The City of Toronto’s annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche has a history of changing the city into an artist’s playground. This year, on Saturday, October 4, Toronto will be transformed once again, and will feature more than 110 contemporary art projects exhibited across the city from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014 will feature four city-produced exhibitions, three of which are located in new neighbourhoods: Fort York, Chinatown/Spadina Avenue and Roundhouse Park/Bremner Boulevard. This year’s themes vary, from a spectacular circus themed exhibit to a performance-based exhibit that mines the human range of emotion. The all-female roster of distinguished curators is presenting one of the most diverse lineups of artists in the event’s history. 2013 Highlight: Garden Tower in Toronto, Tadashi Kawamata “Between the earth and the sky, the possibility of everything” curated by Dominique Fontaine, an independent curator from Montreal, features 12 projects in Chinatown and on Queen West. Fontaine’s exhibition creates a framework for artistic experimentation that alters basic assumptions about what people see, feel and understand about the world and themselves. “The Night Circus” is curated by Denise Markonish, curator at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. Featuring 10 projects located in and around Roundhouse Park and along Bremner Boulevard, Markonish’s exhibition will offer a spectacle of magic, with an aura of darkness bubbling underneath. Artists will dazzle, entertain and enchant downtown Toronto during a night circus that will vanish as the dawn breaks “Before Day Break” curated by Magda Gonzalez-Mora, an independent curator in Toronto, is the exhibition which includes 12 projects located in and around historical Fort York. Gonzalez-Mora’s exhibition examines the intricacy of everyday life and the perception of reality. Through these works, the artists reflect on different conditions that impact our ability to understand the world. “Performance Anxiety” is an exclusive-performance based exhibit curated by Heather Pesanti, a senior curator at the Contemporary Austin in Austin. Events will take place at Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. Pesanti’s exhibition reflects the sensation and emotion an individual feels when facing the public. 2013 Highlight: Forever Bicycles, Ai Weiwei Select projects will once again be extended through the Thanksgiving weekend to Monday, October 13. Visit the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche website for more information about the curators and the artists to be featured. Check out some highlights from last year’s Nuit Blanche here. Read the full press release here.