NIGHT SWIM at Trinity Community Recreation Centre (155 Crawford)
Christie Pearson throws an all-night party at the indoor pool, featuring a wide variety of DJs, musicians and sound artists co-curated by Marcus Boon in a sound environment designed by Darren Copeland. Highlights include Montreal's Tim Hecker, Toronto's Sandro Perri (aka Polmo Polpo) and Berlin's FM3. NOW is at the Trinity Rec Centre throughout the Nuit Blanche evening. Show up on your bike and get a free bike light, while supplies last.
HOW TO RESPOND IN AN EMERGENCY by Diane Borsato, at the Ontario College of Art and Design (100 McCaul) and other locations Borsato has come up with a simple and charming performance piece that unfolds throughout the night in various locations. How will you know when you've found it? Well, you don't usually see security guards and police officers tangoing in the street, so that should be a clue that their guns might not be real (although the dancing is).
24 HOUR 3 STOOGES
by Paul Collins, at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (952 Queen West) Collins is riffing on Douglas Gordon's 24 Hour Psycho, a drastically slowed-down screening of the Hitchcock masterpiece. While a 24-hour slow-motion 3 Stooges marathon is obviously less of a formal exercise than Gordon's, the transformation of the source material promises to be even more striking, swapping eerie for goofy.
BALLROOM DANCING by Darren O'Donnell, at University Settlement House (23 Grange)
O'Donnell not only trusts 10-year-old kids to cut his hair, but he also thinks they might make great DJs. The Settlement House gymnasium will be transformed into a dance club, albeit one filled with thousands of rubber balls and a soundtrack provided by a roster of 10-year-old mixmasters. A nap area will be provided for adults, should they get cranky.
FOG IN TORONTO #71624 by Fujiko Nakaya, at U of T's Philosopher's Walk (north of Hoskin, west of Queen's Park)
Japan-based Nakaya was not only one of the world's first video artists, but she's also the first person to make sculptures out of fog, something she's been doing since 1970. Using fog machines and air currents, she makes shifting, amorphous environments to explore the relationship between the artificial and the natural.
SON(IC)AMBULISM by Steve Mann and Andrew Staniland, at the Edward Johnson Building (84 Queen's Park)
This collaboration on the west side of Queen's Park sees composer Staniland curating a program of experimental music to be played on the hydraulophone, a water-powered instrument invented by Mann.
FREEZE by Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero, at Royal Car Wash (1106 Queen West)
In this collaboration, a large block of ice with pieces of red fabric trapped inside will melt slowly over the course of the night, elegantly addressing mortality and the precarious nature of our attempts to survive cold Canadian winters.
INTO THE VOID (12 HOUR "SLEEP") by Ulysses Castellanos, at William Ashley (55 Bloor West)
It's hard to imagine Yorkville's counterculture bohemian past these days. Castellanos's 12-hour performance tackles thr friction between the legend and present reality with humour, heavy metal and strobe lights.
COUNTING SHEEP by Michael Snow, at the Royal Ontario Museum Planetarium (100 Queen's Park)
If you've overloaded on caffeine, this might be the way to come down. A 15-minute video loop tracks three sheep slowly making their way back and forth across a field, lazily munching grass - which may be how you feel after walking around the city grazing on art all night.