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15 Nuit Blanche projects you should definitely see

It’s my favouite time of year…Nuit Blanche! The city comes alive and people wander the streets in search of art. What could be better? This year brings us almost 90 art projects set to the theme of Continuum. It all goes down on October 5th from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Here are my top picks of what to see.

Chasing Red | Downtown

A dynamic light installation depicting the northern lights is created by Bekah Brown, an artist of Anishinaabe descent who grew up on Dene territory.

Transformation | Downtown

This immersive, multi-sensory exhibit will bring the beauty of nature to life inside the soaring MaRS atrium, highlighting the urgent need to protect our ravaged planet.

Ephemeral Artifacts | Scarborough

This sonic, sculptural and performance installation offers the experience of slowing time, space and the senses. The dancing bodies of Scarborough are honoured here. (more…)

Picture This: Nuit Blanche 2012

Fortune-ate at the Gladstone


Nuit Blanche came and left like a thief through the night. It always seems endless and yet for me, ends too soon! I didn’t get around to many zones this time because I was manning my own installation (wanna see it?) but here are some photos from what I saw on Queen West!

Nuit Blanche 101

On Saturday October 5th from 6:51pm- 7am, Nuit Blanche transforms Toronto to an all night art hub. This is my #1 favourite festival in Toronto. It’s incredibly fun to explore the streets of the city after hours collectively. Thousands of people roam the streets searching for unique experiences. Every year is different, and unique. Nuit Blanche is in it’s sixth year. It’s organized by the City of Toronto and sponsored by Scotiabank.

Here’s my mini guide to the festival and my recommended stops.

Understanding Zones

This super handy map shows you where all of the projects are. The city is split into three main zones.

Zone A Downtown South / West (King Street, from John Street in the west and Jarvis Street in the east.)

Zone A has 57 projects and 35 independent projects.

“Curated by Shauna McCabe, the Exhibition in Zone A transforms architecture and landscape in ways that highlight memory, history and imagination that converge in our everyday experiences.”

Zone B: Downtown Central/East (Dundas Square, Eaton Centre, Queen Street)

Zone B has 62 projects and 49 independent projects.

“Curated by Christina Ritchie, the Exhibition in Zone B invites viewers to consider how their passage through the city inflects its shape and how their encounters with its spaces contribute to the construction of its chronicles and traditions.”

Zone C: Downtown East (King Street East & Jarvis)

Zone C has 29 projects and only 12 independent projects.

“Curated by Helena Reckitt, the Exhibition in Zone C presents works which reference and evoke repetition and emotion, recognizing the power of memorial and re-enactment.”

What Should I See?

As much as you can! Check out the Nuit Blanche website to see what the night has in store for you.

Getting Around
Nuit Blanche is from dusk till dawn, and out subway system dies around 1am. Luckily for us, TTC has been a partner with the festival since it’s inception. The Bloor-Danforth Subway will run all night from Keele to Woodbine and the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway will run all night from St. Clair West to Eglinton. The last train is 7am. The subway will be closed from 7:30 – 9am on Sunday, September 30.This is a good time to catch a nap while you wait for your subway home. (seriously)

Go Transit is finally getting in on the action, and will be running extra trains to and from Union Station on these lines: Lakeshore West – Lakeshore East, Barrie – Milton, Richmond Hill – Kitchener.

From personal experience, taking the Queen Street car becomes INSANE. If you can walk it, do it. It’s much better.


  • Don’t plan out your night. That’s right, don’t plan it out. The night is much more successful if you wander around the city and find projects randomly. Pick an area where you know there will be some projects. It’s really stressful to be looking forward to a project and have to wait for hours in line. The lines can be long, and they fluctuate throughout the night.
  • But if you do plan your night… Try to choose large scale projects that are outdoors and won’t be crowded.
  • Bring snacks! You will be hungry and thirsty so be prepared! Stores are catching on and are staying open later, but can’t always be depended on.
  • Dress warmly The weather is unpredictable and can be freezing cold or even raining. Be prepared and check the weather before you go.
  • Don’t try to see everything. You can’t, and will just end up frustrated and sad. Check the website and pick some of your favourites. Wander around the area that hosts your favourite projects. Try to see your project, but if you can’t, keep checking other projects in the area.
  • Take the TTC With the exception of the Queen Street car, the subways are the perfect way to get around during Nuit Blanche. If you don’t have a metropass, then get a special event pass for you and a friend.

