Here’s what’s good at Nuit Blanche 2016

The biggest one-day multidisciplinary art and party event of the year is happening this Saturday. Here are our top picks for the best events.

China Ferris Wheel
Ste-Catherine, pimped

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China Ferris Wheel and Slides
Outside the MAC / Montreal en Lumière outdoor site
185 Ste-Catherine W. / Ste-Catherine & Jeanne-Mance
12 p.m.-3 a.m.

Nuit Blanche ferris wheel and slides life hack: Avoid the inevitable awful line-up by starting your night here. Get there just before sunset, before the drugs kick in.

Montreal Impact
Olympic Stadium
4141 Pierre de Coubertin
5-10 p.m.

This event is misleading off the top as Montreal’s soccer team will not be present BUT it’s still an opportunity to play soccer and engage in games of skill on the green at our massive stadium, and be projected on the big screen.

Art Attack Counter-Attacks
Fresh Paint Gallery
250 Ste-Catherine E.
Workshop 2-5 p.m., exhibition 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Event page

Reserve a spot to participate in an afternoon mural-making workshop alongside some fine local street artists (among them Futur Lasor Now, Emmanuel Laflamme and MC Baldassari) and/or check out the exhibition at the vernissage/party, with DJs Construct, Melodrastik and Overflow vs. Zaldy.

La Grande Mascarade
Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier
2450 Workman
8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Free, reservation required

Sketch “fancy dress-up models” (who’ll act out short scenes before striking their poses) at this hands-on art event, which is no-experience-required. A guide will be on hand to help illustration newbs, and drawing materials will be provided.

Vinyl Scratching Night
Atelier Circulaire
5445 de Gaspé, #517
9 p.m.–2 a.m.
Event page

Printmaking and engraving studio Atelier Circulaire offers it’s popular Vinyl Scratching night, where participants can engrave their own drawing onto a vintage record and have it expertly inked and pressed by knowledgeable guides, getting a keepsake to take home along with an inside look at the intaglio printing process.

Giant Games
St-Denis btwn Sherbrooke and Emery
7 p.m.-2 a.m.

The Montreal Joue festival proposes life-size Pac-Man, l’Osti d’jeu and quiz games (likely in French) as well as cosplayers from Otakuthon, a block-building contest and park games, all out on St-Denis.

Just Dance
Nexus Smart Bar
323 Ontario E.
7 p.m.-3 a.m.

The Montreal Joue festival is also behind an adjacent outdoor game station loaded with Just Dance 2016 — play on your own or in a “dance-off” with friends.

Annual Collage Party
5478 St-Laurent
8-11:59 p.m.

The seventh annual cut and paste party at this Mile End boutique/gallery is a good bet for a fun social mixer that’s cozier and more low key than what’s happening downtown.

I Will Keep a Light Burning
Darling Foundry
745 Ottawa
8 p.m.–1 a.m.
Event Page

The Darling Foundry invites you to their outdoor esplanade Place Publique to take part in Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil’s installation I Will Keep A Light Burning, which involves lighting over 500 candles one-by-one until they create and map out the shapes of the constellations of the night sky.

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