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July 9, 2008
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2008 program announced - OCAF funding to support enhanced projects
Mayor David Miller, the Honourable Aileen Carroll, Ontario’s Minister of Culture, and the 2008 Curators assembled earlier today to announce funding and reveal the programming lineup for this year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche - Toronto’s all-night celebration of contemporary art which returns on October 4, 2008.

Mayor Miller and Minister Carroll announced that Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2008 will receive a one-time cash injection from the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Culture.

“An event of this scale benefits tremendously from great funding partners,” said Mayor Miller. “I'd like to thank Scotiabank for its support and also the Ontario Government for contributing to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. I'm thrilled that their investments in 2008 will allow us to enhance the event and maximize the number of people who can experience contemporary art on a larger scale.”

“Ontario is proud to be a partner in this event by helping attract more visitors to spend a sleepless night in Toronto with great art,” said Minister Carroll. “Cultural tourism events like this one are a great boost to our economy.”

“For two years now, we have seen and experienced firsthand the joy that Scotiabank Nuit Blanche brings to our city and to the many people who come to take part in it,” said Chris Hodgson, Scotiabank Executive Vice-President and Head, Domestic Personal Banking. “As the title sponsor of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Scotiabank is looking forward to October 4, a night that will celebrate artistic creativity and the important role that arts and culture play in enriching our community.”

The 2008 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Exhibition Curators - Gordon Hatt, Wayne Baerwaldt, Dave Dyment and Haema Sivanesan - also announced their curatorial statements and the artists and projects they will feature.

Once again, unique spaces across Toronto will be transformed by contemporary art. Project Blinkenlights from Berlin will create Stereoscope, converting Toronto’s City Hall into the world’s largest interactive computer screen. Hundreds of zombies will take over College Park for Jillian McDonald’s piece entitled Zombies in Condoland. Yoko Ono’s three-part interactive exhibition in Liberty Village will require thousands to Imagine Peace. Matt Masters and will collaborate on the outrageous nouveau cabaret Don Coyote, blurring the lines between performer and observer in the city’s financial district. Maple Leaf Gardens will resonate with robotic voices as Toronto’s Luis Jacobs asks participants to picture a world Without Persons.

Full programming details will be available on in late July. The public can sign up for the e-newsletter on the site for event updates and tools to plan their night.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. Since the inaugural event in 2006, it has secured its place among the most important cultural events in North America, being honoured with the prestigious Urban Leadership Award and the Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Award. In 2007, the event saw double the community participation and nearly double the attendance as more than 800,000 people swarmed Toronto’s streets in search of art in unlikely spaces. This year, artists will showcase their art at over 155 destinations, and once again cultural institutions from museums to galleries to artist-run centres will open their doors and offer free access to contemporary art city-wide.

Scotiabank is committed to supporting communities both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2007 Scotiabank provided more than $43 million in sponsorships and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education, social services and arts and culture.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Giannina Warren, Toronto Special Events, 416-395-7318,



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