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September 30, 2008
Week of Creativity Kicks off in Toronto - Mayor Miller highlights major art happenings at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche artists' reception
Earlier this evening, Mayor David Miller kicked off an important cultural week for Toronto at the Pre-Nuit, an artists' reception held at Scotiabank's Old Bankers Hall to thank the artists involved in this weekend’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and to celebrate the vibrancy of Toronto’s arts community.

The Mayor spoke of the City's economic development strategy, the Agenda for Prosperity, which recognizes culture and creativity as one of the four foundations of Toronto's success as a world city and regional economy.
"Creativity is embraced as one of the city's important economic drivers, inseparable from prosperity, liveability and opportunity,” said Mayor Miller. “Toronto’s art scene is among the most dynamic in the world and our artists are vital participants in the city's prosperity.”

The Mayor highlighted three major Canadian art events all taking place within Toronto this week as evidence of the City’s cultural vitality: the Sobey Art Award Exhibition & Gala on Wednesday October 1st at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Toronto International Art Fair from October 3-6th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche occurring city-wide this Saturday, October 4th.

The Sobey Art Foundation's Sobey Art Award is Canada's pre-eminent prize for a young Canadian artist. The award is presented every year to an artist 40 years old or younger. The winner of the Sobey Art Award receives $50,000. This is the first time the award ceremony has been held in Toronto.

The Toronto International Art Fair is a massive four-day art fair for dealers, collectors, artists and art aficionados from around the world to meet, mingle and enthuse about modern and contemporary art. Founded in 2000, the Toronto International Art Fair is one of the most successful fairs in North America.

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, more than 750 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.

Each event offers a not-to-be-missed opportunity for art lovers and the general public alike to experience Toronto through a unique artistic and cultural lens.

For more information on the cultural events happening around Toronto this week, the public is encouraged to visit or

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 numerous 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, Economic Development Culture and Tourism, City of Toronto, 416-395-7318,



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