First, what in the world is Scotiabank Nuit Blanche? It’s an all-night event, an exploration of the city from dusk till dawn, in celebration of contemporary art. In layman’s terms, it’s an excuse to wear your warm and cozies, stay up all night wandering the streets with your friends, and trip out at the wonders of the art world (and awesomeness of Toronto). And we’re not the only crazies, Nuit Blanche is an international undertaking. From Boston to Brussels, the spirit of this sleepless night is strong. See events all over the world here.
Here’s what you need to know to enjoy/survive the night.
1) Stay warm
It’s going to be cold. And then it will get colder. God forbid it’s wet AND cold. Prepare yourself or you will surely be out of commission for the next week.
2) Hydrate / Bring snacks
Staying hydrated is always important. Especially if you’re hiking up and down the city streets. Snacks are a no-brainer, but will be available late-night throughout the city (incl. the Gladstone Hotel) all night.
3) Wear good shoes
You would think this is an obvious one. But those chucks just won’t cut it if you’re in it for the long haul.
4) Late Night TTC/ GO Transit / Free Parking
In addition to the regular all-night Blue Night Network service, the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) is extending all-night service to a portion of the subway.
- Line 1, The Yonge-University-Spadina Subway will run all night from Downsview to Finch
- Line 2, The Bloor-Danforth Subway will run all night from Kipling to Kennedy
Regular GO Train service runs half hourly on Saturday, October 3 along the Lakeshore line between Aldershot and Oshawa. The rest of the GO network is served by GO Bus. Special late-night service for the following extra trains will run to and from Union Station.
- Two extra homebound trains will run along the Lakeshore GO lines in the early hours of October 4.
- The Milton, Kitchener, Barrie and Stouffville GO lines will each have a special train traveling into Toronto on October 3, returning homebound in the early hours of October 4.
- Late night GO Buses will run on most routes from Union Station Bus Terminal.
- For those staying all night, regular scheduled Lakeshore train trips out of Union Station resume October 4 at 6:43am westbound to Aldershot and at 7:13 am eastbound to Oshawa
5) Where to go/what to see:
HTUOS/HTRON – College Street/University of Toronto
Curated by Agustin Pérez Rubio, you’ll find 12 exhibition projects stretching from the University of Toronto and College Street over to Carlton and Jarvis Streets.
Black and White Night – City Hall / Bay Street
Internationally acclaimed artist JR presents the event’s first-ever artist exhibition in and around City Hall and down Bay Street.
The Work of Wind – Waterfront (Parliament Street to Harbourfront Centre)
Join curator Christine Shaw with 13 projects unfurling the 13 Beaufort wind forces along the Waterfront between Parliament Street and Harbourfront Centre.
10 for 10th – Memory Lane
Curated by Che Kothari, this exhibition features 10 projects co-produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with 10 of Toronto’s cultural organizations.
Our very own Gladstone Hotel is hosting: Anciently Heard (Hip Hop As Ancient Thought Transmission), 2015 (Sound Sculptural Installation) by Mani Mazinani
And in the 2nd Floor Gallery: Collaborative Performance Art with Workman Arts and Irene Loughlin (Performance Art)
Learn more about Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015 at the Gladstone here.