Nuit blanche 2017 gay guide
Nuit Blanche 2017 is a night filled with larger than life art, turning the city into a wonderland of colourful creations and thought-provoking pieces for you to enjoy or just walk by and glimpse at.
If any of you are like me then you love the art and the concepts behind the creator’s work…but are constantly lost and always trying to figure out the most practical way around in order to dodge suburban teenagers who got too messed up on fireball, and avoid getting stressed out by the ‘start-stop’ of all the viewers. Thus, A LIST! Putting things down in a nice, organized list to pull out on your phone for guidance. So here are 10 exhibitions happening at Nuit Blanche that I found to be interesting. With stops all along the city, you can hit up these while checking out others that fall in between locations. So grab a sweater, charge up your phone, and have an Art Attack!!!
1. Toronto Through Sound
Nathan Phillips Square
The duo electronic LAL will create a 10-minute soundscape that speaks to Toronto’s Migrant and Indigenous history through sound.
LAL will highlight neighbourhoods such as Chinatown, Vaughan and Oakwood, Korea Town, Yonge/Finch, St. Clair West, Little Italy, Little Bangladesh and Kensington Market (to name a few) while also recognizing Toronto as Treaty Territory founded on Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River territory.
LAL will sample current sounds and voices in these different neighborhoods as well as look at the last 50 years of change in Toronto and highlight unknown or disappearing histories. Toronto is a meeting place where Indigenous, Immigrant and settler communities come together, as well as the land and water and creatures who live here. This piece is a reminder of the past and, through sound, a glimpse of the future.
LAL was formed in 1998 by the dynamic duo of poet, singer, activist, and Bengali
rooted tough-guy Rosina Kazi; and her life partner producer, sound designer,
philosopher, and Barbados-born king of chill, Nicholas Murray.
2. 15000 Years of Housekeeping
by John Shipman
St. Matthew’s United Church
Celebrate 15,000 years of housekeeping north of Lake Ontario. Hang laundry. Fold clothes. Plan a meal. Make a shopping list. Store food. Stack bowls, pots and pans. Clean, dust, mend. Sort buttons, nuts and bolts. Listen to housekeeping sounds and smell the smells. Share stories about the ordinary, daily tasks we carry out by ourselves or with others.
15000 Years of Housekeeping is held in the 5,000 square foot main hall of a heritage church. Explore folding, stacking, listing, sorting, cleaning, mending, shelving, packing, planning, and measuring. As Francis Willard wrote to Susan B. Anthony on January 28, 1898: “Government is only housekeeping on the broadest scale.” And remember what Mary Ruefle said: “Blue sadness is...when on a bus one suddenly pictures with absolute clarity a ball of dust in a closet...”
John Shipman, an OCAD University medalist in integrated media, welcomes participants of all ages to his 12th hands-on Nuit Blanche Toronto project.
3. Punching a Pillow Until the Sun Rises
by Elizabeth Milton
Staged within the hidden confines of a private hotel room, a performer masquerades as a hysterical diva caught in a tragic-comic cycle of perpetual destruction. Made available for public viewing through a live-streamed video installation, this endurance-based performance twists the supposedly cathartic exercise of punching a pillow into a bawdy spectacle of amateur magic, drag and melodrama. As Milton rips the seams of each pillow, clusters of feather boas are revealed, initiating a raucous cycle of transformation that repeats throughout the duration of the event. Through twelve-hours of improvised character play, Milton tears through varied performance registers that reference film noir, confessional culture and voyeurism while remaining tangled in a mess of camp theatricality and novelty store glamour.
Elizabeth Milton is a Vancouver-based performance and media artist. Her work investigates identity, affect and the critical potential of camp.
4. Disturbing Graffiti
by Studio F Minus
Graffiti Alley & McDougall Lane
Collaborating with Studio F Minus, a group of Toronto lighting designers, architects, and design students will create and implement a temporary site-specific installation that uses the latest lighting technology to illuminate and animate features, public art, and buildings in Toronto's Graffiti Alley.
Studio F Minus is the collaborative of artist/architects Mitchell Chan and Brad Hindson, working with a network of consultants to create art projects.
5. Fly By Night
by Nicole Beno, Tori Flemin, Joel Ong, Elizabeth Milton, Whyishnave Suthagar and Yifat Shaik
#FlyByNight2017 showcases immersive and ephemeral performances and installations in the hotel’s second-floor studios public space. It's a piece that embodies the unexpected and boundary-pushing, creative one-night-only art experiences within Toronto’s oldest continuously run hotel and cultural hub. This year, guests will enjoy a neon dreams and projected wonders and beyond through emersion of the senses. Guests will experience the visual, hysterical, transformational and experiential in each unique environment within the various spaces in the building in this dusk-to-dawn tour-de-force exhibition.
Additionally, the Gladstone's main floor Ballroom will also be getting in on the magic of Nuit Blanche Toronto; where guests can enjoy libations, music and art installation. For the Bar-stars, our Melody Bar will also have Karaoke that will ensure a memorable Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017.
