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Sufficiently rested and caffeinated, with my devices energized, I am now set to embark out on the town for this year’s Nuit Blanche. I like the event: the individual works aside, there’s an energy to the night that I like.
What about you? If you are in Toronto, will you or will you not be partaking, and why? If you are not, have you done events like this before or are you likely to if you get the chance in the future?
Nuit Blanche will be starting up again in Toronto on Saturday evening, full of road closures and all-night TTC service and 20 bars with last call at 4 am, and, of course, all kinds of public art. I know at least two people who aren’t looking to the all-night madness, but I anticipate the adventure eagerly.
I got the Derek Jarman book for $C5 from the Glad Day booth. The Ke$ha book came free.
Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew’s brief Toronto Star article just touches upon the rather enjoyable time I had at Word on the Street on Queen’s Park. (I’ll have plenty of pictures in coming days.) When I was there in the afternoon, the weather was happily perfect.
Sunday morning’s thunderstorms didn’t dampen spirits at the 25th annual Word on the Street.
The Toronto book and magazine festival drew an estimated 210,000 people to Queen’s Park Circle, mostly in the afternoon, organizers said.
“During setup at 8 a.m. it was really bad. Lightning, rain. Bad rain. We can handle any weather, but lightning does scare us. But that’s over,” spokesperson Stephen Weir said in an interview.
“I suspect the audience we lost in the morning arrived in the afternoon.”
This year’s roster of over 200 authors included Canadian writers Claire Cameron, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Sean Michaels, and Shani Mootoo.
“The festival is huge now,” said one festival-goer, Sue Peters of Toronto. “I haven’t been her for a few years and I can’t believe how big it is.”