This past weekend, I hopped on the subway and headed downtown to take in the latest edition of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche. Here is a short review, along with my thoughts.
ABOVE: Crowds swarm the ‘Toronto’ sign at Nathan Phillips Square
BELOW: The Hendrick’s L.E.V.I.T.A.T.R.E hot air balloon
Nuit Blanche isn’t for everyone. If, like me, you’re unable to stay up late, you’re going to have to deal with large crowds. If, unlike me, you’re a night owl, you’ll likely have to deal with drunks and miscreants (or so I’ve heard. I’m in bed by 12).
Whatever your sleeping habits, Nuit Blanche can be an interesting way to spend the night, so long as you temper your expectations. This year’s event was a little too heavy on venues requiring long ass line ups, but the corporate art of previous editions was a little less prevalent (one exception being the floating gin ad in Nathan Phillips Square).
One thing this year’s edition had more of was political statements. This should come as no surprise, given the buffoon currently denigrating the office of President of the United States, and the heated political divisions he continues to sow (just had to get that in there). Sigh!
All told, I did enjoy looking at some semi-cool stuff on a beautiful fall night in Toronto. Nuit Blanche isn’t the be all and end all of cultural events, but it can be a nice way to spend an evening (weather permitting).