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Nuit Blanche 2010 stuff

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by erika, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

    No, this is NOT a roll call!!!
    Just read this article on what Daniel Lanois is planning for Nathan Phillips Square and it sounds pretty cool. Read right down to the last sentence (or skip to that if you're lazy...).

    James Bradshaw

    From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
    Published on Monday, Sep. 20, 2010 4:46PM EDT
    Last updated on Tuesday, Sep. 21, 2010 11:54AM EDT

    The annual Nuit Blanche installation at Nathan Phillips Square has been a centrepiece of sorts for the soirée, in part by virtue of the site’s architectural gifts. This year figures to be no different with celebrated Canadian music producer Daniel Lanois taking the reins.

    Lanois, producer to big-name artists such as U2 and Neil Young, is presenting the immersive multimedia exhibition Later That Night at the Drive-In at Toronto’s annual “all-night contemporary art thing,” from sundown on Oct. 2 to sunrise the next morning. In a departure from the stage shows he’s accustomed to, however, he’s encouraging visitors to do a little exploring.

    Lanois and his crew are dotting the square with 24 large speaker towers and 12 video screens of varying sizes. At the heart of it all, Lanois will control a console with a separate input into each tower, so that he “can send sound to any of them in isolation” to produce and perform a soundtrack accompanying films playing on the dozen screens.

    “It’s going to be like entering an enchanted forest of sound and picture,” he said Monday at the unveiling of a retrospective exhibition celebrating Nuit Blanche’s first four years.

    Lanois has never been to a Nuit Blanche, in Toronto or elsewhere, and says his son Simon, “a big Nuit Blanche supporter,” hooked him up with the organizers. He calls it “the opportunity of a lifetime,” and though he hit some technical snags along the way (initially the sound was to emanate from the screens, until they found the speakers were rattling the projectors), he believes it will be a sight to behold.

    Live performances will include some steel-guitar riffs by Lanois and music by his band Black Dub, as well as a dance component. And at “the stroke of midnight,” he’ll mount a series of four songs from Young’s new album Le Noise (to be released Sept. 28 and produced by Lanois), set to film footage of the album’s creation.

    Crucially for an event as fluid and unpredictable as Nuit Blanche, Lanois has left wiggle room in the program and plans to gauge the mood of the night.

    “We are allowing ourselves a window of flexibility to improvise relative to the demands of our audience,” he said, adding with a chuckle: “If everybody’s high on ecstasy, we’ve got a couple of aces up the sleeve.”
  2. octo

    octo TRIBE Member

  3. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    i tried to say 'noo-eee blanshhh' and bit my tongue.
  4. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

    I can teach you how to say Nuit properly but it's lengthy to explain in writing
  5. Snuffy

    Snuffy TRIBE Member

    I get more excited over this night than all the holidays combined.

    Really looking forward to this :)
  6. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

    I always look forward to this as well - it's such a great night (despite all the kvetching by so many).
  7. keline

    keline TRIBE Member

    I have also enjoyed it every year.. I don't get why this night seems to attract so many jeers, i guess people just love a good opportunity to complain!
  8. Yorkz

    Yorkz TRIBE Member

    I used to enjoy this event until I saw the number of staff at City Hall who were permanently assigned to this one night a year event playing solitaire and net surfing the other 11 months as they waited for their pensions. Ruined my fun.
  9. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    i'll bet you could teach me many things ;) ;) ;) ;)
  10. acheron

    acheron TRIBE Member

    new-eet blawnsch
  11. kaniz

    kaniz TRIBE Member

    Every year I've managed to make it out I've had fun.

    Avoid anything indoors, avoid anything with a lineup, travel with a small crew of friends, put your art-snobbery aside and enjoy the night.
  12. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    i walked into a scotia bank not too long ago. it wasn't very artsy. review forthcoming.
  13. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

    OK I will try it on here; this applies for the french "u" sound across the board:

    Purse your lips like you are miming a kiss
    Then say the french "i" (in other words say eee)
    The sound will come out as a proper french "u"
  14. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    muchas, muchas gracias!
  15. agroberts

    agroberts New Member

    I've missed the past 2 Nuit Blanch's and I REFUSE to miss this one. I always hear from my friends what a great time they had.
  16. Chris

    Chris Well-Known TRIBEr

    Oh la la, I had no idea, thanks Erika
  17. acheron

    acheron TRIBE Member

    signed up to shoot this for Scotiabank/NB so I'll be seeing it (at least all of Zone B) whether I like it or not!

    I've never made it past midnight for NB before but this year I'm going to do it up. Six pack of red bulls in my backpack, cameras, tripod, bike... whooooooooo
  18. orchid

    orchid TRIBE Member

    I'm excited to be attending Nuit Blanche stuff for the first time. Just found out that our good friend is curating the entire Parkdale exhibit - Night Watch. Most of it is taking place literally on our street!!! Yay! Cowan Ave is SO the perfect street for Night Watch.
  19. mrtunes

    mrtunes TRIBE Member

    I find it funny that a lot of people don't even head to this every year. It's such a cool event!

    The lanois exhibit sounds amazing, looking forward to seeing what else is planned. I would like to rent a bike for the night some how
  20. mrtunes

    mrtunes TRIBE Member

    I don't know how to respond to this, but I wouldn't direct anger towards the event. Just the poor management that would let this happen.
  21. JAR

    JAR TRIBE Member

    i know there's at least one member of Tribe who would certainly offer a different (and more realistic) perspective on this topic.
  22. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

    Too bad Bixi doesn't start until May 2011 - next year!

    No kidding; like there's no work that goes into the preparation of something of this magnitude...
  23. agroberts

    agroberts New Member

    Really?! I've seen Bixi stands in scattered locations around the city. Unless they're only for promotional purposes or are there to be test driven...
  24. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    Cool instalation in the west end:

    The Night Watch
    Kristi Malakoff - Nelson, Canada


    The Night Watch brings together four Canadian artists who draw on theatre, horror and an overall Baroque sensibility in their work to construct surreal otherworlds that provoke feelings of dread and awe in their audience.The title is taken from the 1642 portrait of the Militia Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq by the Dutch master Rembrandt.

    Engaging with notions of spectacle and celebration, Kristi Malakoff will transform an area of Parkdale into a zone of manufactured escapism. Investigating the urban manipulation of nature, the work will be trompe l'oeil in nature. The viewer will be left in an immersive environment that bounces between illusion and craft, perfection and non-perfection, real and the not real.


    Title: The Night Watch - Kristi Malakoff
    When: Oct 2 06:57 pm
    Where: Parkdale Library / Town Square - Toronto
    Category: Nuit Blanche - Zone C

    Events - The Night Watch - Kristi Malakoff
  25. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

    Just picked up the program today; time to start plotting out a kind of trail...

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