Mayor David Miller accepts Urban Leadership Award for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

    TORONTO, June 14 /CNW/ - Mayor David Miller today accepted a Canadian
Urban Institute Urban Leadership Award (City Initiatives category) for
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at a luncheon at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in
    The Urban Leadership Awards program honours those that have made a
profound and lasting impact on the quality of urban life.
    The inaugural Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, a city-wide, all-night event
celebrating contemporary art in Toronto, took place on September 30, 2006 as
part of the City's Live With Culture campaign. The event attracted an
estimated audience of 425,000. The overwhelming public response to the event
resulted in calls for its return. Mayor David Miller committed to making
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche an annual event for the City of Toronto and announced
plans for the 2007 event in May.
    "Last year's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche was an incredible event that served
to showcase Toronto's vibrant arts scene and this city's cultural
communities," said Mayor David Miller. "Our artists, curators and artistic
institutions are the real stars of this remarkable event that was enjoyed by
hundreds of thousands of people in its inaugural year. I'm thrilled that
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is returning as an annual event for the City of
    Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2007 will take place on September 29, from 7:03
p.m. to sunrise. The 2007 event will include 195 projects, representing close
to a 50 per cent increase in participation. For further details on the event,

    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 50 awards for quality and
innovation 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: Media contacts: Don Wanagas, Office of the
Mayor, (416) 338-7134; Marilyn Nickel, Toronto Special Events, (416) 395-7375

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