ˌnwē ˈbläNSH,ˌnwē ˈblän(t)SH/
noun: nuit blanche; plural noun: nuits blanches
definition: a sleepless night
What started in Paris in 2002, quickly spread across the world as the all night contemporary art festival grew in size and popularity. The french translation literally meaning, a white night, is meant to signify a sleepless night, with the event typically starting at sunset and going until sunrise.
It's no surprise that many large cities were quick to adopt the concept, with some even gaining serious sponsorship, like the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto, ON.
For the most part many of these nights take place in the fall, September and October and draw large crowds in the tens of thousands, particularly cities like Montreal who were among the first in Canada to adopt the festival. Here is a schedule of the upcoming Nuit Blanche dates across Canada:
September 19th, 2015 - Ottawa, ON
September 26th, 2015 - Edmonton, AB | Saskatoon, SK | Winnipeg, MB
October 3rd, 2015 - Toronto, ON
October 17th, 2015 - Halifax, NS
February 27th, 2016 - Montreal, QC