Nuit Blanche 2012: Your Guide to All-Night Art
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Nuit Blanche 2012: Your Guide to All-Night Art

Believe it or not, 12 hours just isn't enough time to see all there is to see of Nuit Blanche 2012. Check out our picks for the spots you shouldn't miss.

Grab your mittens, your tumblers of coffee, your walking shoes, and your imagination: Nuit Blanche is upon us once more.

Last year was a good one. One of the best even, we thought. With a tighter density of projects, local businesses getting in on the late-night action, and an atmosphere more akin to a fair than a museum, the fifth annual Nuit Blanche was, in our opinion, a landmark year. Spin-off events have popped up in Calgary and Ottawa, too. Meanwhile, an increasing number of unofficial Nuit Blanche events that pop up around the city validate its popularity in their own way.

In any case, the 2012 edition, its seventh, is a make-it-or-break-it event.

Nuit Blanche walks a fine line between commercialism and artistic integrity; crowd-pleasing, large-scale installations and personal experiences; absolute mayhem and moments of quiet contemplation; and international names and support for local artists. Tip one way or the other, and the entire experience changes. Now drawing over one million attendees to the streets of Toronto’s downtown core, Nuit Blanche isn’t in danger of disappearing into the night. But with this year’s fitting theme of the Apocalypse, the identity Nuit Blanche seemed to find last year is still fragile and could easily self-destruct. So we’ll be keeping watch over it this year as we trek into the city from sunset to sunrise on Saturday night.

To help you make the most of the 12 hours of contemporary art in the dark, we’ve pulled together our must-sees for each of the three zones, as well as a few tips on how best to navigate the city and where to grab some nosh to refuel your energy supply when it runs low.

Happy wandering!

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CORRECTION: 3:41 PM We miscounted! This is the seventh year for Nuit Blanche, not the sixth as we originally wrote, and the Montreal edition predated ours.