Nuit Blanche Toronto, a quick guide

It’s fall in Toronto and time for the Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016 edition, one of the best art events in Toronto. If you are staying at any of our furnished apartments you are in luck – there are lots of art exhibits in Yorkville, as well as on King St West, where most of our furnished suites are located. Here is a guide of some of the best art exhibits in those areas.

If you are just visiting the city and happen to be here on Saturday, October 1, 2016, make your plans around Nuit Blanche. It starts fairly late and runs really late so an afternoon nap may be a good idea. Nuit Blanche 2016 from sunset at 6:58 pm all the way until sunrise! You can see the art and also participate in the many interactive installations. For example, at Rosary Solimanto’s exhibit on Bloor Street you can try walking while wearing the 20lb forged steel boots!

Nuit Blanche 2016

Further down on Bloor Street at the Bata Shoe Museum you can participate in the Salute the 6ix ~ Piece by Piece exhibit – you can be part of a unique puzzle sculpture that captures what you love about The 6ix. Whether it’s a word that inspires you about the city or a cool symbol that represents what Toronto means to you, add your voice and watch the puzzle sculpture grow overnight.

Here is a map of the Yorkville Nuit Blanche art exhibits.

Buit Blanche map

Below is a map of the events happening in downtown Toronto. There is a huge cluster of events around King and Spadina, which happen to be very close to our downtown furnished condos. 401 Richmond is only two blocks from our Brant Furnished Suite location and is definitely worth a visit – here you can/should visit the roof-top garden, or see exhibits like the Varipix Art Collective where you can play a Theremin (if you haven’t used it you should try).

Another exhibit that sounds very interesting is the The Museum of Broken Watches – this collection works as a working digital public clock. Held in a single case, 720 watches are each stopped at a different minute, and together they show all possible hour and minute combinations of a 12-hour clock. It’s located at Metro Hall, 55 John Street along King Street West.

Some practical tips for Nuit Blanche: Remember to wear comfortable shoes, and leave yourself time as events can get very busy with long lineups. Also it’s a good idea to ride a bike so you can see the events all over the city, as they are in pockets. If you are a true art-enthusiast and want to avoid the big lines it may be a good idea to wake up really early at about 4 and catch the last few hours of the event, after all the party animals have gone clubbing or to sleep.