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Nuit Blanche completes 13th year with expansion into Scarborough

Nuit Blanche wrapped up its 13th year early Sunday after expanding into Scarborough for the first time and drawing thousands of revellers to city streets.

Thousands ventured out onto city streets to enjoy more than 75 contemporary art projects

A message from the Nuit Blanche art installation, Everything I Wanted to Tell You, at Albert Campbell Square in Scarborough. The installation explored personal stories of local residents that were displayed as text projected directly onto the Scarborough Civic Centre. (Jeromme Graham/Twitter)

Nuit Blanche wrapped up its 13th year early Sunday after expanding into Scarborough for the first time and drawing thousands of revellers to city streets.

The all-night contemporary art show, from sunset to sunrise, featured more than 75 projects downtown and in Scarborough that were created by 300 local, national and international artists.

Projects were set up both outside and inside. There were installations on sidewalks and walkways, as well as at subway stations, museums, galleries, cultural hubs and shopping malls. 

Residents who ventured out in the evening in search of illumination from artwork took to Twitter to express their appreciation for this year's event.

It was a celebration of art, light and the city.

According to tweets, the Scarborough exhibits, in particular, dazzled and delighted viewers.

Scarborough's contribution to the event included Cavalier Noir by Ekow Nimako and Director X, Walk Among Worlds by Máximo González, Mirrors of Babel by eL Seed and Everything I Wanted to Tell You by Hiba Abdullah. 

Artist Ekow Nimako said he and Director X created Cavalier Noir, or black rider, with the intent of paying homage to black Canadians. He grew up in Scarborough's Malvern neighbourhood and creating the artwork is his way of giving back.

"The sculpture, as you can see, is a black warrior child riding on a black unicorn," he said.

Director X, a Toronto artist who has shot music videos for such musicians as Drake and Kendrick Lamar, said it makes sense that the artwork is in Scarborough.

"We didn't choose Scarborough. That's where the city wanted to expand the festival. But it was fitting. We were happy to do it there," he said.

Ten projects, including Cavalier Noir and Walk Among Worlds and Everything I Wanted to Tell You, will be on display until October 8. 

With files from Adrian Cheung