Saturday, October 01, 2016

@nuitblancheTO and les rues des refuses 2016

Less Sleep, More Art. I have been working hard on my lite-bike getting it ready for the Saturday, October 1st all night art festival in Toronto. Screw the rain, it's time to get some culture! Both the 11th annual Nuit Blanche and the anti-Nuit Blanche (les rues des refuses) events are on starting at sunset (7pm) and continuing to sunrise on Sunday morning. The contemporary art installations are fewer in number this year due to the loss of Scotiabank as the title sponsor, which should make it easier to experience more art. The rain should also keep down the big crowds, but the city recommends the really late night tour - 4 to 7 am to avoid crowds.
The nearly 90 exhibits are located throughout Toronto with the City produced projects concentrated in four sites - 'OBLIVION' at City Hall/Nathan Phillips Square, 'Militant Nostalgia' on John and McCaul Streets, 'Transformation Reveals' on Bay Street and 'Facing the Sky' along the waterfront. A printed map is will also be available at City Hall. Event Centres with maps, bathrooms and food vendors can also be found at Metro Hall, 55 John Street and 10 Bay Street. There are a number of extended exhibits from 'OBLIVION' that will be available for view until October 10.
OBLIVION: Death of the Sun
PNEUMA in the reflecting pond at Nathan Phillips Sqaure

"Nuit Blanche Toronto is the city's annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured nearly 1,300 art installations by approximately 4,600 artists and has generated over $268 million in economic impact for Toronto. Nuit Blanche Toronto is a 10-day program which includes the Nuit Talks series and Extended Projects."
"Drake Hotel Properties brings art-loving night owls a series of immersive, experiential and thought-provoking art installations from sunrise to sunset, for NuitBlanche 2016 on Saturday, October 1 at The Drake HotelDrake One Fifty and Drake General Store. Attendees can wander through light-filled installations by Brooklyn-based artist Jason Peters at both The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St. W.) and Drake One Fifty (150 York St.), as well as enjoy a sneak preview of the latest from Drake AV, The Drake’s new video art collective. The properties also host PRISMATIC, an exhibition that celebrates female artists who boldly and playfully explore colour, space, material, and light; and FOMO, Drake One Fifty's exhibition that examines the influence of digital technology in art."
Portals and White Line at the Drake Hotel

The unofficial side of Nuit Blanche are the events that compromise les rues des refuses which include the the renegade parade mobile dance party, Wiggly Street on Queen, Morpheus Bondage Extravaganza, Toronto Cruisers bicycle ride and a Flow and Gloving meetup. I have copied some of the event information below.

"Toronto Cruisers: Nuit Blanche is one of our favourite nights of the year! We adore seeing the streets full of people & a tiny sliver of mayhem on the ground! So we'll meet at Spadina & Bloor, get our bikes geared up with lights, sound or whatever else we care to do & we'll ride off into the night! If you're hoping to see every piece of art, this probably isn't for you. If you're hoping to go on a long ride nonstop through the city, this probably isn't for you. If you're looking for a well defined schedule of stops & times, it's subject to change & so don't plan around it. We'll set out to see art, make some noise, have some fun & interact with our city, much like we do on our Toronto Cruisers rides. Join up, split off, grab a bixi, we're riding until LATE!!!"

"Calling all Flow Artists across the GTA and within the Toronto Gloving Community! This is our annual takeover of Nuit Blanche, where we roam the streets of downtown bringing the magic of gloving, orbitiing, spinning and hooping to the people of Toronto! We shall settle down and claim a spot for ourselves in Nathan Philips Square at 7pm. Last year it was a bit crowded by the time we got there so this year we want to carve out a spot early so we can shock and amaze all night long. Consider bringing a layer or two as the night of Nuit Blanche tends to go somewhat late and can get chilly! We gotta stay warm people!"
Waiting for the parade to start at Richmond and Duncan. See more photos of the mobile rave on my post here

Carpe Noctem (Renegade Rave Parade): "Join us for a raucous, mobile dance party as we take over the streets that have made our dreams come true.  Presented by Secret Society and Deer Team Six. FEATURING: Secret Society DJs all night, Deer Team Six, YOU. Nuit Blanche, our city's all-night art thing, has been freed from corporate banality now that Scotiabank has dropped out as a sponsor. We can finally bring the event back to its roots and *be* the art we wish to see in the world. We are taking it back to the old school: a truck, a soundsystem, and DJs on the 1s and 2s. Music is art. 10pm with Starting location: changed to Richmond and Duncan. Costumes highly encouraged. Theme: Party animal."
Wiggle Street
miniPong Toronto by Ryan Jeans

