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June 14, 2007
Mayor David Miller accepts Urban Leadership Award for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Mayor David Miller today accepted a Canadian Urban Institute Urban Leadership Award (City Initiatives category) for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at a luncheon at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

The Urban Leadership Awards program honours those that have made a profound and lasting impact on the quality of urban life.

The inaugural Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, a city-wide, all-night event celebrating contemporary art in Toronto, took place on September 30, 2006 as part of the City’s Live With Culture campaign. The event attracted an estimated audience of 425,000. The overwhelming public response to the event resulted in calls for its return. Mayor David Miller committed to making Scotiabank Nuit Blanche an annual event for the City of Toronto and announced plans for the 2007 event in May.

"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 as an annual event for the City of Toronto."

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2007 will take place on September 29, from 7:03 p.m. to sunrise. The 2007 event will include 195 projects, representing close to a 50 per cent increase in participation. For further details on the event, visit

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:
Don Wanagas, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7134
Marilyn Nickel, Toronto Special Events, 416-395-7375



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