Thursday, September 15, 2022

Planning for Toronto Nuit Blanche 2022

One of the few nights where Toronto comes to life throughout the whole life is fast approaching as Nuit Blanche returns October 1st. The event takes place in Etobicoke, Downtown, Scarborough and North York from sunset to sunrise of the next day. Giant crowds will fill the sidewalks and around any art installation from early in the night until after three or four o'clock when the visitors start to thin out, so if you don't want to join the crowds plan to go later in the event.

From the City's website (screenshot at top), "Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s all-night celebration of contemporary art, returns from sunset on October 1 to sunrise on October 2 for its biggest event ever. Expanding to include exhibitions in Etobicoke and North York, in addition to downtown and Scarborough, the long-awaited event features more than 150 artworks by local, national and international artists. Led by inaugural Artistic Director Dr. Julie Nagam, Nuit Blanche’s curatorial theme, The Space Between Us, invites artists to transform the city by creatively sharing stories about their connection to place while bridging cultures and connecting with communities and the environment."

While the downtown core has the highest concentration of projects it would be difficult to see many by just walking around, so take a bike or public transit to expand your horizons - keep away from trying to drive and park for this event.

In Etobicoke the works will be at Humber College Campus, Downtown will also feature works at Yonge-Dundas Square, the waterfront and Fort York, in North York they will be shown at York University, Mel Lastman Square, Concord Park Place and Ethennonnhawahstihnen' Park and finally in Scarborough you can check out the Scarborough Town Centre. There are also virtual projects and some will need you to download apps to be part of an interactive experience.

A quick check of the many installations provides a short list of projects that I hope to experience including; the Occupation (#102), RATs (#92), those that watch over us (#112), I am Hine, I am Moana (#91-c), A God Amongst Us (#83), PiƱatas bring people together (#157) and Global Vision (#125). Take a look at the projects and choose based on your own shortlist, or keep to a specific geographic location. Let the night take you as it sees fit.

I will be bringing my light bike, joined by a few friends so I hope to see other lights during the night.

Some other important information from the City.

1. MAPS: Event goers can collect a map at Event Centres located at 160 Yonge St., 88 Queens Quay W., 11 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr., Mel Lastman Square and Albert Campbell Square or from other information centres where volunteers can help.

2. PUBLIC TRANSIT TTC: In addition to the regular all-night Blue Night Network service, the TTC will run subway service all night on Line 1 Yonge-University, Line 2 Bloor-Danforth, Line 3 Scarborough and Line 4 Sheppard. Day passes purchased on October 1 will be valid until 7 a.m. on October 2. Free entry is available at North York Centre Station and Scarborough Centre Station from 7 p.m. October 1 to 7 a.m. October 2. Customers will need to pick up a paper transfer from these stations as proof of payment.

3. EVENT ROAD CLOSURES: Partial and full road closures will be in effect all weekend. Major downtown roads impacted will include parts of Bay Street, Queen Street, Yonge Street and the eastbound Yonge Street off-ramp from the Gardiner Expressway. This is due to expected event attendance and to improve free-flowing access to the art projects, giving pedestrians safe and easy access. The following road restrictions will be in place:

Thursday, September 29 at 9 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m.:
• Temperance Street between Yonge Street and Bay Street and Colborne Street between Yonge Street and Scott Street will have local traffic only along a portion of the roadways.

Friday, September 30 at 9 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 11 a.m.:
• Yonge Street will be closed between Dundas Street and Queens Quay. East-west traffic will be maintained at major intersections along the stretch
• Queen Street will be closed between York Street and Bay Street and between Bay Street and Victoria Street

Friday, September 30 at 6 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 11 a.m.:
• Westbound Gardiner Expressway exit 154 to Yonge Street will be closed
• Esplanade Street will be closed between Yonge Street and Scott Street, with local traffic only along a portion of the road

Saturday, October 1 at 10 a.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 10 a.m.:
• Road closures and restrictions will be in place on Bay Street between Dundas Street West and Richmond Street West, including Albert Street and James Street. Hagerman Street will also be closed
• Queens Quay West will be closed between York Street and Bay Street, with local traffic only along a portion of the road

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