Nuit Blanche

“It reminds me of a winery”: people try to explain the meanings of N... “It reminds me of a winery”: people try to explain the meanings of Nuit Blanche installations

On Saturday, almost a million people flooded downtown Toronto for the all-night art crawl known as Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. In between navigating the crowds and filling up on food-truck snacks, some attendees were actually able to take in a few of the more than 120 contemporary-art installations on display. We asked onlookers—some in awe, others fighting off liquor-induced confusion—to… Read more »

How do you make a three-storey-tall sculpture out of clothes, for Nuit Blanche? How do you make a three-storey-tall sculpture out of clothes, for Nuit Blanche?

There were more than 120 art projects on display at this year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the ninth edition of the all-night art festival. One of those was Maria Ezcurra’s Made in China, an installation at 330 Spadina Avenue in Chinatown. The Mexico-raised, Montreal-based artist uses textiles, mostly clothing, to explore social and personal stereotypes as well… Read more »

Four must-see spectacles at Nuit Blanche 2014 Four must-see spectacles at Nuit Blanche 2014

Wondering which of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche’s 130 installations to cram into your art-themed all-nighter on Saturday, October 4? Here are four unmissable picks—one from each of the night’s exhibition zones. (Still overwhelmed? Just head to a Screaming Booth.) Walk Among Worlds (pictured above) Location: Ogden Junior Public School, 33 Phoebe St. Zone: The possibility of… Read more »

The Nuit Blanche 2014 program is out The Nuit Blanche 2014 program is out

For weeks, we’ve been watching supermarkets slowly sneak Halloween candy onto shelves, and now here comes another nail in summer’s coffin: the city has just released the full program for the 2014 edition of Nuit Blanche, which is scheduled to take place on October 4. Among the highlights at this year’s all-night art fest will… Read more »

Nuit Blanche 2013 Guide: 15 must-see spectacles at Toronto’s eighth annual all... Nuit Blanche 2013 Guide: 15 must-see spectacles at Toronto’s eighth annual all-night art crawl

On Saturday, October 5, thousands of art lovers, merrymakers and idle observers will congregate downtown for the eighth annual Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s nightlong art festival. This year’s fest, which runs from 6:51 p.m. until dawn, brings an unusually weird and wonderful set of exhibits, including a bicycle-powered salmon smoker, an olfactory-based installation and an enormous float… Read more »

Nuit Mange: where to eat in the middle of the night during Nuit Blanche 2012 Nuit Mange: where to eat in the middle of the night during Nuit Blanche 2012

Nuit Blanche opens on Saturday night at 7:03 p.m. (see our full guide), and with an entire night of roaming Toronto’s transformed streets, galleries and everything in between, odds are you’ll get hungry. To help, the folks behind the festival have dispatched a fleet of food trucks, which will be out in full force at… Read more »

Nuit Blanche 2012 guide: our top 20 picks for Toronto’s seventh annual all-nig... Nuit Blanche 2012 guide: our top 20 picks for Toronto’s seventh annual all-night art crawl

This Saturday, September 29, hordes of art lovers, all-purpose revellers and the generally curious will take to downtown for the seventh iteration of Nuit Blanche. The fun kicks off just as the sun goes down (7:03 p.m. this year), and continues until the sun rises the next morning (and if past years are anything to… Read more »

The Weekender: Nuit Blanche, Paper Bag’s 10th anniversary and six other events... The Weekender: Nuit Blanche, Paper Bag’s 10th anniversary and six other events on our to-do list

1. SCOTIABANK NUIT BLANCHE (FREE!) From dusk to dawn, the streets of Toronto will be packed with art and art lovers for the seventh iteration of Nuit Blanche. Over 150 contemporary projects will sprawl across three mostly downtown zones. Highly anticipated events include Reflexion, a 20-by-20-foot interactive “video crystal” at Yonge-Dundas Square, and Museum for… Read more »

Great Spaces: a graffiti-covered west end warehouse hides a loft of airplane han... Great Spaces: a graffiti-covered west end warehouse hides a loft of airplane hangar proportions

By Victoria Webster | Photography by Michael Graydon | Illustration by John Burgoyne A varnished cedar gate with a doorknob is the only indication that the commercial-looking building near Bloor and Dovercourt is still in use. The address doesn’t show up on most GPS systems, and it only got a postal code last year. This… Read more »

Reasons to Love Toronto: No. 27, because we’re night owls Reasons to Love Toronto: No. 27, because we’re night owls

By Alexandra Molotkow | Photography by Jess Baumung At approximately 4 a.m. last Nuit Blanche, some friends and I filed into the brightly lit New Ho King on Spadina for heaping plates of General Tso chicken and hunan tofu. Similarly wired Nuit Blanchers squeezed past our chairs and guffawed loudly from neighbouring tables. The mood… Read more »

Dîner en blanc, Toronto’s other white meet Dîner en blanc, Toronto’s other white meet

About 400 sartorial albinos descended on the Distillery District yesterday for Toronto’s first Dîner en Blanc (apparently unconcerned that Nuit Blanche usually has dibs on the colour this season). Partly organized by Suresh Doss—the man behind Food Truck Eats—the feast was a pilot of sorts, not formally affiliated with the official events in Paris, Berlin,… Read more »

Nuit Blanche 2011 guide: what to wait for and what to avoid at Toronto’s all-n... Nuit Blanche 2011 guide: what to wait for and what to avoid at Toronto’s all-night art crawl

[mappress mapid=”13″ poilist=”false”] Nuit Blanche is upon us this weekend, which means revellers will be wandering the streets into the wee hours of the morning. The arty fun starts at 6:59 p.m. on October 1 (when the sun goes down) and continues until sunrise on October 2 (which, according to our research, is approximately 7:16… Read more »

Food Truck Eats to pull an all-nighter for round three Food Truck Eats to pull an all-nighter for round three

Food Truck Eats has proven itself a hugely popular new addition to Toronto’s street food scene (despite a setback earlier this month), but there is truly no greater hell than waiting in line for over an hour for a caramel apple pie, only for Cupcake Diner to sell out. Organizer Suresh Doss is taking a… Read more »

The Great Nuit Blanche Scavenger Hunt: spot these 30 items The Great Nuit Blanche Scavenger Hunt: spot these 30 items

Let’s face it, the annual all-nighter art fest isn’t for everyone—whether it’s the chilly weather, crowds or corporate sponsors, attendees can always find something to complain about. So to make Nuit Blanche a tad more fun, we created a scavenger hunt perfect for waiting out long line-ups. Below, a list of 30 items to check… Read more »

The Weekender: Nuit Blanche, a David Sedaris reading and six other can’t-m... The Weekender: Nuit Blanche, a David Sedaris reading and six other can’t-miss events

1. NUIT BLANCHE (FREE!) Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s once-small all-night arts festival, has exploded. Now in its fifth year, there are more than 130 listed art projects in three cross-city zones, and it’s time to admit there’s no way a person could conceivably see everything. Check out our top 10 must-see events instead. Oct. 2. Various… Read more »