My Nuit Blanche Picks

There are so many amazing projects this year at Nuit Blanche! Are you going on September 29th? Take a look at some of my choices!

Zone A

Green Invaders, 2012 Presented for the first time at Lyon fête des lumièresGreen Invaders reconciles Yves Caizergues’ interest in video games and his expertise in lighting design through the creation of an army of fluorescent green creatures that will invade Toronto’s downtown core. Offering the viewers the possibility to re­connect, in an entertaining way, to a time where the low-tech technology was part of our lives and the practice of saving energy had yet to be thought of.

Fly By Night at the Gladstone Hotel Fly By Night’s theme of Into the Wild will feature the raucous creations of makers from all disciplines, including contemporary art, sculpture, photography, performance, new media, and textiles. Temporary and site-specific installations by dozens of artists and designers will be showcased on the hotel’s exterior and first and second floors. Look for a special feature by Broken City Lab on the Gladstone facade.

Fortune-ate Okay, shameless plug here. I’m so happy to be part of Nuit Blanche this year, at the Gladstone Hotel. Please stop by and see my project at 2am! Everything that can happen in this world has already happened to someone else, and will probably happen to you. Traveling through the hallway at Gladstone, you will have the chance to explore the idealist and realities of others fortune through a series of hanging fortune cookies. At 3am, the installation turns interactive. You will have the chance to tear down a fortune, break it open and see what’s in store.

Zone B

All Night Convenience, 2012 Two thousand smaller lanterns are displayed upon shelves inside the store, illuminating its translucent walls.  These small lanterns, laboriously assembled by the artists, represent a cornucopia of products ranging from toothpaste to canned pork goulash. During the course of the evening the store will gradually darken, as visitors enter the see-through building and select lanterns, which are offered for free, to carry off into the festival atmosphere of the event.

The Jelly Gene Machine At the epicenter of consumerism in downtown Toronto, The Jelly Gene Machine dispenses jelly beans inscribed with super human traits like x-ray vision, telepathy and invisibility. Personalizing genetics like trying on a pair of jeans may sound like science fiction, except the debate is both historic and contemporary.

Glow in the Park, is as if a large meteor hit Toronto leaving thousands of meteorites glowing in the grass.  Mirroring the night sky can help us to reflect upon our contemporary understanding of time and what it means when we bring concepts from outer space into our inner space.  Each time we reflect on an idea we refract moments of it in isolation.

Zone C

Thought Balloon, 2012  explores what happens when intimate messages are available for public consumption. Participants write on typewriters and project their words onto the surface of large, glowing balloons.

The QR Poetry Project engages viewers by having them scan paintings using their own smartphone in order to activate the work. The act of scanning the large-scale QR code paintings will reveal each to be an original poem on the theme of night.


Fortune-ate exhibition

Nuit Blanche is pretty much one of my favourite events that Toronto has. I’ve been working/volunteering at it since it’s inception.

This year I am lucky enough to have an installation at the Gladstone Hotel. It’s an interactive installation that needs lots of participation from people like you!!

Here’s a little blurb about the exhibition.

Everything that can happen in this world has already happened to someone else, and will probably happen to you. This installation makes fun of our need to look toward the future and wonder what’s coming next. For most of us, it isn’t that hard to guess. Most of us will find a job, get married, buy a house and have babies.

But what if it wasn’t that idealistic? What if you created the atomic bomb, died an untimely death because a vending machine fell on you, or became a dictator? From the ridiculous to the mundane, all of these predictions have happened to someone else, and could happen to you.


Participants will be ushered through a hallway at the Gladstone Hotel, that has hundreds of fortune cookies hanging from the ceiling. At 3am, the installation turns interactive. Participants will have the chance to tear down a fortune, break it open and see what’s in store.

Please participate! I need lots and lots of fortune submissions! Click here to find out more, and to submit! Thank you so much.

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