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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto unveils 2013 lineup

Forever Bicycles 2013, by Ai Weiwei. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto has unveiled its eighth annual lineup, which brings contemporary art by more than 500 local, national and international artists to the masses.

The free all-night contemporary art event on Oct. 5 will feature 112 exhibits, including a new version of the Forever Bicycles sculpture in Nathan Phillips Square by celebrated Chinese activist Ai Weiwei and silent films screened at the TIFF Bell Lightbox with live piano accompaniment.

“I’m looking forward to joining the throngs of night owls on Oct. 5th to partake in this very unique Toronto tradition,” Jacqueline Ryan, Nuit Blanche’s vice-president of sponsorship and partnership programs.

Other art installation highlights include:

Faith LaRocque’s Air of Paris is a scent installation that invites visitors to take an olfactory journey to Paris in 1919.

VSVSVS will answer the audience’s question: Is this art? People will be invited to call 1-855-IS IT ART for insights, answers and possibly more questions.

The Anthropocene by Caledonia Dance Curry a.k.a. Swoon is street art in the form of life-sized, cut-paper portraits inspired by both the physical space and the surrounding community.

There will also be Nuit Talks, a series of free themed talks slated for Oct. 3-5 that will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the artists and their work.

The festival, modeled after one in Paris, has featured more than 850 official art installations and has generated more than $138 million for Toronto since it began in 2006.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, which attracts more than a million people each year, starts at 6:51 p.m. on Oct. 5 and goes until sunrise.

City is a sponsor of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.