Afterglow of Nuit Blance 2013—“Parade.”


This year at Nuit Blanche, many of the visual art installations were on University Avenue, which was closed to vehicle traffic from Queen West to Bloor Street. As this avenue is one of the city’s popular routes for parades, this section of Nuit Blanche was entitled “Parade.” The art works were either on flatbed trucks, similar to those employed by floats for parades, or mounted on metal or wooden frames. The first installation on the route was entitled “Queen of the Parade.” It was on a tall metal frame, and the “Queen” climbed to her perch from inside the structure. It was located at Queen Street West and University Avenue. 

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The base of the structure and the frame for “Queen of the Parade.”

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The frame was covered in what appeared to be an enormous quilt.


“The Queen” at the top of the tower, regally gazing out over her admirers below.

56. Paper Orbs, hats.

“Paper Orbs” was also constructed on a wooden frame. When completed, the frame supported a booth where hats inspired by origami were distributed.


          The structure  for “Paper Orbs” when it was being constructed.


“Paper Orbs” after dark, the blue lighting inside the structure casting an eerie glow.


                      People wearing hats from “Paper Orbs.”

64. Ferris Wheel


“The Ferris Wheel,” which was wind powered. View gazes south on University, the Canada Life Building in the background.


                                         The Ferris Wheel at night.

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Reflections of the Ferris Wheel in Timothy’s Coffee Shop window.The shop is on the east side of University Avenue.


The Ferris Wheel and the reflections from its lights in the window of Timothy’s.

78. Parallax


The large flatbed truck being stacked with cardboard tubes to create “Parallax.”

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The cardboard tubes employed in the art work entitled “Parallax.”


                 “Parallax” after dark, surrounded by admiring viewers.

91, Static Clown Factory


               The flatbed being prepared for “Static Clown Factory.” 

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Balloons being inflated with helium gas to create this float on Parade.


“The Static Clown Factory” at night in all its colourful glory. It resembled a float from a Mardi Gras parade.

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107. Cancer is our Story

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This display attracted great crowds. It was positioned near the Princess Margaret Hospital, which is Toronto’s main facility for cancer research and treatment. The visual on the screen was symbolic of the fight against the disease, with many hands contributing to the fight.

115. Rumbling Drumlins


This float achieved its stated purpose. Viewers were puzzled and wondered what it represented. Some felt that it resembled a submarine.

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At night, the shape appeared ominous yet attractive. People wanted to touch it as they examined its texture and shape.

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127. Monster Child


On the morning of the event, this flatbed gave little indication of the colourful float that the artists had designed.

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At night, the giant spider emerged. People lingered to marvel at this colourful creation.

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141.  This I Built for You.


This was one of the most interesting floats on Parade. Viewing it during the morning, I was unable to visualize what it was.

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All I could see was a booth enclosed by glass, and a monument with a horse mounted on it.


At night, when the float was in operation, a young man sat in the booth and embroidered a design on a blank piece of cloth. His work was then transferred visually to the base of the monument that had a horse mounted on it. It could then be viewed by the crowds.

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The artists embroidering on the piece of cloth.

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The embroidery seen on the base of the monument, which acted as a screen. The artist’s hands can be seen as he embroidered.

156. Human Sweat Generator

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This was the scene in the morning, the bicycles having been placed on the flatbed.


Participants lined up to ride one of the bicycles. Their pedalling generated power to operate the lights and the sound system.

164. A Quack Cure


In the morning light, the scene created on the flatbed appeared interesting.



At night, it was colourful. A person in a white doctor’s coat and wearing a mask, walked through the scene.

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                       The lights on the trees on the float.


                    The figure walking about on the float.

178. Hydrid Globe,

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These pictures were taken about 11 am on Saturday morning.


                         At night, the globe was magical.

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                This art work was created with cardboard strips.

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381. Queen st.

This final view is of Queen Street West, gazing east toward Yonge Street, near midnight on the evening of Nuit Blanche. It was taken from the bridge that crosses the street from Nathan Phillips Square.

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To view other posts about the history of Toronto and its buildings:

The Arts and Letters Club, the former St. George’s Hall at 14 Elm Street.

The Ellis Building on Adelaide Street near Spadina Ave.

