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April 4, 2006
City of Toronto announces all night Live With Culture art event Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Today the City of Toronto announced details for a free, city-wide, all-night event to celebrate contemporary art. From sunset on Saturday, September 30 to sunrise on Sunday, October 1, 2006 the public will be invited to rediscover Toronto through public art commissions, all night exhibitions, performances, installations and unique programs. Nuit Blanche is a Live With Culture signature event and is part of the 16-month Live With Culture campaign.

“One of Toronto’s greatest assets is its vibrant culture of creativity. On September 30, I’m inviting Torontonians to stay up all night and encounter their city in a unique way,” said Mayor David Miller. “Nuit Blanche is welcomed as one of the most innovative and exciting additions to Toronto’s already impressive roster of cultural celebrations.”

As Nuit Blanche’s title sponsor, Scotiabank recognizes the importance of celebrating Toronto’s innovative artists and creative communities. Through Scotiabank’s support of this event, Nuit Blanche will make contemporary art accessible to the greatest number of people.

“Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work. We believe that arts and culture play an important role in these communities and we contribute to a wide variety of programs that both reflect and enrich them,” said Barbara Mason, Executive Vice-President, Marketing, Sales and Service, Scotiabank. “Through Nuit Blanche, we’re delighted to help showcase Toronto’s growing artistic community and cultural gems.”

For one sleepless night, hundreds of museums, galleries and institutions across Toronto will open their doors to present free art 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 temporary exhibition sites overseen by five renowned Canadian curators will be established. These three sites will feature 30 commissioned public art installations assembled exclusively for this event. With a unified goal to highlight creative works that will inspire wonder and encourage dialogue, the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche curators and their exhibition sites include:

Site: West Queen West from Dufferin St. to Trinity Bellwoods Park
Curator: Clara Hargittay
Clara Hargittay is an independent curator and cultural consultant who has been involved with many exciting projects, often in highly creative and challenging roles.

Site: McCaul St. / University Avenue from Queen St. to College St.
Curator: Kim Simon
Kim Simon is an independent curator and writer and the Director of Programming at Gallery TPW in Toronto.

Site: Bloor St. W. /Yorkville.
Curators: Fern Bayer, Peggy Gale and Chrysanne Stathacos
Fern Bayer is an independent curator, consultant, and art historian based in Toronto. Peggy Gale is an independent curator and writer specializing in media-related and time-based works by contemporary artists. Chrysanne Stathacos is a multi-media artist and educator whose art works and interactive public art projects have traveled to museums, public spaces and contemporary art galleries on four continents.

The literal translation of Nuit Blanche is “white night” a term used to describe a natural phenomenon that occurs at high latitudes where the dusk meets the dawn for a night without darkness. Colloquially, Nuit Blanche refers to a “sleepless night.” While Toronto embraces this celebration of art planned to run from sunset to sunrise, a sleepless night is exactly what we have to look forward to this fall.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will be a uniquely Toronto adaptation of the highly successful Paris event created by the City of Paris in 2002. This annual event is at once a “high” art event (past commissions in Paris included works by Bill Viola, Sophie Calle, and James Turell) and a free populous event accessible to everyone. Nuit Blanche is such an enormous success in Paris, that similar celebrations are now held in Rome, Brussels, Madrid, Montreal and Riga, among others. Toronto is the newest addition to this international list.

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.

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 contacts:

Grant Ramsay
Toronto Special Events

Jaye Robinson
Toronto Special Events

Gregory Nixon
Live With Culture



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