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September 10, 2009
Art takes over Toronto and visitors are invited to attend
On October 3, Toronto will be the perfect destination for art enthusiasts as Scotiabank Nuit Blanche takes over the streets for one night only, all night long.

The dusk-til-dawn public celebration of contemporary art will once again feature acclaimed local, national and international artists showcasing their work in unlikely spaces across the city. Last year, nearly a million people hit the streets in search of contemporary art. Museums, galleries and entire neighbourhoods offered free access to the public all night long.

Survey results indicate that Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2008 motivated more than 100,000 tourists to come to Toronto specifically to attend the event. The night generated $13.7 million in local economic impact - impressive results for a free event lasting only 12 hours.

This year, the City of Toronto is building on the event’s success, featuring unique and innovative art installations by big names from around the art world - including Santiago Sierra, Bill Viola, Iain Baxter&, Rebecca Belmore, Oswaldo Maciá, Jeff Koons and many more. Almost 500 artists in total will be creating more than 130 projects during a night that art lovers must not miss.

Visitors to Toronto will benefit from travel packages that include discounts on transportation, hotels and attractions, including the following City of Toronto partners:

Delta Chelsea’s art enthusiast package
Toronto’s Delta Chelsea Hotel is offering a special Scotiabank Nuit Blanche rate. Call 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732) or visit

VIA Rail
Receive a 10 per cent discount off the best available fare in any class with Via Rail (discount code 11774).
Customers can book the VIA Rail package by visiting or by calling 1-888-VIA-RAIL.

Greyhound Canada
Greyhound Canada is offering special coach rental rates for direct travel to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto. Customers can call toll free at 1-866-313-0339 (advise the sales representative that the booking is for Nuit Blanche). Discounts range from 30 to 35 per cent, depending on city of origin (London, Guelph, Kitchener/Waterloo, Niagara Falls, Kingston and Ottawa). Details and bookings:

Visitors are encouraged to experience all Toronto has to offer for an entire weekend. Discounts at popular Toronto attractions - and more hotel packages - can be found at

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Giannina Warren, Economic Development, Culture and Tourism, 416-395-7318,



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