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Nuit Blanche 2011

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If you see more blurry eyed Torontonians than usual today, you can blame Nuit Blanche.  That's where I was until the wee hours of the night.

Tweet of the night went to @Uranowski who wrote the following:

Nuit Blanche is everything Rob Ford hates: Public Art, walking and road closures #NuitBlanche #TOpoli

It was a happening, with great fun at every turn.  Here's a shot I took of Yonge Street by Dundas.

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There were a lot of great exhibits, so I'll just share pics from a few of my favourites.  This was called "Soon" and it took place in the Commerce Court courtyard.  Picures didn't do it justice - you have to imagine absolute chaos with smoke and fog and spotlights and sirens.  I tried to capture the essence with a little video, but you really had to be there.

After surviving the frozen moment between the before and after, I transported back to the legendary fourth set tie-break from the 1980 Wimbledon Gentlemen's Singles Finals between Björn Borg and John McEnroe.  Tibi Tibi Neuspiel and Geoffrey Pugen deserve great credit for this amazing trip back in time.

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After checking out all three zones, my last stop before home was the City Sleepover at Lower Bay Station, one of our lost TTC stations.  Lower Bay had a couple of trains sitting there with blankets and curtains (sort of) where anyone could come and catch a few Z's.

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It was a great night in the city.

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