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May 23, 2012
Exhibition project preview and travel packages announced for the seventh annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
  
The City of Toronto today announced a number of artists presenting projects at the 2012 edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche as well as travel packages offered for the event. On Saturday, September 29 more than 140 contemporary art projects will be on display across the city for one night only, from sunset to sunrise.

City-produced exhibition highlights
Janine Marchessault (Canada Research Chair in Art, Digital Media and Globalization at York University in Toronto) and Michael Prokopow (Faculty member at OCAD University in Toronto) are curating the areas in and below City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. Marchessault and Prokopow's exhibition "Museum for the End of the World" represents a critically sharp, vibrant and varied investigation of art and life under the veil of oblivion and possibility. This exhibition will engage the audience with questions of catastrophe, collecting and catharsis. Douglas Coupland of Vancouver, Toronto-based Christine Davis, An Te Liu of Toronto, Dana Claxton of Vancouver and Tania Mouraud of Paris, France are among the featured artists.

Shauna McCabe (Executive Director of the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto) is curating areas in and around the Entertainment District. McCabe's exhibition "DRIFT" will offer encounters with the city that bring to light the consistency of urban space as fluid and poetic, a "terrain vague" with room to explore the familiar and fantastic. The exhibition artists will transform architecture and landscape in ways that highlight memory, history and imagination that converges in our everyday experiences. Work by artists Matthew Moore of Phoenix, Andrew Kearney of London, England and Alison Norlen of Saskatoon will be featured in this exhibition.

Christina Ritchie (former Director/Curator at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver) is curating projects located in and around Ryerson University, the Toronto Eaton Centre and the Financial District. Ritchie's exhibition "Bodies and Buildings" will invite viewers to consider how their passage through the city inflects its shape, and how their encounters with its spaces contribute to the construction of its chronicles and traditions. Artists whose work will be featured include Rhonda Weppler of San Francisco and Trevor Mahovsky of Vancouver, Peter Bowyer of Toronto and Vikky Alexander of Vancouver.

Helena Reckitt (Senior Lecturer in Curating at Goldsmiths College, University of London, England) is curating areas in and around Church Street and King Street East. The "Once More with Feeling" exhibition will present works which reference and evoke repetition and emotion, recognizing the power of memorial and re-enactment. Projects from artists Trisha Brown Dance Company of New York, Katie Paterson of Berlin, Germany and Oliver Husain of Toronto will be featured in this exhibition.

While the City-produced exhibition projects are centralized downtown, the entire event extends city-wide, with nearly 100 independent projects located in various sites and neighbourhoods throughout the city.

Travel packages
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012 welcomes two new travel partners, the Fairmont Royal York and Porter Airlines. The Fairmont Royal York is this year's official host hotel, offering special night and weekend room rates starting at $149. Porter Airlines is onboard as the official airline and will offer a 20% discount for fares booked under the promo code NUIT.

Other hotel partners participating in the event include: Madison Manor Boutique Hotel, The Strathcona Hotel Downtown Toronto, Cambridge Suites Toronto, Hilton Garden Inn Toronto City Centre, Metropolitan Hotel Toronto, Novotel Toronto Centre, Bond Place Hotel, Hotel Victoria, the Drake Hotel, One King West Hotel and Residence, The Ritz-Carlton and SoHo Metropolitan Hotel Toronto. Room rates start at $90.
Book a two-night stay with any Scotiabank Nuit Blanche hotel partner and receive an exclusive invitation to be among the first to experience "Museum for the End of the World" at a special preview event called "Behind the Nuit", on Friday September 28. This offer includes an opportunity to meet with the curators and artists at a private reception.

Complete information on all travel packages can be found at http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/travel-packages.

About Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Full programming details will be available in August. General information for the public is now available at http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca. Look for updates on Facebook at facebook.com/sbnuitblancheTO and follow us on Twitter at @sbnuitblanche, #snbTO.

High resolution images and background information about the event are available to media at http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/nuitblanche/nuitblanche_media.htm.

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 700 official art installations created by nearly 3,000 artists and has generated more than $100 million in economic impact for Toronto.

About Scotiabank
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $45 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit www.scotiabank.com.

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Economic Development & Culture
416-392-8123
skavana@toronto.ca

 

 

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