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September 19, 2017
Nuit Talks series returns for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017
In its eighth year, the Nuit Talks series returns with intriguing talks, roundtable discussions and one-on-one interviews examining and showcasing the arts and artists involved in Nuit Blanche Toronto. The impressive lineup offers a unique behind-the-scenes look from September 25 to October 1. All talks are free and open to the public. Details about this year’s Nuit Talks follow and are available at

Uncovering the 'TRUTH' with artist Brian Leitch aka KWEST
Monday, September 25, 7 to 8 p.m. Q&A to follow. Free.
OCAD University, Auditorium, 100 McCaul St.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Contemporary graffiti artist Brian Leitch aka KWEST discusses his project "TRUTH," sponsored by H&M. Known for his streamlined style, this self-taught carpenter, designer, builder and pillar in the fusion of graffiti and sculpture has been active in developing a unique and complex style of lettering for more than 20 years. At this Nuit Talk, Leitch explores his project "TRUTH" and his journey and artistic practice, which argues the potential of something or someone that might otherwise be rejected or thrown away. Hosted by Samara D'Auria, Communications & Press, H&M Canada, and moderated by Jessica Ford, Producer, VICE Canada.

The Family Camera – Missing Chapters Revisited
Saturday, September 30, 6 to 7 p.m. Free.
Royal Ontario Museum, Eaton Theatre, 100 Queen's Pk.

Family photographs seem universal yet for some families they don’t exist. Join Jennifer Orpana, Assistant Curator, Royal Ontario Museum, as she offers a behind-the-scenes look at the work of The Family Camera Network, a public archive project, and the making of The Family Camera. Presented by the Royal Ontario Museum, this visual presentation will be followed by a panel of emerging artists, researchers and participants of The Family Camera Network, who will explore family photography through stories of loss, absence and recovery. Registration:

Shahzia Sikander on Disruption as Rapture
Saturday, September 30, 7 to 8 p.m. Free.
Ismaili Centre, Social Hall, 49 Wynford Dr.

Presented by the Aga Khan Museum, Shahzia Sikander discusses her practice as a contemporary artist from Pakistan and her installation for Nuit Blanche Toronto. The commissioned project "Disruption as Rapture" animates the 18th-century "Gulshan-i lsquo (Rose Garden of Love)" manuscript with a five-metre (15-foot) installation in the Aga Khan Park. An original folio of the manuscript "Sea serpent swallows the royal fleet" is in the Aga Khan Museum's permanent collection and will be available for viewing during the event to help provide context for the reinvented vision.

Nuit Blanche 2018 – Time to Tell
Sunday, October 1, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Black Artists' Networks Dialogue (BAND), 19 Brock Ave.

As a special sneak peek into the Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018 exhibition "We All Have Stories," curator Karen Alexander and United Kingdom-based artists Gayle Chong Kwan, Maria Amidu, Tal Rosner and dubmorphology: Gary Stewart and Trevor Mathison will deliver initial impulses behind each of their projects, their first impressions of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017 and how the experience attending this year's event will influence and inspire the next stage of their creative process. This talk is made possible by the generous support of The British Council of Canada, Toronto.

About Nuit Blanche Toronto
Nuit Blanche Toronto is the city's annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community, and funded by the Government of Ontario and Tourism Toronto. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured almost 1,400 art installations by approximately 4,900 artists and has generated over $311 million in economic impact for Toronto. Information and updates are available at, on Facebook at, on Twitter at, on Instagram at The event hashtag is #nbTO17.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

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