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50 crowd-filled photos of Nuit Blanche in Toronto

Posted by Staff / October 6, 2014

nuit blanche 2014 torontoNuit Blanche in Toronto has come and gone for another year, with the aching feet, frosty hands and powerful food truck cravings slowly fading from our minds - but, hopefully, the memories of arrestingly gorgeous visuals and thought-provoking art will remain. No? Well, at the very least, you'll probably retain some funny anecdotes about ridiculous stuff people said while searching for "art."

Though many lamented the long, dull stretches between zones and installations, there were some stunning gems to be seen if you searched long enough. People will likely be talking about that gorgeous laser rainbow for years.

Check out all the action in our huge photo gallery from Nuit Blanche in Toronto.
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Overheard at Nuit Blanche 2014

Posted by Aubrey Jax / October 6, 2014

Overheard Nuit Blanche 2014What you over heard at Nuit Blanche last Saturday likely depended where you were - just kidding, there's a 98% chance you heard someone say "is that art?" My own "is that art" experience happened at Fort York and turned out to be the line for the public washroom, but the only #OH that might have produced was my friend and I giggling, momentarily amused after a long stretch of boredom (Fort York was largely underwhelming).

After Doug Ford opened Nuit Blanche in Rob's place (which not everyone is too pleased about) the mad scramble in the cold (y'all know it's going to get way colder, right?) in search of transformative art pieces, food trucks, and phone charging stations began. And the eavesdropping, which might be our favourite part of the whole light installation free-for-all. And the getting man-handled by cops for crossing the street. Art!

Here are your best overheards from Saturday night, and a few of ours.

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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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