Nuit Blanche North returned to Huntsville for its sixth year after a one-year hiatus and it was well worth the wait.
The popular street festival draws hundreds to Main Street and River Mill Park for an eclectic mix of performance art, music, and interactive activities.
This year’s event, inspired by the theme “On This Day”, began with a lantern parade in the style of a New Orleans Jazz funeral march, led by The Heavyweights Brass Band and the Boxcar Boys. Being in honour of the 100th anniversary of Tom Thomson’s death, the lanterns were paper sculpture canoes – three trapper-sized ones created by local artist Patricia Astley and dozens of smaller community-decorated canoes – which were launched into the Muskoka River at the end of the parade. An aerial arts performance by Theatre Arcturus followed to kick off the evening’s festivities.
And festive it was. Four zones in the downtown core – at Town Hall, on Main Street, in River Mill Park and at the Town Docks – provided an abundance of entertainment for all ages.
Nuit Blanche North is organized by the Huntsville Festival of the Arts and Edge of the Woods Theatre under the direction of Dan Watson. This year’s festival featured more than 20 local artists, actors and organizations, along with many more from afar.
The evening ended with The Red Eye Pyro Show featuring four illuminating acts and, for the hardy partiers, an adult-only Midnight Cabaret Drag Extravaganza.
If you missed it, check out the video below with clips from the festival.
Don’t miss out on Doppler! Sign up for our free newsletter here.