Luminato: Maada’ookii Songlines performance by the Bruised Years Choir

Luminato: Maada’ookii Songlines performance by the Bruised Years Choir

Luminato: Maada’ookii Songlines



Stand by the water and close your eyes; listen. Is there a drum-like pulse in the sound of the city? A single voice raising its melody to the stars? Or a noisy fury blaring out a cacophony of frustrations and dreams?

Maada’ookii Songlines, at the 2019 Luminato Festival, is a massive choral event with 200 singers from 11 diverse choirs, 4 soloists, and an Indigenous ensemble braiding their songs, styles, voices and cultures, set against Toronto’s breathtaking waterfront.

Maada’ookii is an Ojibway word, with several slightly different meanings. It is a genderless word. He/she distributes something; he/she gifts something; he/she shares something with others. Songlines in cross-Indigenous tradition are songs that help to find the way.

Maada’ookii Songlines features 200 voices from 11 diverse choirs, 4 soloists and a fusion Indigenous musical ensemble in a new massive choral experience composed by Luminato veteran, Juno Award-nominated cris derksen. As the sun descends and this free outdoor massive choral event begins, the city will be enveloped in sound coming from the land, water and from above. A soundtrack for the city, the performance comes with a powerful history and a promise:

as long as the sun shines
as long as the waters flow downhill
and as long as the grass is green.

Maada’ookii Songlines is a reminder that whatever our backgrounds may be, we all come from the stars.

Workman Arts is thrilled to announce that the Bruised Years Choirs is one of the choirs included in Maada’ookii Songlines.

  • June 23, 2019, sunset


Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside

235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, Ontario


This event is held outdoors. For further accessibility information, please contact Cathy Gordon at or 416 368 3100 x235.


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