Nuit Blanche Toronto

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Event date Saturday, September 29, 2018 LocationVarious locations across Toronto Official website Official website

A contemporary art event that magically transforms Toronto’s streets and parks into an artistic playground with exhibitions, 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 12th iteration of Nuit Blanche celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary with a theme of Many Possible Futures. Held at numerous sites indoors and out throughout the downtown core, projects will focus on relevant issues such as social change and cultural endurance. Here are a handful of the notable exhibitions this year:

Art Exhibitions at Nuit Blanche 2017

Monument to the Century of Revolutions

Featuring the work of Russian collective Chto Delat, this massive installation marks 100 years after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 Russia, with an array of shipping containers, forming a small village. Half of the containers will depict radical historical moments such as the Mexican, Chinese and Cuban revolutions. The other half will feature local artist activist groups addressing the struggles of Indigenous people, migrant workers and queer activism.

Taking to the Streets

Curated by Barbara Fischer, this exhibition will showcase eight different projects demonstrating the power of social justice movements in the streets including Dream Variations, an interactive installation where you can lie down and rest amongst a row of cots and pillows made by refugee women. Holding Still/Holding Together a piece about conflicts between protestors and police with multiple screens showing video of protestors’ limp bodies being dragged off by police while live dancers imitate the movements.

Life on Neebahgeezis: A Luminous Engagement

Located on Bay Street between Queen and King, and curated by Maria Hupfield, this grouping will feature five projects from Indigenous artists such as The Many Large Houses of the Ghosts hand-drawn pictographs of the spirit world projected on the Old City Hall clock tower.

Calculating Upon the Unforeseen

Dundas Street West from the AGO to Yonge-Dundas Square will be transformed by projects such as 1967: A People Kind of Place, a video about the 1967 official construction of a UFO landing pad in St. Paul, Alberta and Embassy, an installation made of scaffolding and building wrap is “an imagined, temporary foreign mission.”

Getting Around

Since there is so much to see, be sure to make a stop of one of the Nuit Blanche event centres, located at 427 Bay Street (near Nathan Phillips Square) and Queen’s Park, to map out your evening. Weather permitting, walking and biking is an excellent way to get around. TTC transit service is also running all night.