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September 26, 2011
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche events at Fort York, Todmorden Mills and Spadina Museum
Chosen for their distinctive architecture features and unique settings, three City of Toronto historic sites will host four independent Canadian art projects as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on October 1.

Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.), Todmorden Mills Heritage Site (67 Pottery Rd.) and Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.) will feature exhibits that invite visitors to experience these sites in new ways. Event details are provided below and online at

Fort York National Historic Site will host SMILE and Shed, two independent projects that welcome exploration and interaction. SMILE (Socially Motivated Interactive Lightscaping Environment), by Dashing Collective in collaboration with Aesthetec Studio, is a lighting installation of interactive cubes of light arranged in a honeycomb pattern. Visitors can carry the cubes of light that will intensify and pulsate as their interaction with the space and others within it changes.

Located inside two of Fort York's historic buildings, Shed (created by _iterative) explores the idea of a laboratory and incubation space that depicts how cities and homes evolve. The exterior composition will surprise visitors with an upside-down structure. The interior unveils an immersive experience assembled from everyday building materials such as gypsum, rigid blue foam insulation and lumber.

Spadina Museum's interiors will be alive with patterns and forms inspired by its garden and forested grounds. The Inside Out exhibition will stretch visitor expectations through an artistic exploration of the genesis of life and matter, and animal communications.

Inside Out's nine artists - Alexander Moyle, Barbara Cook, Elizabeth Greisman, Frith Bail, Gloria Stein, Radha Chaddah, Ruth Danziger, Sue Miller and Wendy Wobeser - will animate the estate grounds with illuminated installations in varied media, including projections, ceramic and textile sculptures, a mobile, an optical drawing machine and several large painted banners. There will also be video performance pieces by the Four Humours - blood, black bile, yellow bile and phlegm.

Cloudscape, by Xiaojing Yan, at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site is an elaborate sculpture installation constructed of reed and paper forms that float and soar through space. The work references traditional Chinese landscape painting, where natural forms are re-interpreted under the lens of culture. Yan's decorative motifs present a convoluted representation of nature by depicting water transforming into cloud.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is Toronto’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. Since 2006, the event has featured more than 600 official art installations created by nearly 2,500 artists and has generated more than $70 million in economic impact for Toronto. More event information is available at

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