Nuit Blanche Toronto is a free, annual, city-wide celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community.
For one sleepless night, from sunset to sunrise, the familiar is discarded and Toronto is transformed into an artistic playground for a series of exhilarating contemporary art experiences in unexpected public spaces.
Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured nearly 1,400 art installations by approximately 4,900 artists, generating over $311 million in economic impact for Toronto.
Numerous road closures will go into effect at 8 a.m. or 4 p.m. on Saturday to allow for the set-up of some of the exhibits. The roads will then remain closed until 11 a.m. on Sunday. Here is a list:
- Bay Street from Richmond Street West to Dundas Street West (8 a.m.)
- Hagerman Street from Elizabeth Street to Bay Street (8 a.m.)
- Elizabeth Street from Foster Place to Hagerman Street (8 a.m.)
- Albert Street from Bay Street to James Street (8 a.m.)
- James Street from Queen Street West to Albert Street (8 a.m.)
- Temperance Street from Bay Street to 30m west of Bay Street (8 a.m.)
- Dundas Square Street from Yonge Street and O’Keefe Lane (8 a.m.)
- Borough Drive between Brian Harrison Way and Town Centre Court (8 a.m.)
- Queen Street West from Yonge Street to University Avenue (4 p.m.)
- York Street from Richmond Street West to Queen Street West (4 p.m.)
The subway will be running all night to accommodate festival-goers. Service on Lines 1,2 and 3 will run every 10 to 15 minutes between 1:30 a.m. and the regular resumption of full service at 8 a.m. Service on Line 4, however, will operate according to its normal Saturday night and Sunday morning schedules.
Meanwhile, the TTC says that its blue night service on the 300 Bloor-Danforth and 320 Yonge routes will still run all night as scheduled.
The TTC also says that there will be no fares for riders at any Line 3 station so that everyone is able to check out art installations that will be located inside those stations.
There will be some diversions on surface routes due to road closures. Those routes are as follows:
- 6 Bay bus
- 5 Avenue Road bus
- 94 Wellesley bus
- 505 Dundas streetcar
- 506 Carlton streetcar
- 300 Bloor-Danforth bus
- 501 and 301 Queen streetcars