Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Length: All night for 1 night
Festival Type: Art

The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche event is an annual all night arts festival that is held in early October.  For one night, the familiar will be discarded as the city becomes the artistic playground for a series of exhilarating contemporary art experiences.

Highlights of the Nuit Blanche all night festival are museums, private and public art galleries, and other cultural institutions open and free of charge, with the city of Toronto itself being turned into a de facto art gallery, providing space for art installations, performances (music, film, dance, performance art), themed social gatherings, and other activities.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche was a uniquely Toronto adaptation of the highly successful Paris event first created by the City of Paris in 2002. Paris organizers contacted the City of Toronto’s Special Events office with an invitation to join the ranks of approximately six other international cities producing similar all-night events. The international success of Nuit Blanche continues to build each year, with celebrations being held in more and more cities.

Event Date and Hours

Starts from sunset at 6:55 pm
Ends 12 hours later at Sunrise the very next day

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is traditionally run for 1 night only sometime in late September or Early October. 

Directions and Map to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festival celebrates art exhibits all over downtown Toronto. Be sure to take some time to plan your route in advance. Avoid driving downtown and take advantage of these easy and affordable ways to get to and through the event.

On Foot

Several exhibition projects are close and walkable so you can see more in less time. To reduce congestion and provide more space for pedestrians, road closures are common.

By Bike

Cycling is a great way to see as many projects across the city as possible.

By Public Transit

The TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) is the quick and convenient way to get around the city 24 hours a day. Here are a few pointers to help you get to and from the 3 event Zones.

All-night service

Normally the Subway / Rapid Transit runs on Saturday nights until approximately 1:30 am, and Sunday service starts again at approximately 9:00 am. Specifically for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche the TTC offers all-night service to a portion of the subway line.

The Bloor-Danforth subway runs all night from Keele to Woodbine and the Yonge-University subway runs all night from St Clair West to Eglinton.

The 509 Harbourfront Streetcar is extended overnight to shuttle audiences directly to and from Union Station (Zone B) and Liberty Village (Zone C) in the city’s west end.

In addition to the regular all-night Blue Night Network service, increased all-night service is usually offered on:

300 BLOOR-DANFORTH all-night bus route to Kipling, Warden and Kennedy commuter parking lots.

320 YONGE all-night bus route to the Finch parking lot.

SPADINA SUBWAY shuttle bus from St Clair West Station to Yorkdale, Wilson and Downsview lots.

Recommended Routes between Zones

Most projects in Zones A & B are accessible by the Yonge-University subway.

Use the 509 Harbourfront Streetcar to shuttle between Zone C and Zone B.

All Night Day Pass

The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche TTC Day Pass allows a single customer or a family/group of customers (up to 6 people, maximum 2 adults and 4 children/youths, 19 years of age or under) to pay one low price for unlimited travel on all regular TTC service. For Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the TTC Day Pass is valid from the start of service on Saturday, October 3, until 9 am on Sunday, October 4. Day Passes are available at all subway stations starting September 8, at a cost of $9.


In Zone C park at Exhibition Place. From there you can walk to Zone C, or ride the Harbourfront Streetcar Rapid Transit to Union Station where you can easily get to Zone B or A.

Look for Green P pay parking lot locations near any of the all-night subway stations.

If you park at a TTC Commuter Parking lot beyond the all-night stations, after 1:30am you’ll need to transfer to the TTC’s shuttle buses to get back to your car.

Video of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Contact Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

General email: scotiabanknuitblanche at
Artist and programming partner inquiries: scotiabanknuitblanche at
Sponsorship opportunities: spevspon at
Volunteer opportunities: spevvol at

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