Nuit Blanche is but a couple short sleeps away, and while we will be hitting up some of the exciting installations in the various galleries, we are especially excited to see what our favourite culinary artists are hosting and preparing this Saturday evening. Nuit Blanche (in case you were blithely unaware) is an all-night extravaganza where artists from around the world come and invade Toronto’s best hangouts and spaces with their latest pieces and custom-designed installations.
Presented by Scotiabank, Nuit Blanche Toronto is celebrating its eighth year with projects all over the city. (You’ve likely noticed exhibits already going up around town.) The event takes place from sundown to sunrise, so load up on some energy drinks and prepare to be out literally all night. Of course, we’re especially interested in knowing where to find late night grub and drinks throughout the event, and plenty of food trucks are going to be in one of the four official Rest Areas. Toronto mainstay Tiny Tom’s Mini-Donuts will be at Albert and Bay St., or if you’d rather feel like a character from Pulp Fiction, get a Royale with Cheese from Crossroads Diner (located at Queen’s Park Crescent East). For a full list of food trucks, go to the Nuit Blanche website. There are plenty of places to grab food and take in some art all over town, though, and here our some of our predicted gems…
Ki Modern Japanese Restaurant will be serving warm sake cocktails with a piece of Asian pear cake for $15, and $5 Sapporos all night.
Big Daddy’s Bourbon Street Bistro will be set up on their patio from 1am to 5am selling their famous Creole rice (with chorizo sausage and grilled chicken) for $4.
The Shore Club also has $5 Sapporo draft, plus 50% off all of their small plate appetizers.
If you need a place to stay, the Madison Manor Boutique Hotel has a package deal that includes a $12 gift certificate to the delightful Madison Avenue Pub.
House of Moments will be hosting some live photography and “Nuit Moments,” cryptically described as a place where you can “express yourself freely, unbound from judgment, and permit yourself to be who you truly are at your deepest core.” But they also promise some great culinary art with thoughtful wine pairings, perhaps to inspire those “moments.”
And Market 707 has a bevy of events all night, ranging from live mural paintings to fire spinners. Plus, they will be hosting food trucks like Rome’n Chariot and Food Cabbie. It’s like a mini Nuit Blanche within Nuit Blanche, but with flare!
Drink It Up
Cold Tea, as always, is open late and is a good place to get away and have a drink juxtaposed next to all the hustle and bustle. Located in Kensington Market, if you don’t know where Cold Tea is, we aren’t telling you!
DJ Jr. Flow is spinning at Nyood all night!
The Art of Disco is alive and well at Cube. With Daft Punk’s smooth sounds dominating the music charts this summer, why not go and, shall we say, “Lose Yourself to Dance”?
The Stephen Bulger Gallery is having a Drambuie Special Pop-Up Gallery featuring the work of Leeay Aikawa. Expect some crazy concoctions with everyone’s favourite Scotch liqueur.
The Gladstone Hotel is hosting Fly by Night, featuring plenty of artists and the Lemon Bucket Orchestra, who are alternating with karaoke til 4AM. The bars will be open until 4am.
The Rivoli is doing one better with karaoke by having a live Karaoke band. The band has over 500 songs in their repertoire, so go up, feel like a rock star, and get your embarrassment on. Oh, and they’ll also have art installations.
The Drake Hotel will be open til 4am, featuring DJ Nana and Never Forgive Action (with Big Jacks & Royale, DJ Numeric, and DJ Dalia), while the newly opened Drake 150 is rumoured to have a sleight-of-hand artist on-site for the occasion… probably not pickpocketing.
Over at The Spoke Club, Danilo Ursini is touting a “Gesamtkunstwerk anthropocene,” using projection, live performance, and audience interaction to look at how we are constantly changing.
“To Whom it May Concern” will be live broadcasting at the Queen Mother Cafe. Send texts to artist Travis Freeman and he will shout them to the night sky from the top of a tree somewhere in the wilderness, like a louder, real-time PostSecret.
Harlem Restaurant has Danielle Sernoskie, a projectionist, and DJ Dave Campbell spinning, hopefully til they close at sunrise.
Brownstone Bistro is hosting Steph Copeland, who is supplying art supplies for guests to make their own creations. She will also be displaying and selling some of her paintings. The event is sponsored by Kronenberg, so expect some tasty drink specials!
Eat Great, Even Late
And of course, plenty of the best 24-hour restaurants in this great city will be open, including…
Pho Pasteur on Dundas just west of Spadina
7 West on Charles Street
The Lakeview near Dundas and Ossington
Fran’s Diners (three locations)
Thompson Diner inside the Thompson Hotel