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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche – the good and the bad

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche has happened every October in Toronto since 2006. If you don’t know, the concept is this: a series of art installations around the city, which are displayed (and interacted with) from 7pm until sunrise the following day. I’ve been to just about every one, with some exceptions for being out of the city. But each year brings similar moments of loving, and hating, this annual event – summarized in this list.

THE GOOD

1. Lets start with the obvious. This is an amazing, exciting and unique event, and the city comes alive in response to it. The streets are crowded, and there is such a positive vibe.

2. It allows you to have an appreciation for unique kinds of art that you may never have thought of, or had the ability to experience before it.

3. People who aren’t from Toronto, see all the cool things Toronto usually has to offer and think they are part of the event – such as statues, and lights, that we have every day of the year. It reminds us all how amazing we have it here!

4. Food vendors. I can’t resist those corn on the cobs that they dip in butter, they are my absolute weakness!

THE BAD

1. Drunk. Teenagers. That should be every item on the bad part of this list!! Kids drinking straight out of the bottle and chasing with a pop (ew, I so remember doing that), EVERYWHERE on the streets. It’s like the police don’t exist! Where are these children’s mothers!

2. The crowds. Unavoidable, yes. But if you’re not a fan of crowds, and I certainly am not, better to stick out of the downtown core and travel the outskirts. Or do what the most hardcore do, and come out around 3:30am when the drunken crowds have gone to sleep.

3. The “moochers on” – you know what I’m talking about. The companies that set up Nuit Blanche type displays in hopes that they draw people in – and they do – and it annoys me.

4. Why is it always so cold on Nuit Blanche?! It’s like the weather knows it’s coming and deliberately gets freezing cold on that night. Combine that with standing in lines outdoors and you get a ton of cold people.

If you love or hate Nuit Blanche, or have items to add to this list – let’s discuss in the comments!

 

To learn more about Nuit Blanche, check out their website: http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca