This year's Nuit Blanche will include plenty of semi-secret, off-program art and events. Here's our 10 favorites.
For its 10th edition, Nuit Blanche is officially hosting more than 110 projects produced by nearly 400 Torontonian, Canadian, and international artists—but the number of unofficial, alternative works from renegade artists, performers, and venues seeking to take advantage of an all-night, art-loving crowd pushes those numbers even higher.
For its eighth edition, Les Rues des Refusés, the guide to the unofficial art and events of Nuit Blanche, is listing over 35 renegade projects. Here are 10 of the off-program works that have us particularly excited.
The Anthropologist’s Bazzar: An Extraordinary Night Market — Invisible Light Productions and Red Squid Lab
A pop-up interactive artwork and extraordinary night market for all ages and species. Come for a snack and a hot beverage, stay for a performance, get your fortune told, have your photo taken at the anthropologist photo booth, browse, make art, participate in art, buy, barter, and trade. Special bonus: all proceeds from the event are going to Lifeline Syria.
The Composition Engine — Maggie Helwig and Peter Drobac
A multi-vocal, audience-controlled soundscape featuring teams of singers, readers, and instrumentalists. Performers will be turned on and off by audience-controlled switches, creating a constantly shifting and unpredictable tapestry of sound. It is an ideal project for Nuit Blanche–large scale, participatory, and spellbinding.
Morpheous’ Bondage Extravaganza 2015: Good vs. Evil
— Morpheous’ Bondage Extravaganza
A treat for the 18+ crowd, MBE is the world’s largest public rope bondage exhibition. It was created in Toronto in 2007, but has expanded to include events in San Francisco, Baltimore, Orlando, Sydney, and Manila. The ninth annual MBE Toronto will feature some of the top rope artists from all over the world, engaging in 96 performances throughout the night. This year’s theme is Good vs Evil, so it will be sure to engage and amaze adults all throughout the night.
Nothing! — Toronto Chapter of Carnival Barkers
A tongue-in-cheek critique of the Nuit Blanche spectacle, Nothing! lets you experience real carnival barkers inviting you to experience the real magic of Nuit Blanche! Whatever is behind the curtain is sure to amaze or your money back! Novice barkers will be welcome to try their hand at carnival barking! Nothing! runs until 4am.
nuitPONG: playExperience — miniPong
A large-scale installation of over 10 mini Ping-Pong tables with night lights, lasers, special effects, and music. Presented in association with @vanGrey and @miniPong Toronto, this public Ping-Pong playExperience will be give you a welcome boost of energy.
The Nuit Blanche Renegade Parade 2015: MARCH OF MAGICAL CREATURES — The Rothko Institute and Kigurumi.com
The Nuit Blanche Renegade Parade is back with a magical procession takes to the streets, spreading dragon fire and destruction across the city!* Witches and Wizards do battle with magical creatures as DJs and fire spinners spread music and mayhem through downtown Toronto!
The Renegade Parade is a unique roaming art party. It features a multi-platform parade float with DJs, art, and a massive mobile sound system. It’s an annual art experience that’s one part adventure, one part mystery, and just a dash of mischief. Costumes recommended!
*Magical fun destruction, not real destruction
Open Screen — Monika Hauck and Alex Ricci
Open Screen is an open-minded, open mic-style event for artists presenting video-based screenings, performances and installations. The event will feature works in progress, previously unscreened projects, reimagined and repurposed footage, and live video experimentation. Open Screen will include digital and analog projections with sound on the main screen, a darkened screening room, sculptural and location-specific installations, and overhead or slide projector works. Open Screen runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sidewalk Salsa Does Nuit Blanche — Sidewalk Salsa
Continuing their tradition of kicking off Nuit Blanche in caliente Latin style, Sidewalk Salsa will once again host their very last event of the 2015 season at Nuit Blanche. Drop by any time from 8 p.m. until midnight (or when the speaker runs out of juice!) for an evening of salsa, bachata, merengue, and cha-cha. (Zouk, blues, and west coast by request.) Bring your friends! FREE beginner lessons available through the evening.
Take Back the Nuit — The Artists Newsstand
It’s a little outside the official Nuit Blanche zones, but if you’re on the subway anyways you should definitely make a stop to the Artists Newsstand at Chester Station. The artists-run DIY newsstand is presenting a political dance party with a great lineup of DJs and performers. You’ll see Chester Station as it’s never been seen before. Take Back the Nuit runs until midnight.
Zoosmobile — Phil Saraze/Bike Arts
Do you like cycling, drumming, and participation? If you answered yes to any of these you’ll surely love Zoosmobile. Zoosmobile is a 20-foot long, 11-foot high, nine-foot wide, pedal-able sculpture made from recycled materials, with 11 drums and over 40 percussive instruments, including the kitchen sink. Drum sticks are passed out to anyone who wishes to play.