Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Getting around Nuit Blanche

From can't see to can see, the all night contemporary art festival starts this Saturday and the installations are spread throughout the city. Getting around late at night can be a hassle so the City of Toronto has prepared this information to help visitors navigate the night.
Just like Redball and the Supermoon

Fresh Joe's battle with cancer means that he won't be able to make it this year, so I plan to bike for him and have planned a special bicycle art display for the night's. I plan to be the best piece of art for Nuit Blanche 2015.
Pedestrian bridge lighting at Nuit Blanche

It officially starts 6:55 pm Saturday, October 3 and runs until sunrise on Sunday, October 4. See the press release after the jump with event map information, public transportation tips and road closure information links.
"Digital guide
A streamlined version of the navigation website will be available on mobile devices on October 3 at http://www.snbto.ca. Use GPS to find the closest projects and to get around for the event. Projects can be found and viewed by location, artist or project name. Additional information about the optimized web app can be found at http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/connect/nuit-mobile.html. Event updates will also be available on Twitter at @sbnuitblancheTO, #snbTO throughout the night.

Event map
A map and detailed event information are available via the website and on mobile devices, as noted above. During the event, a paper map is available at any of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Information Centres: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., Union Station, 65 Front St. W., and the southeast corner of College Street and University Avenue.

Public transit
People are advised to park their car and explore the event on foot and by public transit. Take advantage of all-night TTC service on part of the subway system and extended GO Transit service.

Special TTC services
In addition to the regular all-night Blue Night Network service, the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) is extending all-night service to a portion of the subway. The Line 1, Yonge-University-Spadina subway will run all night from Downsview to Finch stations and the Line 2, Bloor-Danforth subway will run all night from Kipling to Kennedy stations. The 501 Queen Streetcar will be diverted onto King Street, between Spadina Avenue and Church Street. Free, all-night parking is available at TTC commuter parking lots. More information is available at http://www.ttc.ca.

Special Event TTC Day Pass
The TTC is offering a Scotiabank Nuit Blanche special event day pass, on sale now at TTC collector booths for $11.50. It allows a single customer or a family/group of customers (up to six people, maximum two adults and four children/youths 19 years of age or under) to pay one low price for unlimited travel on all regular TTC service. It is valid for travel from the start of service Saturday, October 3 until 9 a.m.on Sunday, October 4. Day passes cannot be used at automatic entrances.

Special GO Transit services
Regular GO Train service runs half hourly on Saturday, October 3 along the Lakeshore line between Aldershot and Oshawa. The rest of the GO network is served by GO Bus. To accommodate the late-night festivities, GO is running extra late-night trains to and from Union Station. Two extra homebound trains will run along the Lakeshore GO lines in the early hours of October 4. The Milton, Kitchener, Barrie and Stouffville GO lines will each have a special train travelling into Toronto on October 3, returning homebound in the early hours ofOctober 4. Late night GO buses will run on most routes from the Union Station Bus Terminal. For those staying all night, regular scheduled Lakeshore train trips out of Union Station resume Sunday morning at 6:43 a.m. westbound to Aldershot and at 7:13 a.m.eastbound to Oshawa. Visit http://www.gotransit.com for schedules.

With a GO Group Pass, up to three youths ride free for the price of two paying adults. The GO Group Pass allows up to five people (maximum two adults and three youths under the age of 18) unlimited travel in one day between two fare zones. For Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the GO group and day passes purchased on Saturday, October 3 are valid for the extra homebound train trips on Sunday, October 4.

Toronto Parking Authority
Details about Green P parking close to Nuit Blanche activities are available at http://parking.greenp.com.

Road closures
Partial and full road closures will be in effect due to expected event attendance and to improve free-flowing access to the art projects, giving pedestrians safe and easy access. As a result, portions of the following streets will be closed to vehicles from Saturday, October 3 to Sunday, October 4:
- Queens Quay between York Street and Parliament Street (4 p.m. to 9 a.m.)
- Queen Street West between Yonge Street and University Avenue (6 p.m. to 8 a.m.)
- Bay Street between Dundas Street West and Queens Quay (6 p.m. to 8 a.m.)
- Queen's Park between Bloor Street and Queen's Park Crescent (5 p.m. to 8 a.m.) and
- Queen's Park Crescent between Queen's Park and College Street (5 p.m. to 8 a.m.).

Full details about the road closures are available at http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/plan-ahead/getting-around.html.

About Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is Toronto’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. Since 2006, the event has featured more than 1,200 official art installations by 4,500 artists and has generated over $227 million in economic impact for Toronto. The event has received many accolades including most recently the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Awards of Excellence for Public-Private Partnerships, Sponsorship Marketing (SMA) Award of Distinction for Festivals, Best Free Cultural Happenings in Now Magazine's annual "Best Of" poll for a seventh year in a row and number seven All-Time Favourite Festivals, Fairs and Events in Field Day's fourth annual Toronto entertainment survey. Look for information and updates at http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca, on Facebook at facebook.com/sbnuitblancheTO, Twitter at @sbnuitblancheTO, #snbTO and Instagram at @sbnuitblancheTO, #snbTO."

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