The 2018 Nuit Blanche Guide: Everything You Need To Know

One of the best parts about urban living is the mix of personalities, ideologies, and cultures that come together for everyday experiences. A city like Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world making it a central place for experiencing new arts and cultures. Arts and festivals no matter the genre, are some of the most effective ways for different groups of people to express their lives, cultures, and experiences to one another, and festivals like Nuit Blanche are some of the best showcases.

Although art is a major factor in any major urban environment, we should ask ourselves, what exactly does art mean to a city? Art is the fabric of the people, it is the expression of who we are and what we think. Art allows for people to think differently about what is going on around them and breaks the mold of standardized ideologies. Art brings people what mainstream mediums do not, it takes us to places where we are afraid to go and forces us to acknowledge the truth. For ideologies and philosophy to progress, we need to force ourselves to open up to different ideas and expressions.

Making art is an act of bravery, to create and put yourself out there for critique and analysis knowing people will disagree with you and dismiss you, takes passion and courage. In order for a society to be free, art is an absolute necessity, without it we are only doing a disservice to ourselves.

One of the most prominent showcases of art in Toronto is the Nuit Blanche festival. Nuit Blanche started on September 30, 2006. With an inaugural attendance, of 425,000 people. With adventures and artistic exploration spanning the entire night, the first-ever Nuit Blanche Toronto event had 400 artists and curators, 300 onsite logistical staff, 200 docents and volunteers, 87 galleries, museums and art institutions, and 13 corporate sponsors and media partners.

At Nuit Blanche, there are a myriad of events which can be overwhelming. With so much artwork to observe, it can be hard to navigate your way through the Toronto event, which is why we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know for Nuit Blanche 2018!

Food at Nuit Blanche

One of the main elements of Nuit Blanche this year will be food. The focus of this year’s Nuit Blanche culinary highlight is the Dumpling Festival. The dumpling festival will be located on James St and be hosted by artist Ken Lum. The idea behind the International Dumpling Festival is that it will feature different dumplings from different parts of the world. The different styles of dumplings that will be featured at the festival are Jamaican patties, Finnish pies, Tibetan momos, Colombian empanadas, and Polish pierogies. This Toronto event mixes the art of cuisine and storytelling.   

City Produced Projects

Nuit Blanch City Produced Projects

Many exhibitions at Nuit Blanche 2018 are city produced projects that explore ideas and stories from different parts of the area. This year’s city produced events consist of three main attractions, Dream Time – We All Have Stories, Styll, and The Things They Carried.

Dream Time – We All Have Stories

Curated by Karen Alexander Dr, this event is an examination of The Ward in Toronto. The central idea of this event is the exploration of different groups and their stories. This Toronto event will showcase eight different artworks around city hall that will transform and activate different spaces. Touching upon issues like immigration, gay rights, housing, economic development, colonization and the ongoing struggle for self-definition and self-determination, this piece will explore different stories of place, memory, and history. Different artistic mediums that will be used for performance, photography, video installation, and spatial intervention.

Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark will consist of thousands for people drying glue to their fingers, peeling it off and displaying their fingerprints from the ceiling at the Toronto Coach Terminal.

Down At The Twilight Zone

“Down at the Twilight Zone” by Harold Offeh is an interactive live performance that will explore the history and stories of Toronto’s queer community, while paying homage to the Twilight Zone, a famous Toronto nightclub.

Styll

Styll is curated by Alyssa Fearon and like many other pieces of artwork at Nuit Blanche focuses on the intersection of different people and the relationships between them.

Portals

Portals is a science fiction film which will focus on the lives and structures of Guyanese peoples living outside of their homeland. This film has been described as “a series of portals ripping through time and space, transporting viewers to a place of solace”.

Everything I Wanted to Tell You

This event will consist of the Scarborough Civic Centre being transformed at night to display large text-based narratives of Scarborough’s diversity, nuance, and resilience.

The Things They Carried

Curated by Tairone Bastien, this Toronto event will feature music, food, and art all in one. The central theme of this piece will be immigration and will discuss the concept of how things get forgotten and carried along different people’s journeys. This event is curated by Tairone Bastien.

Navigate By Neighbourhood

Nuit Blanche Neighbourhood Displays

Nuit Blanche 2018 will showcase Toronto art from different parts of the city, and will have different works being featured in different regions. The regions include:

Scarborough

Scarborough Civic Centre and Scarborough Town Centre will include 29 projects and 10 new works for the exhibition STYLL (mentioned above). 5 projects will also be included in the Scarborough Rapid Transit stations throughout the duration of the route.

