Nuit Blanche 2018: 11pm to 3am


Nuit Blanche 2018: 11pm to 3am

Date: Sat, Sep 29, 2018 11:00PM - Sun, Sep 30, 2018 03:00AM
Price: Free

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Free shuttle runs every 30 minutes starting at 7 pm (every hour after 3 am)
Loop 1: Royal Ontario Museum – Ontario Science Centre – Aga Khan Museum
Loop 2: Lawrence East SRT Station – Aga Khan Museum – Ontario Science Centre

Enjoy an unparalleled night of art, music, storytelling, comedy, and dance hosted by the Aga Khan Museum, the Aga Khan Park, and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto.


This year’s program, Arrivals and Encounters, invites you to contemplate what it means to live in a city of constant change, through the work of more than 80 artists, in over 30 performances and two installations, across 10 unique spaces.


Jump to location
A - Toronto Council Fire Teepee
B - Yurt (grass area)
C - Yurt
D - Airstream
E - Reflecting Pools
F - Diwan Patio
G - Ismaili Centre, Toronto Social Hall
H - Yurt
I - Auditorium
J - Bellerive Room

A - Toronto Council Fire Teepee 
Jam sessions led by various artists. The audience is invited to join.


B - Yurt (grass area) 
11:15 pm–12 am: Ziibiwan is an Anishinaabe experimental electronic producer who explores Indigenous futurism.
12:30–1:15 am: Popular Somali-Canadian producer and beat-maker OBUXUM.
1:45–2:30 am: An experimental soundscape with Phèdre's April Aliermo called "Artemis of Colour: Soundscape Meditations," which focuses on the female force and autonomy, through self-love and pleasure. With visuals from Sahar Homami and projection work by Kat Estacio.


C - Yurt  
11:30 pm–12:15 am: Batuki Music Society presents Haiba, an accomplished oud player, singer, and composer from El Obeid City in Western Sudan plus a trio of Sudanese musicians.
12:45–1:30 am: Ontario Science Centre Science Slam
An artistic view into the lives of scientists, this poetry slam-style event allows event-goers to dive into scientific experiences in STEAM and observe the natural connections between science and art.
2–3 am: ✔ Seen 2:07 am Comedy Showcase with Aliya Pabani 
After deliberating endlessly, you send someone a message, and almost immediately, a notification appears: Seen 2:07 am. You wait for a response, but it never comes. Being “left on seen” is one of the most harrowing social experiences of our time. It’s a dark space between people from which innumerable hypotheses can be drawn, but not a single conclusion.
But what’s it like to be “left on seen” in real life?
Hosted by Aliya Pabani, of CANADALAND’s arts podcast The Imposter, this show brings together a few of Toronto’s talented comedians to tell stories about the most bizarre, uncomfortable, and confusing encounters they’ve ever had in public. Featuring Lisa Smolkin, Coko and Daphney, and Natalie Norman.


D - Airstream 
7 pm–7 am: Brian Solomon, Gemini-nominated Anishinaabe creator, transforms an Airstream trailer, and through both dance and story he offers each visitor a unique encounter in a performance piece called CHIKANISHING CREEK.


E - Reflecting Pools 
7 pm–7 am: Art installation by Javid a.k.a. JAH, titled The Mingling of the (two) Oceans, inspired by sacred geometric representations of Vedic origin and Islamic patterns.


F - Diwan Patio 
No programming


G - Ismaili Centre, Toronto Social Hall 
12–2 am: Rumi Canada presents a midnight Sufi Sama in honor of Rumi’s birthday anniversary. This inner journey features meditation, chanting, Sufi whirling, and live Sufi music. Lyrics will be sung in the Persian. The performance features: Soley Vaseghi (vocal), Shaho Andalibi (Persian ney), Amir Amiri (santour), Ehsan Ghaffari (tar), Zohreh Shahbazy & her Daf team (daf). We suggest visitors arrive 15 minutes early as the session will begin promptly and is subject to room capacity.


H - Yurt 
11–11:45 pm: Säye Skye is the first in Iran’s history to sing about the LGBTQ community and their protracted struggle for freedom.
12:15–1 am: Straight from a secluded outpost on Nova Scotia’s mystical South Shore JOYFULTALK conjure trance music. Presented by Wavelength Music.
1:30–2:15 am: Narcy, the Iraqi-Canadian musician and multimedia artist (a.k.a. Yassin Alsalman) is considered a pioneer of Arab hip-hop.
2:45–3:30 am: Banjo player Kaïa Kater is described by the Guardian as “bluegrass meets Nina Simone”.


I - Auditorium 
11:30 pm–1 am: Raag-Mala Toronto presents Sweekar Katti on sitar and Yashwant Vaishnav on tabla.


J - Bellerive Room
7 pm–7 am: Video installation by Simin Keramati, titled Insomnia, hints that something is about to happen during a typical afternoon in Tehran.



Saturday, September 29, 7pm - Sunday, September 30, 7am


Saturday, September 29, 7:00pm - 11:00pm


Sunday, September 30, 3:00 - 7:00 am


Government Partners

Ontario Arts Council, City of Toronto

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Corporate Partners

Wynford Green, Modern Niagara

Major Partners

Ismaili Centre, Aga Khan Park, Culture Days, Toronto Council Fire, Ontario Science Centre

Programming Partners

Raag Mala Toronto, Rumi Canada, Native Women in the Arts, Tafelmusik, Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto, The Music Gallery, Batuki Music Society, Wavelength Music, Canadian Arabic Orchestra


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