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Nuit Blanche, the annual city-wide contemporary art event, takes over the streets of Toronto Saturday, October 1. From 6:58pm (sunset) to 7am (sunrise), over 90 art projects by 300 local and international artists will be on display throughout the city. Spread out over four zones—Oblivion, Militant Nostalgia, And the Transformation Reveals and Facing the Sky– there will be something for everyone to appreciate, as long as you’re wearing comfy footwear.
To help with the daunting task of embarking on an all-nighter in the name of art, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to getting around the night of. From the top exhibits to check out, to transit options and even a few late-night drink venues, we’re here to make sure you get the most out of Nuit Blanche.
Subway service will operate all night long on both Line 1 and Line 2. The Queen Streetcar will operate both Eastbound and Westbound from 5:00pm – 7:30am and TTC Day and Group passes purchased for use on October 1 will be good until 9:00am on October 2.
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Looking for a night cap? Or in this case, perhaps a quick recharge to keep you going until 7:30am? Numerous bars throughout the city will have extended hours for Nuit Blanche, with last call happening at 4am.
It’s what the night is all about. Here are some of the most anticipated exhibits of the evening.
Zone: And The Transformation Reveals
Location: Old City Hall (60 Queen St W)
Curators: Camille Hong Xin & volunteers
What it is: A street completely covered with illuminated books will help keep the spirit of print alive. Take one home, if you’re lucky!
Location: Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor St W)
What it is: This interactive exhibit allows you to be part of a unique puzzle sculpture by capturing what you love about The 6ix. Add whatever it is that draws you to our awesome city, and watch the piece grow overnight!
Location: Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St W)
Curator: Director X
What it is: See that giant white ball in Nathan Phillips Square? It’s going to be glowing like the sun all night long, progressing through it’s life cycle. Be prepared to feel small and insignificant, but oddly at peace.
Zone: Militant Nostalgia
Location: Metro Hall Plaza (200 Wellington St W)
Curators: Tim White-Sobieski
What it is: This video installation explores the idea of ‘genetic memory.’ Through a montage of videos, the viewer can travel an interior world of memory, unattached to any particular place or name.
Location: 401 Richmond
Curator: Zahara Saleki
What it is: A photo-based installation featuring graffiti drawn by girls in public washrooms from more than 500 bars in Toronto, Montreal and New York. The graffiti will be installed on the walls and ceiling of a greenhouse that will be illuminated from the outside, so you can truly immerse yourself in this piece.
Zone: Facing the Sky
Location: The Brigantine Room (235 Queens Quay W)
Curator: Jean-Pierre Aube
What it is: This installation will give people a chance to see what our city sky really looks like. Using radios, antennas and network computers, Jean-Pierre and his team scan the sky and record the thousands of radio-frequencies overhead. Using projectors, lasers, computers, antennas and receivers—we’ll be able to see all of these frequencies.