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July 21, 2010
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010 program announced
The City of Toronto today announced the entire artistic program for the fifth edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, including 40 City-produced exhibition projects and 93 community-produced independent projects taking place on October 2. This year will also feature a series of events designed to celebrate the fifth anniversary and extend the event beyond one night.

“This five-year milestone offers a great opportunity to not only look back and celebrate the successes of the first four years, but also look forward to the growth and expansion of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche as one of Canada’s marquee art events,” said Rita Davies, Executive Director Culture, City of Toronto. “Once again our diverse and dynamic artistic community has developed a robust program that will delight and challenge audiences and transform Toronto’s streets into a nocturnal playground of contemporary art.”

City-produced exhibition Highlights

The City-produced exhibition projects will be positioned directly on the Yonge-University TTC subway line. Yonge Street will be entirely closed to car traffic from Bloor Street south to Front Street, giving pedestrians safe and easy access to the exhibitions.

Curator Gerald McMaster’s exhibition entitled “The Good Night” features 10 projects in and around Yorkville, from Yonge Street to St. George. Highlights include the Lower Bay Station, which will become an interactive landscape of light in Daan Roosegaarde’s installation "Interactive Landscape Dune", while the Village of Yorkville Park will feature a billion-year-old chunk of the Canadian Shield transformed into the pulsing heart of Mother Earth by Kent Monkman’s alter-ego Miss Chief Eagle Testikle in "Iskootāo". France's Agnès Winter will transform the façade of the Holt Renfrew Centre into a mosaic of smiling Torontonians in "Monument to Smile", while Nadine Faraj will create giant, impermanent, street-level light boxes on the windows of retail spaces in "EPHEMERA".

Anthony Kiendl will curate seven projects along the west side of Yonge from Dundas Street to Queen Street West in “Sound and Vision.” Nathan Phillips Square will be transformed into a sensory oasis as Daniel Lanois prepares, produces and performs the soundtrack to a multi-channel, multi-screen media experience in "Later That Night at the Drive-In". Atop the new Podium Green Roof at City Hall, Dan Graham’s "Performance Café with Perforated Sides" will feature one of the artist’s world-renowned reflective pavilions, beckoning as a space for human interaction on a grand or intimate scale. A new collaborative sound and video work by Leah Singer and Lee Ranaldo of the band Sonic Youth will take over the courtyard at Old City Hall in a project entitled sight unseen. Shannon Linde will recreate the ultimate concert-going experience in her interactive video installation "Eternal Encore", and Kianga Ford and Isabelle Noel will invite the masses to move in unison in "Dance With Me".

Sarah Robayo Sheridan’s exhibition entitled “The Night of Future Past” will be located on the east side of Yonge from Carlton Street south to Queen Street West. She will curate eight projects, including Ryan Gander’s "Just Because You Can Feel It, Doesn’t Mean It’s There", which will set Yonge-Dundas Square ablaze in a social sculpture of ambiguous designation but of unmistakable scale and presence. In "Reunion" on the Ryerson Theatre Stage, the historic artistic convergence of the same name that occurred in 1968 will be celebrated and remounted by local and international performers influenced by the twin legacies of Marcel Duchamp and John Cage. Karen Garrett du Luna will create an interactive swarm of fireflies on the Ryerson Campus in "Ning Ning", and New York's Iman Issa will recreate four ordinary structures in unique locations in "Meeting Point: After a planner whose search for new forms pays tribut to existing and familiar places".

Christof Migone will curate 15 projects in the Financial District, straddling Yonge Street from Queen Street to Front Street. “Should I Stay or Should I Go” will feature Max Streicher’s "Endgame (Coulrophobia)" which will either delight or frighten audiences who discover the giant inflatable clown heads wedged between two buildings in a back alley. Annie Onyi Cheung's installation "_scape with six and seven" will invite onlookers to focus on the art and simplicity of breath as they experience others breathing through an undulating sound and landscape at the Cloud Gardens. At Commerce Court, Davide Balula’s performance entitled "The Endless Pace" will feature 60 dancers mimicking the passage of time in a clock formed from human movement. Kim Adams’ "Auto Lamp" will become a beacon of light for night owls; a sculptural lighthouse on land at the corner of Yonge and Queen.

Julia Loktev's "I Cried For You" will invite actors to cry on cue while watched by the masses up-close and through wide-range video. At the south end of the zone, Sandra Rechico will recreate the historic Toronto shoreline with a ghostlike light installation entitled "1850". At Brookfield Place, Martin Arnold and Micah Lexier have collaborated to present "Erik Satie’s Vexations" – two pianos playing a score simultaneously 840 times over 12 hours – the first time this difficult score has been played in such a way and in such short a time.

Community – produced independent project highlights

The community-produced portion of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will feature new or existing installations created by cultural and educational institutions, neighbourhoods and individual artists that extend the boundaries of the event city-wide and showcase the diversity of Toronto’s arts community. Casa Loma, CN Tower, the Bata Shoe Museum, Ryerson University, TIFF and many more organizations are hosting important projects in their unique venues. Entire neighbourhoods like Parkdale, Liberty Village, Queen West, the Distillery District and the area in and around Trinity Bellwoods Park will feature multiple installations by local artists.

Fifth anniversary program

Starting September 20 until October 3, a retrospective exhibition titled "Some Enchanted Evenings" celebrating the first four years of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will be showcased at Scotia Plaza, 40 King St. W. Selected artworks by past artists, as well as photos and video will be featured in an exhibition curated by Fern Bayer, one of the original curators from 2006.

To further commemorate the fifth Anniversary, "Nuit Talks" will offer an engaging series of talks covering five topics in five venues over five days. The discussions will explore the boundaries of contemporary art in public space within the context of the event – and will include an intimate conversation with Jian Gomeshi and Daniel Lanois, as well as other diverse examinations of the event’s influence on the commercial contemporary art market, the curatorial process and more. A full list of events, speakers, locations and times can be found online.

Full programming details are available on The public can sign up for the e-newsletter on the site, follow @sbnuitblancheTO on Twitter or visit for behind the scenes information and updates as the event draws near.

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. It has been honoured with the prestigious "Urban Leadership Award" and the Globe and Mail "Business for the Arts Award" and was voted by NOW Magazine as Toronto’s "Best Art Event" in 2008 and 2009.

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