Nuit Blanche Toronto returns this weekend for the annual all-night celebration of contemporary art beginning at sunset at 6:58 p.m. on Saturday, September 30 to sunrise on Sunday, October 1. For the best experience at the event, the public is encouraged to plan ahead. Information on getting to, around and home from the event is available at http://nbto.com/ as well as below.
The website http://nbto.com/ offers an interactive event map and detailed event information, including exhibition locations and project descriptions, making it easy for members of the public to plan their night out. A printed event map is available for pickup from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the main lobby at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
Mobile guide and navigating the night
A streamlined version of the website is available on mobile devices to help the public navigate during the night using GPS to find the closest projects. Projects can be found and viewed by location, artist, project or venue. Additional information about the optimized mobile website can be found at https://nbto.com/footer/nuit-mobile.html. Event updates will also be available on Twitter @nuitblancheTO, #nbTO17 throughout the night.
Four exhibition areas transform the city from dusk to dawn:
- "Taking to the Streets" at Queen's Park and University of Toronto
- "Calculating Upon the Unforeseen" along Dundas Street from the Art Gallery of Ontario to Yonge-Dundas Square
- "Life on Neebahgeezis; A Luminous Engagement" on Bay Street between Queen Street and King Street, and
- "Monument to the Century of Revolutions" at Nathan Phillips Square.
Nuit Blanche Toronto Event Centres
Attendees are encouraged to visit two Event Centres staffed by volunteer information ambassadors during Nuit Blanche. The centres offer printed event maps, washrooms, food vendors and first aid provided by Toronto Paramedic Services. Locations: 427 Bay St. at Albert Street and Queen's Park at Charles Street.
Dawn art experience – 4 to 7 a.m. October 1
For those who are more of an early bird than a night owl, an introspective art encounter awaits. Art enthusiasts looking to experience the art in a contemplative way while avoiding the crowds can do so between 4 and 7 a.m. on October 1.
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 Spadina Avenue and Church Street. Free, all-night parking is available at TTC commuter parking lots. Day Pass/Group Day Passes and e-tickets purchased for use on September 30 will be extended to 7 a.m. on October 1. The September Metropass will be accepted until 7 a.m. on October 1. More information is available at http://www.ttc.ca/.
Special GO Transit services
In addition to regular service on Saturday and Sunday on the Lakeshore lines, two special homebound train trips will run in the early hours of October 1. For Hamilton customers, there will be connections to bus Route 18 for the special trains at Aldershot. On the Barrie line, there will be a special homebound trip in the early hours of October 1. Special service will run along the Milton, Kitchener and Stouffville lines, with one Toronto-bound trip in the early evening of September 30 and one homebound trip in the early hours of October 1.
Kitchener line service will run between Georgetown GO and Union, with bus connections to Kitchener, Guelph and Acton. Schedules are available at http://www.gotransit.com.
Toronto Parking Authority
A list of Green P parking lots located closest to Nuit Blanche Toronto activities is available at http://parking.greenp.com.
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's Park Crescent between College Street and Bloor Street West starting at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, September 30 until 8:30 a.m. Sunday, October 1
- Queen Street West between Yonge Street and University Avenue starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 30 until 8 a.m. Sunday, October 1
- Bay Street between Dundas Street West and Queen Street West from 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 30 until 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 1, and between Queen Street West and Front Street West from 4:30 p.m. Saturday, September 30 until 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 1
Full details about the road closures are available at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions.
About Nuit Blanche Toronto
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, and funded by the Government of Ontario and Tourism Toronto. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured almost 1,400 art installations by approximately 4,900 artists and has generated over $311 million in economic impact for Toronto. Information and updates are available at http://www.nbto.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/nuitblancheTO, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nuitblancheTO, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/nuitblancheTO/. The event hashtag is #nbTO17.