"WiGGLY Street ~ nuit blanche is something we officially unofficially started last year at Nuit Blanche Toronto. This year we are even more prepared and have lots more planned to indulge all of your wiggly senses. It is perhaps the one night of the entire year that it's possible to organize such a contemporary and unique event in the middle of,what is typically the busiest streets in the country. We truly live in the greatest city in the world where from dusk till dawn, we get to transform a little piece of Queen Street to WiGGLY Street :). With this respect, Please Please Please: on your way in or out of WiGGLY Street, take a moment to personally thank the Toronto Police Officers as they are kind enough to stand by and let us WiGGLE iT on Queen St. (hoping we didn't just jinks this one). Location: We will be located on QUEEN STREET WEST (between York & University)"
At Morpheous Bondage Extravaganza (MBE)
Morpheous Bondage Exchange: "Is the world's largest, single night rope bondage exhibit (now in its eighth year). The event takes place each year in Toronto during Nuit Blanche (an annual all-night art festival), attracting thousands of visitors in the neighbourhood. In the last two years the event has expanded to include two additional locations in North America: Orlando, Florida & San Francisco, California (with plans to add a 4th location in 2015). MBE Toronto - October 01, 2016 - Pursuit OCR  444 Dufferin St, Toronto - Starting time 7:00 P.M. EST"
Beauty vs The World at Cloud Gardens

See some of the City of Toronto tips in getting around along with parking information and road closures after the jump.
The Sun Will Come Out TO waiting for the Death of the Sun at Nathan Phillips Square
Cans and wires near Honest Ed's
Photon Gallery 2.0

Special TTC services
In addition to the regular all-night Blue Night Network service, the TTC is extending all-night subway service on Lines 1 and 2. The Line 1 Yonge-University-Spadina Subway will run all night from Downsview to Finch. Line 2 Bloor-Danforth Subway will run all night from Kipling to Kennedy. The 501 Queen Streetcar will be diverted onto King Street between Shaw Street and Church Street. Free, all-night parking is available at TTC commuter parking lots. More information is available at
More of the mobile rave

Special GO Transit services
Regular GO Train service runs half-hourly on Saturday and Sundays along the Lakeshore line between Aldershot and Oshawa. To accommodate the late-night festivities, GO is running extra trains to and from Union Station. Two extra homebound trains will run along the Lakeshore East and West GO lines in the early hours of October 2. For Hamilton customers, there will be connections to bus Route 18 for the special trains at Aldershot. Special train service will run along the Milton, Kitchener, Barrie and Stouffville lines with one Toronto-bound trip in the early evening of October 1 and one homebound trip in the early hours of October 2. Kitchener line service will run between Georgetown GO and Union with connections to bus service to Kitchener, Guelph and Acton.

Photon Gallery 2.0

Death of the Sun
PNEUMA at the City Hall reflecting pond

Toronto Parking Authority
A list of Green P parking lots located closest to Nuit Blanche Toronto activities is available at
Photon Gallery 2.0

Union Pearson Express (UP Express)
Union Pearson Express (UP Express) is a dedicated air-rail link connecting Toronto Pearson International Airport and downtown Union Station in just 25 minutes, with stops in the historic Bloor and Weston communities. UP Express trains depart every 15 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., and all stations and trains are fully accessible. The one-way fare from downtown Toronto to Pearson Airport is as low at $9 with a Presto card. There is free Wi-Fi, airline check-in kiosks, personal outlets to charge devices and up-to-the-minute flight information. Visit UP Express to purchase tickets.

Lazer Show at Wiggle Street
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:
- Queen Street West between Yonge Street and Spadina Avenue from 5 p.m. Saturday, October 1 until 8 a.m. Sunday, October 2.
- Bay Street between Dundas Street West and Queens Quay West starting at noon on Saturday, October 1 until 10 a.m. Sunday, October 2.
- John Street between Stephanie Street and Wellington Avenue starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, October 1 until 9 a.m.Sunday, October 2.
- McCaul Street (southbound lanes only) between Dundas Street West and Queen Street West starting at 6 p.m.Saturday, October 1 until 8 a.m. Sunday, October 2.
Honest Ed's
Legacy of Honest Ed's in the alley

 Silent Conversation at Bloor and Spadina

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