Published on October 4th, 2012 | by Jordan

Nuit Blanche 2012

Filling the downtown core with equal parts intrigue and enthusiasm, thousands of art supporters, party-goers, night owls and everyday folks rubbed shoulders and shared the streets of Toronto for the 2012 edition of Nuit Blanche.

For those unfamiliar with the event, Nuit Blanche (literally translating to “White Night”) is a free and annual outdoor contemporary art show that takes place in downtown Toronto from 7 p.m. one day to 7 a.m. the next. The city’s downtown core is closed off to vehicles and peppered with art installations of all shapes and sizes. Within a few blocks was a DJ entertaining a raging crowd with 90’s rap favourites and a man encased in glass perpetually solving rubix cubes. Something for everyone.

Ranging from the entertaining to the truly obscure, artists of all walks of life played with light, sound and structure to dazzle and confound visitors all night long. Dubbed a ‘full sensory experience’ by the event’s homepage, I was personally treated to a Space Invader-themed light show; glowing grate over a seemingly bottomless hole; white apparel, bicycles and knick-knacks floating in a river; wall art made from what appeared to be cake frosting; giant pink spheres set on a mound of dirt; a floating, illuminated ball made from electronics painted white and much, much more.

Though my feet and willingness to brave the crowds were exhausted by 3 a.m., you can check out the gallery below for a small taste of what the Ontario art scene has to offer.

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