October 18th, 2010

and miles to go before i sleep

Nuit Blanche 2010: part two

Related Post: Nuit Blanche 2010: part one

The Calm
The Calm

A few things worked against this piece - the location in relation to other projects, for instance. The way the actual building (that art piece above) was kinda sorta maybe yes more interesting than the video projection. Yes, I could understand the isolation being portrayed on screen (though I've seen better acting or portrayal of the same concept in videos & vlogs on the internet). Maybe that's the thing - a lot of awesome art is being done by artists (or people that aren't even described as artists) all over the city almost everyday in Toronto and then there's the online abundance as well. Which means, for me, that exhibits at a fantastic event such as Nuit Blanche are going to have to bring it. Not that it has to be over the top or spectacularly elaborate - no - but it has to be something that doesn't make me think I could have stayed home, stayed warm and watched videos that could have moved me / made me feel something / reached me better than this.

Then again, this person took their idea and put it out there for all of Toronto (& then some to see) just like so many others so that we could snidely remark, "wtf?" If people were moved by it, then kudos.

I tried to be.

I wasn't.

Endgame (Coulrophobia)
Endgame right near King & Yonge. Zone C #8 creepy! http://twitpic.com/2u60bc
Saturday, October 02, 2010 10:29:35 PM via Twitpic

Endgame (Coulrophobia)

Located in the alleyway between 67 Yonge Street and 69 Yonge Street was the much photographed Endgame (Coulrophobia) by Max Streicher (currently residing in Toronto, Canada). Definitely a favourite for me and on my list of must-sees for the evening. I was excited about it just from reading the description in the booklet. I wasn't disappointed. It delivered exactly what it promised. Creepy inflated clowns between two buildings.

Endgame (Coulrophobia)

Awesome. This is a fave for photographers. http://twitpic.com/2u61xy
Saturday, October 02, 2010 10:33:52 PM via Twitpic

by Sandra Rechico of Toronto, Canada.
1850 on Yonge St.

In the 1850s, long before we had light installations, the shore of Lake Ontario reached what is now Front Street. With some fog and the light washing over the street, of course it couldn't recreate the actual feeling of the lake (which some people expected it to do) but what it accomplished was being a great atmospheric spot, ideal for pictures or standing about feeling elsewhere. Maybe it didn't feel like a lake exactly but it didn't feel like Front Street either. It was beautiful for photographs and I was reluctant to walk away from it.

1850 on Yonge St.

1850 on Yonge St.

I tried to send a twitpic of '1850' but that's about when my phone service decided I'd sent enough picture images that night. I was very annoyed because the whole point of me being out there was to share my night & I had wanted to continue posting photos as I went along.

1850 on Yonge St.

This also coincided with the cold setting in (though we were pretty fortunate not to have any rainstorms) and there was the tiredness factor, oh, and did I mention I was functioning the entire time on some painkillers because I'd hurt my back a few weeks prior? I'd kept this on the down low because I didn't want to miss out on Nuit Blanche. The pain relievers kept the edge off and allowed me to keep walking but by the time we left the event late in the morning, pain had shot down my leg so badly that I was limp-dragging it. As if I needed to look worse than I already felt!

But enough about me.

As I was getting to, a combination of the chill of the night and likely some shaking on my part started to influence my photography. Like this:

I'm going to be posting more of these though because I think they look AWESOME.

iso3D Projection at Union Station.
After the '1850' exhibit, we went around the corner to check out Union Station.
I liked Union Station at last year's Nuit Blanche.
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iso3D T.O. Largest 3D Projection

After getting a bite to eat, we`re now walking back through Cloud Gardens & heading to City Hall. Love the atmospheric sound. A must-see.
Saturday, October 02, 2010 11:57:02 PM via txt

_scape with 6 and 7, Cloud Gardens
by Annie Onyi Cheung residing in Toronto, Canada.
I already mentioned the installation in Cloud Gardens in my first part of the Nuit Blanche review but since we had to return to that vicinity I didn't mind at all revisiting the installation. I only wish I could have stayed longer and taken a rest to enjoy it some more.
_scape with 6 and 7

Cloud Gardens

J. uploaded a couple pics at the Information Centre at Yonge / Dundas Square. (my phone was dying too but I found an outlet on the patio)
Sunday, October 03, 2010 1:31:52 AM via txt

Fave places so far: Cloud Gardens, Nuit Market, Endgame (creepy clown heads!), Interactive Landscape Dune (Lower Bay)... so much to see!
Sunday, October 03, 2010 1:35:01 AM via txt

Bus House

Streetcar driver says we`re blocked by about six police cars. We`re out front of the Eaton Centre & unable to proceed westbound. Detour!
Sunday, October 03, 2010 2:06:44 AM via txt

The strombo streetcar proved unlucky for me yet again! We`re going to walk over to King instead. Avoid Queen near Bay&Yonge.
Sunday, October 03, 2010 2:11:18 AM via txt

Ideally, I wanted to take the Queen car west to The Gladstone's 'Fly By Night' where I'd heard there was some great things going on. I also wanted to stop by Trinity-Bellwoods and I also wanted to get on over to Liberty Village and I read awesome things about 401 Richmond Street. While we're on the list of things I missed out on, we didn't make it up to Casa Loma and we didn't get to see countless other raved about exhibits. The start of the night where I waited around too long for Lower Bay really cut into my time but what's done is done - better luck next year?

