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Image Description: Image of Cathedral Grove in Vancouver Island. In the background rows of Douglas-fir, Western Hemlock, Grand fir and Western Red Cedar trees. In the center of the image, 5 trees have fallen on the ground. The trees are covered with moss. Large ferns, moss and lichen cover the ground of the image.

About In the Wake of Progress

On October 16th, Luminato Festival Toronto will unveil Edward Burtynsky's In the Wake of Progress. Designed for the screens surrounding Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square, and filmed for the 2021 Festival’s virtual audience, this 22-minute piece includes a fully choreographed blend of photographs and film from Burtynsky’s 40-year career and tells the epic tale of humanity's impact on the planet.

Co-produced by Canadian music legend Bob Ezrin, the piece 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. 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.

How to View

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Artists and Collaborators

Conceived, Directed, Photographed and Filmed by Edward Burtynsky

Commissioned and Co-Produced by Luminato Festival Toronto