Nuit Blanche, Zone A: Torontoist's picks
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Nuit Blanche, Zone A: Torontoist’s picks

Before embarking on your Nuit Blanche evening, take a few minutes to load up your iPod. Artist Lewis Kaye has put together a series of MP3s intended to act as your audio companion for the night. Each track is tailored to a specific Nuit Blanche event. Download the audio files here.
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Below, we’ve picked five “must see” events from Nuit Blanche’s Zone A — art events happening in and around Yorkville. All of the events we’ve picked run for the full 12 hours, so you can visit them at any point in the night.
The map locations referenced are for the official program. On Saturday night, head over to the information hub beside the big rock on Cumberland and pick up a map.
1. Torontoist staff are very excited about Fog in Toronto #71624. Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya will transform the microclimate of Philosopher’s Walk into a fog- and light-filled space. We hope that any rain on Saturday night won’t ruin the effect. Map location #8.
2. If the fog leaves you feeling spooked, you’d be best to avoid Hart House on the University of Toronto campus. The exhibit Dark Hart is described as an “underground social event” and features a sleepover, buildings made from blankets and a guided ghost tour. Map location #14a.
3. Over at the Bata Show Museum, be sure to check out The Apotheosis of the Shadow. Italian artist Mario Martinelli has created a piece that captures your shadow and freezes it in time. Map location #16.
4. Artist David Ogborn has transformed the entire Canadian Music Centre building into one gigantic sound installation. In Dream House – Window on Music, each room has its own soundtrack that can be manipulated by the viewer. There will also be moments when all the rooms will errupt in unexpected synchronicity. Map location #22.
5. If you’re feeling tired, head over to the comfort of the Toronto Heliconian Club. You’ll be offered hot cocoa and homemade cookies, and even better, someone will read you a story. Stretch out beneath the vaulted ceiling and enjoy Bedtime Tales: Fables and Fantasies, 2006. Toronto literary figures will read “tales of the night,” including sci-fi, ghost stories and erotica in half-hour blocks. Map location #3.

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