This Saturday Toronto will morph into landscape of contemporary art for the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. From dusk til dawn you can troll the city from Greenwood to Roncy and Lakeshore to St Clair and take in the arts festival. There are over 150 unique projects so take a few minutes and review the event listing to plan out your night. The biggest attractions will usually have long lines so dress warmly and be patient.

Here are our favorites:

Beacon 2012 Sculpture

Beacon is a fantastic and carnivalesque skeletal sculpture based on historic lighthouses of the 1800s. Inspired by the “floating” structures that once perched along coastlines and inner waterways, artist Alison Norlen draws on the imagination of architectural follies and the ornamentation of Victorian pleasure sites and theme parks such as Luna Park and Brighton Pier, as well as personal memories and references. Extending the expansive skeletal drawings and miniature wire forms that have been part of Norlen’s artistic practice for the last decade, the welded architecture transforms the ghost-like surfaces of familiar and forgotten structures she has been exploring – 20th century sites of fantasy and cultural artifice – into large built form.

QUASAR 2.0: STAR INCUBATOR 2012 – Light and Sound Installation

Quasar 2.0: Star Incubator (Q2:SI) is an immersive interactive light and sound installation proving an evocative spatial reflection of renewing and evolving life-cycles. The light and sound events are expressions of a multilayered generative system that transports ever-changing narrative structures through emergent characteristics. The Q2:SI body is conceived of an array of structural prototype elements, electronic sensors and control elements that form an intricate three-dimensional spatial configuration. The installation’s life-form is comprised of several converging real-time data streams: local infrared and electromagnetic fields, and external oceanic temperature, solar weather, and weather data collected at the Antarctica Weather station. A local information screen provides tangible date sourcing and processing of the multiple inputs.

All Together Now 2012 – Dance

Built form and public space give rise to an ambient choreography that shapes and directs our urban experience in tangible ways. All Together Now brings the body in motion into the architecture of the city in an experiential collaboration. Like architecture, dance requires the creative manipulation of materials (in this case the body in motion) to compose a distinctive world.

Earth–Moon–Earth (Moonlight Sonata Reflected from the Surface of the Moon), 2007 – Sound Installation

A player piano, alone in an empty room, plays a familiar tune: Beethoven’s 1802 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor “Quasi una fantasia”, commonly known as Moonlight Sonata. But something’s not quite right. Some notes sound off-key, while others appear to be missing. Moreover, the tempo lacks the emotional intensity and dramatic flair that we expect from this classic of romantic music.

 

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Apple picking season is upon us. This means delicious fresh apples straight from the farm. I love apple desserts so I get really excited when apple season rolls around. Here is one of my fav apple pie recipes from Country Home

Click here to find an apple orchard in your area.

Best Ever Apple Pie

Ingredients:

1 recipe Pastry for Double-Crust Pie*
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup maple sugar or packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
3 lb. tart cooking apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (8 cups)
2 Tbsp. butter, cut up
1/4 cup whipping cream
1–2 tbsp. milk
1 Tbsp. raw sugar

Directions:
1. Prepare pastry. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 pastry ball to a 12-inch circle. Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate; set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl combine granulated sugar, maple sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Add apples; toss to coat. Transfer to pastry-lined pie plate. Dot with butter and pour whipping cream over filling. Trim edge of crust even with edge of pie plate.

3. On the lightly floured surface, roll out remaining pastry to a 12-inch circle. Cut an “x” or a design in the center of the pastry. Place pastry over filling in pie plate. Seal and crimp edges. Cut small slits in top of crust, if desired. Brush with milk and sprinkle with raw sugar. Place pie on a foil-lined baking sheet. To prevent overbrowning, cover pie edges with foil.

4. Bake in a 375° oven for 40 minutes. Remove foil from edges. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes more or until fruit is tender and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 8 servings.

*Pastry for Double-Crust Pie: Place steel blade in food processor. Add 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour; 1 cup butter, cut up; 2 teaspoons granulated sugar; and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover; process with on/off turns until most of mixture resembles cornmeal but a few larger pieces remain. With processor running, quickly add 1/3 cup cold water through feed tube. Stop processor when all water is added; scrape sides. Process with 2 on/off turns. Remove from bowl; shape into a ball. Divide in half. If needed, wrap and chill until easy to handle. (Or, in a large bowl stir together 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in 1 cup butter until pieces are pea-size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cold water over part of the flour mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to side of bowl. Repeat, using 1 tablespoon water at a time, using a total of 5 to 6 tablespoons water, until all the flour mixture is moistened. Shape into a ball.)

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