Toronto will be up all night looking, watching and interacting with some fantastic art for its sixth annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. The event will feature over 150 contemporary art projects by almost 500 artists which will be spread out around the city.
Originally conceived in Paris, France in 2002, cities all across the world have embraced the all-night art event. Canadian cities like Montréal and Calgary have already hosted their own Nuit Blanche this year, and Ottawa is preparing themselves for their very own sleepless night on Saturday, September 22.
Here are a few events to keep an eye out for while wandering the streets of Toronto next weekend.
Mckenzie James & Philip Sparks photo exhibition
For one night only, the Philip Sparks store (162 Ossington Avenue) will keep its doors open past closing time for a special exhibition. The show will highlight images created by Toronto photographer Mckenzie James for the label’s seasonal campaigns. James first began working with Philip Sparks since his Fall 2008 collection and have continued collaborating together ever since. The store will also hold after-hours shopping and an in-store photo booth.
Concrete Canvases by Street Art Showcase
Using TV and film special effects technologies, visitors are encouraged to make their own graffiti and see it projected on the Joe Fresh store (589 Queen Street West). Through this interactive practice, the non-for-profit group Street Art Showcase hopes to change the way people view graffiti art: an inclusive practice rather than a debate over crime and art.
Museum of the Rapture, 2012 by Douglas Coupland
The writer, visual artist and one time designer (remember his 2010 limited collection for Roots?) will create a mindboggling maze inside of the Toronto City Hall underground parking garage (100 Queen Street West). Inside will be signage and living tableaux that explore the separation of the mind and the body through religious notions of The Rapture. Prepare yourself to be terrified and amazed.
Lenticularis, 2012 by GUILD
You have to look up to see the kinetic sculpture, Lenticularis. Named after a cloud formation, the sculpture will have a life of its own as its lightweight canopy rises and falls with the changing wind currents. Lights will be projected onto the sculpture while lanterns give it a warm glow, making it easier to see this outdoor installation at 31 Lombard Street.
Night Garden by Peggy Baker Dance Projects and Canada’s National Ballet School
Choreographed by Canadian icon Peggy Baker, visitors will be surrounded by dancers performing in trios in constant succession for 12 hours in the Night Garden. Willowy, hand-made light sculptures by designer Larry Hahn will bathe the dancers in light. An electronic soundscape inspired by night sounds found in the natural world will also add to the already serene atmosphere at the Betty Oliphant Theatre (404 Jarvis Street). —Portia Baladad