It's finally that time of year again! The weather is growing cooler, the sunset is coming earlier in the day, and crispy leaves are all around us. Fall signifies one thing in Toronto and that's Nuit Blanche.
Just in case you live under a rock, Nuit Blanche is an amazing and free art exhibit that shuts down the streets of Toronto for an overnight show that people are obsessed with. This year the curatorial theme was "You Are Here" to inspire artists to create work based on Toronto's diversity and constant state of change.
This year's theme has inspired artists to speak about their own personal journey or to the actual city of Toronto itself. Numerous speaking events will be taking place this year, as well as dance, and visual art pieces about immigrant culture, the LGBTQ+ community, and more.
So don't miss out! Grab a group of friends to explore the streets of Toronto with you and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate to beat the cool weather.
Here are the eight installments at this years Nuit Blanche that you definitely don't want to miss in Toronto.
1. Portrait of a Street - Scarborough
This installment by curated by Giles Monette and displays how Scarborough, like any major city, is merely a grid of streets. The importance of this piece is that it shows the value of what the streets carry and how important the area of Scarborough is to the diversity of Toronto's cultural mosaic.
2. On Flashing Lights - Downtown
If you're looking to warm up on a brisk overnight walk then you'll definitely want to check out On Flashing Lights at Bay Bay and Richmond Street West. This piece is curated by Tairone Bastien to show the conflict between marginalized communities and the Toronto police force. This experience will include both lights and sound, as well as DJs to create an atmosphere that demonstrates that tension.
3. Down At The Twilight Zone - Downtown
While this installment is amazing, it will take a little bit more planning. The scheduled live, interactive performative will provide context on the history of Toronto's queer people. With old-school dancing, curated playlists, midnight singing, and storytelling at dawn, this event is a must visit to see multiple art mediums in one place.
4. Wired For Progress - Bloor Yorkville
Wired For Progress is totally unique as it's reusing materials from the 2017 Nuit Blanche event. The Monsignor Fraser College community used their installation from last year for an inspiring new take on how progress always hinges from the past. The piece is described as "a labyrinth of reconfigured remnants" that visitors get to explore, making it a must-visit for this years Nuit Blanche.
5. Continuum: Pushing Towards the Light - Downtown
Most people will recognize this space as the bridge connecting the CF Eaton Centre and Hudson's Bay, but for one night only it will be filled with performance. That's right! Continuum: Pushing Towards the Light will bring dance and circus artists to perform in a unique space people can view from inside and out, accompanied by a light performance!
The dance is meant to embody the energy and spirit of Nuit Blanche attendees that builds throughout the evening.
6. Walk Among Worlds - Scarborough
Honestly, this exhibit is among one of the most interesting put on by Nuit Blanche this year. Walk Among Worlds allows attendees to walk amongst a number of globes for a different perspective of the planet we live on. The artist, Máximo González, points out the territories that divide us and how that shapes the world we see.
7. Passage - Bloor Yorkville
This installation uses a mixture of light, mirrors, and motion to change you. Because people are constantly moving throughout the city, we forget about the lights and motions, unless we need to respond to them.
Passage is a piece that allows visitors to walk through a passage that makes them totally aware of how the city is constantly changing and molding to the people within it.
8. birdO - Downtown
birdO is a self-named exhibit being put on by the Toronto artist with the same alias. This instalment looks amazing because of multiple reasons, including the artist's fake bird head. His piece was inspired by the bird known as the Kirtland’s Warbler. This bird is small and was nearly extinct 50 years ago. So the artist is paying tribute to it with a massive sculture of a small bird and we cannot wait to see it!
Nuit Blanche is taking place across Toronto and will transform the city into over 110 art projects for citizens to enjoy. The fun begins this Saturday, on September 29 at 7:00 PM until the following morning on September 30 at 7:00 AM.
The TTC will also be providing art lovers with free rides for Nuit Blanche too. The subway will be operating all night and will be free starting at 7:00 PM.