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September 22, 2016
Nuit Talks series returns for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016
In its seventh year, the Nuit Talks series returns with intriguing talks, round-table discussions and presentations on the art and artists, offering a unique behind-the-scenes look at Nuit Blanche Toronto. Presented by artists, curators and thinkers from this year's event, Nuit Talks boasts an impressive lineup from September 29 to October 1. All talks are free and open to the public. Details about this year’s Nuit Talks follow and are available at

Reflections on "OBLIVION"
Thursday, September 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3, 350 King St. W.
Nuit Blanche Toronto artists Director X ("Death of the Sun") and Floria Sigismondi ("PNEUMA") discuss working in the music and film industries, and the influence their experiences had on their newly commissioned Nuit Blanche 2016 projects working with projections of solar images and water screens. Moderated by Theresa Scandiffio (Senior Manager of Adult Learning, TIFF Bell Lightbox), this talk is presented in partnership with Media Architecture Summit organized by Sensorium at York University.
To register, visit

In Conversation with Angelo Musco and Nicola Verlato
Thursday, September 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 496 Huron St.
A conversation with Nuit Blanche Toronto artists Angelo Musco ("The Body Behind the Body") and Nicola Verlato ("The Merging"). Based in New York and Los Angeles, these Italian ex-pats discuss artistic practice, their works for Nuit Blanche Toronto and growing up in Italy. Host: Alessandro Ruggera (Directo, Istituto Italiano di Cultura). Moderator: Francisco Alvarez (Executive and Artistic Director, Galleries System OCAD University). Doors open at 5 p.m. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Roundtable on Media Architecture and Nuit Blanche Toronto
Friday, September 30 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3, 350 King St. W.
Nuit Blanche Toronto curator Janine Marchessault ("OBLIVION"), leads a round-table discussion exploring the relationship between architecture, public space and media, with Nuit Blanche Toronto artists. This talk is presented in partnership with Media Architecture Summit organized by Sensorium at York University.
Featuring: David Rokeby ("Hand-held"), Jean-Pierre Aubé ("Electrosmog Toronto") and Nicola Verlato ("The Merging").
To register, visit

In Conversation with John Akomfrah
Saturday, October 1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free
Design Exchange, The Library, 234 Bay St.
Nuit Blanche Toronto artist John Akomfrah ("Vertigo Sea") talks about his filmmaking practice and the varied political and social contexts through which it can be understood. Host: Shauna Levy (President and Chief Executive Officer, Design Exchange).
Moderator: Kass Banning (Associate Professor, Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto).
Doors open at 5 p.m. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Houses of Wisdom: The Library in the 21st Century – buildings, books and archives in the digital age
Saturday, October 1 from 8 to 10 p.m. Free
The Ismaili Centre, Toronto, Social Hall, 49 Wynford Dr.
As Nuit Blanche Toronto transforms the city for one night with art, creativity and discovery, Sandra Singh (Chief Librarian at the Vancouver Public Library) and Aziza Chaouni (Founding Principal of Aziza Chaouni Projects and Associate Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design) present a talk exploring libraries and their changing role as a place of creative engagement and the preserve of cultural traditions in the 21st century.

Shuttle service: Complimentary shuttle bus service will operate every 40 minutes on Saturday, October 1, leaving at 6 p.m. from the Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W. (intersection of Dundas Street West and Beverly Street) to The Ismaili Centre at 49 Wynford Dr. (passenger drop-off area), and continuing until 1 a.m. (last shuttle departs the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, at 12:40 a.m.). To RSVP, visit

Nuit Talks is proud to partner with Design Exchange, Aga Khan Park and Ismaili Centre Toronto, L´Istituto Italiano di Cultura and the Media Architecture Summit (MAS 2016) for this year's talks. Held for the first time in North America, MAS 2016 takes place in Toronto from September 29 to October 1, 2016. MAS 2016 features artists and designers, architects, scholars, and representatives from the cultural sector and industry presenting a range of projects including context aware illuminated spaces, architectural projection, animated building facades and interactive installations inviting spontaneous public performance.

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. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured nearly 1,300 art installations by approximately 4,600 artists and has generated over $268 million in economic impact for Toronto. Nuit Blanche Toronto is a 10-day program which includes the Nuit Talks series and Extended Projects. Look for information and updates at, on Facebook at, Twitter at @nuitblancheTO, and Instagram at @nuitblancheTO. The event hashtag is #nbTO16.

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