Nuit Blanche 2014 Guide: Independent Projects
Torontoist has been acquired by Daily Hive Toronto - Your City. Now. Click here to learn more.


1 Comment

Nuit Blanche 2014 Guide: Independent Projects

They weren't commissioned, but these indie projects are well worth checking out.

nuit blanche independent arrow

This year there are more independent projects than every before (and more than 70 are community-produced), so there’s plenty of material ripe for more renegade art-goers who can’t be contained in zones. Here are a few we can’t wait to check out.

One Night Stand — Normative
Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street)

They may look like two innocent photo booths, but nothing is really what it seems at Nuit Blanche. If you step inside, you’ll likely receive a memento of your evening—just not the one that you’d expect.

Highlights: Pictures!
Warning: Photo booths tend to have lineups at weddings, so you can imagine what it’ll be like this time.

(Carly Maga)

Ping — TIFF
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)

TIFF always delivers a number of worthwhile exhibits for Nuit Blanche, and this year’s includes a giant eye in the lobby, a Vincent Price marathon, and live jazz music set to silent films. But we’re most excited for Ping, a live-action, interactive version of arcade game Pong. Become the paddle.

Highlights: Bang for your buck.
Warning: Likely much, much harder than the real Pong.

(Carly Maga)

Supporting the Arts, another Project by Tough Guy Mountain — Tough Guy Mountain
Whippersnapper gallery, 594B Dundas Street West

Balancing the creative visions of artists with the interests of corporations that decide to fund their work is tricky. Sometimes they work in harmony; at other times, it’s a match made in hell. This piece promises an “exaggerated celebration” of the dynamics at play in such relationships.

Highlights: Potential for vicious satirical jabs.
Warning: Potential to be as annoying as actual past corporate Nuit Blanche installations.

(Jamie Bradburn)

Gyan Chauper — Daniel Samson and Paul Dhir
Fort York, west of the Fort York walls

A life-sized Snakes and Ladders board, based on a 16th-century Indian morality game, in which participants act as pawns. Will your luck be any better than it was when you were a kid?

Highlights: You know you always wanted to play live-action Snakes and Ladders.
Warning: Watch out for the snakes!

(Jamie Bradburn)

Plan your Nuit Blanche with the help of our guides…


  possibility of everything

  before day break  

  night circus  

  performance anxiety  


  Photo by Neal Jennings via Flickr