In the wee hours of Nuit Blanche 2009. Photo by Christopher Drost/Torontoist.
As Nuit Blanche—Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, if one is feeling especially appreciative—enters its fifth year, it keeps growing up and growing out. Once an “all-night contemporary art thing,” this year’s edition on Saturday, October 2 is now pegged as a slightly stuffier-sounding “free all-night contemporary art event.” Attendance is expected to top a million, a healthy chunk of whom will be tourists. (We’ll be pretending like we are: as we did last year, we’ll be publishing updates from our writers and photographers in the streets from sunset to sunrise.) There are smartphone apps and official Twitter hashtags (#snbTO, thanks very much). And there is, in general, lots of art in lots of places, from Wychwood Barns to Yonge-Dundas Square to the Distillery District.
Where to begin? Zone by zone by zone, these are your best bets for making a nuit to remember.