Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2007



    Artists and the arts community benefit from the all-night contemporary
    art festival

    TORONTO, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - On Saturday, September 29, a record number of
Torontonians explored more than 195 art exhibits and installations, and many
voted for their favourite contemporary art installation at Scotiabank Nuit
Blanche, as part of the Scotiabank People's Choice. The favourite art
installation in each of the three zones will be awarded a $5,000 gift from
Scotiabank.
    Also benefiting from the event is ArtHeart, the Regent Park community art
centre, which provides children, youth and adults with visual arts programs,
art education and materials year round at no cost. Proceeds from merchandise
and concession sales as well as from the People's Choice text voting has
contributed $22,000 to the organization.

    
    The following will be acknowledged by the Scotiabank People's Choice:

    Zone A (Bloor-Yorkville)     Kristen Roos        Ghost Station
    Zone B (Butterfield Park)    Hangman Gallery     Sit Down/Asseyez
                                                     Vous/Tome Asiento
    Zone C (Queen West)          Craig Walsh         Incursion
    

    "The Scotiabank People's Choice is our way of saying thank you to the
artists who help put Scotiabank Nuit Blanche together for an unforgettable
experience," said Chris Hodgson, Scotiabank Executive Vice-President and Head
of Domestic Personal Banking. "The acknowledgment helped provide a truly
interactive experience between artists and the public - it's programs like the
Scotiabank People's Choice that allows Scotiabank to support and enrich the
communities in which we live and work."
    "Each and every one of the 500 artists, 200 volunteers, independent
partners and countless others in the arts community involved in Scotiabank
Nuit Blanche deserves to be congratulated for the effort and creativity they
injected into the city of Toronto for one magical night," said Mayor David
Miller. "Scotiabank Nuit Blanche sets a new benchmark in city-building -
demonstrating the power that exists in partnerships between the City and the
artistic and corporate communities for the benefit of all our citizens."
    The audience for this year's event was estimated at 800,000. The growth
in attendance was so great that increased resources will be needed to address
transportation, road closures, pedestrian plans and audience capacity for
future events.
    "The response to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche was astonishing, and frankly, a
little overwhelming," said Kyle Rae, Chair of the Economic Development
Committee, and Councillor for Toronto Centre-Rosedale - the area where many of
the crowds gathered, with wait times for some installations lasting over an
hour. "We've listened to residents over this past month and it's obvious the
city is hungry for cultural events on a large scale - hopefully next time we
can dedicate more resources to the event to bring it up to the level the City
is so obviously ready for."

    Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is Toronto's all-night celebration of
contemporary art. First produced in 2006 as part of the City's Live with
Culture campaign, the event was so successful, it was brought back in 2007 as
an annual signature event for the City of Toronto. The City received an Urban
Leadership award for the inaugural Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2006. Scotiabank
Nuit Blanche is produced by the City of Toronto's Special Events office in
collaboration with Toronto's arts community.

    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 2006 Scotiabank
provided more than $42 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.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Giannina Warren, Toronto
Special Events, (416) 395-7318, gwarren@toronto.ca; Livy Feldgajer, Scotiabank
Public Affairs, (416) 866-6203, livy_feldgajer@scotiacapital.com


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