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June 20, 2006
City of Toronto announces further details for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
The City of Toronto today announced further details for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the free all night contemporary art “thing,” taking place from sunset at 7:01 p.m. on September 30 to sunrise at 7:15 a.m. October 1, 2006.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is a free city-wide event where more than 100 Toronto museums, galleries and institutions will open their doors -- all night long -- to present contemporary art installations and programs. Residents and tourists will also be invited to explore unusual spaces not normally open after dark and not normally tied to an art event. Everything from swimming pools and car washes to churches and libraries will be transformed by contemporary art projects.

In addition, three distinct areas of the city have been established, each to feature an exhibition curated exclusively for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. With a goal to highlight creative works that will inspire wonder and encourage dialogue the exhibitions, their artists and curators are:

Exhibition 1 (Bloor-Yorkville)
Pasts Re-framed curated by Fern Bayer, Peggy Gale and Chrysanne Stathacos:
  • Michael Snow’s (Toronto) Counting Sheep, 2006, a projection on the dome of The Planetarium at the Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park;
  • General Idea’s Pharma©opia, 1992, consisting of 3 enormous helium-filled vinyl blimps illuminated from within floating above Yorkville;
  • Fog in Toronto #71624, 2006, a site-specific fog installation by Fujiko Nakaya (Tokyo, Japan) in Philosopher’s Walk, University of Toronto;
  • Ron Benner (London, Ontario), Maize Barbacoa, 2006, a site-specific corn installation and all-night corn roast performance in the Village of Yorkville Park;
  • A night of live readings and recordings at the Toronto Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Avenue, under the artistic direction of author Emily Pohl-Weary entitled Bedtime Tales: Fables and Fantasies, 2006;
  • A film projection with live video feed in Yorkville by independent filmmaker Annette Mangaard (Toronto) and cultural historian Ihor Holubizky (Brisbane) entitled I Am Curious – Yorkville, 2006;
  • Nuit Blanche, 2006 by multidisciplinary artists Holger Lippmann and Alekos Hofstetter (Berlin, Germany), a DVD projection on the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum;
  • A sound and “wishing tree” installation by musician Andrew Zealley (Toronto) and visual artist Chrysanne Stathacos (New York and Toronto) entitled One Garden One Night One Wish, 2006 to be presented in Philosopher’s Walk, University of Toronto;
  • HOLD THAT THOUGHT, 2006, a neon installation by Kelly Mark (Toronto) at the Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor Street W.;
  • An installation, Garden of Light, 2006 by Jamelie Hassan (London, Ontario) in the Lester B. Pearson Garden for Peace and Understanding at Victoria University in the University of Toronto.

Exhibition 2 (Dundas / McCaul)
Civic Insomnia curated by Kim Simon:
  • A site-specific video operetta at the Harrison Baths and Swimming Pool by renowned filmmaker John Greyson and musician-composer David Wall called Roy and Silo's Gay Divorce, 2006;
  • Renowned performance artists Tanya Mars, joined by Gale Allen, present In Pursuit of Happiness, 2006 on the University Ave. median south of Dundas St. W;
  • when the wind shifted, 2006 by filmmaker Christina Battle takes over the public plaza of the Ontario Power Generation building on University Ave. at College St. with multiple projections;
  • Chris Curreri’s neon text installations along Baldwin Street just west of McCaul St. called (LET ME BE YOUR) TEDDY BEAR, 2006;
  • HOW TO RESPOND IN AN EMERGENCY, 2006 is a series of incidental performances and spontaneous outbursts by authority figures and security personnel in various locations throughout the McCaul / University Ave. area by Toronto-based artist Diane Borsato;
  • Position Yourself in a Network Of Possibilities, 2006 is a public dance floor by Samuel Roy-Bois on Queen Street West, north side, walkway west of Campbell House;
  • A “sculpture as social site” by Adrian Blackwell in Grange Park entitled Model for a Public Space (speaker), 2006;
  • Multidisciplinary artist Diane Landry presents Morse Alphabet Soup, 2006 a playful shadow projection and performance on the west side of exterior wall of the MaRS Centre.

Exhibition 3 (West Queen St. West)
Searching for the ‘Soul’ of Queen Street West curated by Clara Hargittay:
  • A sculptural installation using ice by artists Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero in the car wash bay at Royal Car Wash entitled Freeze, 2006;
  • The Cinderella Project, 2006, a site specific multi media installation by José Angel Toirac (Havana, Cuba) in the West Side Lofts Sales Office building designed by British architect Will Aslop;
  • The site specific interactive media installation Electronic Sky, 2006 by artists David Warne and Kevin Krivel in Trinity-Bellwoods Park (Strachan Gates);
  • A public art installation of six billboards entitled Presence and Resistance, 2006 by HOCK E AYE VI Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne – Arapaho Nation);
  • Confinement of the Intellect, 2006 a multimedia site-specific installation and performance in Trinity Bellwoods Park by Thom Sokoloski;
  • Screenings of the real time video documentary Cracked, Not Broken, 2005 by Paul Perrier at Camera Bar and Theatre;
  • A History Show featuring artists John Abrams, Carl Beam, Michael Belmore, Andrew Danson, Bonnie Devine, Gyula Kalko, Vincenzo Pietropaolo, Greg Staats and Badanna Zack at Spin Gallery;
  • Videos by Dana Claxton, Sara Diamond, Richard Fung, and Shelley Niro screened in the Queen’s Car Wash;
  • Screenings of Revolutionary Song, 2005, Chanson a mourir, 1989 and live performance by Istvan Kantor, recipient of the 2004 Governor General's Award for Visual and Media Arts.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is a Live With Culture initiative developed to demonstrate the City of Toronto’s commitment to the arts. Live With Culture is a 16-month celebration of Toronto’s extraordinary arts and cultural communities. From September 2005 to December 2006, Live With Culture showcases the vibrant and diverse cultural activities happening in the city each and every day. Events initiated by the City of Toronto and the community are united under one umbrella campaign to raise awareness of Toronto’s thriving cultural scene.

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2005 the Bank provided more than $40 million in sponsorships and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education and social services. Scotiabank is on the World Wide Web at

For more information about Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and other Live With Culture signature events, the public can visit or call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.

Media contact:

Grant Ramsay
Toronto Special Events



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