Toronto’s favourite midnight art showcase is returning this weekend. Known as Toronto’s biggest celebration of contemporary art, Nuit Blanche is unlike any other event in the city, taking place from sunset on Saturday, October 1st to sunrise on October 2nd.
This year’s event will include works by more than 150 local, national and international artists. And for the first time ever, it will span across the whole city, from Etobicoke to Scarborough to North York.
This year’s curatorial theme of Nuit Blanche is called The Space Between Us, which invites artists to “build bridges between cultures, communities, and the environment.”
Here are 7 thought-provoking displays worth checking out at Nuit Blanche this year.
THE DINNER TABLE: A Citywide Collective Celebration
A “wondrous street-long all-white dinner table” will be set up in the middle of the street as part of this unique display by Nike Onile of Studio Ode.
According to the description, THE DINNER TABLE “explores collective celebration in a city with a thirst to rebuild connections and renew social identity.”
Where: 100 Yonge Street (Adelaide Street West & Yonge Street)
This unique installation by Caroline Monnet “draws inspiration from an abstracted version of connected tree roots visualized through large colourful plexiglass and mirrors with an accompanying soundscape,” according to the description.
You will get to wander your way through the immersive experience and get lost in a world of interconnected light, sound, and movement.
Where: Colborne Street & Yonge Street
The Ball Pit
This fascinating installation will feature costumed performers in various work wear goofing around inside of a ball pit.
“This colourful installation turns the daily grind on its head, transforming an everyday corridor into a nostalgic play space,” the description says. Peculiar, but fun!
Where: 150 Borough Drive
Aga Khan Museum – Nuit Blanche 2022: Collective Effervescence
This all-night program of activities at Aga Khan Museum will bring people together through a shared experience in visual art, music, dance, ritual, and ceremony.
You will get to experience and make unique art by interacting with a new installation by Meera Sethi in the formal gardens.
Where: 77 Wynford Drive
Good Tonight, Good Tomorrow – With Johnnie Walker and NoPattern
This alluring display by fine artist NoPattern in collaboration with Johnnie Walker depicts beautiful colours travelling slowly across several screens.
The display “encourages viewers to come together and take a second to appreciate this moment of clarity,” while slowing down and fully experiencing the present moment.
Where: 50 Queen Street West (Queen Street & Bay Street)
Space Oddity at Centennial College
Space Oddity is described as an “all-night interactive event” hosted by the Centennial College arts and media community.
“Visitors will feel glam in the outer space photobooth, be part of the action in the video studio, witness pop-up dance performances to music, experience the scent of the future, and play in a game jam with others and experience the creation of new games.”
Where: 951 Carlaw Avenue (main entrance)
Step Into My Space
Explore a maze on five acres of magically-lit nature at this exhibit of film, media, sculpture, painting, and live performances by multiple artists.
This unique exhibit is in tribute to the Spadina Museum and “connections made to this place, its history, ancestors and to each other.”
Where: Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Road
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