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.
Here are our five “must see” events from Nuit Blanche’s Zone C. This area runs in a line along Queen West West, between Trinity-Bellwoods Park and the Gladstone. Unless specified, 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. Tonight, head over to the information hub in Trinity-Bellwoods Park and pick up a map. A friend of ours has this theory that this part of Nuit Blanche will be the most happenin’ in the wee hours, since most of the artistic types contributing to the evening actually live in and around Zone C. Do with this information what you will.
1. In the bay of the Royal Car Wash is Freeze, by Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero. They’ve created an ice sculpture designed to melt through the evening. The idea of “life” seeping from the sculpture is intentionally reminiscent of the Neil Stonechild tragedy — when an aboriginal teen was driven out to a field by Saskatoon police and left there to freeze to death. Map location #5.
2. Another work on aboriginal themes is Presence and Resistance by HOCK E AYE VI Edgar Heap of Birds. Look for his intriguing appropriations of public and commercial signs throughout Zone C.
3. Explore drawing, painting and photography on the theme of late-night eating as part of Midnight Snacks at the Beaver Café. (Torontoist founders Sarah and Josh will be there, along with other Torontoist staff, between midnight and 1:00am.) Map location #23.
4. Consider bringing your bathing suit to Christie Pearson’s Night Swim. The Trinity Community Recreation Centre will be transformed in the spirit of a classical roman bath — with pools of different temperatures — some of them designed for socializing, others for reflection. Prefer to be a non-swimming voyeur? There’s a space for you too. DJs will provide musical accompaniment all evening. Map location #9.
5. The Gladstone is dedicating two floors of their hotel to Nuit Gladstone. A number of events are happening over two floors in their various exhibition rooms, including a juried exhibition of “outsider art.” Also, should you choose to end your Nuit Blanche evening here, you’ll be just in time for the start of the Gladstone’s amazing Sunday brunch — one of the best in the city. Map location #18.