It’s looking like Nuit Blanche is not my thing

I may not have been to the best spots for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (#snbTO), but am I the only one who thinks it’s kind of lame? Sure there are some gems out there, but man, both times I’ve gone the “art” has been so lackluster and boring. I got the impression that the people who were having the best time happened to be those carrying open liquor and beer down the street. I have trouble criticizing this stuff because I get how it is artwork to many, but personally I only went down for the atmosphere and maybe a few cool pictures.

At Yonge-Dundas Square there was supposed to be a huge bonfire going on, and what do we get? This:

Nathan Phillips Square had a mini-concert going on with with the lights off, along with interesting visuals, which was one installation I liked:

After that we walked along Queen Street West and didn’t come across anything until the CTV building:

Yes I know that wasn’t the installation. They were airing short films, which while good, should have been at TIFF or something (and weren’t very photo-worthy):

Again we started walking west and didn’t see anything. We ended up meeting a friend at 401 Richmond and saw an installment there. Didn’t take a picture of it because it was just slats for people to lie down on, with tea making demonstrations. Huh?

We gave up after that and had a drink at Tortilla Flats. If I go again, I’m going to start off in Parkdale, where it seemed most of the fun stuff was happening. I’d also like it if installments were a bit closer together and maybe more of them. This would justify shutting down Yonge Street for a single street performer.

What did you think of Nuit Blanche? Am I the only one who thought it lackluster?

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