In 2005, Paris organizers contacted the City of Toronto’s Special Events office with an invitation to join approximately six other European cities who wished to produce similar all-night events. The international success of Nuit Blanche continues to build each year and has expanded to over 25 cities across the globe – each offering its own version of the all-night art extravaganza.
I’m not going to lie last year I went out and I didn’t have the greatest time. Streets were filled with a lot of drunk douchebags which made it super annoying. But my friends – the trick is to not spend your time at the huge exhibitions. While I would have loved to seen Ai WeiWei’s bicycle exhibit, I went back to hipster homeland of Queen West and went to a few smaller open bar parties there. It was SO much calmer and way easier to get around. Plus if you go pretty far west it’s easier to get a cab home.
my nuit blanche crew (it’s blurry cuz i’m artsy like dat)
My night started off with my lovely cousin and her husband at The Grid’s finale to Toronto Cocktail Week, The Cocktail Generator Gala at The Burroughes Building. The Grid challenged some of the city’s bartenders to come up with a drink according to a bunch of adjectives described on a board (see the pic below).Basically you went to the bartender and said, woody, floral, and smoky, and they would create a drink for you!
pick one from each column! (my drinks got much more inventive the more I consumed)
Since I’m kind of a light weight I also had the chance to feast on snacks from – Barque, John & Sons Oyster House, Rock Lobster Food Co., SpiritHouse, and The Hogtown Pub and Oysters. It was awesome too because I even knew a few bartenders there (a.k.a. line bypass, a.k.a, is that a bad thing?).
bartender extrodinaire simon ho picking me some fresh mint (check him out at the drake)
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my cousin tanya and her husband akhil
After having a few cocktails here, we decided to take in the city and walk with no plan down Queen West. Our first visit was to the Edward Day Gallery. Their display for nuit blanche was entitled en(LIGHT)enment, and featured the work of Orest Tataryn and iNorthern Beaver Gallery’s Touch the Light. We got into the light exhibit and made our own art 🙂
our impromptu art installation at edward day
Our journey continued down Queen where we made a stop at The Stephen Bulger Gallery where Drambuie was mixing up some cocktails and we got to peruse the art of Leeay Aikawa.
drambuie cocktails (how cute poker chips as drink tickets!)
Scene 2 we ran into a rapper.
Video below..xo M