Sunday, May 10, 2009

Vote now for The Great Canadian Tune

I plan to be a the Yonge-Dundas Square in the downtown Toronto area on Saturday June 6th when the City of Toronto attempts to get into the Guinness Book of Records for the largest guitar ensemble. For us to break the record we need to have more than 1802 guitar players out to participate. That is how many set the current record in 2007 in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany when they played Smoke on the Water.

I don’t play guitar, but I can show up and cheer on the good fun. Also, there is a free concert that night to hear and a lot of good **Luminato** fun to be had in the downtown area!

Here are the details – there are 10 great Canadian songs which the public are asked to vote on to be the one song that everyone plays at 4:00. Voting closes on May 24th and the son to be played is selected. All the guitar players who are planning to join the ensemble can go to the site and get the music and tablature and start practicing the tune.

All you have to do is show up to register at the event on June 6th in the 2 hours preceding the 4 pm start. The band Heartbroken will do the count down by playing each ot the 10 songs – ending with the number 1 selection in which everyone will be invited to join along.

So go now to the website and listen to the songs and vote for your favourite. You go here to hear the songs and vote for your favourite and later to get the music to practice. If you play guitar (or even if you do not and want to come and cheer) mark June 6th on your calendar!

What is Luminato?

You might be wondering, what is Luminato? This is our 3rd year of an annual celebration of the arts in Toronto where our stages, streets and public places are alive with theatre, dance, classical and contemporary, film, literature, visual arts and design. The Luminato events embrace three key principles: collaboration, accessibility, and diversity. It is a wonderful 10 days of creative endeavours that all folks in the City of Toronto can get involved in. And, even better, there are a a lot of free and modestly priced events.

This year's Luminato focuses on the guitar and there are a great number of guitar themed events in the other creative arts as well as concerts.

The First Night of Luminato is celebrated with a free outdoor concert featuring Randy Bachman, a renowned as lead guitarist with The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive and now as a solo performing artist and a CBC on air personality with a weekly contemporary music show. I got this from the Luminato website:
"Bachman is a true Canadian musical treasure. Not only is he a wicked guitarist, but he's also a living piece of rock history, an amateur environmentalist and a proud Canadian... All told, Bachman RULES!" - Trevor Hargreaves, Chart Attack
See the Luminato Guitar Festival Events here. There are too many to mention here but I will sneak in a mention for one more I have marked on my calendar - the free Brazilian Guitar Marathon on June 13th!

Luminato runs from June 5-14th and you can find out all about the Dance, Theatre, Film, Visual Art and Music events here. The events are all in the downtown area of Toronto and many activities are centered around Yonge-Dundas Square or Harbourfront.

I will blog more about Luminato events in future blogs. Another last mention - the closing event is a special free Cirque Du Soleil event on the waterfront over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday! There are so many interesting things to do and so little time!!! :(


  1. I voted for Taking Care of Business as the Great Canadian Tune. I actually like Neil Young more, but Taking Care of Business would make a much better song for the guitar ensemble record!

  2. I agree Eric! It should be a tremendous event!


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