Byron Kent Wong’s The Common And The Tense installation is an ambient marathon of city sounds.
The vast majority of Nuit Blanche's attractions are aimed at your visual senses, but your ears are also in for some treats if you're looking for aural stimulation as well.
One of the audio installation/performances worth checking out is Byron Kent Wong's The Common And The Tense (A Sound Ecology). For 12 hours, he'll manipulate and replay sounds of the city, as well as perform and orchestrate various electronic instruments, pianos and effects. You'll find his ambient marathon nestled in the Dundee Place Courtyard (1 Adelaide East).
If you find yourself wandering through Queen's Park North Parkette, keep an ear out for Tova Kardonne and Christine Duncan's Sound Forest. Forty vocalists move among the trees, converging at a central hub every two hours.
Both Brian Joseph Davis and Tasman Richardson's installations tread a line between video and sound. Davis's Original Soundtrack (80 Lynn Williams) uses 20 TVs playing the menu stage of various DVDs, allowing loops of theme songs to overlap into a wall of Hollywood scores.
Richardson's Sports Bar (Music Gallery, 197 John) uses appropriated footage in a completely different way, taking tiny slices of video and editing them at a furious pace to create a jarring barrage of spastic rhythms and flashing images, based around the vibe of an Ontario sports bar.
Over at CIUT (91 St. George), there are all-night performances and DJ sets using three studios and an outside stage. Performers include Dubmatix, Eric Chenaux, Insideamind and NAW.
A number of unofficial Nuit Blanche parties are also happening all over town, as well as sanctioned music events at some of the bars that have obtained those elusive late-night liquor licences. See Nuit Blanche listings for details.