A Citywide Toronto Art Festival Like No Other
7 pm-7 am
Night-owl artists and everyday art lovers unite for Nuit Blanche, a global phenomenon taking over the city on October 3rd. Starting at sundown, city streets, parks, art galleries and surprise spaces transform into temporary “pop-up” sites for exclusive projects during the 10th installment of the most unique art festival in Toronto all year. The 2015 overnight event presents a total of 110+ contemporary pieces / performances from every discipline imaginable, including installations, dance, acrobatics, spoken word, photography, mixed media, music, film and interactive works. Since it’s impossible to see everything, you’ll want to make a plan before nightfall, while noting the streets are most busy 8 pm-1 am (with upwards of a million people!), before quieting down from 3-7 am. Some of the hottest happenings include:
- 10 for the 10th – Ten specially curated pieces embrace the festival’s 10th year, including an unbelievably detailed LEGO owl sculpture outside the Gardiner Museum.
- HTUOS/HTRON (College Street) – A dynamic collection of work exploring the north/south relationship of the Americas.
- Black and White Night (City Hall / Bay Street) – This series of social collages arranges portraits into grand depictions of humanity throughout Downtown.
- The Work of Wind (Parliament Street) – Perhaps the most-anticipated program, this commentary on mankind and nature features a 12-hour, slow-motion “human glacier,” and lava eruptions on Sugar Beach.
Helpful Tips for Getting Around
Many Nuit Blanche events are just a short walk from your room or suite at Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville, with convenient road closures on portions of Queen Street West, Queens Quay, Bay Street, and Queen Park. All-night service has been extended on Line 1 and Line 2 of the TTC as well, making it even easier to get around.