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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  • Tadashi Kawamata's Garden Tower In Toronto

    Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata brings his sculpturing skills to Toronto with the Garden Tower. Using over 1,000 second-hand pieces of furniture -- 960 of which will be from Goodwill -- Kawamata's sculpture stands 30 feet tall and illuminated with incandescent light bulbs. <br/><br/> So what does it all mean? Well, the tower draws from the myth of the Tower of Babel, channelling its beauty and the idea that humanity can speak with one voice for the creation of a better future. <br/><br/> <strong>Where To Find It: </strong>56 Queen Street East by the Metropolitan United Church at the corner of Queen and Church St.

  • 1-855-IS IT ART

    Not sure if what you're looking at is art? Well, there's a hotline for that. Visitors seeking clarification can call artists from a call centre by dialling "1-855-IS IT ART" for an expert opinion. Everyone else can watch a live stream of the service from Toronto City Hall. <em>*Carrier/network data charges may apply.</em> <br/><br/> <strong>Where To Find It: </strong>100 Queen Street West, Toronto City Hall by the corner of Bay and Queen St.

  • My Virtual Dream Powered By The Virtual Brain

    The brain is terrible thing to waste so why not put it to use for art? Outside the Leslie L. Dan Faculty of Pharmacy Building by the University of Toronto will be The Virtual Brain: a computer model capable of visualizing your brain signals onto a 60 foot dome. <br/><br/> Those interested in watching can enter through the "Periphery" and those curious to see images, music and colour their brain scans produce can enter the "Dreamery" and don the Brain Computer Interface headsets and watch art and science collide. <br/><br/> <strong>Where To Find It: </strong> 144 College Street, outside the Leslie L. Dan Faculty of Pharmacy Building by the corner of College Street and University Avenue.

  • Ai Weiwei's Forever Bicycles

    Modelled after Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei's Forever Bicycles, this exhibit brings 3,144 bicycles to create a free-standing instillation 100 feet in length, 30 feet in height and depth. <br/><br/> It'll will be the only kind of Weiwei's work to display publicly in open space and marks China and the world's shifting social environment. <br/><br/> <strong>Where To Find It: </strong>100 Queen Street West, Nathan Philips Square by the corner of Queen And Bay St.

  • Ruth Spitzer's (X)Static Clown Factory

    Send in the clowns. Mixing multi-media and street performances, Ruth Spitzer looks to create a Dr. Seuss-inspired critique on the economy of desire. So what is there to expect? Well, lots of things. <br/><br/> There's a float which serves as the clowns' workshop, a parade turned assembly line, balloons, bubbles and inflatable oddities. Oh and clowns equipped with tools, gadgets and costumes, dolling out goodies to audience members. <br/><br/> <strong>Where To Find It: </strong> University Avenue & Gerrard Street West

  • L’Air Du Temps

    Test how good your sense of smell is with this interactive exhibit. Audience members will have to use their noses to experience Faith LaRocque's rendition of 1919 Paris. <br/><br/> Why Paris and why 1919? Well the work is focused on the story of a man only known as Duchamp. Gifted with a bottle of elixir, he had a Parisian pharmacist empty the bottle in 1919 and reseal it as a work of art which he later donated while in the States. <br/><br/> <strong>Where To Find It: </strong> 2 Queen Street East, by the corner of Yonge and Queen St. East.

  • Burrman

    If this image terrifies you, you'd best stay away from the Bay Street area where Simon Frank will be wandering the night covered in burrs, the hooked seed from the burdock plant. <br/><br/> The exhibit will blend contemporary landscape art with ancient rituals, drawing from a 900-year old Scottish tradition. For many, the art of covering yourself in burrs has since long died. Frank looks to rediscover it and bring it to the masses and flesh out the partnership between nature and humans that sustains us all. <br/><br/> <strong>Where To Find It: </strong> Roaming along the streets of King West in Toronto's Financial District

  • The [RE] GENERATOR Project

    Artist Gabrielle Lasporte looks to use Modern Batik methods and Chinedu Ukabam’s digital remix of African patterns along with fashion silhouette to create art focusing on recycling, remixing, reinventing, reusing and re-purposing. <br/><br/> The idea is that what's old is new again often applies in the world of fashion and draws influences from the audience using a special <a href="" target="_blank">hashtag</a> for viewers to add their own image or pattern via Instagram. <br/><br/> <strong>Where To Find It: </strong> 220 Yonge St, H&M Yonge Street by the corner of Yonge And Dundas St.

  • Plush

    Some people have a suit of armour. Others have a suit of plush animals. This is a case of the later. Participants can expect to this artist roaming around Metro Hall, hugging passers-by. <br/><br/> The exhibits looks to touch on furry culture, childhood innocence and that attachment you had as a kid to your favourite stuffed animal. That and how uncomfortable being trapped in a mascot costume. <br/><br/> <strong>Where To Find It: </strong>55 John Street, roaming around Metro Hall at the corner of John and King Street West.

  • The Anthropocene

    American street art comes to Toronto this Nuit Blanche. Caledonia Dance Curry, better known as "Swoon" in Brooklyn, N.Y. looks to bring her prints and paper cut-out art to Toronto's buildings. <br/><br/> Her art features the people Swoon has met during her travels along with her friends and family and blends them with styles ranging from German Expressionist wood block prints to Indonesian shadow puppets. <br/><br/> <strong>Where To Find It: </strong> 26 Temperance Street at the Bay Adelaide Centre by the corner of Temperance and Bay St.

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    2012 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto. Body Xerox by Simon Denny and Yngve Holen.

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    2012 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto. Pair by Neil Campbell at University Avenue Courthouse.

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    2012 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto. World Without Sun, by Christine Davis at Nathan Phillips Square.

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    2012 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto. World Without Sun, by Christine Davis at Nathan Phillips Square.

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    2012 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto. Civilization (Megaplex) by Marco Brambilla at Toronto's City Hall.

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    2012 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto. World Without Sun, by Christine Davis at Nathan Phillips Square.