For one night each year, at the beginning of fall, artists take hold of the city for Nuit Blanche, Toronto's annual dusk til dawn art festival. Apart from welcoming some warmer weather, this year was no exception.
From the transformation of city hall into an " apocalyptic museum," to a host of interactive displays, and even a Halloween themed fun house, there was something for everyone.
Standing in line to see one of many exhibits, John W Duncan shared a laugh with friends, as the crowds built to take part in "Aura," an installation located nearby at Ryerson University.
"There wasn't anyone here an hour ago," said Duncan, but added his gratitude for the weather not being so chill as last year's event. "It was held two weeks later than this, that's why," he explained, remembering the harsher weather at last year's event.
Come what may, it would appear Torontonians will let nothing stand in their way, as there are hundreds of exhibits to see and partake in, annually. This year saw over 150, by more than 500 artists.
With art being an important part of Toronto life, Nuit Blanche
allows the crowds to 'dive in,' in a manner of speaking, as the downtown core gets transformed into a live gallery.
Originating in France, the sunset to sunrise festival was first replicated in Toronto in 2006. It followed an event that started in Paris, in 2002, and brought massive displays of art in public places. Toronto was the first city in North America to replicate the French model.
Today, Nuit Blanche is now a global event, with celebrations taking part in many cities all over the world. More pictures from Toronto Nuit Blanche 2012 may be found, here.