Sunday, 4 October 2015

Recap: 2015 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

On October 3rd 2015, the City of Toronto between sunset and sunrise turned into it's own full-scale art exhibit featuring the talents of hundreds of artists. Although I haven't been attending the event for very long (I'd estimate 4 years) I was highly anticipating this all night event.

This year we chose to leave early and head into the Downtown area to grab a quick bite to eat. I was quite surprised to find that many of the restaurants in the area weren't crowded at all despite the night's impending events (nuit blanche, concerts, games). At approximately 9PM we decided to make our way to the Harbourfront area where "The Work of Wind" exhibits were being showcased, featuring a total of 13 projects. Unfortunately, upon our arrival, we found that many exhibits were yet to be set up or were poorly labeled and confusing.  What was initially an intention to view 13 projects turned into an exhibition of only 6 - very disappointing. To compensate for the loss, we found ourselves browsing at the artwork inside the Harbourfront Centre instead. Not sure if the cause was poor planning or lack of communication, but it wasn't quite the start I was used to having at Nuit Blanche.

After a quick refueling at the nearby Tim Hortons, we decided to make our way up Bay street in hopes of coming across some exciting exhibits. We were surprised to see that although roads were closed, that it was bare of exhibits. In fact, I believe we only came across 4, 3 of which were hidden away in business buildings. It was at this point I started to feel disappointed. It wasn't shaping out to be quite like previous years and the exhibits were visibly sparser.


After stopping by and observing the exhibits we were lucky enough to come by along the way, we decided to stop by the City Hall area, a yearly hot spot for Nuit Blanche.  Upon our arrival we immediately noticed the new look our infamous Toronto sign received for the event. Decorated in photos  from the Black and White Night installation, it was an absolutely stunning sight to see. Guests of this year's Nuit Blanche were also asked to participate by stepping into the photo booth to take a photo that would, according to organizers, appear somewhere within the city limits.

When we made our way through some interesting and odorous exhibits on the City Hall property, we decided to make our final stops at the OCAD and AGO buildings. Both buildings featuring exhibits had extremely long line ups that, surprisingly, moved fairly quickly. At this point in the evening, we were wandering around on fumes and anticipated viewing the final installations of the evening.

Overall, I was quite disappointed with this year's Nuit Blanche. Although some installations were intriguing, I felt there just wasn't enough to view that made the all-night viewing worthwhile. There was far too much distance between installation areas and the labeling on the map, whether or not it was an error in organization or poor planning, did not appear to match up. Even so, I'm still looking forward to next year's Nuit Blanche, however depending on the number of installations, I might just limit the locations I visit.


  1. Sucks that you thought it was a disappointment. Either way I'm glad you shared your experience with us. Great photos!

  2. Great recap Wendy