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August 31, 2006
City of Toronto announces independent projects as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
The City of Toronto today announced a diverse list of Independent Projects that are part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the free all-night contemporary art event taking place from sunset at 7:01 p.m. on September 30 to sunrise at 7:15 a.m. October 1, 2006.

The addition of these Independent Projects to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche includes over 100 city-wide exhibitions featuring an exciting variety of Toronto’s cultural and art venues, educational institutions, art galleries and unique spaces. Each partner is opening their doors all night long, admission is free and many have collaborated with new and established artists to offer unique experiences. From interactive video art, ghost tours and avant-garde film screenings to progression painting, shadow art, midnight poetry and unique music-making projects, these Independent Projects will make Scotiabank Nuit Blanche an unforgettable evening.

For Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto has been divided into three zones – Bloor-Yorkville, University/McCaul and West Queen St.West – and within and around each zone you’ll find a mix of Independent Projects. These projects are in addition to the previously announced Nuit Blanche Exhibitions (individual exhibitions within each of the three zones have been curated exclusively for this one evening) and My Secret City (an exhibition hidden inside the three event zones).

An Alphabetical List of Independent Projects:

Art Gallery of Ontario
Various artists
Art insomniacs are welcome to uncover late night secrets about the AGO, experiment with portrait making and create an “after hours” persona in an all-night drawing session. Free access to The Future Now, The Henry Moore Sculpture Centre, In Your Face Exhibition, and the Culture City: New Toronto Buildings. 317 Dundas Street West, 416-979-6648.

Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)
Pledge Me and Watering the Dark:A Curated Novel
Emily Schultz
The AGYU explores diverse cultural circuits to take you “out there.” They’ve recruited Joyland author Emily Schultz who wants you to help her write a story for their website. “Pledge
Me” uses a series of drop-down menus to accept the donation of the public’s ideas and memories for the creation of a single short story and “Watering the Dark: A Curated Novel” provides
the story for you to replace with photographs — perhaps from Nuit Blanche!, 416-736-5169.

Art at the Perimeter
Group exhibition
Three projects connected for one evening of contemporary art:
  • In Liberty Village BENCHmark 2006 showcases city park benches permanently transformed into neighbourhood-specific functional artworks. Liberty Street between Mowatt Avenue and Hanna Avenue 416-530-5853;
  • The Window Art Project features Toronto artist installations on display in various Parkdale window fronts. Queen Street West (between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue), 416-536-6778;
  • In the Gallery 1313 Main Gallery you’ll find E-fagia, digital installations and more than 15 internet artworks, plus VIDEO & Audio screenings by Soundplay artists. 1313 Queen Street West, 416-536-6778.

Alumnae Theatre
Various artists/performers
Enjoy staged readings of short plays by emerging playwrights, flashlight tours of the haunted theatre and acting workshops. Ghost tours may not be suitable for children under 12. 70 Berkeley Street, 416-364-4170.

AWOL Gallery
Sleepwalker – Daydreamer
Group exhibition
The AWOL collective presents new work for the insomniac based on interpretations of the role-reversal of sleeper behaving as though awake. 76/78 Ossington Avenue, 416-535-5637.

The Apotheosis of the Shadow
Mario Martinelli
Using the interactive play of light and shadow, Martinelli projects large scale shadows created on the spot in the moment. Meet your shadow during Nuit Blanche. Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, 416-869-3198.

Beaver Hall
The Beaver Hall Exhibition
Group exhibition
Residents of this Toronto Artists Housing Co-operative collaborate on an exhibition as diverse as the artistic community that calls this building home. 29 McCaul Street, 416-340-7168.

Canada’s National Ballet School
Dancing in the Street
A photo-montage of life at the National Ballet School by Cylla von Tiedemann, Joël Bénard and students of Canada’s National Ballet School. The new Celia Franca Centre’s façade of glass studios transforms into a projection site for dance photography. 400 Jarvis Street, 416-964-3780.

Canadian Music Centre
Dream House – Window on Music
David Ogborn
Sound Artist David Ogborn transforms Chalmers House into a giant dream instrument to create a multi-levelled sound installation through which the public experiences the voices of 650 composers. Chalmers House, 20 St. Joseph Street, 416-961-6601.

CN Tower and CONTACT Photography Film Festival
Wonderful Nuit – Taking Art to New Heights
Various artists
Participate in a public art and crafts creation in partnership with the Ontario Craft Council on the main level of the tower. CONTACT Photography Film Festival presents a photo-based installation in the Sky Pod (reservations required).
Reserve through 301 Front Street West, 416-86-TOWER (416-868-6937).

Consulate General of Greece in Toronto and PLATFORMA Urban Culture Co.
Cinema with a Grεεk Accent!
Group exhibition
This rooftop urban intervention features video art, video-dance and other short films from up-and-coming film makers from all over Greece. 401 Richmond Street West, 416-515-1033.

Club Excellence
La Grande Experience
Group exhibition curated by William Huffman
An all-night, no-holds-barred, super soirée highlighting provocative performance, vivacious video and innovative installations by French and Canadian artists. In association with the Embassy of France. MaRS Centre Atrium, 101 College Street, 416-977-1257 x 206.

