It seems that Toronto's art community really doesn't care about all the hand-wringing over whether video games can be called art.
During this years all-night art world orgy, aka. Nuit Blanche, aka. Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (because artists have to get paid, too), chiptunes and retro gaming are set to take over the Toronto International Film Festival headquarters at the Bell Lightbox with an all-night concert presented by the Royal Canadian Chiptune Orchestra (no word on whether the Queen herself has endorsed them yet...) featuring artists such as DJ Finish Him, Starpilot, and Tetris Hold'Em. The big show starts at 6:59 PM October 1st and goes until sunrise on October 2nd, so if you're in the area check out the show along with the million other people who are estimated to come out every year for what may be Toronto's craziest party.
Nuit Blanche (which translates to "all-nighter" for those of you unfamiliar with la belle langue) is an all-night festival held in cities across the world that's meant to take art out of the galleries and put it on the street. Years past have featured installations such as a full-sized UFO crash landing, "Assbook", the economic Wild Ride midway staffed by "downsized" financial sector workers after the 2008 meltdown, and the colossal 4-Letter Word Machine. ...come to think of it, I don't know that Assbook was sanctioned by Nuit Blanche, but it was a hell of a thing.
So if you're in the area (and I know we have a lot of readers in Toronto) and are fond of gaming, chiptunes, free things, or crazy nights in general, check it out. If not, you can still check out a lot of the featured artists on YouTube and MySpace.