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How is it that I just heard about Nuit blanche tonight, halfway through the all-night art event in Toronto? It's the 7th annual sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art in the city. Other cities in Canada and in Europe also celebrate Nuit blanche, though not necessarily the same night. It was two weeks ago in Calgary, last Saturday night in Ottawa, and in Paris on October 6th. Montreal does it in March!

But tonight, tonight I wish I were in Toronto.

I'd love to be part of Andrew Kearney's Skylum, 2012 and to see Daniel Barrow's Telling Stories. I'd love to hear Katie Patarson's Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata Reflected from the Surface of the Moon>, 2007, and to see as many more of the 150+ projects as I possibly could, all the while enjoying the night in the city.

Maybe next year. Or maybe in New York, if the 2013 Nuit Blanche plans there come to fruition, and especially if the date coincides with Gavi's fall break. Probably not; the break is scheduled for mid-October in 2013. But NYC is close enough to Northampton and the timing is such that we might be able to make it work anyway.

Speaking of making things work right here and now in 2012, come the weekend of November 9-11, I'm going to be in Toronto running the consuite at SFContario 3. Diane Lacey & Catherine Crockett are co-chairing this year's convention, and the GoH line-up of Jo Walton, Jon Singer, and Chris Garcia is so totally worth the trip to Toronto well before Geri-style hospitality is added to the mix.

So, hey, think about it, okay? If you're coming (yay!), be sure to reserve your room at the Ramada Plaza Toronto soon. The hotel sold out last year.


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Oct. 1st, 2012 03:51 am (UTC)
Why, yes, you will be at SFContario. And a very, very fine thing that will be. :-)

There will be kettles in the consuite, of course.

Many thanks for the invitation! I'll probable hold out for a less wintery season, grand though I expect Nuit Blanche in Montreal is.

Edited at 2012-10-01 03:57 am (UTC)
Sep. 30th, 2012 01:38 pm (UTC)
Oh sigh. I remember when I useta be able to haul my ... um ... to get to a convention or two every now and then. Ah well. Maybe after I retire....
Sep. 30th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
Hey, Minneapolis has been doing it for a couple of years now...
Sep. 30th, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
Yes! But ours is called Northern Spark. The New Year's Eve celebration in Boston called "First Night" is pretty much the same thing, or it was back in 1990 or so when Floyd and Sarah and Jack and I all went. That's closer to you, Geri, but the winter might be off-putting.

Sep. 30th, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Winnipeg's was last night.


Sep. 30th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
Lucky SFContario!
Oct. 1st, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)
I wish I could go see you folks at SFContario, but I'll be onstage, handing people coffee and announcing phone calls in "The Sound of Music."
Oct. 1st, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
Y'know, that's a mighty fine reason for not going to Canada that weekend. I'm so very happy for you that you're back on stage once again!
Oct. 1st, 2012 04:10 am (UTC)
I guess, and I look forward to it. I'm still sore that they cut the three pages of the show where my character actually had a character.
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