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September 19, 2007
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2007 Preparations are underway for ‘a free all-night contemporary art thing’
With only 10 days remaining until contemporary art takes over the streets of Toronto as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, more than 500 artists and 125 of Toronto’s cultural institutions are preparing 195 different projects that will transform the city for one night only.

New for 2007:

- A 55 per cent increase in participation from Independent Project partners (galleries, museums, art institutions and neighbourhoods) has expanded the reach of the event into eight new neighbourhoods: Bloor/Landsdowne, Chinatown, Kensington Market, Parkdale, Liberty Village, the Distillery District, Downtown Yonge and Church/Wellesley.

- Art Aloud: The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2007 Lecture Series includes free public events on Thursday and Friday September 27 and 28 in the Ontario College of Art and Design Auditorium. With participation from artists involved in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, including Sara Graham, Millie Chen and Dyan Marie from Toronto, Adad Hannah from Montreal, and Laura Belém from Brazil, the discussions, dialogue and discourse on the artistic process will be lively, informative and entertaining.

- The TTC Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Shuttle will run from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. providing transportation between all three zones. The Subway will be open all night on selected routes (bottom ‘U’ of University/Spadina line, Yonge/ University from St. George to Eglinton, Bloor/Danforth from Christie to Broadview). TTC Day passes for September 29 will be accepted until 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 30.

- txtArt will allow art lovers to create their own audio experience via their cellphones during the event. SMS Keyword and extension numbers will be printed on Exhibition signage, and the public can listen to exhibition artists or curators discuss their work. Audio files will also be available for download before the event for a personalized mp3 player audio tour. Additionally, txtART interactive projection screens will be available near the Hubs in all three zones. These billboard-sized multimedia projections will be displaying text messages and images sent by the audience to txtART in real time.

- The Scotiabank People’s Choice Awards will allow the public to select their favourite project in each zone for a chance to win movies for a year from Cineplex Entertainment. Information on how to vote will be available in each Scotiabank Information Hub.

- The ArtsOpen foundation funding ArtHeart, the Regent Park arts program for children, youth and adults, will benefit from proceeds of merchandise sold in each Hub and through text voting for People’s Choice.

- Select bars, stores and restaurants will have extended hours to serve art lovers into the night.

From sunset on Saturday, September 29 to sunrise on Sunday, September 30 the public will rediscover Toronto through Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, a free signature event produced by the City of Toronto. For more information, visit or call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2006 the Bank 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, 416-395-7318,
Livy Feldgajer, Scotiabank Public Affairs, 416-866-6203,



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