Don Mills

Free shuttles will be provided for these events through the Scarborough Rapid Transit line and will connect Toronto art lovers to the Aga Khan Museum and the Ontario Science Centre. The projects and activities will include dance, music, and film.

One of the main features within this neighbourhood will be Arrivals and Encounters at the Aga Khan Museum. This will feature over 30 artists with different performances, installations, and multimedia.

Bloor Yorkville

This region will consist of 12 projects from north and south of Bloor West going from Ossington to Sherbourne. It will include the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum), the Bata Shoe Museum, and north to Spadina House.

One of the main features in this region is Frame your Footwear: Your Shoes as Art. This event will be a user interactive one where Toronto art fans attending the Bata Shoe Museum will make Boomerang videos of the shoes they wear out for their Nuit Blanche adventure.

Sterling Road

This region will include projects from the Museum of Contemporary Art and is located within close proximity to Lansdowne subway station and the West Queen West neighbourhood.

One of the prominent pieces of Toronto art that will be showcased at this location is Dark Waters. This environmental piece explores the idea of water as a finite resource through the use of video and photography.

West Queen West- “Artscape Youngplace is the heart of the Queen West experience”, this feature will lead to the Sterling Road neighbourhood.

A prominent piece within this neighbourhood is a film called Dust Cycles. This is a movie shot with 16mm and aerial views to explore the Scarborough Bluffs.

Nuit Talks 2018

Nuit Blanche 2018 Talks

Another feature for Nuit Blanche 2018 will be live talks with different artists. The purpose of these talks is for people to get together and discuss different ideas behind the art at this year’s festival. These talks are open to the public free of charge, some of the discussions may require pre-registration. Some of the most anticipated live discussions this year include:

Transcending Margins:

  • Members of RISE: Randell Adjei and Anthony Gebrehiwot and Members of CUE/ Margin of Eras Gallery: Jason Samilski, Roya DelSol and Amber Williams-King.
  • Sunday, September 23 | 3 – 5 pm | FREE Margin of Eras Gallery, 1684 Queen Street West

RISE Edutainment: Nuit Blanche Scarborough Preview

  • Participants: David Delisca (spoken word) and Diana “Fly Lady Di” Reyes (contemporary dance)
  • Monday, September 24 | 7:30 – 11 pm | FREE
  • Burrows Hall Community Centre, 1081 Progress Avenue

Artist Talk with eL Seed

  • Participants: eL Seed
  • Monday, September 24 | 7 – 8:15 pm | FREE
  • OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Auditorium Room 190

Hiba Abdallah on Community Art Practices

  • Participants: Hiba Abdallah
  • Tuesday, September 25 | 1 – 2 pm | FREE
  • Doris McCarthy Gallery, AA304, Arts & Administration Building, 1265 Military Trail, Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, University of Toronto Scarborough

Street Art: Writing from the Margins

  • Participants: eL Seed, Javid Jah, Planta Muisca, Tabban Soleimani, MEDIAH
  • Moderator: Tairone Bastien
  • Tuesday, September 25 | 7 – 8 pm | FREE
  • The Drake Commissary, 128a Sterling Road

The Ward

  • Participants: Karen Alexander, Tairone Bastien, Maria Amidu, Gayle Chong Kwan, and John Lorinc
  • Moderator: Luis Jacob
  • Wednesday, September 26 | 7 – 9 pm | FREE
  • Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street

Artist Talk with Ibrahim Mahama

  • Participants: Ibrahim Mahama
  • Moderator: Karen Alexander
  • Thursday, September 27 | 4 – 5:30 pm | FREE
  • OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Room 190

Amenities

Nuit Blanche 2018 will provide different amenities for festival goers who may be in need. Included with this is:

  • First Aid
  • Washrooms
  • Food Vendors
  • Phone Charging Stations

Transportation

Nuit Blanche Transportation - Toronto Train Station

  • If the weather holds up, it is recommended that you walk or bicycle to the different exhibitions as it makes for the best way to fully absorb the beauty of the different exhibitions, performances, and displays.
  • All night Blue Night Network service will be in service.
  • TTC transit service will be extending all-night subway service on Line 1 Yonge-University and Line 2 Bloor-Danforth.
  • Scarborough Town Centre and five SRT stations, Line 3 Scarborough (SRT) will run all night.

