Zone B takes in the part of Toronto once dominated by the British and now composed largely of Chinatown. The Nuit Blanche works in this area honour Toronto's changing diversity by invoking history and crossing geographies.
EVERYBODY LOVES YOU 2, by Daisuke Takeya, at the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, 115 McCaul
After arriving in Manhattan, Japanese artist Daisuke Takeya was struck by the ease with which North Americans litter their conversation with the word "love." A common mispronounciation of his name, daisuki, means "I love you" in Japanese. This verbal onslaught of casual and mispronounced love inspired a series of portraits, each of whose titles include "I Love You" and the sitter's name. He's also produced a video in which a hundred people declare their love to the camera as neutrally as possible. Neutrality, however, can be very difficult when you're trying to say those three little words.
WHERE YOU ARE, by debashis sinha, throughout Zone B
Next to smell, sound often gives us the most powerful sense of time and place. Debashis sinha puts callers in two cities at once: any reveller walking through Zone B need only call 1-888-432-5995 to hear audio art pieces constructed from sounds recorded on the streets of Kolkata , India. Sinha's piece accentuates the odd transpositions of time and space constantly foisted upon us by telecommunications and media. Walk around with both sides of your mind on opposite sides of the planet.
WHERE THERE ARE TREES STANDING IN THE WATER, by Hannah Claus, 186 Beverley
Continuing her exploration of Aboriginal and Canandian-European identity through beadwork and wallpaper patterns and the iconic form of the house, Montreal-based Claus researches the history of the George Brown House and projects her visual findings through its windows onto the street in a language of light and shadow.
31 BALDWIN STREET TO BEVERLEY & CECIL STREETS, by McKendree Key
Brooklyn-based installation artist Key branches out from her usual MO of filling spaces with bright plastic balls or dividing them with cloth. In this performance, an apartment is packed up (a process visible on video) and its contents transported to the corner of Beverley and Cecil. Then, over the course of the night, the things are moved to another location. Are we our stuff? Does our stuff make a place home?
THUNDEREGG ALLEY, by Swintak, follow signs from College and Spadina to alley
Riffing on T.O.'s hyperactive gentrification trend, pomo trickster about town Swintak turns an alleyway dumpster into a high-end micro-hotel and spa. For 10 champagne-scented minutes, Nuit Blanchers can enjoy private Vuittonesque luxury where only scrawny freegans and foraging raccoons have gone before. Urban "revitalization" or savvy bait 'n' switch? You (once pampered) decide.
WHAT WILL YOU DO? by Nina Czegledy, Greg Judelman, Deborah Hession and Daniel Barber, at Simcoe and Queen
Environmental art often starts with good intentions, but a focus on producing "stuff" (albeit stuff with a message) can eat up more resources than it saves. This project encourages cellphone users to text their climate-change-fighting actions to a Queen West billboard. Robert Bateman, eat your heart out.
More Zone B tips
MIDNIGHT MIRAGE, by Vessna Perunovitch, Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School parking lot, 60 McCaul Serbian food served to an audience of 12.
TRACES, by Adad Hannah, Rex Hotel, 194 Queen West Video remakes the history of the Rex.
IT'S A CLOUD, by Brian Cort, Eaton Centre, Yonge-Dundas entrance Make your own cloud and set it free.
STEAM UP IN THE STEAM BANYA , Steam Whistle Brewing, 225 Bremner Russian videos, music and a sauna in a tent.