Toronto's Nuit Blanche

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If you are in the Toronto area this weekend you must head downtown to check out Scotiabank's Nuit Blanche Toronto 2009. At sunset on October 3 until sunrise the next morning the city will be transformed by art installations from close to 500 artists. Best of all, it's all free.

Nuit Blanche started in Paris in 2002. The point of the festival is to make art available to the masses. I love the idea of it. I grew up in the country and Nuit Blanche seems like the kind of thing that I'd read about in books and dream of attending. When I look at pictures from past events there's something very Alice in Wonderland about it to me. Having never been I can only imagine that the experience of it feels vaguely like falling down the rabbit hole - exciting, beautiful and occasionally a little bit weird.

One of my favourite things about Nuit Blanche is to look at what people plan to visit. I find these suggestions fascinating to read. I find it really interesting to see what people really want to see. (Hi, I'm nosy!)

View on Canadian Art offers up their 2009 Nuit Blanche top picks.

Spacing Toronto will cover the events live during the night via Twitter and Nicole shares her top things to check out.

BlogTO offers up their favourites by zone.

Vague Terrain's Zone A suggestions.

Of course one concern is how to get from one event to another. Transit doesn't run all night, right? Well normally you'd be correct. The Toronto Transit Commission is offering a special Nuit Blanche transit pass and some routes will operate all night long.

As a sign of the times the festival is offering up applications to help you plan your night. Photo Devotion looks at the Toronto Nuit Blanche mobile app.

The event is free, public transit is going all night. What more could you ask for? As Tina at Toronto Moda says, you really have nothing to lose by attending, except maybe some sleep.

Have you attended a Nuit Blanche event in the past? What would you like to see?

Contributing Editor Sassymonkey also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.

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