Nuit Blanche 2014 Guide: The Night Circus
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Nuit Blanche 2014 Guide: The Night Circus

Area: Roundhouse Park/Bremner Boulevard.

night circus

Inspired by Erin Morgenstern’s book of the same name, curator Denise Markonish’s zone The Night Circus is just that—a glorious, over-the-top Big Top that appears at sundown and vanishes at daybreak. Travel along Bremner Boulevard and take up with a troupe of clowns and acrobats. (Without having to actually join the circus, of course.)

The Melodious Malfeasance Meat-Grinding Machine — Dana Sherwood
Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel Parkette (1 Blue Jays Way)

New York’s Dana Sherwood has constructed a traveling caravan that seems to belong to a deranged butcher instead of a group of gypsy performers. Knives adorn the outside, while pieces of meat hang from the roof inside, where the butcher will stuff sausages throughout the night. It is October, after all—what would an all-night interactive art party be without a little horror?

Highlights: It will probably be one of the stranger sights of the evening.
Warning: Make sure your stomach is prepared for it.

(Carly Maga)

Big Top Grand Stand — SuttonBeresCuller
Clarence Square Park (Spadina Avenue & Clarence Square)

If Nuit Blanche, and this zone in particular, is about spectacle, then this one will definitely be a highlight. Four large sculptures will sit on top of a flatbed trailer, covered in lights, music, and decorations (the event listing’s rendering looks like The Princess and the Pea went to the Big Top). It’ll be hard to miss, but it’ll be worth a close-up look, too.

Highlights: The bigger, the brighter, the easier to see in a big crowd.
Warning: Beware of rowdy teens in the mood for some art-tipping.

(Carly Maga)

The Fortune-Teller Machine – Zardoz — FASTWURMS
Roaming along Bremner Boulevard between Spadina Avenue and Lower Simcoe Street

Forget the storefront fortune tellers dotting Toronto. This exhibit offers “an interactive divination machine” that will dispense advice on health, romance, sex, and your financial well-being. We’re thinking an arty version of the Love-Matic Grampa, filtered through witchcraft.

Highlights: Your fortune might change the course of your life… or, at the very least, your evening.
Warning: Don’t expect to run into Judy Garland or Sean Connery.

(Jamie Bradburn)

HOLOSCENES — Early Morning Opera
Roundhouse Park, 255 Bremner Boulevard

In a scenario straight out of an extreme game show, performers undertake routine tasks in an aquarium as 12 tonnes of water fill in around them—all in the name of commenting on the effects of climate change on global sea levels.

Highlights: The degree of discomfort involved in watching performers flirt with drowning.
Warning: Not for the aquaphobic.

(Jamie Bradburn)

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  Photo by Neal Jennings via Flickr