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NUIT BLANCHE 2012: LIVE


That’s a wrap everyone. Until next year!

TIME: 7:03 AM



At the Tiff Bell Lightbox, musician Mitch Akiyama plays out the last 15 minutes of Nuit Blanche to silent film clips of Douglas Fairbanks and Laurel and Hardy. It’s likely the ushers will need to walk up the aisles to shake awake a few patrons exhustaed frm the night of art.

FROM: Steve Fisher
LOCATION: Zone A, Strange Loves/Strange Lives
TIME: 7:01 AM



LOCATION: Zone B, 9 Beet Stretch
TIME: 6:38 AM


LOCATION: unknown
TIME: 6:12 AM


LOCATION: Zone B
TIME: 5:57 AM



In the University of Toronto Hart House courtyard, a piano is played via sound recordings transmitting via wires stretching from a third floor balcony. Artist Gordon Monahan based the recordings, which turn the apparatus into a “deconstructed loudspeaker”, on 25 differt recordings by Frederic Chopin.

FROM: Steve Fisher
LOCATION: Zone B, The Piano
TIME: 5:53 AM



On the third floor of the Gardiner Museum, after 5 a.m., just three of us (plus the security guard and a curator) were here to witness the best part of The Robotic Chair: when the furniture explodes, before it begins to carefully reassemble itself.

FROM: Steve Fisher
LOCATION: Zone B, The Robotic Chair
TIME: 5:26 AM



After 4 a.m., it’s great to be able to loiter at the more affecting exhibits. If we’d been at The Toronto Consort’s 40 speaker choral sound installation early in the night, we might not have taken the time to enjoy it properly, lying on the floor in the middle of the room, closing our eyes, and letting the 40 part harmony wash over us. And we definite would have missed the in between song “hidden tracks”, when the house technician told us to stand close to select speakers and listen to choir member crack jokes about how they sound better when they’re a bit hungover.

FROM: Steve Fisher
LOCATION: Zone B, Forty-Part Motet
TIME: 5:05 AM



Barrier collection beginning along sidewalks of King Street by Princess of Wales. Also, installations west of Queen and Simcoe starting to close.

FROM: Jamie Bradburn and Steve Fisher
LOCATION: Zone A
TIME: 4:51 AM



My favourite phrase to come up on the Thought Balloons has to be “It’s a doggie dog world.” Is that how some people think that line goes?

FROM: Carly Maga
LOCATION: Zone C
TIME: 4:35 AM


LOCATION: Zone A, SKYLUM
TIME: 4:4 AM


—My favourite exhibit so far: Glow in the Park. By 3 a.m. they were down to less than 1,000 LED lit ping pong balls from a starting number of 5,000 (lots have gone as keepsakes), but there’s still plenty for games, or competitions to see who can kick a glowing orb the furthest down the field.

FROM: Steve Fisher
LOCATION: Zone B, Glow in the Park
TIME: 4:19 AM


—Just a few blocks away from the Bay Street street frenzy is a completely different dance—the eerie and beautiful Planes.

FROM: Carly Maga
LOCATION: Zone C
TIME: 4:14 AM


—Earlier this evening kids were baaaaaa-ing along with the human sheep.

FROM: Carly Maga
LOCATION: Zone C, Transhumance on The Esplanade
TIME: Taken: 8:39 PM; posted: 4:11 AM


—Virgin Radio, Pitbull, and Rihanna are truly turning Bay and King into a hopeless place.

FROM: Carly Maga
LOCATION: Zone A
TIME: 4:08 AM



—Animated gig of Space Invaders-themed installation.

FROM: Stilez
LOCATION: Zone A, Green Invaders
TIME: 3:54 AM


LOCATION: Zone B
TIME: 3:48 AM



In Zone A across from The Drake, a graffiti team called Wallspray painted a design along a rock wall. Next to it a good-sized crowd dances– in fact, a much larger crowd than at the Drake Underground.

FROM: David Hains
LOCATION: Zone A
TIME: 3:47 AM



A group of teens in knit hats, one playing a small guitar, wouldn’t be so frustrating if there wasn’t beautiful music already coming from the installations in Nathan Phillips Square. Also, fveryone’s Facebook cover images on Monday will be thanks to The Vault at City Hall, and profiles pictures to Postcards From the End.

—The Vault

FROM: Carly Maga
LOCATION: Nathan Phillips Square
TIME: 3:41 AM



The ratio of drunken teenagers is highest on Yonge Street. Seek out or avoid as you wish.

FROM: Hamutal Dotan
LOCATION: Zone B
TIME: 3:12 AM



In Trinity Bellwoods Park there’s a trippy video projection set to some house music, and the exhibit is an excuse for people to dance. Dutifully, Nuit Blanchers uphold their end of the bargain.

FROM: David Hains
LOCATION: Zone A
TIME: 3:10 AM


LOCATION: Unknown
TIME: 2:45 AM


—On the second floor of the Gladstone Hotel, members of the Static Zine Collective are using their 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. timeslot to pull together a magazine on the fly. The hallways are packed on all three floors of the hotel. With a 4 a.m. last call, that’s likely to continue.

