Tonight marks the 12th annual Nuit Blanche in Toronto, with 90 installations involving over 350 artists from Toronto and beyond.
For the first time, organisers have unified the 12-hour art marathon with an underlying theme called “Many Possible Futures”. Each piece will anchor Canada 150 on timely topics of gender equality, Indigenous rights, social change, and the environment.
Events start at sundown (6:58 p.m.) and run all-night to sunrise on Sunday at 7 a.m.
[Pro tip: be sure to dress warm and wear some sensible shoes!]
Why you should go: Curated by Barbara Fischer, “Listen to the Chorus” is a video installation inspired by “women’s rights and a collective desire for change”. It includes a score by rising composer Cecilia Livingston which mixes spoken and sung text based on conversations about women’s experiences and hopes for the future. Not-to-be-missed.
Where you should go: Ontario Police Memorial Park: 23 Queen’s Park Crescent East (Accessible from Queen’s Park Crescent and from Grosvenor Street.)
Suitable for all ages. Outdoors. | DETAILS
Why you should go: Lukumi Dub Opera is a performance art piece that occurs over 6 performances in 30-minute sets. It explores our shared cultural legacy through music, poetry, movement, visual art, mythology and drama. It is a commentary on our choices shaping Canada into the next 150 years.
Where you should go: Nathan Phillips Square: 100 Queen Street West
Suitable for all ages. This project is outdoors. Schedule: 8pm – Act 1, 10pm – Act 2, 12am – Act 3 Repeat 2am – Act 1, 4am – Act 2, 6am – Act 3 | DETAILS
Why you should go: This one span three live music sets Red Slam and includes periods of audience engagement with music, words, movement and projections. This installation is apart of the city produced Monument to the Century of Revolutions, and promises to be a highlight of the Nuit Blanche and is highly recommended.
Where you should go: Nathan Phillips Square: 100 Queen Street West. Suitable for all ages. Schedule: 7:00pm opening performance on stage 6:30am closing performance on stage. This project is both indoors and outdoors.| DETAILS
Why you should go: This one is about exploring gesture of hospitality to a safe place, the relationship between host and guest and feelings of empathy, recognition and social bonds in a softly lit room filled with welcoming voices. It’s also a great stop to rest up after a long night.
Where you should go: University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, Edward Johnson Building: 80 Queens Park. Suitable for all ages. Performances presented with the collaboration of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music. This project is indoors. | DETAILS
Why you should go: Live from the Campbell House Museum, Alberta’s Cherish Violet Blood hosts aunique late-night entertainment talk show format with a view of colonial history as told through the eyes of the Blackfoot. A gifted story-teller, Blood will explore little-known stories about race, gender and class. Parental guidance advised.
Where you should go: Campbell House Museum: 160 Queen Street West (back entrance). This project is indoors. | DETAILS