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October 3, 2013
Nuit Talks – Forever Friday hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos to feature k-os, Whitehorse, LAL, video message from Ai Weiwei
Controversy, political activism, art, film, music, social media and fame are all part of the global phenomenon that is international artist Ai Weiwei (Forever Bicycles). Leading up to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is the popular Nuit Talks series, including the new addition of Forever Friday: Modernity and the Era of Activism. Nuit Talks explores the theme of freedom of speech and artistic expression through art.

Nuit Talks – Forever Friday will take place Friday, October 4, from 9 to 11 p.m. in the rotunda of Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

This unique night of revelry will feature live musical performances by Whitehorse and LAL, and a live art painting by Gene Pendon and C. C Hudson Hwang's "Fake Fake" video reinterpretation of the works of Ai Weiwei, with comments from Justin Podur, friend and representative of Tarek Loubani and John Greyson; Wei Lee, Anchor, OMNI News: Mandarin Edition; and Roger Petersen, Anchor, CityNews Tonight.

Hosted by television and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos, the centrepiece of this free event will be a special video message from Ai Weiwei. The festivities will culminate with the Samba Punks drummers leading into a thematic DJ set from k-os as the grand finale.

Organizers at the City of Toronto want to thank all the participants, including media sponsors City and OMNI, for their time and support.

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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.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 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.

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Anastasia Saradoc
Economic Development & Culture, City of Toronto



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