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Edward Burtynsky's In The Wake of Progress


Film & video Photography Digital & new media Nature & outdoors
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Toronto, ON


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Offers audio description and offers closed captioning or subtitles.

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On October 16, 2021, Luminato Festival Toronto will unveil Edward Burtynsky’s In the Wake of Progress – a fully choreographed blend of photographs and film, including new and never-before-seen works, by world-renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky (Anthropocene, Manufactured Landscapes, Watermark). Created for the screens surrounding Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square, and filmed by Bokeh Collective for the 2021 Festival’s online audience, the piece tells the epic tale of humanity’s impact on the planet through photographs and film from Burtynsky’s 40-year career.

This new 22-minute piece, co-produced by Canadian music legend Bob Ezrin, presents the powerful imagery of global landscapes devastated by human activity in contrast to the dazzling urban centre, at a moment when the health of our planet is an urgent international priority. Edward Burtynsky’s In the Wake of Progress includes an original soundtrack by composer and sound designer Phil Strong, featuring award-winning musical artist iskwē, as well as musicians of The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory of Music, co-orchestrated and conducted by Claudio Vena.

Against the backdrop of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic, In the Wake of Progress becomes an urgent call to action, and a quest for hope, as we face the greatest existential threat of our time: the climate crisis.



Luminato Festival Toronto

An international arts festival dedicated to performance, media and visual arts, Luminato Festival Toronto provides artistic programming that cuts across traditional art-form boundaries.



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