Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 100 Garrison Road
Date: October 2019
Who wants a free baby? Everyone does apparently. Nuit Blanche returned to Toronto on Oct 5th to 6th for another evening of artwork and performances. Our favourite exhibit was the very entertaining Everyone Wants A Free Baby! A cannon was fired about every 20 minutes. Inside the cannon was a baby in a parachute. Nuit Blanche runs from 7 pm until 7 am so that means around 36 babies were launched throughout the night.
We arrived just as a baby was being launched. The crowd shouted "Baby! Baby! Baby! " The baby floated into the sea of people. We then visited some other exhibits in the area and returned to fully experience the next launch.
Dramatic music was played and a baby was brought out. The baby was attached to its parachute and then the parachute was folded up carefully so it would deploy when needed. Next, the baby was carried over to the cannon where it was inserted. For some reason Pump Up The Jam by Technotronic was played while the cannon was cranked into position. A man then came out and ranted. His rant included some French accomplishments that may or may not have been significant. Finally he shouted, "This is my amazing atifice. I want to show you my genius!" The cannon fired and the baby was launched into the crowd.
We had chosen the perfect spot to stand. The chute deployed and the baby slowly fell towards the ground. It was right above us and we reached out to grab it. As soon as we touched it, someone ran into us aand snatched the baby. They then ran off into the night. The word from other audience members was that the baby snatcher had been trying to get a baby for some time now and was growing more and more determined. Finally success! Adoption is usually a difficult process but tonight babies were falling from the sky much like how they are delivered by the stork.
The babies looked kind of like homemade Cabbage Patch Dolls. This doll from an earlier launch also found a good home and the couple even posed for a few celebratory photos. The only thing that would have made this show even better was if they had a little baby nursery set up so you could see all the babies waiting for their turn. "We have to come back and see little 4:20 AM, look how cute he is."
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Everyone Wants A Free Baby
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