This year marks the 8th year of Nuit Blanche – Toronto’s all night art extravaganza that turns Toronto into an all-night street festival featuring interactive art exhibits and performances from local, national, and international artists.
The event has had ebs and flows and the number of attendees has grown steadily year by year. Some of the past highlights have been Blinkenlights Stereoscope (2008), I Promise It Will Always Be This Way (2008) and Daniel Lanois’ Later That Night at the Drive-In (2010), and All Together Now (2012).
Here are some of NB’s best bets for Saturday:
Ai Weiwei presents the main installation for this year. A sculpture of over 3,000 interconnected bicycles.
Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West (At Bay Street)
Tadashi Kawamata’s amphitheater-shaped installation built from chairs, benches and garden furniture, is meant to provide a place for meetings and discussion while containing the memories of those who left impressions there.
Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East (At Church Street)
Using light, snow and sound, Lauren Poon and Abraham Galway ask viewers to change their interpretations of Toronto’s main downtown artery.
Bathurst & Fort York (Located beneath the Gardiner Expressway, south of Fort York)
Caledonia Dance Curry, a.k.a. Swoon, has produced another stunning mixed media installation.
Bay Adelaide Centre, 26 Temperance Street (Adjacent to the underground parking lot entrance)
Queen of the Parade
Lisa Anita Wegner and Vanessa Lee Wishart have created this year’s spectacular moving light wall.
University Avenue & Queen Street West
Conceptualized by Marcin Kedzior and Christine Kim, Paper Orbs takes off as a massive origami sculpture, dissolving into thousands of paper helmets worn by visitors as they parade down University Avenue.
University Avenue & Armoury Street
Which installations are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments below.