Nuit Blanche returns to Toronto this weekend and if you’re sitting around wondering, “What’s there to do?” Grab your coziest sweater, favourite latte (or flask) and get ready to head on out for a night of experiential stimulation. This year’s theme is all about being synced with the city and the people we love so much. With the TTC’s all night service now extended to different parts of the city and suburbs like Scarborough, the journey has never been so vast. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to planning your night, here are 7 must-see shows that have got us super pumped for Nuit Blanche 2018 in Toronto:
Frame Your Footwear
Omg. Shoe Selfies at The Bata Shoe Museum, what’s not to like? As if we needed a reason to take pictures of our shoe collection, this exhibition hosts a very special boomerang station for your kicks…or heels, depending on your #ootn. After you’re done with your mini photo shoot, you can swing by the current and temporary exhibits in the museum, including Manolo Blahnik’s Art of Shoes.
International Dumpling Festival
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Midnight snack anyone? After all that exploring you’re bound to be craving some munchies. Good thing that there’s a yummy cluster of downtown kiosks to satisfy the urge! From Colombian empanadas to Tibetan momos, there’s a little something for everyone at the International Dumpling Festival. What makes this treat extra tasty is the unique story that each vendor tells. You can find the dumpling fest next to the Eaton Centre between James and Queen.
Two words: Lego. Sculpture. The surrealist sculptor, Ekow Nimako has designed something really special to show off this year at the Scarborough Civic Centre and it involves a 7-foot tall unicorn. Last year, Ekow teamed up with Director X for the “Death of The Sun installation” and this year they’re at it again in the heart of the suburbs.
Photon Gallery 4.0
Play around with reality at this interactive gallery at Bloor and Ossington. Lights, fire and…Frogger? Yes, seriously. Here at Photon Gallery 4.0 you’ll be able to slip into a wearable version of the classic video game character, communicate with glowing orbs, or even freeze waterfall drops mid air, depending on your current mood. If none of those resonate, you can snap a flamin’ hot selfie thanks to a long exposure photography device. There’s so much to see at the gallery that it’ll definitely be worth a peek.
Long Distance Relationship
What if you could only speak through light and shadow? Find out at this two-part electronic installation. Split between the suburbs and the downtown core, this one hits us right in the feels. If you’re still together after this one, you know it must have been truly something special!
Make Your Mark
Bring out your inner child while playing with glue at this interactive installation at the Toronto Coach Terminal. Dip your fingers and peel it off, then watch as each imprint adds to the unique shimmering mass. A collective of identities and patterns, represents a rich tapestry of Toronto multiculturalism through artist, Meghan Ross.
On Dancing Lights
End Nuit Blanche dancing the night away at this lively exhibit. A tribute to the historic tension found in the Toronto’s marginalized queer community, Brendan Fernande’s project is one not to miss. Flashing police lights paired with bass droppin’ tunes from several local DJs paint the scene. But with this interaction, a sombre cloud hangs down on this disco; every hour the music stops for a moment of silence and remembrance.
Happy Nuit Blanche!
(Story by Contributing Editor, Cassia Tofan)