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From sunset to sunrise, Nuit Blanche will once again take over the streets of Toronto, turning into an art-lover’s paradise. This year, the art show celebrates Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary with an event-wide theme: Many Possible Futures.
Focusing on ideas of social change, revolution and with a special focus on voices commonly overlooked by the art world, this year’s Nuit Blanche is not to be missed. But with over 85 projects from over 350 artists, setting out to conquer the night might be a bit intimidating.
Start with our five must-see exhibits, listed below. Nuit Blanche starts at sundown on Saturday, September 30.
Aga Khan Museum
Set at the stunning Aga Khan Museum, this 15-foot installation by Shazia Sikanderwill animate the 18th-century manuscript Gulshan-i ‘Ishq (Rose Garden of Love) a poetic story of love, longing and separation. Free shuttle buses from Queens Park, the Broadview Hotel and the Aga Khan Museum will be running all night.
College Street & Queens Park
This all-night performance recalls the events of Toronto’s Black Lives Matter movement. Artists, activists and DJs will celebrate the histories of race, Blackness and anti-Blackness and resistance.
University Avenue and Osgoode Lane
Bringing some of Netflix’s most popular properties to life, this exhibit will allow festival goers to enter the Upside Down from Stranger Things, with other portals inspired by Riverdale and the upcoming film, Bright. Don a hazmat suit to discover the different portals—just watch out for any demogorgons.
Nathan Phillips Square
Located in Nathan Phillips Square, this installation recreates a maximum-security prison and is accompanied by narratives of immigrants in revolutionary moments. This piece is part of the Monument to the Century of Revolutions exhibition, which pays tribute to a number of revolutions that occurred in the last 100 years.
First Canadian Place
Curated by Maria Hupfield, this city-produced exhibiton contains five projects that feature the art of five Indigenous artists. Life on Neebahgeezis—an Anishinaabe word for “moon,” is an interpretation and tribue to David Bowie’s “Life On Mars.” One of the stand our projects is Julie Nagam’s Manitowapow, speaking to the moon, an audio-visual installation of domes made of willow saplings.