The Heintzman Building on Yonge Street, next to the Elgin Theatre

The tall narrow building at 242 Yonge Street, south of Dundas

Toronto’s first Reference Library at College and St. George Streets.

The Commodore Building at 315-317 Adelaide St. West

The Graphic Arts Building (condo) on Richmond Street

The Art Deco Victory Building on Richmond Street

The Concourse Building on Adelaide Street

The old Bank of Commerce at 197 Yonge Street

The Traders Bank on Yonge Street—the city’s second skyscraper

Toronto’s old Union Station on Front Street, built in 1884

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at King and Simcoe Streets.

The row houses on Glasgow Street, near Spadina and College Streets

The bank at Queen and Simcoe that resembles a Greek temple

The cenotaph at Toronto’s Old City Hall

The magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral at King East and Church Streets

St. Stanislaus Koska RC Church on Denison Avenue, north of Queen West

The historical St. Mary’s Church at Adelaide and Bathurst Streets

The Bishop’s (St, Michael’s) Palace on Church Street, Toronto

The Union Building at Simcoe and King Street West

The Ed Mirvish (Pantages, Imperial, Canon) Theatre, a true architectural gem on Toronto’s Yonge Street

The Waverly Hotel on Spadina near College Street.

The Art Deco Bank of Commerce building on King Street West.

The Postal Delivery Building, now the Air Canada Centre (ACC)

The Bellevue Fire Station on College Street

The Bank of Nova Scotia at King and Bay Streets

Toronto’s old Sunnyside Beach

Toronto’s architectural gems—the Runnymede Library

Spadina Avenue – sinful, spicy and diverse

The Reading Building, a warehouse loft on Spadina Avenue

The Darling Building on Spadina Avenue

The amazing Fashion Building on Spadina Avenue

Toronto’s architectural gems – the Tower Building at Spadina and Adelaide Street

The Balfour Building at 119 Spadina Avenue

The Robertson Building at 215 Spadina that houses the Dark Horse Espresso Bar

An architectural gem – Grossman’s Tavern at Spadina and Cecil Streets

History of the house that contains the Paul Magder Fur Shop at 202 Spadina

An important historic building that disappeared from the northeast corner of Spadina and College

Historic bank building on northeast corner of Spadina and Queen West

History of the Backpackers’ Hotel at King and Spadina

Hamburger corner – Spadina and Queen Streets

Lord Lansdowne Public School on Spadina Crescent

The Victory Burlesque Theatre at Dundas and Spadina

The Dragon City Mall on the southwest corner of Dundas and Spadina

Buildings on the west side of Spadina a short distance north of Queen Street.

History of the site of the Mcdonalds on northwest corner of Queen and Spadina

A former mansion at 235 Spadina that is now almost hidden from view.


Military hero of the War of 1812 lived near corner of Spadina and Queen West.

The Art Deco bus terminal at Bay and Dundas Streets.

Photos of the surroundings of the CN Tower and and the St. Lawrence Market in 1977

The old Dominion Bank Building at King and Yonge Street

The Canada Life Building on University and Queen Street West.

Campbell House at the corner of Queen Street West and University Avenue

A study of Osgoode Hall

Toronto’s first City Hall, now a part of the St. Lawrence Market

Toronto’s Draper Street, a time-tunnel into the 19th century

The Black Bull Tavern at Queen and Soho Streets, established in 1822

History of the 1867 fence around Osgoode Hall on Queen Street West at York Street

Gathering around the radio as a child in the 1940s

The opening of the University Theatre on Bloor Street, west of Bay St.

122 persons perish in the Noronic Disaster on Toronto’s waterfront in 1949

Historic Victoria Memorial Square where Toronto’s first cemetery was located, now hidden amid the Entertainment District

Visiting one of Toronto’s best preserved 19th-century streets-Willcocks Avenue

The 1930s Water Maintenance Building on Brant Street, north of St. Andrew’s Park

Toronto’s architectural gems-photos of the Old City from a book published by the city in 1912

Toronto’s architectural gems in 1912

Toronto’s architectural gems – the bank on the northeast corner of Queen West and Spadina

Photos of the surroundings of the CN Tower and and the St. Lawrence Market in 1977

The St. Lawrence Hall on King Street

Toronto’s streetcars through the past decades

History of Trinity Bellwoods Park

A history of Toronto’s famous ferry boats to the Toronto Islands

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