Curated by Lukus Toane
6. Wiggly Street
Broadview & Thompson Lane
Wiggly Street includes projection mapping, sculptural installations with LED components representing futuristic urban forestry, and live audio and group dance performances. Based on the theme of Canadian nationality, the project features Canadian and major world milestones and symbolisms that represent Canadian culture and values, such as multiculturalism, equality, and universality.
Each hour, representing a 24-hour cycle, will begin with a live performance that tells a story of love, harmony, and unity of the potential unknown, which are fundamental Canadian values. This performance will symbolically ignite the 'Reactor' that powers the installation, fueled by the vibrations caused by audience movement.
Wiggly, a multidisciplinary collective, combines sculpture, visual arts, video, dance & audio as mediums to create environments that unite audiences.
7. Domesticate Me
by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes and Merna
Nathan Phillips Square
“You can have it all” is a newer idea society has begun to adopt when it comes to women, childcare, and careers. It is a valid and true idea, however still a difficult one to achieve with domestic labor (i.e. housework, child rearing) not being recognized with wages, a notion considered to be the beginning of the oppression of women by Marxist feminists.
This brings us to reproduction. The female body is capable of the greatest miracle, childbirth. During this time of pregnancy and child rearing, women naturally take a break from the workforce, leaving them financially vulnerable. Laws do not always support subsidized wages during this time. If one is not afforded maternity leave pay, a dim reality may come to be.
Domesticate Me will re-tell the story of the capabilities of women by focusing on the importance of domestic labor and reimagining them in a visual language not often portrayed by mass media and society. We place the viewer in the space most often associated with domestic duties: the kitchen. It will not be an ordinary kitchen, however.
Throughout Ashley McKenzie-Barnes' 14 years of experience, she has acted as Creative Director of the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Art Director at Virgin Radio, worked with CBC and BellMedia. Ashley has curated over 20 exhibits and her art has been showcased at the ROM and Glenn Gould Studios.
A multi-disciplinary artist, Merna has released 4 albums and collaborated with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Doc McKinney and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Her newest self-produced EP, "sans" a sound design installation is supported by Factor, MUCHFact, OAC.
8. Porta- Party
Nathan Phillips Square
Porta-Party invites Nuit Blanche Toronto attendees to relieve themselves in an inversion of traditional public washrooms. Located at Nathan Phillips Square, the project uses a combination of landscaping, portable toilets and atmospheric lighting to encourage social activity in a traditionally anti-social space.
For many years, the public bathroom has remained an unspoken ideological battlefield. Despite being entrenched in issues of sanitation rights, gender equality, the growing privatization of public space, and more, public bathrooms have remained a relatively taboo topic. Porta-Party invites users to consider these topics, while imagining unusual interventions to create more interesting public space.
SUPER/TYPICAL is a collection of students from the University of Waterloo experimenting in architecture through small-scale built interventions.
9. Colouring Outside the Box
Bata Shoe Museum
Are you up for a little night colouring? The Bata Shoe Museum's atrium will exhibit striking ‘shoeboxes’ covered with black-and-white shoe outlines. Over the evening visitors will colour them in and transform the boxes into vibrant multi-coloured sculptures. Whether you visit early or in the wee hours, you’ll contribute to creating the final masterpieces.
To celebrate 150 years of Canadian history, the Bata Shoe Museum’s window is blooming with a bouquet of provincial and territorial floral emblems of Canada. Created by students from the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University, this window installation celebrates the Canadian landscape in a symphony of colourful blossoms. 2,000 three-dimensionally printed shoes capture the transient beauty of patterns found in nature, inspired by the floral embroidery found on silk shoes in the museum’s collection. The floral emblems, arranged from west to east coast, bloom together on this unique occasion. As symbols of celebration and confederation, these flowers echo the places we’ve been, the stories we tell, and the connections we share with one another. Presented in partnership with Ryerson University.
The Bata Shoe Museum (BSM) is a slightly bougie museum that strives to share compelling human stories by using footwear as the point of entry into the cultures of the world. With an international collection of over 13,000 shoes and related artifacts, the BSM celebrates 4,500 years of footwear history in four distinctive rotating galleries.
10. X, Y, & Zed
by Glory Hole Gallery
Glad Day Bookshop
This is an exploration of gender in the present and future. Using art to help navigate and understand how gender is performed and thought about in Canada, each box acts not only as an individual display but as an individual gallery. Look through the holes to see into the mind of each artist!
First mounted in June 2017, this gallery is the first of it's kind, not only in Toronto, but worldwide as well. The gallery is queer-run and operated and promotes and maintains inclusivity and visibility, with a focus on LGBTQ+ artistic endeavors.
Eight artists transform eight miniature galleries to explore and reflect on gender expression in the present and future.
For a complete listing of exhibitions check out Nuit Blanche’s website.