Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2007 Independent Project details announced



    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will return Saturday,
September 29. From sunset at 7:03 p.m. to sunrise on Sunday, September 30,
everyone is invited to rediscover Toronto through contemporary art. The city
will be divided into three geographical zones to accommodate more than
195 destinations. Each zone will feature one curated exhibition and a series
of Independent Projects.
    For 2007, 125 Toronto museums, galleries, cultural and educational
institutions and neighbourhoods will participate with more than 150 individual
projects. This represents a 55 per cent increase in the number of Independent
Projects from the inaugural event. These additions will expand the reach of
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche into new areas across the city including the
Distillery District, Bloor/Landsdowne, Parkdale, Church/Wellesley and Downtown
Yonge. Each project is produced and financed by the individual partners.
    The University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design
played major roles in the inaugural Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Both will return
for 2007, joined this year by Ryerson University and George Brown College, all
of which will contribute multiple projects to the event. The scale of the
involvement by these educational institutions demonstrates the important role
Toronto's emerging artists play in this event.
    Each Independent Project partner will open their doors all night long
with free admission. From interactive video art, a balloon maze, an all-night
Salsa dance party and steamy saunas to floating clouds, Parisian vampires, a
pom-pom exchange and electroacoustic music.
    "An event of this magnitude requires participation of the entire
community," said Mayor David Miller. "Hundreds of artists, institutions,
galleries and neighbourhoods have invested their talents, time and precious
funding to be part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and make it an international
success. This collaborative effort on such a grand scale is something we
should be very proud of."
    "We are very pleased to see the growth of Independent Projects at this
year's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche," said John Doig, Scotiabank Senior
Vice-President, Marketing. "Art and artists enrich our communities and enable
all of us to experience richer lives. The tremendous number of Independent
Projects this year means people in new areas of the city will have access to
this exceptional event in their own neighbourhoods."
    For details on all Independent Projects, visit the Media Room at
www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca.

    Scotiabank returns as the title sponsor of Nuit Blanche in 2007.
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 the Bank 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.
    For more information about Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, visit
www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca or call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.

    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.

    Visit our website at www.toronto.ca





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Marilyn Nickel, City of
Toronto, Special Events, (416) 395-7375, mnickel@toronto.ca; Livy Feldgajer,
Scotiabank Public Affairs, (416) 866-6203, livy_feldgajer@scotiacapital.com


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