Starting this Saturday at 7 p.m., Nuit Blanche will fill Toronto streets with contemporary art projects created by more than 150 artists. This marks the first time since 2019 that the popular event will be hosted in person.
Details about the Nuit Blanche program are available online. This year’s overnight event will also mark the finale of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art.
Navigating the art by neighbourhood
Nuit Blanche 2022 will be the most expansive version to date, with exhibition areas city-wide. Art projects will be clustered in easy-to-navigate exhibition areas making exploring the event more convenient for audiences. Art projects will also be presented in various neighbourhoods, including Don Mills, East Danforth, Bloor-Yorkville, Sterling Road and Fort York.
The heart of Nuit Blanche will take over Yonge Street for one night. From Dundas Street down to the lake and across to Harbourfront, art enthusiasts will experience over 35 new artworks.
Downtown sites include Yonge-Dundas Square, the ArtworxTO South Hub at Union Station and Harbourfront Centre. Featured projects include a massive installation on the side of the Deloitte building on 8 Adelaide St. W., a 60-foot-wide water screen at the foot of Yonge Street and a 200-foot high light tipi on Nathan Phillips Square.
Event goers can collect a map at Event Centres located at 160 Yonge St., 88 Queens Quay W., 11 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr., Mel Lastman Square and Albert Campbell Square or from other information centres where volunteers can help.
Outside of the downtown core
Other exhibition areas include:
Dawn art experience
People who want to avoid the crowds or are more of an early bird than a night owl can choose a more intimate Nuit Blanche experience by attending from 4 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, October 2.
Accredited media are encouraged to reach out to Michele Simpson at Michele.Simpson@toronto.ca in advance of October 1 to coordinate interviews with artists and City staff and obtain a Nuit Blanche media pass. A Nuit Blanche media pass helps City staff and volunteers identify media onsite if help is needed and also helps media navigate installation lineups.
More information about participating artists, Nuit Podcasts and the complete event programming is available on the City’s Nuit Blanche webpage.
The Nuit Blanche webpage offers an interactive location-based event map for enhanced event navigation and details on exhibition locations, project descriptions, road closures, TTC information, and more.
In addition to the regular all-night Blue Night Network service, the TTC will run subway service all night on Line 1 Yonge-University, Line 2 Bloor-Danforth, Line 3 Scarborough and Line 4 Sheppard. Day passes purchased on October 1 will be valid until 7 a.m. on October 2. Free entry is available at North York Centre Station and Scarborough Centre Station from 7 p.m. October 1 to 2:59 a.m. October 2. Customers will need to pick up a paper transfer from these stations as proof of payment.
GO Transit will operate regularly scheduled service during Nuit Blanche this year. While there will not be any additional late-night rail service available, those wishing to experience art all night may still take advantage of the $10 or $15 GO Transit Weekend Passes. For more information on weekend passes, visit the GO Transit website.
A list of Green P parking lots available during Nuit Blanche can be found online.
Event road closures
Partial and full road closures will be in effect all weekend. Major downtown roads impacted will include parts of Bay Street, Queen Street, Yonge Street and the westbound Yonge Street off-ramp from the Gardiner Expressway. This is due to expected event attendance and to improve free-flowing access to the art projects, giving pedestrians safe and easy access.
Those planning to attend Nuit Blanche are encouraged to ride public Transit or use alternative options such as cycling and Bike Share. If you need to drive, check the road restrictions map and plan to avoid areas with road closures or high traffic volumes.
The following road restrictions will be in place:
Thursday, September 29 at 9 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m.:
Friday, September 30 at 9 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 11 a.m.:
Friday, September 30 at 6 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 11 a.m.:
Saturday, October 1 at 10 a.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 10 a.m.:
A complete list of road closures and restrictions is available on the City’s road restrictions webpage.
About Nuit Blanche
Nuit Blanche Toronto is the city’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured more than 1,600 art installations by approximately 5,800 artists and has generated more than $443 million in economic impact for Toronto.
This year will be the most expansive Nuit Blanche to date, with exhibition areas city-wide. Nuit Blanche will return to the downtown core and Scarborough and expand to include Etobicoke and North York for the first time. Special thanks to Scarborough Exhibition Sponsor: Scarborough Town Centre and Etobicoke Exhibition Sponsor: Humber College for making this event possible.
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