Calling All Artists: Now Accepting Proposals Nuit Blanch North 2017

The Huntsville Festival of the Arts and Edge of the Woods Theatre are pleased to invite artist proposals for the 6th annual Nuit Blanche North on July 29th, 2017.

For one night only, the streets will come alive with an exciting program of free contemporary artistic activities, events and exhibits taking place in unconventional places in and around Huntsville’s downtown core. Close to 7,000 visitors flooded the streets in 2015, and we expect that number to grow again this year.

This year’s theme is “On This Day”. We are seeking unique and engaging installations, interactive art, film, sculpture, street theatre, music, or anything else that explore ideas revolving around celebration, commemoration and how we recognize the events that are important to us. These want projects that encourage audiences to explore, discover, debate, and participate in contemporary art and the public spaces that surround them. This is your chance to think outside the box, and let your imagination run wild. Any venue in the downtown core is possible, and we encourage local businesses, cultural and religious institutions to join in by opening their doors and offering free access to contemporary art. Artists will be paid fees for their participation.

Submission Deadline: March 3, 2017
Download the Application HERE
Download the Guidelines HERE

Interested in submitting a proposal or participating in Nuit Blanche North? If you have an idea for an art project, or if you just want to learn more about the event, and how you can get involved, please contact Dan Watson, Artistic Producer at 705-571-4334 or e-mail

What a Night!

NbN2015-Katherine Fleitas (4)Thank you for making the 5th annual Nuit Blanche North our biggest yet! Thousands of visitors flooded the streets of downtown Huntsville to experience the creativity of over 120 artists in an incredible night of interactive art and live performances for all ages

NbN2015-Katherine Fleitas (2)Support Arts & Culture in Your Community

Our online fundraising campaign ends today! If you enjoyed yourself at the event, and want to see it continue in the future, please consider donating. We can’t make it happen without your support! To make a contribution click HERE

NbN2015-Katherine Fleitas (6)We Want to Hear From You!

We’re always happy to hear your feedback. You can let us know how we’re doing by completing a very short survey by clicking HERE

Nuit Blanche North 2015

NbN2014-CrowdwithlogoGet ready to light up the night at the 5th Annual Nuit Blanche North on July 11th from 8pm-2am in beautiful downtown Huntsville! With over 7,000 visitors in 2014, this year’s edition promises to be our biggest and best yet!

This year’s programming features incredible sites and performances inspired by the theme “Away We Go”. Film, live music and radio broadcast make a nostalgic trip to a Drive In movies of the past and future. Main St. will be filled with brass, wind and beats by roving bands of musical nomads. Aerial buskers and Taiko Drum squads will delight and entertain in River Mill Park. And kids of all ages can get their hands dirty interactive experiences using propulsion, sound and light.  Stick around for our explosive fire show at 11pm and adults on only midnight cabaret show.

Click Below to Learn About the Projects in Each Zone
Zone #1: Town Hall
Zone #2: Main St.
Zone #3: River Mill Park
Zone #4: Town Docks
Special Events

Download the Full Program Here

NbN2015 Map

Donate ButtonNuit Blanche North survives on government funds, donations and the blood, sweat and tears of so many volunteers, artists and organizers. n honor of our fifth anniversary, we are asking our friends to give birthday presents of $25, $50 or $100. All funds will go directly to paying local artists. If you’ve attended before, or are planning on attending this year, or if you just believe in what we stand for, please consider supporting us.

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What a Night!

vlcsnap-2013-08-11-00h40m09s239 - CopyThank you to everyone for making this year’s Nuit Blanche North our biggest yet! 7,000 people packed the streets of Huntsville to experience the work of 94 different artists. An extra special thank you goes out to our incredible Funders, Sponsors and Supporters including Celebrate Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council, Explorer’s Edge, Pipefusion, Town of Huntsville, Lake of Bays Brewing Company, Algonquin Outfitters, Pub on the Docks, Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Huntsville BIA, the Agro Centre, Trinity United Church, The Great Vine, Huntsville Art Society, and of course the many generous volunteers who gave their time and opened their homes to visiting artists. Thank You!

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This year we expanded Nuit Blanche North with a number of different activities throughout the weekend. We were thrilled to have Governor General, Juno winner and recent order of Canada recipient, composer R Murray Schafer join us to present his 12 part trombone piece “Music for Wilderness Lake” at both dawn and dusk, as well as a celebration of his 80th birthday featuring an original performance, art installation created by MABELLEarts, and Q&A featuring Mr. Shafer and long time collaborator Thom Sokoloski.


Click here to check out our new promo video. It was edited by the incredible Oliver Ward of Blue Flame Collective


Thanks to All for an Amazing Event!

We were absolutely blown away by the reaction to this year’s Nuit Blanche North!  Over 5,000 people came out and your energy and imaginations made this event such a success.  Thank you to all the audiences, artists, businesses, volunteers, town staff and event organizers.  None of this would have been possible without you!

But there’s no rest for the wicked, and we’re already planning for next year’s event.  Please take the time to fill out this questionnaire.  It won’t take long, and it will help us improve our event to serve you better.  Plus, we’ll send you a Nuit Blanche North button.

You can also check out a video shot and edited by Kathryn Heming.  Click Here to see a 2 minute teaser or click Here to see the event celebrating the 100th anniversary of Tom Thomson’s arrival in Huntsville

Nuit Blanche North is presented by Huntsville Festival of the Arts in partnership with Edge of the Woods Theatre

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