The Drake Hotel
Night Light
Various Artists
A carnivalesque light installation emblazons the front façade. Inside you’ll find rock bands, DJs, video mixers, a late-night techno party and The Public Spaces exhibition Dog Daze. 1150 Queen Street West, 416-531-5042.

E.U. NITE Committee
Euronight ‘06
Video artists from the European Union with University College Drama program graduates. European member countries include Italy, Finland, France, Germany, Greece and the Netherlands. This outdoor garden exhibit features more than a dozen video installations by renowned European video artists. Plus, University of Toronto students present an ensemble, multi-media rendition from European plays. Not suitable for children under 15. Consulate General of Italy, 136 Beverly Street (at Dundas Street), 416-921-3802.

Gardiner Museum
Art Everywhere at the Gardiner Museum
Marlene Hilton Moore, Ray Dillard and Jean-Pierre Larocque
Join painters, ceramic artists, sculptors, and watercolourists in the studios and galleries, and enjoy the audiovisual installation and performance work The Breast Drum Project. Toronto premiere! 111 Queen's Park, 416-586-8080.

Galerie Bertossini
Sensation Nocturne – Overnight Sensation
Various artists
Franco-Ontarians and French Canadian visual artists, performers and musicians present a group show sharing the theme of living the French Canadian culture in Toronto. 783 Queen Street East, 416-466-3659.

The Gladstone Hotel
Nuit Gladstone
Various artists
On Exhibition: “outsider art” from Parkdale, life drawings in the Art Bar, and various artists in the 2nd floor hotel rooms such as Christina Zeidler. Live entertainment all night long throughout the hotel. 1214 Queen Street West, 416-531-4635.

Hollander York Gallery
Progression: Painting & Jazz
Leif Ostlund and Raphael Montpetit
An exciting night of “progression” painting and live jazz. These energetic artists paint from sunset to sunrise accompanied by an ever-changing roster of jivin’ jazz musicians.
110 Yorkville Avenue, 416-923-9275.

The Music Gallery and AIMToronto
Model for a Public Space (speaker)
Various artists
A night of site-specific performances emphasize the diverse creativity of musicians within our communities and the notion of improvisation as social practice. Grange Park, 100 McCaul Street, 416-204-1080.

Multistory Complex and the Theatre Centre
condo Boom! – The Rise of Presentation Centres and Other Outposts of Lifestyle
Various artists
The form and function of the presentation centre is appropriated to re-present images of home and existing lifestyles in the city. Engage and interact! 1087 Queen Street West, 416-534-9261.

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
24 hour 3 Stooges
Paul Collins
In this courtyard video projection, episodes of the Three Stooges are slowed down to a dream-like series of violent vignettes and transforms into something eerie and hypnotic.
Nyuk nyuk nyuk. 952 Queen Street West, 416-395-0067.

National Film Board of Canada Mediatheque
In the Moment
Theo Buchinskas
A night of interactive video art that exists only in the moment it is created, perpetually changing, perpetually new. Become the artist by selecting music and video clips! 150 John Street,

The National Ballet of Canada
The Four Seasons film
Rhombus Media and Barbara Willis Sweete
The National Ballet of Canada’s magisterial production of The Four Seasons can be enjoyed from a unique perspective during this outdoor projection of the production captured on film. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, 416-345-9686.

Ontario College of Art & Design
A Glow in the Dark: a spotlight on a selection of OCAD’s alumni

OCAD is aglow with performance, sculpture/installation, painting, film and video produced by some of its best known alumni. See David Rokeby’s perspective-altering video installation at the top of the Sharp Centre for Design, or the meditative experience of sound and morphing imagery by Geoff Pugen, or the all-night screening of films by Michael Snow. Visit for the complete program of OCAD luminaries.
100 McCaul Street, 416-977-6000.

Royal Ontario Museum
Noche en Havana
Carlos Garaicoa, Henry Erick, Jose Toirac, Lazaro Saavedra and Cimarron
A special night of provocative video works from contemporary Cuban artists, plus live salsa music and food. Visit the ROM’s Carlos Garaicoa exhibit. Parental guidance recommended. 100 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8000.

Toronto Public Library
Culture from the Ground Up: “What’s Past is Prologue…”
Group exhibition
An exploration of Toronto’s grass roots culture — the passion, tastes and trends that created folk music, protests and draft resistance and now fuel hip hop, spoken word, graffiti art and raves.
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, 416-393-7131.
Yorkville Branch Library, 22 Yorkville Avenue, 416-393-7660.

Tous les Sens
Jelena Krstic, Christos Hatzis, Nurhan Arman and George Vale. Curated by Marie Nazar.
Explore the energized and engaging labyrinth of sight and sound created by four contemporary Canadian artists. Monumental paintings and a live musical performance. The Colonnade,
131 Bloor Street West, Mezzanine level, 416-762-7702.

