TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2022 – Starting this Saturday at 7 p.m., the 16th edition of Nuit Blanche will fill Toronto streets with contemporary art projects created by more than 150 local, national and international artists. This marks the first time since 2019 that the popular event will be hosted in person. Toronto’s free all-night celebration of contemporary art takes place from sunset on October 1 to sunrise on October 2.
The all-night event will also will mark the finale of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art.
Navigating the art by neighbourhood
Nuit Blanche 2022 will be the most expansive version to date, with exhibition areas city-wide. Art projects will be clustered in easy-to-navigate exhibition areas making exploring the event more convenient for audiences. Art projects will also be presented in various neighbourhoods, including Don Mills, East Danforth, Bloor-Yorkville, Sterling Road and Fort York.
The heart of Nuit Blanche will take over Yonge Street for one night. From Dundas Street down to the lake and across to Harbourfront, art enthusiasts will experience over 35 new artworks.
Downtown sites include Yonge-Dundas Square, the ArtworxTO South Hub at Union Station and Harbourfront Centre. Featured projects include a massive installation on the side of the Deloitte building on 8 Adelaide St. W., a 60-foot-wide water screen at the foot of Yonge Street and a 200-foot high light tipi on Nathan Phillips Square.
Event goers can collect a map at Event Centres located at 160 Yonge St., 88 Queens Quay W., 11 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr., Mel Lastman Square and Albert Campbell Square or from other information centres where volunteers can help.
Outside of the downtown core
Other exhibition areas include:
- Scarborough: 15 new art projects are located in and around the Scarborough Civic Centre and Scarborough Town Centre
- North York: 10 new art projects are located in and around the North York City Centre, Mel Lastman Square and the Meridian Centre for the Performing Arts
- Etobicoke: For the first time, Etobicoke comes alive for Nuit Blanche. Explore this new exhibition area and share the excitement on social media using #NBTO22. Most projects in this area centre around Humber College with some near Kipling station. 4 new projects are located in and around the Humber College Lakeshore Campus and Samuel Smith Park
Dawn art experience
People who want to avoid the crowds or are more of an early bird than a night owl can choose a more intimate Nuit Blanche experience by attending from 4 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, October 2.
More information about participating artists, Nuit Podcasts and the complete event programming is available on the City’s Nuit Blanche webpage.
The Nuit Blanche webpage offers an interactive location-based event map for enhanced event navigation and details on exhibition locations, project descriptions, road closures, TTC information, and more.
In addition to the regular all-night Blue Night Network service, the TTC will run subway service all night on Line 1 Yonge-University, Line 2 Bloor-Danforth, Line 3 Scarborough and Line 4 Sheppard. Day passes purchased on October 1 will be valid until 7 a.m. on October 2. Free entry is available at North York Centre Station and Scarborough Centre Station from 7 p.m. October 1 to 7 a.m. October 2. Customers will need to pick up a paper transfer from these stations as proof of payment.
GO Transit will operate regularly scheduled service during Nuit Blanche this year. While there will not be any additional late-night rail service available, those wishing to experience art all night may still take advantage of the $10 or $15 GO Transit Weekend Passes. For more information on weekend passes, visit the GO Transit website .
A list of Green P parking lots available during Nuit Blanche can be found online .
Event road closures
Partial and full road closures will be in effect all weekend. Major downtown roads impacted will include parts of Bay Street, Queen Street, Yonge Street and the eastbound Yonge Street off-ramp from the Gardiner Expressway. This is due to expected event attendance and to improve free-flowing access to the art projects, giving pedestrians safe and easy access.
Those planning to attend Nuit Blanche are encouraged to ride public Transit or use alternative options such as cycling and Bike Share. If you need to drive, check the road restrictions map and plan to avoid areas with road closures or high traffic volumes.
The following road restrictions will be in place:
Thursday, September 29 at 9 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m.:
- Temperance Street between Yonge Street and Bay Street and Colborne Street between Yonge Street and Scott Street will have local traffic only along a portion of the roadways.
Friday, September 30 at 9 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 11 a.m.:
- Yonge Street will be closed between Dundas Street and Queens Quay. East-west traffic will be maintained at major intersections along the stretch
- Queen Street will be closed between York Street and Bay Street and between Bay Street and Victoria Street
Friday, September 30 at 6 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 11 a.m.:
- Westbound Gardiner Expressway exit 154 to Yonge Street will be closed
- Esplanade Street will be closed between Yonge Street and Scott Street, with local traffic only along a portion of the road
Saturday, October 1 at 10 a.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 10 a.m.:
- Road closures and restrictions will be in place on Bay Street between Dundas Street West and Richmond Street West, including Albert Street and James Street. Hagerman Street will also be closed
- Queens Quay West will be closed between York Street and Bay Street, with local traffic only along a portion of the road
A complete list of road closures and restrictions is available on the City’s road restrictions webpage.
About Nuit Blanche
Nuit Blanche Toronto is the city’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured more than 1,600 art installations by approximately 5,800 artists and has generated more than $443 million in economic impact for Toronto.
This year will be the most expansive Nuit Blanche to date, with exhibition areas city-wide. Nuit Blanche will return to the downtown core and Scarborough and expand to include Etobicoke and North York for the first time. Special thanks to Scarborough Exhibition Sponsor: Scarborough Town Centre and Etobicoke Exhibition Sponsor: Humber College for making this event possible.
lead photo Those who watch over us (detail), 2022, Yung Yemi, City of Toronto