Q Luminato: Cronenberg, Wainwright, Rossellini and more!

Jian works the crowd at the historic Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto (David Leyes)


Last night, as part of Toronto's annual Luminato Festival, Jian and the Q crew recorded a special live version of the show. Canadian director David Cronenberg, renowned musician Rufus Wainwright and performance artist Isabella Rossellini were among the talented humans who graced the stage.

Today, we broadcast the full recording of that magical evening. The full streaming version of the show will be added to this post shortly but you can already listen to individual segments below! 


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  • Montreal-raised troubadour Rufus Wainwright performs live and also discusses re-contextualizing Broadway musical classics for his Luminato showcase If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway - An Evening of Love Duets.

  • Fresh from Cannes, internationally-renowned Canadian filmmaker, David Cronenberg talks about his latest triumph, Maps to the Stars, about his forthcoming novel Consumed and how writing fiction differs from movie making.

  • Actress Isabella Rossellini talks about her life, career, and bringing her new stage production Green Porno to Luminato. The show -- part lecture on the nature of sexuality, part costumed performance piece -- is based on short films Rossellini made for the Sundance Channel.

  • Jian reconvenes the Q media panel featuring Judy Rebick of Rabble.ca, John Cruickshank of the Toronto Star and the National Post's Jonathan Kay.

  • Alt-country singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge performs a song from his newest album Daredevil, an ode to one of Canada's most beloved bands, The Tragically Hip. Justin won this year's JUNO for Best Roots/Traditional Solo Album for Valleyheart

  • Ottawa-based electronic musicians and originators of the Electric Pow Wow A Tribe Called Red perform from their latest album, the Polaris Prize-shortlisted Nation II Nation. The group was hailed at Breakthrough Group of the Year at this year's JUNO Awards.

  • Regular Q rabble-rouser Elvira Kurt, keeper of Q's Cultural Hall of Shame, brings her comedic chops to the stage.

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