Toronto International Film Festival Group
Peter Mettler
One of Canada’s most adventurous filmmakers exhibits 18 light boxes of densely layered images taken from the media environment. A Toronto premiere! Greener Pastures, 1188 Queen Street West, TIFF: 416-968-FILM.

Toronto International Film Festival Group - Cinematheque Ontario Chaque Soir A Magic City Various artists Two avant-garde film programmes highlight some of cinema’s exhilarating provocations from 1921 to 1991. Call for screening times. Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, (McCaul St. entrance). 416-968-FILM. [University of Toronto
Sleepless Night – Bright Lights

The following eight (#1-8) projects encompass Sleepless Night – Bright Lights

1. Dark Hart
Curated by Barbara Fischer
This all-night, participatory, multi-media environment showcases FASTWÜRMS and Instant Coffee, two nationally-known Toronto-based artists' collectives who produce integrated performance-based art. Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, 416-978-UOFT (8638).

2. Hazard Recognition
Curated by Louise Liliefeldt, Department of Fine Art, in collaboration with Lisa Steele (Visual Studies Program Director) and Barbara Fischer
Louise Liliefeldt produces a site-specific project with art students exploring the links between emotional/physical states and physical experience. Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, 416-978-UOFT (8638).

3. Son(ic)ambulism
Curated by Steve Mann and Andrew Staniland
An interactive performance on a pressure-sensitive sound/water sculpture/instrument called a hydraulophone and the electro-acoustic concert Night Music. Faculty of Music, Edward Johnson Building, 84 Queen’s Park Crescent W. , 416-978-UOFT (8638).

4. To a Watery Grave
Curated by Andrew Hunter
At the entry to this exhibition, experience Loomings, an ambient sound work based on a sampling from a popular film soundtrack that will create a place of dark forboding. University of Toronto Art Centre, University College, Laidlaw Wing, 15 King’s College Circle, 416-978-UOFT (8638).

5. Night Bulb
Organized by poet Margaret Christakos, with Coach House Books and others
Look for poetry emergency room; dance and sound performance; spoken slam; open mike speakeasy; group chanting, crooning and groans; and a dawn chorus.
Children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult. School of Continuing Studies 158 St.George Street, 416-978-UOFT (8638).

6. Cinema ce Soir
Co-curated by Kay Armatage and members of the Hart House Film Board
Cinematic works by students and alumni from animation to fictional narratives, documentary to experimental films. Restricted to those 18 years and older. Innis College 2 Sussex Avenue, corner of St. George Street and Sussex Avenue, 416-978-UOFT (8638).

7. House Lights
Designed by Norman Foster, this new building displays computerized theatrical lighting on suspended teaching pods visible at street level. Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building,
144 College St., northwest corner of University Avenue and College Street, 416-978-UOFT (8638).

8. “What hath night to do with sleep?”
Directed by Ken Gass, University College Drama Program
A performance reading of Norman Chaurette’s Fragments of Farewell Letter, read by Geologists. Also, George Walker’s Tough happens outside the College. Coarse language. University College, 15 King’s College Circle, 416-978-UOFT (8638).

The Whale of our Being
Carl Beam 1943 – 2005
Mounted outside on Bloor Street, find three large works by this renowned Governor General's Award-winning First Nations artist. Beam has inspired a whole generation of contemporary artists. Bloor West - between St. George & Avenue Rd. (180 Bloor St. W & 280 Bloor St W), 416-766-8235 x25.

Workman Arts – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
OUTstanding/STANDING out
Various artists
Outdoor projections of clips from the annual Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival create an ideal context that reflexively demands further thinking about the definitions and social uses of madness. 1001 Queen Street West, 416-583-4339.

In addition to these Independent Projects, over 55 galleries open their doors all night long:

64 Steps Contemporary Art, A Space Gallery, Angell Gallery, Art Square Gallery and Café, The Beaver Café, Birch Libralato, Christopher Cutts Gallery, David Kaye Gallery, Diaz Contemporary, Doorway Atelier, Drabinsky Gallery, Edaas Gallery, Edward Day Gallery; Eric Arthur Gallery, UofT; Fly Gallery; G + Galleries; Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography; Gallery Gevik; Gallery Moos; Gendai Gallery, The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre; The Goethe-Institut Toronto, The Guild Shop, it's not a deli; Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, UofT; Kinsman Robinson Galleries, The Knit Café, Lee Ka-Sing Gallery, Lehmann Leskiw Fine Art, Leonardo Gallery, Loop Gallery, The Maslak McLeod Gallery, Mercer Union, Mittica Gallery, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Off the Map Gallery, Olga Korper Gallery, Open Studio, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Paul Petro Multiples & Small Works, Peak Gallery, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, The Red Head Gallery, SAVAC – South Asian Visual Arts, The Small Gallery, St. Matthew's United Church, Susan Hobbs Gallery, The Textile Museum Canada, Tony Paginton, Trinity Square Video, University of Toronto Art Centre, V Tape, Wynick / Tuck Gallery, XEXE Gallery and YYZ Artists' Outlet. For gallery location and contact information, visit (mid-September).

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, in September the public can visit or call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.

Media contact:

Grant Ramsay
Toronto Special Events



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