Sunday, June 26, 2016

Luminato 2016

Luminato was a little different than in years past. It was a completely new experience as it was not set up in a variety of outposts across the city, but took place in the derelict former power station, the Hearn. Grabbed a couple friends and ventured across town late one night. Glad we went around 9:30 p.m. as it wasn't busy and we were free to explore without the distraction of too many other visitors. Also, the musical performance was on and the sound reverberated throughout the building like a soundtrack for our night. To be very honest, I am not normally a Rufus Wainwright fan, but we all agreed he and his band sounded great in this cavernous space. Enjoyed sipping on a drink and checking out the installations especially the world's largest disco ball, 'One Thousand Speculations' by Michel de Broin. The light bounced off the disco ball and danced around the space eerily. Wish we could have dined in the restaurant set up in the control room. It smelled divine. As we exited the building at the end of the night, Rufus was singing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow". We marvelled that Toronto can be pretty cool sometimes with some pretty great events. Sometimes we forget to give our town due credit!

Speaking of pretty great events, I also caught a talk with Steve Martin. He was in town to discuss his curatorial role in the upcoming Lawren Harris show, 'The Idea of North' at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He bantered with Andrew Hunter about his experiences in Toronto, how he came to love and collect the works of Harris, and told other humorous anecdotes. Both men were great conversationalists and extremely funny. I left filled with good vibes, feeling inspired and looking very forward to catching the show when it opens in a few days.

Time to get a little sleep. Have made a few resolutions to myself in the past few days. Going to keep most to myself but, one was to get better sleep. Another was to pursue some non-jewellery related creative endeavours. The world lost dapper fashion photographer Bill Cunningham yesterday. He was 87 years old. Read that he didn't begin shooting for the Times until he was over 40. Kind of inspiring to think about how much he accomplished even just from mid-life onwards. What a full life. Hope to be so lucky.



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