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October 6, 2008
What a City! What a Night! Streets were filled with art lovers until sunrise for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2008
The following news release was issued via Canada NewsWire at 6:30 a.m. yesterday morning.

Last night from dusk until dawn, Toronto vibrated with energy and excitement as close to a million art lovers filled the streets in search of contemporary art.

Zombies overtook College Park, mascots worked the crowds at Lamport Stadium, and Toronto City Hall became the world’s largest interactive computer screen, as thousands of onlookers watched video segments and cheered for participants playing a massive game of Pong on the iconic towers. 'Stereoscope' by Blinkenlights was broadcast live around the world via the web and on a giant screen in Melbourne Australia’s Federation Square as part of the international Urban Screens Conference. The installation will continue to delight onlookers every night until October 10.

“Incredible art. Unbelievable crowds,” said Mayor David Miller. “Tonight Torontonians reclaimed our public spaces and celebrated with our talented and creative artists what a truly vibrant city we live in.”

“For a successful third year, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche has demonstrated a high calibre of work and entertainment that pleased many spectators from near and far,” said Chris Hodgson, Executive Vice-President and Head of Domestic Personal Banking, Scotiabank. “Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is another way that we are proudly able to support and enrich our communities by giving back to the places where we live and work. We are very proud of the contribution that Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is making in our community.”

“Scotiabank Nuit Blanche has turned into a visible manifestation of our city’s deep cultural fermentation,” said Rita Davies, Executive Director, Cultural Services, City of Toronto. “It demonstrates that creativity is the beating heart of Toronto.”

“From the cool and uncanny to the brilliantly bright, Toronto and its creative people and institutions have never been so alive and alight with excitement, celebration and an outpouring of creativity,” said Sara Diamond, President of the Ontario College of Art and Design. “Scotiabank Nuit Blanche reminds us that culture is the glue that binds us together. May our city retain the spirit of this night through the year ahead.”

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche brought together the exceptional talents of more than 750 artists and curators, 92 galleries, museums, cultural and educational institutions and neighbourhoods, 450 volunteers and 24 corporate sponsors and media partners. Plans are already underway for the fourth edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, which returns to Toronto on Saturday, October 3, 2009.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is Toronto’s all-night celebration of contemporary art and is produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. An annual and signature event for the City, it has been honoured with the prestigious Urban Leadership Award and the Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Award.

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2007 the Bank provided more than $43 million in sponsorships and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education and 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 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 contacts:
Giannina Warren, Economic Development Culture and Tourism, City of Toronto, 416-395-7318,
Livy Feldgajer, Scotiabank Public Affairs, 416-866-6203, 416-888-4695 (cell)



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