White Night. Toronto’s annual dusk til dawn city-wide art crawl. For some people, Nuit Blanche is about experiencing culture and discovering works of wonder. For others, its just an excuse to pull an all-nighter with friends and party on the streets. If you’re lucky, you do both. If you’re crazy, you do so from the early evening to the early morning. This year, I ventured out on Sat Sept 29 at 7pm and didn’t get home until Sun Sept 30 at 7am. Not bad for someone who originally planned to “skip it” this year. I’m glad I didn’t. I tried my best to document my 12 hour journey below.
#117 – Built for ART (top left) #117 – Built for ART: Lost Audio Tapes of Jacques Tati (top right)
#117 – Built for ART: EcoTOne (bottom left + bottom right)
#147 – Fly By Night: fortune-ate (top left) #147 – Fly By Night: The Sun Turns Itself Inside Out (top right)
I ended my night (or should I say my morning) at #86 – All Night Convenience. I was ridiculously happy to take home these glowing groceries. Shout outz to my NB partners-in-crime, Rannie and Carly. Until next year, bonne nuit!
weekend. streetcars. comebacks. drinks. dance. diners. real talk. night walks. rooftops. cab rides. sleep.
spinning swings. seeking thrills. getting wet. laughter. eat. eat. eat. highways. home base. pause.
suburbs. parking lots. night rides. last standing. carpe noctem. silence. patience. that moment when.
cold hands. warm hearts. held breaths. wide eyes. seconds. endless. then finally… heaven #truth
AND IN THAT MOMENT… I SWEAR… WE WERE INFINITE
Somehow, it seemed appropriate that this chalk rainbow on the sidewalk of my street was the first piece of “graffiti” I saw. I felt like it set the tone for the rest of the day. On July 10, 2011, CB and I went on a walking tour led by Graeme Parry of Toronto Laneways. Starting at Graffiti Alley and ending near Dundas and Ossington, we ventured through three main areas downtown — Queen West, Trinity-Bellwoods, and Little Portugal.
I was awestruck for most of the tour. When I wasn’t shooting photos (or running to catch up with the group), I spent a lot of time standing and staring and smiling. It’s likely the kind of thing I’d like to do again when I’d have more time to move at my own pace. Still, I managed to get some really great shots. Here are some of my favourites.
All those hidden alleys and laneways held so much visual treasure. Quaint little homes and even small businesses resided alongside all the free street art. It’s certainly a side of the city most people haven’t seen, though I highly recommend it. Feel free to check out the rest of my set from that day here.
One of my besties runs a fashion blog – KlickClash. Sometimes, she writes about her own personal tips and tricks or maybe she’ll share her experience at some swanky event. But mostly, she posts everyday outfits from her own closet with a focus on simple and classic looks that anyone can emulate on any budget. To keep things fresh and inspiring, she always works with different photographers and friends. So I was pleased as punch when she asked me to take a few photos of her for her site. There’s a small sample of shots here, but be sure to check out the whole set too. As always, she’s rocking some sweet steeze!