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TTC key to Nuit Blanche, September 29, 30:
All-night subway, free rides on Line 3

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The TTC is key in getting around town during Nuit Blanche Toronto, the all-night arts festival, this weekend, Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30.

The City of Toronto collaborates with Toronto’s arts community to produce the free, annual, city-wide celebration of contemporary art.

For one sleepless night, from sunset to sunrise, Toronto discards the familiar and transforms into an artistic playground and a series of exhilarating contemporary art experiences in unexpected public spaces.

Since 2006, the event has featured nearly 1,400 art installations by about 4,900 artists, generating more $311 million in economic impact for Toronto.

This year, the TTC operates subway and rapid transit trains all night along the entire length of three of its lines:

  • all of Line 1 Yonge - University between Finch and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre;
  • all of Line 2 Bloor - Danforth between Kipling and Kennedy; and
  • all of Line 3 Scarborough between McCowan and Kennedy.

Trains along all three lines operate all night long, about every 15 minutes from 1:30 until 8 a.m. Sunday. (All-night service is not available along Line 4 Sheppard.)

Line 3 is free of fare from 7 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday, recognizing the line’s special role in this year’s event. However, you’ll have to pay a fare if you transfer between Line 3 Scarborough and other TTC services.

Even though the subways operate all night, the TTC is maintaining regular service along its Blue Night Network of overnight bus and streetcar routes. Unlike most nights, though, overnight vehicles stop to drop off or pick up passengers in rapid transit station terminals.

And, the TTC is also detouring service near City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square along these routes:

  • 6 Bay;
  • 301 Queen overnight; and
  • 501 Queen.


Line 3 has a special role to play this year. Since Albert Campbell Square and the Scarborough Civic Centre area are a major geographic focus of this year’s Nuit Blanche events and installation, Line 3 is free of fare. And each station on the line, except McCowan, is part of the event, with installations both unique to each but also connecting thematically with the other stations and other parts of the Nuit Blanche experience.

In the stations, local graffiti artists respond to eL Seed’s multipart installation, Mirrors of Babel at Yonge - Dundas Square in downtown Toronto. Line 3 has been an important graffiti site for decades, with dozens of works covering buildings, underpasses and train cars along its path. Together, these five works frame a journey between downtown Toronto and Scarborough, interpreting the story of Babel into five distinct visual languages.

Kennedy Station - little g by Javid Jah


Dome, 2016
Photo: @soteeoh

Javid Jah says Toronto “is a micro-universe of individual gods,” in which “young people are more interested in accumulating and circulating ‘data’ that seems to dominate how we define our identity/value.” Jah’s work is an anamorphic projection across multiple surfaces that is only perceived in its entirety from a single privileged vantage point.

Jah is a street artist and an emerging designer based in Toronto. Developing a studio with projects migrating between public art murals and contemporary architecture, Jah’s practice explores how marginal identities (such as graffiti and Islam) impact spatial design. Much of this effort has been manifested in commissioned projects for Muslim communities, including the dome of Madinah Masjid on Danforth Avenue. Currently, Jah is experimenting with space-making via modified shipping containers for public and private use.

Lawrence East Station - Universal Language - by Shalak Attack

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Universal Language, 2016
Photo: Clandestinos

“This is the story of one woman’s journey across a divided land and her will to overcome the borders that surround her,” says Shalak. “The land she travels on is the body of a giant double-headed bear… that tells her to keep on her journey and that Nature will show her the way.”

Shalak Attack is a Canadian-Chilean artist dedicated to painting, muralism and spray paint urban art. Shalak has participated in numerous artistic projects and exhibitions around the world. She is a co-founder and co-director of the international art collectives Clandestinos, Bruxas and Essencia Art Collective. Shalak fuses the spirit of South American muralism with contemporary street art, forming a unique style that inhabits the realm of psychedelic magical realism.

Ellesmere Station - AM I OKAY? by Tabban Soleimani

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AM I OKAY?, 2018
Photo: Rendering by the artist

Soleimani’s immersive work employs figures that tumble across multiple surfaces and text that stems from a life-altering moment in the artist’s life, capturing a faded but significant memory of what it feels like to be helpless and confused.

Soleimani wishes to dedicate this installation to her family and to one of her dear friends lost to suicide.

Tabban Soleimani is an award-winning, published and Forbes-featured artist with a portfolio of clients including the United Nations, Nike, Amnesty International and more. Known for bold graphic mark-making, Soleimani’s practice ranges from paintings, drawings and murals to creative direction. Her work uncovers moments that drive human anxieties and decisions. Having exhibited in both Toronto and Brooklyn, Soleimani blurs the boundaries between fine and commercial art.