FROM: Steve Fisher
LOCATION: Zone A, Fly By Night: Into the Wild
TIME: 2:28 AM



At Queen and Portland streets, a group of revelers play the game where each person has to say “penis” louder than the next. Art!

FROM: David Hains
LOCATION: Zone B
TIME: 2:22 AM


—Space Invaders light up King Street West.

FROM: Christopher Drost
LOCATION: Zone A, Green Invaders
TIME: 2:20 AM



Queen Street at 2 a.m. isn’t much different from any other Saturday night, with the crush of drunk revellers on the sidewalk, slow moving cabs on the street, and a deathtrap for cyclists trying to navigate between the two. Between Dovercourt Road and Dufferin Street, several impromptu tailgate parties are competing with the DJs spinning out in front of Wolfitt’s Art Supplies.

FROM: Steve Fisher
LOCATION: Zone A
TIME: 2:15 AM



Overheard outside the rope bondage installation at The Great Hall:

Guy 1: “There are girls suspended from the ceiling, but it’s like arty and shit.”

Guy 2: “I’m still kind of turned on though.”

FROM: Chris Dart
LOCATION: 1087 Queen Street West
TIME: 2:11 AM



The north end of the Eaton Centre looks like a tornado struck. Garbage and God knows what else is strewn everywhere, inside and out.

FROM: Jamie Bradburn
LOCATION: Zone B
TIME: 2:08 AM



At the Rivoli on Queen West, a fiddler jams for a crowd of about 100. Like many of tonight’s installations and performances, it blurs the line between entertainment and fine art. But the audience doesn’t seem to care.

FROM: David Hains
LOCATION: Zone A
TIME: 2:00 AM


—Nuit Blanchers relax in the City Hall rotunda, ordinarily a hectic place.

FROM: Christopher Drost
LOCATION: City Hall, Civilization (Megaplex)
TIME: 1:55 AM


—A crowd gathers outside the Black Bull at Queen and Soho, but it’s not for any art. It’s for Reika, a 16 month old American bulldog experiencing her first Nuit Blanche.

FROM: David Hains
LOCATION: Zone A
TIME: 1:50 AM



If the exhibit called Ghost Jungle exists, it is NOT in Dufferin Grove Park. We circled the park twice, and peered everywhere but in the women’s washroom, and the only thing around is teens smoking on picnic tables. [Ed. note: The Nuit Blanche website says the project has been canceled.]

FROM: Steve Fisher
LOCATION: Zone A, The Ghost Jungle
TIME: 1:35 AM


—In front of the Campbell House Museum, people try to outdo each other in an all-night high-five contest.

FROM: Christopher Drost
LOCATION: Zone B, High-Five Championship
TIME: 1:30 AM



Being wheeled around the “ancient” surroundings of St Matthew’s United Church 18,000 years in the future is a neat way to observe its architecture.

FROM: Jamie Bradburn
LOCATION: Zone B, Caverne St-Clair
TIME: 1:17 AM


—In the atrium of the CBC building, this weird oval thing hovers.

FROM: Hamutal Dotan
LOCATION: Zone A, SKYLUM
TIME: 1:16 AM



Master Class is a Nuit Blanche exhibit that’s been sort of orphaned in the middle of the King Street club strip. The guys running it are doing a pretty good job of engaging the crowd, though, even if the crowd isn’t totally sure what’s going on.

FROM: Chris Dart
LOCATION: Zone A, Performance Night Interdisciplinary School: Master Class
TIME: 1:15 AM



Anyone planning to check out Small Audiences at Wychwood Barns should note the next performance is at 2 a.m.

FROM: Jamie Bradburn
LOCATION: Zone B, Small Audiences
TIME: 1:12 AM


—This piece is called Pair. It comes with an artist statement that discuses our relationship to vertical space. These are Very Serious giant pink balls.

FROM: Hamutal Dotan
LOCATION: Zone B, Pair
TIME: 12:56 AM


—Not sure what it is but these tiles are installed on the road and security and the artist are having a bitch of a time keeping people out.

FROM: Christopher Drost
LOCATION: Zone B, Flat Space
TIME: 12:49 AM



Green Invaders, a giant LED installation inspired by Space Invaders, is smart, funny, relatable and original. If you’re ever trying to create a Nuit Blanche exhibit, model it after this one. It’s so on point it’s ridiculous.

FROM: Chris Dart
LOCATION: Zone A, Green Invaders
TIME: 12:48 AM



Artscape Wychwood Barns is another hub where there’s all sorts of interactive exhibits, and we could while away an hour if we weren’t on a strict schedule. In Theatre Direct’s studio theatre, Sean Bunnell leads participants in a parachute and projection experience that’s like a low-key Rich Aucoin show, while in Theatre Local’s “smallest theatre space in Canada”, Cara Gee shared a clementine with the onstage audience and spoke of moving past pain by being in the here and now. (Coming up later tonight: Coleen MacPherson Skypes in from Paris at 3 a.m. for some transatlantic performance, and, at 5 a.m., Marjorie Chan and friends wax poetic about dim sum.)

