Nuit Blanche and what to do in Toronto this weekend

Get cuppa joe or tea, or whatever keeps you awake through the night — it's Nuit Blanche time. And that's just one of the many explorations going on in this city this October 4 weekend.

The all-night art party, Really Really Free Night Market, Jonathan Lethem, Mashrou' Leila and more

Forever Bicycles, an art exhibit from Ai Weiwei at Nuit Blanche.

Get cuppa joe or tea, or whatever keeps you awake through the night — it's Nuit Blanche time. And that's just one of the many explorations going on in this city this weekend.

Nuit Blanche

Oct 5 (6:51 PM to sunrise)
Various Locations

At its core, Nuit Blanche is a 12-hour event with a mandate to make contemporary art accessible to large audiences, while inspiring dialogue and engaging the public to examine its significance and impact on public space. Nuit Blanche is both a "high art" event and a free populous event that encourages celebration and community engagement. From sunset to sunrise city spaces and neighbourhoods are transformed into temporary exhibitions.

For a list of the exhibits, including the Ai Wei Wei Forever Bicycle project, check out the Nuit Blanche website.

Really Really Free Night Market

Oct 5 (7 to 11 PM)
Dovercourt Park

The Really Really Free Night Market will offer goods, services, snacks, crafts, surprise performances and more. You might expect to find: clothes, books, knick-knacks, artefacts, jewellery, toys, games, baby gear, kids stuff, snacks, garden harvest, seeds, plants, good times and new friends.

For more information, including the rules, check out the Dovercourt Park Community Association website.

The Wonders of Warden Woods

Oct 6 (10 AM)
Start Point: Opposite Warden Station

Explore Warden Woods, a park along Taylor Massey Creek, one of the tributaries of the Don River. This beautiful ravine is home to mature forest, abundant bird life, towering glacial sand deposits and the location where the creek originally flowed into Lake Iroquois. It also faces numerous environmental stewardship challenges.
For more information, check out the Heritage Toronto website.


Oct 1 to Oct 19
Theatre Passe Muraille

After the loss of a loved one, a woman must face the shattering memories of a past trauma. Crash is the fractured unravelling of memory; blending projections, myth, and dance into a riveting narrative about family, faith and love.

For more information, check out the Theatre Passe Muraille website.

In Conversation: Jonathan Lethem

Oct 6
Toronto Reference Library

Author Jonathan Lethem ("Motherless Brooklyn" and "The Fortress of Solitude") discusses his new epic family saga, "Dissident Gardens." With the CBC's Michael Enright.

For more information, check out the Toronto Public Library website.

In Concert: Mashrou' Leila

Oct 4
Lee's Palace

The Toronto debut of one of the most significant young bands in the Arab world, Mashrou' Leila is part of a wave of youthful fervor generated around the Arab Spring. Edgy, politically-charged lyrics and videos that cheerfully comment on the absurdity of life, supported by a sound that balances between lustfully intense and delicate, have won them a dedicated following well beyond the Middle East, where they play to thousands of joyful fans. 
For more information, check out the Small World Music website.


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