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10 Nuit Blanche exhibits on extended display in Toronto

Posted by Aubrey Jax / October 6, 2014

Nuit Blanche extendedNuit Blanche 2014 may be yesterday's hangover, but this year's lineup included several projects slated for extended display around Toronto. Take note shy people, misanthropes, or anyone who had to work late on Saturday night: while you may have missed the bulk of Nuit Blanche, you still have time to see a handful of what were arguably the most impressive installations, including the laser beams reaching up to the CN Tower and a convenient screaming booth.

If all these sound underwhelming, you might not hate crowds - you might just hate Nuit Blanche. For everyone else, here are ten exhibits you can check out over the next week.

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The top 10 YouTube personalities from Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 5, 2014

youtube torontoBuffer Festival, Canada's first-ever YouTube-focused fest, is returning to Toronto for a second year, bringing the world's most-watched YouTubers to our city's downtown. (Well, except all of the ones who decided to go to VidCon this year instead. Curse you, Hank Green.) The fest falls on October 17-19 this year, bringing with it a weekend of screenings, performances, Q&As and meet-and-greets.

In honour of the fest, I've rounded up 10 YouTube personalities and channels you need to know from in and around the GTA (most of whom you'll be able to find at Buffer - check this year's schedule to find your fave).

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A guide to Nuit Blanche Toronto 2014

Posted by Derek Flack / October 4, 2014

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2014Nuit Blanche Toronto 2014 gets started in a just a few hours. In an effort to help you out with last minute preparations, here's a roundup of our pre-coverage of this year's all-night art event and a few helpful links as pertains to getting around the city. The proceedings officially get under way at 7pm and extend to 7am, though if past years are any indication, the event starts to wrap at around 5am.

If you can make it out during the 3am to 5am window, you're likely to dodge lines but also to encounter greater instances of public drunkenness, which depending on your perspective might be entertaining or annoying.

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The top 5 renegade exhibits at Nuit Blanche 2014

Posted by Jess Carroll / October 3, 2014

nuit blanche renegade exhibitsNuit Blanche, while magical and illuminating in theory, can be overwhelming. Depending on what time you hit it up (tip: after 3am is the best), it can be overcrowded, loud and super corporate. Still, with Les Rues des Refuses, a website dedicated to bringing you the unofficial events planned for Nuit Blanche, you can be sure to have a unique experience, away from the throngs of people looking for the official events.

One of the benefits of not being on the official exhibit list, is that these artists are free to be more subversive than those gathered together for the main event. There's over 50 of these unofficial installations and performances spread across the city, so make sure to check the Les Rues des Refuses map to ensure that you also get your dose of counter-art on Saturday night.

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The top live theatre shows in Toronto October 2014

Posted by Keith Bennie / October 2, 2014

October Theatre TorontoEach month we profile a collection of shows opening soon in Toronto.

The Art of Building a Bunker / Factory Theatre / October 16 - November 2 / $35-$40
A revival of the 2013 SummerWorks hit, The Art of Building a Bunker profiles a week in the life an average Joe with the not so average name of Elvis. Creators Adam Lazarus and Guillermo Verdecchia explore the dramatic potential of compulsory and often tedious workplace training sessions, specifically those that deal with the intricacies of "sensitivity." Gifted clown Lazarus portrays the whole cast of HR-friendly characters

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The top 30 exhibits to check out at Nuit Blanche 2014

Posted by Aubrey Jax / October 1, 2014

Nuit Blanche 2014Nuit Blanche 2014 arrives in Toronto this Saturday for its 8th year, as the once-raging battle between supporters and nay-sayers fades out and we come to understand that the core of the all night festival's identity will, much like art itself, never mean the same thing to everyone. The waitress at the all night diner might see blood at 6am, but that doesn't make the stars in your eyes less real.

Most of us have made up our minds about the 7pm to 7am multi-zone art party by now, and the chatter about whether it's art or simply entertainment has given way to chatter about which bars have 4AM last call, restaurants will be open late, and who's tweeting the best finds and overheards (we'll try our best).

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