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November 8, 2007
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2007 Artists and the arts community benefit from all-night contemporary art festival
On Saturday, September 29, a record number of Torontonians explored more than 195 art exhibits and installations, and many voted for their favourite contemporary art installation at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, as part of the Scotiabank People’s Choice. The favourite art installation in each of the three zones will be awarded a $5,000 gift from Scotiabank.

Also benefiting from the event is ArtHeart, the Regent Park community art centre, which provides children, youth and adults with visual arts programs, art education and materials year round at no cost. Proceeds from merchandise and concession sales as well as from the People’s Choice text voting has contributed $22,000 to the organization.

The following will be acknowledged by the Scotiabank People’s Choice:
Zone A (Bloor-Yorkville) Kristen Roos Ghost Station
Zone B (Butterfield Park) Hangman Gallery Sit Down/Asseyez Vous/Tome Asiento
Zone C (Queen West) Craig Walsh Incursion

“The Scotiabank People’s Choice is our way of saying thank you to the artists who help put Scotiabank Nuit Blanche together for an unforgettable experience,” said Chris Hodgson, Scotiabank Executive Vice-President and Head of Domestic Personal Banking. “The acknowledgment helped provide a truly interactive experience between artists and the public - it’s programs like the Scotiabank People’s Choice that allows Scotiabank to support and enrich the communities in which we live and work.”

“Each and every one of the 500 artists, 200 volunteers, independent partners and countless others in the arts community involved in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche deserves to be congratulated for the effort and creativity they injected into the city of Toronto for one magical night,” said Mayor David Miller. “Scotiabank Nuit Blanche sets a new benchmark in city-building - demonstrating the power that exists in partnerships between the City and the artistic and corporate communities for the benefit of all our citizens.”

The audience for this year’s event was estimated at 800,000. The growth in attendance was so great that increased resources will be needed to address transportation, road closures, pedestrian plans and audience capacity for future events.

“The response to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche was astonishing, and frankly, a little overwhelming,” said Kyle Rae, Chair of the Economic Development Committee, and Councillor for Toronto Centre-Rosedale - the area where many of the crowds gathered, with wait times for some installations lasting over an hour. “We’ve listened to residents over this past month and it’s obvious the city is hungry for cultural events on a large scale - hopefully next time we can dedicate more resources to the event to bring it up to the level the City is so obviously ready for.”

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is Toronto’s all-night celebration of contemporary art. First produced in 2006 as part of the City’s Live with Culture campaign, the event was so successful, it was brought back in 2007 as an annual signature event for the City of Toronto. The City received an Urban Leadership award for the inaugural Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2006. Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is produced by the City of Toronto’s Special Events office in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community.

Scotiabank is committed to supporting communities both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2006 Scotiabank provided more than $42 million in sponsorships and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education, social services and arts and culture.

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 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Giannina Warren
Toronto Special Events

Livy Feldgajer
Scotiabank Public Affairs



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