Having been to a few Nuit Blanche festivals in other cities, I was really excited when over ten years ago now, Toronto got to celebrate an annual ‘white night’ of its own. While in the early years it was much less anticipated, the last few years it’s been up to a million in attendance.
Something amazing happens over Nuit Blanche when everyone pours onto the streets and art takes over the city for night. Torontonians are usually pretty reserved and often keep to themselves in public, but this one night the whole city is walking around, smiles on their faces, talking and laughing with complete strangers.
Mostly, my friends and I have some sort of ‘personality drink’ with us and we pick a few standout installations that we want to hit up. The rest, we just leave up to chance and let the night take us where it will. Whether that be walking around in the parking garage under City Hall, making an attempt at fire poi, sitting around garbage can bonfires, or crawling under the skirts of some lady in a giant red dress; every year I come away with amazing times and experiences I won’t soon forget.
This year the event is September 30th, from sunset to sunrise.