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Toronto's Top Art & Design Events 2010

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Photo: Jill Kitchener for BizBash

1. Luminato
Last year, more than one million people attended this L’Oréal-sponsored citywide arts festival, which encompassed more than 150 events, including a waterfront performance by Cirque du Soleil and a gathering of more than 1,600 guitarists in Yonge-Dundas Square. The fourth installment takes place June 11 to 20.

2. Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

The fourth iteration of this all-night art party offered close to one million attendees the chance to get in on the action with a number of interactive exhibits, including carnival rides on Bay Street. More than 16,500 people also took advantage of the new Night Navigator mobile app. The next Nuit Blanche is scheduled for October 2.

3. Art Toronto
This year marks the 11th anniversary of this modern and contemporary visual arts event, scheduled for October 28 to November 1 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. In 2009, more than 18,000 people attended the fair, which included an opening night benefit for the Art Gallery of Ontario.

4. Doors Open Toronto
Last year, a record-breaking 250,000 people attended the 10th anniversary edition of this free citywide celebration of architecture, which included 175 venues, like the Old Don Jail and the mayor’s office at city hall. The 2010 event takes place May 29 and 30.

5. Whodunit? OCAD Mystery Art Sale

Last year, the Ontario College of Art and Design launched its eighth mystery art sale, the institution’s signature fund-raiser, with a gala attended by 500 guests. The sale features the work of 1,500 artists and takes place at the college in November.