Nuit Blanche Toronto

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Event date September 2019 (dates to be announced) LocationVarious locations across Toronto Official website Official website

A contemporary art event that magically transforms Toronto’s streets and public spaces into an artistic playground with modern installations, live performances and creative programs.

A Nuit Blanche art installation of a large, glowing sphere sits in place in Nathan Phillips Square at night. Hundreds of people encircle the sphere, with some lying on the ground below it.

Colourful, thought-provoking and dramatic, the 13th edition of Nuit Blanche explores the theme, “You Are Here.” For the first time, the event extends into Scarborough to highlight its booming arts scene. Projects will focus on relevant issues such as social change and cultural endurance.

Art Exhibitions at Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018

Dream Time: We All Have Stories

Curated by Karen Alexander, this exhibition is inspired by the history and physicality of The Ward, as eight artists reimagine and transform sites in and around city hall. Audiences encounter dynamic installations, spatial interventions, a living archive of sonic landscapes, and an underground city of memories.

Want to be a part of an exhibition? Visit Meghan Ross’s sculptural installation, “Make Your Mark” at the Toronto Coach Terminal. Guests will be able to experience the imprint of their unique selves by letting glue completely dry on their finger and peeling it off. Thousands of individual fingerprints, which have been gathered throughout the year, will hang from the ceiling and stick to the walls.

Check out the “Down at the Twilight Zone” by Harold Offeh for a live, interactive performance exploring the diverse history and narrative of queers living in Toronto and paying homage to the Twilight Zone, a famous Toronto nightclub. Offeh will help bring his art to life by playing the role of “interactive host” for a night of time travel.


Curated by Alyssa Fearon, the artists in this exhibition disrupt boundaries and blur borders between downtown and the suburbs, the centre and margins, ourselves and each other. Each project, made by artists from Scarborough, exposes the unexpected and unplanned, making real again what was denied or written over.

With Scarborough known for having one of the largest populations of Guyanese diaspora, Alyssa Bistonath’s “Portals” dives deep into the everyday gestures and routines of Guyanese diaspora residents. The science fiction film is about a series of portals ripping through time and space, transporting viewers to a place of solace.

Watch the Scarborough Civic Centre be transformed to display large, text-based narratives of the neighbourhood’s diversity, nuance and resilience in “Everything I Wanted to Tell You” by Hiba Abdallah.

The Things They Carried

Through music, food and art, these works cast light on immigrant journeys and provoke consideration of things forgotten or carried along the way. Curated by Tairone Bastien.

Dance along with Brendan Fernandes’s “On Flashing Lights” a project devised in solidarity with DJs from Toronto’s queer, immigrant and racialized communities. The installation will feature a barricade of police vehicles on Bay Street, flashing their lights at the stage to symbolize the historic tension. Once every hour, the music will stop for a moment of silence and recognition of lives that have been lost on dance floors.

Visit the “International Dumpling Festival” by Ken Lum to try dumplings from across the globe as well as Jamaican patties, Finnish pies, Tibetan momos, Colombian empanadas and Polish pierogis. Feed your body as well as your understanding of different cultures with this event. Proprietors will be present at times throughout the evening to share stories about their dumplings, their businesses and themselves. Accompanying the kiosks will be banners made by Lum to represent the vendors and their food.

Getting Around

In addition to the regular all-night Blue Night Network service, the TTC transit service will be extending all-night subway service on Line 1 Yonge-University and Line 2 Bloor-Danforth. To help facilitate exploration of the artworks at Scarborough Civic Centre, Scarborough Town Centre and five SRT stations, Line 3 Scarborough (SRT) will run all night. Weather permitting, walking and biking is an excellent way to get around the downtown exhibitions.