On Sept 29 at 7 pm, the 13th annual Nuit Blanche Toronto will fill the city’s streets with more than 75 contemporary art projects created by over 300 local, national and international artists. Nuit Blanche Toronto is the city’s annual celebration of contemporary art, produced by the city of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community which runs throughout the night. Since 2006, this event has featured almost 1500 art installations by approximately 5,200 artists and has generated over $355 million in economic impact for Toronto.
The theme this year is “You Are Here” which will include three exhibits, one in Scarborough, one downtown and a third bridging the two neighbourhoods.
Nuit Blanche Toronto will continue its successful Major Institutions program for the third year in a row. Twelve institutions across the city will feature art projects and exhibitions free of charge throughout the night, which include the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, OCAD University and Onsite Gallery, Ontario Science Centre, and the Royal Ontario Museum, to name a few.
The Nuit Neighbourhoods are listed below:
• Scarborough – 29 projects will be on display at Scarborough Civic Centre, Scarborough Town Centre and the surrounding area, with five projects along the Line 3 Scarborough (SRT) station platforms.
• Don Mills – free shuttles will connect Line 3 Scarborough (SRT) to the Aga Khan Museum and the Ontario Science Centre for a total of five projects.
• Bloor-Yorkville – 11 projects plotted north and south of the Bloor Street West corridor from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) to the Bata Show Museum, and north of Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens.
• Downtown – 31 projects concentrated in and around Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto City Hall expanding outwards to Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto Coach Terminal to Yonge Dundas Square and down Bay Street. The area is anchored by 11 artworks from the exhibitions.
• Sterling Road – featuring three projects at the newly opened Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and at the Drake Commissary, this west-end neighbourhood is a short walk from Lansdowne or Dundas West station.
• West Queen West – Artscape Youngplace is the heart of the West Queen West Nuit Blanche Toronto experience, with four projects situated at Shaw Street and Sudbury Street.
Admission to this event is free.
Information and updates are available at nbto.com.
Image courtesy of the city of Toronto. Artist: Kika Thorne.