Midland Station - Natural Love by Planta Muisca

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Natural Love, 2018

Muisca’s mural depicts an immersive jungle full of objects, figures and designs that reference the Indigenous cultural imagery of Central and South America. In her work, Planta Muisca explores Indigenous “language of love and how it connects us with our inner God, other people, animals and, most importantly, with the pachamama (mother earth).”

Planta Muisca’s artistic work is the result of her experiences living and working in various parts of Latin America and Canada. The rich and spirited cultures of the places she has visited have inspired her to create and share her artistic vision with others. Empowered by her Canadian Colombian heritage, she paints around themes of identities and cultures enriching Canadian multiculturalism. Her colourful and vibrant work reflects her love for nature, animals and her Latin American roots.

Scarborough Centre Station - Mord’iim by MEDIAH

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Photo: @soteeoh

Drawing the title for his work from the Hebrew word for “rebel”, MEDIAH is deeply concerned with humankind’s experiments in the human genome, artificial intelligence and space colonization. Through an explosive arrangement of colours, sharp line work and dynamic geometric shapes, the artist seeks to express “the displacement and ‘scattering’ of humans across the earth.”

MEDIAH is a visual artist who blurs the lines between post-graffiti and dynamic abstraction. His work consists of weaving street-art forms with painterly techniques and mixed-media printmaking. Inspired by avionics, mechanical engineering and schematics, his work captures the essence of speed, motion, dynamism and force, providing the viewer with not only a glorification of speed relating to the thirst for a faster and more streamlined world, but also an awareness of its unavoidable repercussions of collision, disaster and chaos.

Line 3 Eastbound: A Curated Playlist, 2018

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TTC - Line 3, 2018

The bustle of people heading to work during rush hour, the sulfur-like scent between Ellesmere and Midland stations and the screech of metal against metal as the train takes a sharp turn — all familiar sights, sounds and smells on the Scarborough RT (Rapid Transit) — Line 3. Nuit Blanche Toronto is adding its own soundtrack to this typically mundane journey. Listen to the Line 3 playlist curated by the artists of the Scarborough zone as you enter The ‘Borough.

(In association with Universal Music with Tracks on Tracks and the TTC.)


6 Bay

After 8 a.m. Saturday, September 29 and before 11 a.m. Sunday, September 30, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Bay Street and Gerrard Street West, then detour:

eastward along Gerrard West;
southward along Yonge Street; and then
westward along Wellington Street West to Bay,
resuming their regular route southward along Bay.

Southbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Bay Street at Gerrard Street West, Elm Street, Dundas Street West, Hagerman Street, Nathan Phillips Square and Queen, Adelaide and King Streets West.

Instead, southbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Yonge Street at Elm Street and Dundas Street West, across from #247 Yonge and Shuter Street and at Queen, Richmond, King and Wellington Streets West.

Northbound buses operate along their regular route to Queens Quay East and Yonge Street, then detour:

northward along Yonge; and then
westward along Gerrard Street West to Bay,
resuming their regular route northward along Bay.

Northbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Bay Street north of Queens Quay West and Lake Shore Boulevard West, at Front, Wellington and King Streets West, north of Adelaide Street West, at Queen Street West and Albert Street, across from Hagerman Street and at Dundas Street West and Elm Street.

Instead, northbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Yonge Street north of Queens Quay East and Front Street East, at King, Richmond and Queen Streets East, Shuter Street and Dundas Street East and across from Elm Street.
501 Queen
301 Queen overnight

From 4 p.m. Saturday, September 29 until 7 a.m. Sunday, September 30, eastbound cars operate along their regular route to Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue, then detour:

southward along Spadina;
eastward along King Streets West and East; and then
northward along Church Street to Queen East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Queen.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Queen Street West at Peter and John Streets, University Avenue and York, Bay and Yonge Streets and
  • on Queen Street East at Victoria and Church Streets.

Instead, eastbound cars drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Spadina Avenue south of Queen Street West and at King Street West,
  • on King Street West east of Spadina Avenue, Blue Jays Way, John Street, University Avenue and Bay Street,
  • on King Street East east of Yonge Street and
  • on Church Street north of Lombard Street and at Queen Street East.

Westbound cars reverse the eastbound detour routing.

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Queen Street East at Victoria and Yonge Streets,
  • on Queen Street West at Bay Street, across from York Street, at University Avenue, St. Patrick, John and Soho Streets and Spadina Avenue.

Instead, westbound cars drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Church Street at Richmond, Adelaide and King Streets East,
  • on King Street East west of Church Street,
  • on King Street West west of Yonge and Bay Streets, University Avenue, John and Peter Streets and
  • on Spadina Avenue north of King Street West and at Richmond Street West.