Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Need to Know

Everything you need to know to help you plan your art-after-dark experience.

Chart Your Path

New for 2009! Take advantage of the many Interactive tools available this year. Build a personalized itinerary, use GPS technology to navigate your route, and take the event website with you on the road.

When to go

In 2008 a million revellers were on the streets for this event. If you prefer to avoid the excited crowds, head out after the peak hours of 8pm-1am. If you're an early bird, consider hopping out of bed Sunday morning and enjoying the event as the sun rises (5am-7am).

What to pack

To survive an all-night adventure of this scale, be sure to pack a bag of essential items. Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Comfortable shoes are a must! Don't forget an umbrella, a camera, a flashlight, an extra layer of clothing, plus coffee, tea, water and snacks for quick rejuvenation throughout the night. Most importantly, bring an open mind and an all-nighter attitude!

Scotiabank Information Centres

Start your art adventure at any of the three Scotiabank Information Centres. Pick up an event guide, ask for help, buy snacks and merchandise - and more!

Information Ambassadors

Find more than 150 friendly Information Ambassadors located at all information centres and wandering through all zones. Volunteers will be wearing white Scotiabank Nuit Blanche jackets. Keep your eyes open for them!


Trained guides, called docents, will be available at many of the Exhibition sites to offer information and facilitate your understanding and enjoyment of the installations. Docents meet directly with the artists and curators to develop an in-depth comprehension of the work, the creative process and how to interpret the work so that they are able to share this information with you. Look for docents in white jackets located near many of the Exhibition Projects.

Maps & Signs

In each zone all Exhibition Projects and Independent Projects have been assigned a map number. You'll find these numbers beside the project descriptions on the website and in the event guide. Look for signs at the event with the correlating number to help you find your way and plan your route.

To help you locate the Exhibition Projects, look for the 12-foot-high poles with white Scotiabank Nuit Blanche banners. Near each Exhibition Project you'll also find an artist statement sign to give you some insight into the project.


While reviewing each project description on the website or in the event guide, look for this symbol which identifies locations offering late-night refreshments. Call the individual venues to confirm hours and menus.

Each project partner was asked to identify whether their location was fully or partially accessible. Look for these symbols beside project descriptions. Call the individual venues to confirm details.

To qualify as a fully barrier-free and wheelchair-accessible location, venues offer accessible entrance/interior and public washrooms - if the venue offers public washrooms.

To qualify as a partially barrier-free and partially wheelchair-accessible, at minimum venues offer an accessible entrance/interior.