Calling all Toronto singles! Tonight marks Nuit Blanche, the all night, city wide celebration of art. People of all ages and walks of life will wander the streets of our fair city until the wee hours taking in displays, installations and gallery shows. It’s creative, it’s innovative, it’s exciting and it’s pretty darn cool.
Another thing we think Nuit Blanche is? A great way to spend a date! So if you’re got a special someone that you’re spending time with, or you’re wracking your brain to come up with a knockout first date idea, we’ve gone through the Nuit Blanche activities and found our top 5 exhibits for a great Nuit Blanche date.
Pneuma by Floria Sigismondi
Taking place at Nathan Philips Square, this video installation is probably better suited to a more established relationship. Deep and passionate, Pneuma is the brainchild of Floria Sigismondi, who’s brought us such works as The Runaways with Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart and countless music videos by the likes of Katy Perry, Marilyn Manson and Rihanna. It’s also one of the city produced installations as part of the larger OBLIVION project. It’s described as “a journey of spirit through birth, it is rumination on time and sacred knowledge mediated by the body. It touches on the universal fear of the future unknown and the post-life plane into which we will, inevitably, venture.” Best of all, if you can’t make it on Nuit Blanche, this exhibit runs for the rest of the week.
Built for Art: A Secret Garden
If you’re looking for a place to warm up with your date as you wander through Nuit Blanche, head over to 401 Richmond for Built for Art: a Secret Garden. The warm, plant lined corridors of the building connect a plethora of installations, performance art and more. Take in works by the buildings tenants and special exhibits created just for Nuit Blanche.
Photon Gallery 2.0
A romantic garden stroll for the millennial age. This collection of light installations is put on by Site 3 coLaboratory, an art community in the city. Located at Ossington and Bloor, Photon Gallery 2.0 gives attendees the chance to wander through a garden of LED plants and creatures by the Intergalactic Garden Supply. To shake things up, Nuit Blanche wanderers can stop and play a game of Tetris between light shows on the external-facing glass brick wall, or even take a load off under a ceiling of multi-colored light-sensitive stars – talk about romantic.
Taking place inside the David Mirvish Bookstore (596 Markham Street), artist Kelly Jazvac brought the outside in. For Browsing, Kelly created an animated installation using salvaged billboards, and used industrial fans and blowers to keep them in motion. How many romantic comedies either start in, or feature a smitten couple browsing a bookstore’s wares? But instead of books, Toronto couples can contemplate “the permanence of disposability”, and be mesmerized by the power of advertising.
Pas de deux pas de, 2016
Imagine a beautiful ballet, but without the dancers. Artist Samuel Bianchini took two spotlights and choreographed a romantic dance between them, visible from near and far. This work attempts to bring the beauty and passion that human dancers would bring to a stage, to the night sky. Is it possible to recreate the iconic “pas de deux”, from Swan Lake to life using only light? That’s what Pas de deu pas de attempts to do. This one would be a great first date, where you can pull your crush close and watch the lights dance before our eyes by the water along Queen’s Quay.
Head on over to the Nuit Blanche Website and check out all the great exhibits, or just wander around galleries around town and enjoy a night out with that special someone. Stay warm, stay safe and have fun!
*all photos from the Nuit Blanche website