City of Toronto  

Living in TorontoDoing businessVisiting TorontoAccessing City Hall
All news releases
Last 30 days
By month
Archived news release by year
  2012 - 2011 - 2010
  2009 - 2008 - 2007
  2006 - 2005 - 2004
  2003 - 2002 - 2001
  2000 - 1999 - 1998
RSS identifier linked to feed RSS
December 5, 2012
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche announces its 2012 economic impact and the event's curators for 2013
The City of Toronto today announced the economic impact of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012 that was held earlier this fall. In addition, the curators for next year's event were officially announced.

Based on results from an Ipsos Reid survey, the economic impact of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012 was calculated to be $38 million with an additional $4.2 million spillover impact for Ontario. The event attracted both local and out-of-town audiences, with an estimated attendance exceeding one million people, including more than 170,000 out-of-town visitors.

"Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is not only a great event for all residents to enjoy, its success has contributed to Toronto's position as a global destination for culture," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic Development Committee. "This celebration of contemporary art, made possible through the support of the cultural community, corporate partners and the public, continues to generate a positive economic impact for our city year after year."

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012 brought together the exceptional talents of more than 500 artists and curators, dozens of galleries, museums, cultural and educational institutions and neighbourhoods, 500 volunteers and 30 corporate sponsors and media partners in a collaborative undertaking.

“The past seven years have seen Scotiabank Nuit Blanche transform and grow each year,” said Duncan Hannay, Scotiabank’s Senior Vice President, Canadian Marketing. “Part of our commitment to communities across Canada is support for the arts, and we are proud to help bring this innovative artistic event to Toronto. Scotiabank Nuit Blanche truly enriches the communities where we live and work, by making art accessible to everyone, and we look forward to building on its continued success in 2013.”

“The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Advisory Committee continues to be impressed by the calibre of the artistic talent showcased at this event, and this year was no exception," said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice Chancellor, OCAD University. "The curators and artists for 2013 will continue to expand the boundaries of public art and are sure to ignite the public's imagination in new and unexpected ways."

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013
Planning is well underway for the eighth edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013. Curators Ami Barak (France) Patrick Macaulay (Toronto) Ivan Jurakic (Waterloo) and Crystal Mowry (Cambridge) were selected by the Advisory Committee earlier this year and are now working with artists on their creative visions for the 2013 exhibitions.

The City-produced exhibition includes Open Call projects, which are smaller scale works produced specifically for the event. They are selected by a curator in consultation with the City of Toronto. Funding and production support is provided. The Open Call submission deadline is December 17, 2012.

Each year's event also features Independent projects - self-funded installations created by galleries, schools, neighbourhoods, community organizations or individual artists. The Independent Project submission deadline is February 15, 2012.

Applications are now being accepted for 2013 Open Call projects and Independent projects.

Details on both Open Call projects and Independent Project submissions can be found at

About Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
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 850 official art installations, created by nearly 3,500 artists and has generated more than $138 million in economic impact for Toronto. Look for updates at, on Facebook at and Twitter at @sbnuitblancheTO, #snbTO.

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

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Sylvia Kavanagh
Economic Development & Culture



Toronto maps | Get involved | Toronto links
© City of Toronto 1998-2019