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Everything You Need to Know About Nuit Blanche Ottawa

Everything You Need to Know About Nuit Blanche Ottawa


By Jocelyn Piirainen

This Saturday, September 22nd – from precisely 6:22pm until 4:23am on Sunday – Ottawa is jumping on the Nuit Blanche bandwagon. As a “nocturnal event,” folks are encouraged to take in all that the art scene has to offer in our wonderfully creative city! Walk around the streets and to the various galleries, coffee shops, art houses, streets, and other venues that will feature many types of media from around the Nation’s Capital and other regions.

Nuit Blanche events have been happening in many cities around the world – including Toronto and Montreal – and it also setting up to be a success here in Ottawa. Stemming from the central theme of “LaVie set Belle | Life Is Beautiful,” the main goal here is to bring the whole city together to celebrate our beautiful life for one single night. If you haven’t experienced a Nuit Blanche event before, let me tell you, they are amazing!

Events are completely free, happening in two main areas: the Hintonburg area, and the Byward Market area.

There’ll be shuttle buses between the two areas making it that much easier to get out and see everything! (Just make sure to check out their website beforehand)

A few places of interest for the night:

  • China Doll & Shanghai Restaurant, performing experimental karaoke! (Whatever it may entail!)
  • Daniel Lehan will be Roaming between the two areas all night and presenting his poetry
  • The “Yarn-bombing” of an OC Transpo bus down on Wellington (basically, covering completely the bus in knitted things)
  • The gigantic steam-rolled print project, happening in the parking lot of the Enriched Bread Artists’ gallery (on Gladstone)
  • The Ottawa School of Art, in the Byward Market, 35 George Street, for some emerging artwork by local students

This event is also paired up with two other festivals going on at the moment – the Festival X (Ottawa’s photography festival) and the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

In conjunction with Festival X, there is the Stills in Motion exhibit going on at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts. And those who are attending the screenings for the animation festival – you’re welcome to join in on what’s happening afterwards.

For maps and more about this event, be sure to check out their site:

Jocelyn Piirainen has a degree in Film Studies from Carleton University and is currently studying photography. Her subjects of interest include traditional analogue photography, Inuit art, and music.