VeloReel open-air bike film festival recap

Recap of the 2nd annual VeloReel open-air bike film festival

Nuit Blanche was for bike lovers in 2013

Text and photos by David Keogh

On October 5, Nuit Blanche 2013 was opened to the lucky public in the know, and under the big top, beside the gardener in lower Liberty Village, the 2nd Annual VeloReel was also opened to pedal people and art lovers alike.

VeloReel director Cheryl Stevens amassed a small army to transform an old warehouse parking lot into a giant outdoor theatre covered by a large 60 by 30 -foot tarp in case of rain, for a screening of 14 bicycle films.


Toronto’s all-girl midnight riding bike gang/arts collective, The Deadly Nightshades curate the festival’s selection of films.

The theatre was adorned with bicycle themed art fashioned by Michael Schram. Here, one of his pieces below, made from water bottle cages, pedals and gears, makes a nice beetle with eyes that light up.

With free bicycle parking and popcorn, the festival was a great way to start of Nuit Blanche.

Outside the VeloReel theatre was The Big Bike, built by George McKillop from One Bike.


This Sunday Stevens take her VeloReel on the road to Orillia Ontario for its next screening.


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Nuit Blanche features double-headed bicycles you can ride

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