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Nuit Blanche 2017

Special Programming

Nuit Blanche 2017

Date: Sat, Sep 30, 2017 07:00PM - Sun, Oct 01, 2017 06:00AM
Price: Free

On Saturday, September 30, the Aga Khan Museum presents an immersive evening of unforgettable programming during Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s annual all-night art event.

From 7 pm Saturday to 6 am Sunday in the Aga Khan Park, experience the Canadian premiere of a monumental multimedia installation by acclaimed New York-based artist Shahzia Sikander. The dazzling Disruption as Rapture features animated miniature illustrations from an 18th-century manuscript of the Gulshan-i ’Ishq ("Rose Garden of Love").*

At 7 pm in the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, across from the Aga Khan Museum, Sikander discusses her Nuit Blanche installation and her practice as a contemporary artist from Pakistan.

From 8 pm Saturday to 6 am Sunday, enjoy free performances by award-winning indie bands and renowned international artists, including:

  • Doomsquad
  • Members of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
  • Ben Shemie from Suuns
  • Sufi music and whirling in celebration of the 810th anniversary of Rumi’s birthday

Plus, the rare chance to experience sunrise raags, and more.

Performances take place in the Aga Khan Museum courtyard and auditorium, as well as in the communal spaces of two Mongolian yurts, traditional nomadic structures, installed for Nuit Blanche in the Aga Khan Park. For performance venues, times, and details, see schedule below.

On Nuit Blanche, from 7 pm to midnight, admission to the Aga Khan Museum galleries is by contribution.

*A scene from a 17th-century version of the Gulshan-i ‘Ishq, the story interpreted in Disruption as Rapture, will be on display in the Museum’s first-floor gallery.

All performances are subject to change.


8–8:45 pm Yurt One, Aga Khan Park  
Cris Derksen
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The JUNO-nominated cellist brings her classical training and Indigenous ancestry to electronics-based music.
8:30–10:30 pm Auditorium, Aga Khan Museum  
Irshad Khan
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Raags with sitar maestro Khan playing the surbahar (bass sitar), an instrument rarely seen on stage, accompanied by Kolkata-based Pandit Samar Saha on tabla.
In partnership with Raag-Mala Music Society of Toronto.
8:30–9:30 pm Yurt Two, Aga Khan Park  
Amadou Kienou
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The Burkina Faso-born griot (hereditary storyteller) performs solo on ngoni (lute), kora (harp), and other percussion instruments as well as leads a drum group.
9–9:45 pm Yurt One, Aga Khan Park  
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9:45–10:30 pm Yurt Two, Aga Khan Park  
Kathryn Merriam
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10:15–11:15 pm Yurt One, Aga Khan Park  
Kat Estacio and Friends
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10:45–11:30 pm Yurt Two, Aga Khan Park  
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11 pm–12:30 am Courtyard, Aga Khan Museum  
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11:30 pm–12:30 am Yurt One, Aga Khan Park  
Pandit Samar Saha
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Midnight–2 am Yurt Two, Aga Khan Park  
Inner Journey III: M. Rumi's Birthday
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12:45–1:30 am Yurt One, Aga Khan Park  
Justin Gray
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1:45–2:30 am Yurt One, Aga Khan Park  
Members of Yamatanaka // Sonic Titan
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2:15–3 am Yurt Two, Aga Khan Park  
Members of Nishtiman
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2:45–3:30 am Yurt One, Aga Khan Park  
Ben Shemie (Suuns)
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3:15–4:15 am Yurt Two, Aga Khan Park  
The Balkan Electro Experiment
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4–5:30 am Yurt One, Aga Khan Park  
Sunrise Raags
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4:30–5:15 am Yurt Two, Aga Khan Park  
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A complimentary shuttle bus will run all night between Queen’s Park, Broadview Hotel, and Aga Khan Museum (approx. 30 minute trip between stops). For departure times and locations, see table below. Please note departure and travel times are subject to traffic.

Getting to the Aga Khan Museum

From Broadview Hotel
(106 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 1G9)
From Queen’s Park
(Queen's Park and Charles Street, Toronto)
7 pm 8 pm
8:30 pm 9:30 pm
10 pm 11 pm
11:30 pm 12:30 pm
1 am 2 am
2:30 am 3:30 am
4 am 5 am
5:30 am 6:30 am

Departing the Aga Khan Museum

To Broadview Hotel
(106 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 1G9)
To Queen’s Park
(Queen's Park and Charles Street, Toronto)
7 pm 7:30 pm
8:30 pm 9 pm
10 pm 10:30 pm
11:30 pm 12 am
1 am 1:30 am
2:30 am 3 am
4 am 4:30 am
5:30 am 6 am

Photo(s) by Guggenheim Museum Bilabao


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