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Seen at … Nuit Blanche

October 5, 2009

Was wondering how they would use City Hall this year – by far the most prominent space in Nuit Blanche. Turns out illuminating four-letter gibberish was the best proposal.

More photos after the jump


I think it`s fair to say our mustachioed friend is indeed, himself, art.

This was probably the most traditional thing I saw all night, and the most interesting. I love how stoically she sits there under a ‘please do not take photos’ sign (I didn’t notice that until after) while I take photo after photo.

It was really cool to see carnival rides right on Bay Street. The program mentioned something about symbolising the ups and down of the stock market, blah blah blah. I lost focus as soon as I saw the Fun Slide!

People actually waited in line (above) for this (below). Every few minutes somebody would come and pour a little bit of Vodka into the pool, and a security guard would yell at people for throwing pennies in it.


These guys were awesome. They were so proud of this mural they painted on the side of someone’s house. When I asked them to let me take their pic in front of the Ho Train, they replied “Yo, don’t call it that man. She’ll make us paint over it.” 

These were both in the Eaton Centre, and if you asked me to explain either, I couldn’t. At least both girls in these pictures seem to be enjoying themselves though (the one above perhaps a little too much).

Speaking of enjoying themselves, check out the guy on the left. It’s probably worth mentioning that there was nothing on the inside of this thing for him to look at, except me sitting on a chair taking a picture of him having his mind blown away by absolutely nothing (wow, that’s meta).


“Yo Dawg, Nuit What? Just get the fuck out the way. This House of Pain blaring out the speakers ain’t gonna listen to itself.”

It is cool when you actually get to participate in the art though. Look very closely and you will find my shoe print.


Imported from the NYC Macy’s day parade, this one was getting so much media hype beforehand. Then once everybody finally saw it they were like “alright, alright, now that it’s here, what does it actually do?”

If you try to walk around Nuit Blanch just to see amazing art and have your worldview expanded, you will end up like this guy, scratching your head in front of a store with different coloured lights, wondering if it’s really just advertising for a sale. The trick, say experts, is to just get really drunk and enjoy the extra late last call.

To see the rest of my pics from that night, check out the full gallery here

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Anupa permalink*
    October 5, 2009 2:25 pm

    Coupe Bizzarre was actually the one place I absolutely had to go inside (me, walking from bar to the next bar: “OMG a salon is participating in Nuit Blanche? We haveee to go!” friends: “you take your job wayyyy too seriously.”)

    When I went inside, however, it was a nekked man posing and not a lady.

  2. October 7, 2009 2:04 pm

    Awesome shots man. Almost as awesome as that moustache.

  3. October 21, 2009 3:32 pm


    thanks for the great quality of your blog, every time i come here, i’m amazed.

    black hattitude.


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