7,000 beach balls are printed to resemble globes in the Walk Among Worlds installation at Nuit Blanche. (Courtesy ScotiabankNuitBlanche.ca)

7,000 beach balls are printed to resemble globes in the Walk Among Worlds installation at Nuit Blanche. (Courtesy Ivan Buenader/Scotiabank Nuit Blanche)

Ryerson students can explore Toronto as the ninth annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche lights up the city on Saturday.

Students and graduates will be showcasing their installations for Toronto’s once-a-year contemporary art festival.

From sunset — 6:53 p.m. — to sunrise, the free event will showcase displays from cultural galleries and artists in an attempt to make contemporary art accessible to a large audience.

City spaces such as Nathan Phillips Square and local neighbourhoods are transformed into temporary art exhibits, and museums like the Art Gallery of Ontario will stay open throughout the night.

To accommodate the large crowds and ensure everyone’s safety, there will be partial road closures on Spadina Avenue, Queen Street W., Bathurst Street, Fort York Boulevard and Bremner Boulevard.

The arts festival debuted in Paris in 2002. In 2006, Nuit Blanche came to Toronto and was known as the “Sleepless Night.” Toronto is the first North American city to replicate the Paris event and today, Nuit Blanche has expanded to more than 25 cities around the world.

The Ryersonian highlights some of the installations that Ryerson students will contribute to this year’s festival. Follow our map across the city for a night of artistic (and maybe drunken) fun. 

By Katherine Elizabeth DeClerq, Laura CalabreseDilys Chan and Sam Colbert

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