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Of ferris wheels and musket-men: your Nuit Blanche wrap-up

Posted by Mike G. / March 6, 2013

NB_lead.jpgThis past Saturday marked the tenth annual Nuit Blanche, the dénouement to the annual Montréal en Lumière festival. Armed with my camera and the Nuit Blanche iPhone app, I jumped on my bike and hit the streets. My tires carved out new paths through the freshly fallen snow as I pedaled towards my first stop: la Place-des-Arts.

It was after 1 a.m., but the line to the Air France-branded Ferris wheel stretched around the block. To complete the frustrated air travel experience, the attraction even featured a simulated screening area where you would hand in your ride ticket.

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I'm not sure what Buckminster Fuller would have made of this plastic-dressed attempt at a geodesic dome, but I'm sure those warming themselves inside the Sphère Provigo didn't much mind: they had beer and a magician on hand to keep their spirits up.

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I was off to the Old Port next and the Centre d'histoire de Montréal, which was being garrisoned by a company of New France musket-men. Good people.

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Chill music played as psychedelic visuals danced across the clock tower at UQAM; a smell of burnt rope hung in the air. I thought I spotted someone from my swing dance class, pulling on a jazz cigarette.

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It was after 3 a.m. by the time I reached my final stop: Metropolis on Ste-Catherine. Elsewhere, the crowds were thinning out but these revelers had clearly gotten le Twitter memo:

"Le party continue au @mtl_metropolis jusqu'aux petites heures du matin! #nbmtl— MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE (@MTLenLumiere) March 3, 2013"

Not for me, though. I headed home, as I had work at eleven the next morning. A fresh dusting of snow covered the Maisonneuve bike path, which squeaked softly under my wide tire treads.

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