Hotel Packages

Nuit Blanche - Toronto Hotel

For those visiting from out of town and want to stay in the city, there are many options available:

Delta Toronto East

2035 Kennedy Road

416-299-1500

One Night Stay: $249* CAD plus taxes (per night)

(Valid: September 29–30, 2018)

  •       Late check-out at 1 p.m.
  •       Complimentary breakfast buffet for two
  •       Complimentary Wi-Fi
  •       Complimentary local calls
  •       Complimentary parking
  •       Scarborough Town Centre gift card

Reserve a one-night stay online or call 416-299-9500. Promotional code: Q6B

Special Two-Night Stay: $498* CAD plus taxes.

(Valid: September 28–30, 2018)

  •       Late check-out at 1 p.m.
  •       Complimentary Wi-Fi
  •       Complimentary breakfast buffet for two
  •       Complimentary local calls
  •       Complimentary parking
  •       Scarborough Town Centre gift card

Reserve a two-night stay online or call 416-299-9500. Promotional Code: Q6B

Madison Manor Boutique Hotel

16 Madison Avenue

1-877-561-7048 or 416-922-5579

Room Package A: $99* CAD plus taxes (per night) Rate Code: Nuit091

(Valid: September 29–30, 2018)

  •       $12 voucher for food and drink at the award-winning Madison Avenue Pub
  •       Complimentary room upgrade subject to availability upon arrival
  •       Complimentary continental breakfast for two
  •       Late check-out at 12:30 p.m.
  •       One night’s accommodation, double occupancy, Standard Room
  •       Complimentary Wi-Fi
  •       Scarborough Town Centre Gift Card

Room Package B: $258* CAD plus taxes (two-night stay) Rate Code: Nuit092

(Valid: September 28–30, 2018)

  •       $12 voucher for food and drink in the award-winning Madison Avenue Pub
  •       Complimentary room upgrade subject to availability upon arrival
  •       Complimentary breakfast for two
  •       Late check-out at 12:30 p.m.
  •       Two nights’ accommodation, double occupancy, King Suite
  •       Complimentary Wi-Fi
  •       Scarborough Town Centre Gift Card

Room Package C: $129* CAD plus taxes (per night) Rate Code: Nuit093

(Valid: September 29- 30, 2018)

  •       $12 voucher for food and drink in the award-winning Madison Avenue Pub
  •       Complimentary continental breakfast for two
  •       Late check-out at 12:30 pm
  •       One night’s accommodation, double occupancy, Deluxe King
  •       Complimentary Wi-Fi
  •       Scarborough Town Centre Gift Card

Room Package D: $298* CAD plus taxes (two-night stay) Rate Code: Nuit093

(Valid: September 28 – 30, 2018)

  •       $12 voucher for food and drink in the award-winning Madison Avenue Pub
  •       Complimentary continental breakfast for two
  •       Late check-out at 12:30 pm
  •       Two nights’ accommodation, double occupancy, Fireplace Suite
  •       Complimentary Wi-Fi
  •       Scarborough Town Centre Gift Card

Room Package E: $149* CAD plus taxes (per night) Rate Code: Nuit094

(Valid: September 29- 30, 2018)

  •       $12 voucher for food and drink in the award-winning Madison Avenue Pub
  •       Complimentary continental breakfast for two
  •       Late check-out at 12:30 pm
  •       One night’s accommodation, double occupancy, Fireplace Suite
  •       Complimentary Wi-Fi
  •       Scarborough Town Centre Gift Card

Reserve online or call 416-922-5579 or 1-877-561-7048. Promotional codes listed above.

Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites

175 Wynford Drive

416-449-4111

Per Night Stay: $164* CAD plus taxes (per night)

(valid: September 29–30, 2018)

  •       Late check-out at 1 p.m.
  •       Complimentary breakfast buffet for two
  •       Complimentary Wi-Fi
  •       Complimentary local calls
  •       Scarborough Town Centre gift card

Reserve a one-night stay online. Promotional Code: NUIT

Special Weekend Stay: $318* CAD plus taxes

(Valid: September 28–30, 2018)

  •       Late check-out at 1 p.m.
  •       Complimentary Wi-Fi
  •       Complimentary breakfast buffet for two
  •       Complimentary local calls
  •       Scarborough Town Centre gift card

Reserve a two-night stay online. Promotional Code: NUIT

(Must book before August 28, 2018)

Extended Projects

Projects that will run after the festival until October 8th include:

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