FROM: Steve Fisher
LOCATION: Zone B, Paralandscape and Small Audiences
TIME: 12:44 AM


—In the City Hall parking garage.

FROM: Hamutal Dotan
LOCATION: City Hall, Quasar 2.0: Star Incubator
TIME: 12:41 AM



There’s a Virgin Radio-sponsored dance party taking place at Bay and King. We’re not sure it’s art, but people are having a blast, so it’s pretty hard to get mad at it.

FROM: Chris Dart
LOCATION: Zone A
TIME: 12:35 AM



re- is just a “speed cuber” solving a Rubik’s cube while standing inside the Harry Rosen display case. He has a Mic strapped to his wrist so you can hear the clicking. It sounds silly, but it’s totally captivating. People get really excited every time he gets close to solving it.

FROM: Chris Dart
LOCATION: Zone A, re-
TIME: 12:31 PM


—Overheard: “That corpse just moved! Let’s throw some shit on him.”

FROM: Hamutal Dotan
LOCATION: City Hall, Museum of the End of the World
TIME: 12:22 AM


LOCATION: City Hall, Museum of the End of the World
TIME: 12:10 AM



It’s the furthest east of all the Nuit Blanche hubs, but the Regent Park Arts and Culture Centre is hopping. There’s live music in the reception hall, tasty samosas and other snacks at the bar, and people streaming in and out of the studio spaces of preforming arts companies Native Earth and Collective of Black Artists.

FROM: Steve Fisher
LOCATION: Zone C, Our Lights Are On!
TIME: 12:10 AM



If you can find the entrance to Douglas Coupland’s exhibit at City Hall, you’re a better Nuit Blancher than I. Signage almost non-existent.

FROM: Brendan Ross
LOCATION: City Hall
TIME: 12:07 AM


FROM: Lodoe-Laura Haines-Wangda
LOCATION: Zone A, re-
TIME: 9:31 PM



A note to visitors who aren’t familiar with Toronto: if you’re planning to head to The Ghost Jungle at Dufferin Grove Park-be aware the park is located south of Bloor Street, not north as the map in the official program indicates.

FROM: Jamie Bradburn
LOCATION: Zone A, The Ghost Jungle
TIME: 11:49 PM



Congratulations to the creators of 416-788-9663, located behind City Hall, on making an almost perfect scale model recreation of a mid-90s Torontonian rave. And here we are with our fun fur pants at the dry cleaners.

FROM: Chris Dart
LOCATION: City Hall, 416-788-9663
TIME: 11:48 PM


—The crowd for Slavoj Žižek’s lecture inside the City Hall Council Chamber.

FROM: Hamtual Dotan
LOCATION: City Hall, Symposium – Until the End of the World
TIME: 11:46 PM



People are lying on the ground in front of World Without Sun, the big satellite dish-looking video projection piece in Nathan Phillips Square. Don’t bother doing this, it doesn’t enhance the exhibit any. We can only assume these people are either stoned, lying down because they saw other people lying down, or both.

Overheard: “The funny part is, we’re not even looking at art. We’re just drunk.”

FROM: Chris Dart
LOCATION: Nathan Phillips Square, World Without Sun
TIME: 11:35 PM


—The crowd gets into the spirit on top of newspaper boxes at Yonge and King.

FROM: Lodoe-Laura Haines-Wangda
LOCATION: Zone C, King and Yonge.
TIME: 9:23 PM


FROM: Lodoe-Laura Haines-Wangda
LOCATION: Zone A, Throw-Up
TIME: 8:33 PM



One new tweak I like: barricades that make the sidewalk bigger. Just passed one row on Queen outside Osgoode Station. The pedestrians are going to spill onto the road anyway-might as well make it safe.

FROM: Hamutal Dotan
LOCATION: Osgoode Station
TIME: 11:18 PM



Irony has wrapped its twisted claws around Thought Balloon at Church and Richmond. Overheard, “I was going to write ‘This isn’t art.’”

FROM: Brendan Ross
LOCATION: Zone C, Thought Balloon
TIME: 11:01 PM



When she’s not proposing national transit strategies, Olivia Chow is an artist, so it’s unsurprising to see her at Nuit Blanche. Locking her flower-decorated bike on King Street in Zone A, Chow plans to check out Catherine Yass’s Lighthouse, a film installation at the Lightbox. Another place the Trinity-Spadina MP plans to check out? Why, City Hall of course.

FROM: David Hains
LOCATION: Zone A, King Street
TIME: 10:44 PM


LOCATION: Unknown
TIME: 10:36 PM


—At least a 2 hour lineup for All Night Convenience! Giving away free food lantern boxes-the longest lineup for anything by a landslide.

FROM: Kyle Bachan
LOCATION: Zone B, All Night Convenience
TIME: 10:30 PM


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