We decided to take the streetcar east on Queen to Sumach, walked down to Cherry Street and checked out the Distillery District. It was quite cold out and we didn't see even half of what they had to to show there but I'm glad we checked it out. Also, it was nice to be away from everyone walking toward the Distillery District - a bit of a breather.

Cozy & beautiful in The Distillery District Zone B starting at Mill & Cherry St. The sky clouded over is a dramatic backdrop for pics.
Sunday, October 03, 2010 2:47:55 AM via txt

What a beautiful place to take photographs!

Distillery District

Distillery District Distillery District

Zone B, #20, 'Look, Listen, Move' by Dance Ontario. eerie, lovely guitar with eloquent expressive dancing. btw, no rain but it`s chilly!
Sunday, October 03, 2010 3:05:30 AM via txt

It was COLD out and we stepped into this gallery. I'm happy we did. It reminded me of how fortunate I am to live in a city that has art galleries, exhibits & shows all year round. I hope that the number of people I heard complain about not seeing any "real art" at Nuit Blanche were able to see things such as this.

Distillery District

Distillery District

Distillery District

Kehrig Fine Art & Blake / Burning Buddha
Distillery District

Burning Buddha

People are popping BUBBLE WRAP in The Distillery District. Long sheets of it drifting on the cobblestone street. Fun!
Sunday, October 03, 2010 3:22:16 AM via txt

Distillery District

Distillery District

We`re sitting on a double decker bus that will take us from The Distillery to Yonge / Dundas Square (we keep returning there).
Sunday, October 03, 2010 3:40:37 AM via txt

Asked what people enjoyed tonight. Lots of recommendations to check out The Gladstone (West Queen West).
Sunday, October 03, 2010 3:48:26 AM via txt

It could be that I`m exhausted & can`t make sense anymore but I think it`s lighter out! So soon?!
Sunday, October 03, 2010 4:21:34 AM via txt

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010

Top list of fave locations from what I`ve seen at #nuitblanche tonight: Cloud Gardens, Yonge St (Endgame!), The Distillery District.
Sunday, October 03, 2010 4:34:24 AM via txt

Zone C, #4, Arrivals/Departures by Michael Fernandes - outside Scotia Plaza you`ll see huge chalkboards. personal participation!
Sunday, October 03, 2010 4:55:08 AM via txt

We`ve been wandering around since #nuitblanche began last night & we`re still going! (stumbling a bit & moving much slower though)
Sunday, October 03, 2010 5:13:34 AM via txt

Aside from the art & people & such to experience, this all-night event is an interesting way to explore parts of Toronto.
Sunday, October 03, 2010 5:17:24 AM via txt

Taking photos of trees & flowers meant:
1. I was delirious from being tired & in pain.
2. Trees & flowers were more interesting than anything else that was or wasn't going on that time of morning.
3. I'm a dork.

We weren't quick enough to catch the final performance of an installation (literally minutes away) so we slowed our pace and I stopped to take pictures of flowers & a tree & the shadow of a tree. Hey, I was tired. (& the shadow of the tree seemed like art to me!)

The streets were almost empty. We decided to revisit City Hall / Nathan Philips Square as our last stop before heading home. I wanted to give it another chance without the overwhelming crowd.

Ending the night at Nathan Philips Square ('Later That Night At The Drive-In' by Daniel Lanois). We were here earlier in the evening, too.
Sunday, October 03, 2010 5:39:29 AM via txt

Later That Night At The Drive-In

Later That Night At The Drive-In

enjoyed the way the music & visuals at Nathan Philip Square compliment the dawn. This was a good note to end a good night on.
Sunday, October 03, 2010 5:52:30 AM via txt

Later That Night At The Drive-In

awake & going through photos. Just to make me feel bad, we're now remembering the other exhibits we wanted to see but didn't get to.
Sunday, October 03, 2010 12:47:50 PM via DestroyTwitter

reflexes are off today at work. mumbling incohesively. being out all night may have something to do with it. (& i wind-burned my face!)
Sunday, October 03, 2010 2:30:48 PM via txt

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche wants your feedback!
Add your thoughts / opinions / suggestions to this Facebook thread. They've been listening!

You'll find reviews by various Toronto sites & blogs if you click back through the history of the #snbTO twitter tag --- #nuitblanche was used for other cities as well so it'll take longer to find Toronto related links but if you were interested enough to skim this post, you can probably handle it.

Sip for each time you heard someone bash the brand name sponsor, gripping a brand name mobile phone & drinking brand name coffee.
Monday, October 04, 2010 12:40:22 PM via DestroyTwitter