Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015!

WARNING: This is an opinion blog post.

Toronto Ontario Canada turns into a sleepless night of art. People from all around come to see crazy art installation all around Toronto from sunset to sunrise for one night only.

I personally go every year for about six or seven years now and this year was alright in my opinion. I’m going to talk about the good and the bad of this years Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.

The good:

  • One sleepless night every year to see art installations is amazing for the city.
  • The art itself. It amazes me how people can come up with such crazy ideas and make them come alive.
  • The TTC costume service – they ran out of the subway passes for Nuit Blanche but this year they had a back up plan or they’ve always had this just one guy decided to help us out.
  • Starbucks – they were open all night! It was freezing especially around Lakeshore and having them around was really great.
  • The map, it was great that they had a lot more maps this year so everyone could have one. And it was great that every installment had a pile of maps they could hand out this year.
  • Food trucks were greatly placed this year and were easy to find.

The bad:

  • No booklet of art information. I’ve been going to Nuit Blanche for years now and every year there has been a book of every art, a description and where it is. This comes in handy to figure out what you want to see, what you saw when posting pictures on social media to give some credit to the artist and it’s a great memory to keep.
  • Art being spread out way to far apart. I found that this year you spent more time walking or sitting on the subway to get to the art then actually seeing the art.
  • Closed down streets had minimal art on them, I mean if you’re going to close down a street you might as well put art in the middle of it like they use to do before.
  • Putting art in bad neighborhoods.
  • Putting art where there is no subway service.
  • Art was hidden way too much. Going down the Lakeshore was hard, I had to ask a cop where the art was because it was nowhere to be found. If I didn’t ask I probably would have walked right by it.
  • Great idea to put the event map on the mobile site and being able to use that. Only problem is you’re using your data the entire night and using the map off your phone is a pain.

Those are just some of my opinions of this years Nuit Blanche, don’t get me wrong I had a great time with my sister I just think there can be some improvements.

All those artists are amazing and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for next year.

Until next time,
Thanks for reading,

Maeg

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Nuit Blanche Experience!

In my other post I wrote about what you need in order to be prepared for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche for this year, in this one I’m going to write about my experience while I was there. Lets get started shall we?

Because I live in a lovely city called Brampton that’s only 30 mins away from Toronto and has the worse public transit to get there, I have an awesome story for you. Okay, I wouldn’t say awesome but it was interesting for us. We caught the bus that goes to Bramalea GO station and when we got there we got our tickets for the GO bus. We were looking at our tickets when we noticed it said that there was no bus going straight from Bramalea GO to Union Bus Terminal. You need to know first that Brampton Bus Terminal is no where near the Bramalea GO station. I have the ticket right in front of me and I’m going to write it the exact way it says.

Suggested Trip:

Bramalea GO to BrampBusTerm
Bus Route Number 34 at 19:00

BrampBusTerm to Union Bus Term
Bus Route Number 31F at 19:30

My mum checked online when the next bus was and she told us it was at 7:45 (19:45), and of course the bus came at 7:45pm. When we got on the bus there was so many people waiting that the bus was full, so full that people were standing. The bus that goes to Union stops at at Malton GO before getting on the highway to Toronto. This damn bus driver didn’t call in that his bus was full so he couldn’t even pick anyone up, he did end up calling it in but he got in trouble for not saying it earlier. He told people that the next bus would be there in 5 mins, everyone that was waiting outside said that they don’t mind standing so he let even more on. My sister and I noticed that there was a guy in a motorized wheelchair and we were sitting in curiosity sitting. I was getting upset because I was not standing on this damn bus even if I was sitting in those chairs. He didn’t come on the bus anyways but it was annoying because this bus driver couldn’t do his job. We were finally on our way but he was driving SOO slow because of these people were standing, I’m telling you he didn’t go over 60 on the highway. It took almost two hours to get to Toronto.

Two hours later when we finally got to Toronto my sister and I started to find our way to the hotel, which would of been easy if there wasn’t so much construction. We found it and checked in and went to our room for me to charge my phone. Once that was done we were on our way out. Now we didn’t check the map that was online to see where things were, I just assumed that they were in the normal places that they’ve always been but I was wrong. We did a lot of art seeing though.

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Those are some pictures I took of the art. My favourite one that we went to see was a tank that had a person in it, would fill up with water and they would go on about doing whatever they were doing. A girl did house work, this guy played guitar. It was amazing.

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You can see the water go all the way up and then it starting to come down. The night was a pretty good night, there was some funny parts. I was taking a picture of some art when this lovely girl decided to shove her face into my camera as it took the picture…..

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I went to one of the food trucks because we were hungry, my food was pretty damn good but there’s a funny story to it. Like I said the food was amazing but it was very filling, my sister wanted to try some of it without the meat on it so I took it off and she had a few bites. When we were done with it I had it in my hand about to throw it out when a young girl with her friend (they did not look homeless at all) came up to me and grabbed it. She picked up my half eaten chicken and started to eat it, I was trying to pull it away because I was honestly saying “what the fuck?” to myself but she wouldn’t let go. Finally I got fed up, dropped it and walked away. Needless to say I was a little freaked out but that’s what Toronto is like.

All in all I had a good time and I’m ready for next years.

Thanks for reading!