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Nuit Blanche 2012 diary: Your hourly guide to the city’s hottest after-hours contemporary arts festival
Photo by Daniel Williams.
7:01 PM When it comes to late-night fêtes hosted by one of our fave Canuck designers, there will be wine. Start the night out with a wine-tasting by Stoneleigh Wines at
Joe Fresh at Queen and Portland streets (589 Queen St. West) then wander outside for Concrete Canvases, a digital street art installation featuring local and international artists such as Sherpard Fairey, Mr. Brainwash and Max Zorn. Shoppers can take advantage of door crasher deals on outerwear, footwear and leather bags.
Joe Fresh; 7 to 10 PM.
8:55 PM Have the competitive (and stylish) edge over the rest of your night out by heading to the
2012 Art of Fashion: RAW Design Competition at the Shops at Hazelton (87 Avenue Road, Oval Square, Lower Level). Fêting its 16th anniversary, the fashion and design competition will showcase 10 emerging designers while an expert judging panel (think designer Marie Saint Pierre) will select the winner of AOF’s Most Promising Designer 2012. Bonus events include a fashion show featuring the designs of the finalists, boutique vendors and a vodka bar.
7 PM to 1 AM.
Read on for your all-night Nuit Blanche must-see guide!
10:14 PM For a just-before midnight snack, pop in to the pop-up post of Los Angeles’
The Detox Market (367 King Street West). The naturally hipster (both?) rest stop will be serving up delicious (and complimentary!) Taza hot chocolate. The beauty and natural foods shop is also open for purchasing late-night treats to last you through to sunrise.
10 PM to midnight.
10:47 PM For fashionable photo-gazing, head to
Philip Sparks Tailored Goods Inc. (162 Ossington Ave.), showcasing nine seasons of the tailored goods brand’s collab with Toronto photographer Mckenzie James-beginning with his photos for the Fall 2008 campaign inspired by criminal mug shots, to the latest man-on-the-moon set
Fall 2012 ads. There will also be an in-store photo booth and the chance for some late-night shopping.
7 PM to 1 AM.
12: 58 AM For bedtime story time—without actually going to sleep—make
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) your next stop. Artist Daniel Barrow will be projecting his artwork onto the storied hotel’s Queen Street West façade until 7 AM. Arrive early and find a spot across the street to watch hourly performances taking place in hotel room windows (from 8 PM to midnight).
2 AM Mosey on up to the
Drake’s Underground room for a late-night (early morning?) party DJed by Chicago duo Flosstradamus. Grab a cocktail and soak up the mix of Baltimore club and hip-hop stylings until 4 AM.
11PM to 4 AM. No cover.
4:11 AM Since you’re already up at the crack of dawn, you might as well go for a way-early breakfast. Head to one of the city’s fine up-all-night establishments—we recommend the banana and chocolate waffles at
Fran’s (20 College Street) or threesome cheese melt and chocolate shake at the
Thompson Diner (550 Wellington St. West).
Open 24 hours.