’s Hands-On Tent

Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage

Dirty Dozen Brass Band is one of the truly quintessential acts of our times. They’ve been the crown jewel of New Orleans music for 30 years and have thrilled audiences all over the world. (June 8, 9:30 p.m.)

Olodum is a world-renowned cultural group of carnival ambassadors based in Bahia, Brazil. They have been performing since 1979 and are widely credited with developing the music style known as samba-reggae and for their active participation in Carnival each year. (June 9, 9:30 p.m.)

Machel Montano HD is the undisputed Soca King of Trinidad and Tobago who is edging his name among the elite in the music industry. Machel and his band HD have been the premier Soca band in the Caribbean for more than a decade and have established themselves as the leading draw at major events in New York City, Miami, Toronto, London and throughout the Caribbean. (June 10, 4:00 p.m.)

Toronto Star Stage in Congo Square
COBA (Collective of Black Artists) performs Danse Belé a theatrical representation of the history of Caribbean Indigenous Folk dances from Trinidad and Tobago. They weave dance, spoken word, music, drumming, chants and period costumes to transport the audience through the life and times of plantation slaves. (June 9, 6:30 p.m.)

Toronto’s top dance groups will perform everything from Bollywood to Bangra, Chutney to Soca and everything in between.

“Generations” will introduce Italian performance genres to a new generation of audiences featuring three programs: a comedic celebration of opera by Shoestring Opera, a traditional commedia del arte presentation for children by MetaPhysical Theatre, and an introduction to the classical instruments and music of the Italian baroque period by Past Perfect, a children's show with Jeannette Zing.

Dance cultures of Brazil and New Orleans are showcased with performances by Danzarte, Maractu Nunca Antes and Rumba Iyabo (Cuban Batta Drummers and Santerias dancers), as well as swing dance/lindy hop demos and lessons by Mixed Blood Entertainment and Afro-Brazilian Dance Lessons with Prime Guerra.

“Hot, Hot, Hot!” Dance to the music of one of Toronto's hottest samba Parabolica bands and enjoy music by DJ John Santos of Main Attraction.

Sunday is Afro-Caribbean Day at the Carnivalissima Tent. Toronto-based West African Dance Company Ijo Vudu will present a short demo and lesson. ”Calypso Calabash” by Ting a Ling Productions explores the history of Calypso music, with a performance by Caribbean Folk Performers.
When: June 9 – 10 Where: Carnivalissima Tent and Dance Pavilion

For complete programming details on Carnivalissima, visit

In addition to presenting Carnivalissima, CIBC is also the presenting sponsor of Shen Wei Dance Arts at the Premiere Dance Theatre (June 7, 8, 9), and Petrouchka & Kshetram-Dancing the Divine at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People (June 6-7) as part of the inaugural Luminato Festival.


CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with almost 11 million personal banking and business customers. CIBC offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada, in the United States and around the world.

In 2006, CIBC contributed $28 million to Canadian charitable and non-profit initiatives. You can find more information about CIBC in our Press Centre on our corporate website at

For more information on both free and ticketed Luminato events including dates, locations and schedules visit Tickets for the inaugural Luminato Festival of Arts & Creativity are available through all Ticketmaster outlets (

Luminato gratefully acknowledges the generous support and vision of the following individuals, corporations - particularly our partner in creativity, L’Oréal - and government partners, especially the Government of Ontario:

Presenting Sponsor
Funding Government Partner
Government of Ontario
Major Partners
TELUS, CTV, The Globe & Mail, St. Joseph Communications, Tourism Toronto
Program Partners
CIBC, BMO Financial Group, Scotiabank, National Bank Financial, Toronto Star, Aeroplan, Toronto Life
Government Partners
The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation,
Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council
Event Partners
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Hotel Le Germain, The Fairmont Royal York, Iceberg Vodka, Amsterdam Brewing, Château des Charmes

The Founding Patrons of Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts and Creativity

Mohammad and Najla Al Zaibak, Charles and Marilyn Baillie, Avie Bennett, Helen Burstyn and David Pecaut, Kate Alexander Daniels and David Daniels, Joan Dea and Lionel Conacher, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Linda Frum and Howard Sokolowski, Kevin and Roger Garland, Anthony and Helen Graham, Lucille and Urban Joseph, Michael and Sonja Koerner, Chetan and Clara Mathur, Judy and Wilmot Matthews, Robert and Cheryl McEwen, Sandra and Jim Pitblado, Jonas and Lynda Prince, Richard Rooney and Laura Dinner, The Slaight Family, Marisa and Edward Sorbara, Larry and Judy Tanenbaum, Robin and David Young

Super Nova Program Development Fund
Margaret and Jim Fleck, Gretchen and Donald Ross

Michael de Pencier, Rosamond Ivey, The Hal Jackman Foundation, Candy Lee

Corporate Luminaries
BMO Financial Group, Ivey Foundation, MacLaren McCann, Manulife Financial,
St. Joseph Communications, TELUS, Tourism Toronto

In Kind Supporters
CIBC, City of Toronto, MacLaren McCann, Searchlight: Partners in Executive Search,
Stikeman Elliott, LLP, The Boston Consulting Group, Toronto City Summit Alliance

This list includes funding commitments as of May 22, 2007.

For more information about Luminato contact:

Luminato Media Office: (416) 994-6111, Daily (including weekends): 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
One King Street West
25th Floor, Suite 2507


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