Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013: TTC, GO Transit To Run Extended Schedules

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A TTC Bus Shelter is transformed into "The Free Shop" by Basil AlZeri for Nuit Blanche 2011 on October 1. (The Canadian Press/Dominic Chan) | CP

The streets of Toronto are about to run red... with colour and art.

Come Oct. 5, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will descend upon the city and turn Toronto into one massive art gallery for local and travelling art enthusiasts to enjoy. This year's rendition will be the city's 8th time hosting the event, a concept originally started in Paris.

From sunrise to sunset, roughly a million participants are expected to hit streets dotted with sculptures, live performances, multimedia instillations and more. Festival organizers suggest walking as the best way to get around the city and view the majority of the exhibits since they're concentrated in the downtown core.

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For a larger map of exhibits, click here.

For those of you looking to squeeze in a night-time bike ride, biking between instillations is also an option. But as with all cases of night-time biking, organizers urge you to wear a helmet, equip a bell and use a safety light.

Festival-goers from out of Toronto can take advantage of free parking at selected TTC commuter parking lots and an extended subway service schedule that runs until 7 a.m..

The subway's Bloor-Danforth line will run all night from Keele to Woodbine station while Yonge-University-Spadina line will run all night from St. Clair West to Eglinton stations, according to the city of Toronto. The last call for subway service on all lines will be at 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

The TTC will also be offering a special pass for unlimited travel on buses, streetcars and subways from Saturday, Oct. 5 till 9:00 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. The pass is also good for families looking to travel together from exhibit to exhibit so long as there aren't more than two adults (19+) and four kids.

Travellers looking to get out of Toronto once they've had their fill of art can take GO Transit. Special GO trains will be running on the Milton, Kitchener, Barrie, Stouffville and Richmond Hill lines taking visitors in and out of the city just before the event starts and shortly once it ends. Two extra trains will also run on the east and westbound Lakeshore line on Sunday morning.

Finally, if you're plan on driving, there's a few closures motorists should consider ahead of time. Four of Toronto's major streets will be closed off from sunset to sunrise: University Avenue extending to Queen's Park Crescent East, Bay Street, Queen Street and King Street West, though most major crossings will still be open.

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