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May 10, 2007
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche to return as annual event for City of Toronto 2007 programming details announced
  
Mayor David Miller today announced that last year’s enormously successful Scotiabank Nuit Blanche - the free, city-wide, all-night event celebrating contemporary art - will return on Saturday, September 29 and become an annual signature event for Toronto. Returning as title sponsor this year is Scotiabank.

“Last year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche was an incredible event that served to showcase Toronto’s vibrant arts scene and this city’s cultural communities,” said Mayor David Miller. “Our artists, curators and artistic institutions are the real stars of this remarkable event that was enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people in its inaugural year. I’m thrilled that Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is returning and I’m committed to making it an annual event for the city of Toronto.”

“Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, and once again we are looking forward to being a part of this exciting all-night celebration of contemporary art,” said Chris Hodgson, Executive Vice-President and Head of Domestic Personal Banking, Scotiabank. “We are very pleased to again partner with the City of Toronto to bring the very best of contemporary art to the communities and people of Toronto. I am looking forward to joining all of you, as together we again experience the city in a different light.”

Unlike any event ever produced in North America, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2006 was completely distinctive and a transformative celebration of creativity for Toronto. The overwhelming positive post-event response from the public, media and art community was unprecedented. Attendance figures, estimated at 425,000, significantly surpassed the projected audience of 250,000.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will return Saturday, September 29. From sunset at 7:03 p.m. to sunrise on Sunday, September 30 the public is invited to rediscover Toronto through public art commissions, all- night exhibitions, performances, installations and unique programs.

Following the successful structure of last year’s event, Toronto will be divided into three geographical zones to accommodate the numerous Scotiabank Nuit Blanche destinations. Each zone will feature one curated Scotiabank Nuit Blanche exhibition and a series of Independent Projects with a unified goal to highlight creative works that inspire wonder and encourage dialogue.

The three Scotiabank Nuit Blanche curated exhibitions will be located in the following areas: Bloor/Yorkville (within Zone A); The Grange/Chinatown (within Zone B) and West Queen West/Liberty Village (within Zone C). For a detailed list of exhibition sites and curators, visit www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca.

To ensure that all Toronto artists - established and emerging - had the opportunity to submit proposals for the 2007 exhibitions, 15 installations were selected by the curators through an open call process.

One hundred and twenty-three Toronto museums, galleries, cultural and educational institutions and neighbourhoods will participate in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2007 with more than 150 individual projects. This represents close to a 50 per cent increase in participation from the inaugural event. These additions will expand the reach of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche into new areas across the city, including the Distillery District, Bloor/Landsdowne, Parkdale, Church/Wellesley and Downtown Yonge.

The University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design played major roles in the inaugural Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Both will return for 2007, joined this year by Ryerson University and George Brown College, all of which will contribute multiple exhibitions to the event. The scale of the involvement by these educational institutions demonstrates the important role Toronto’s emerging artists play in this event.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is a unique 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 and a free 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.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche won a 2007 Urban Leadership Award in the City Initiatives category. The Canadian Urban Institute awards social and cultural programs and initiatives reflecting Canada’s growing awareness that the quality of urban life is deeply rooted in the quality and strength of its public realm.

For more information about Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, visit http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca or call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Marilyn Nickel, Toronto Special Events, 416-395-7375
Livy Feldgajer, Scotiabank Public Affairs, 416-866-6203


 

 

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