Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2008 program announced

    OCAF funding to support enhanced projects

    TORONTO, July 9 /CNW/ - Mayor David Miller, the Honourable Aileen
Carroll, Ontario's Minister of Culture, and the 2008 Curators assembled
earlier today to announce funding and reveal the programming lineup for this
year's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche - Toronto's all-night celebration of
contemporary art which returns on October 4, 2008.
    Mayor Miller and Minister Carroll announced that Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
2008 will receive a one-time cash injection from the Ontario Cultural
Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Culture.
    "An event of this scale benefits tremendously from great funding
partners," said Mayor Miller. "I'd like to thank Scotiabank for its support
and also the Ontario Government for contributing to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.
I'm thrilled that their investments in 2008 will allow us to enhance the event
and maximize the number of people who can experience contemporary art on a
larger scale."
    "Ontario is proud to be a partner in this event by helping attract more
visitors to spend a sleepless night in Toronto with great art," said Minister
Carroll. "Cultural tourism events like this one are a great boost to our
    "For two years now, we have seen and experienced firsthand the joy that
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche brings to our city and to the many people who come to
take part in it," said Chris Hodgson, Scotiabank Executive Vice-President and
Head, Domestic Personal Banking. "As the title sponsor of Scotiabank Nuit
Blanche, Scotiabank is looking forward to October 4, a night that will
celebrate artistic creativity and the important role that arts and culture
play in enriching our community."
    The 2008 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Exhibition Curators - Gordon Hatt, Wayne
Baerwaldt, Dave Dyment and Haema Sivanesan - also announced their curatorial
statements and the artists and projects they will feature.
    Once again, unique spaces across Toronto will be transformed by
contemporary art. Project Blinkenlights from Berlin will create Stereoscope,
converting Toronto's City Hall into the world's largest interactive computer
screen. Hundreds of zombies will take over College Park for Jillian McDonald's
piece entitled Zombies in Condoland. Yoko Ono's three-part interactive
exhibition in Liberty Village will require thousands to Imagine Peace. Matt
Masters and will collaborate on the outrageous nouveau cabaret Don
Coyote, blurring the lines between performer and observer in the city's
financial district. Maple Leaf Gardens will resonate with robotic voices as
Toronto's Luis Jacobs asks participants to picture a world Without Persons.
    Full programming details will be available on in late July. The public can sign up for the
e-newsletter on the site for event updates and tools to plan their night.
    Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is produced by the City of Toronto in
collaboration with Toronto's arts community. Since the inaugural event in
2006, it has secured its place among the most important cultural events in
North America, being honoured with the prestigious Urban Leadership Award and
the Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Award. In 2007, the event saw double
the community participation and nearly double the attendance as more than
800,000 people swarmed Toronto's streets in search of art in unlikely spaces.
This year, artists will showcase their art at over 155 destinations, and once
again cultural institutions from museums to galleries to artist-run centres
will open their doors and offer free access to contemporary art city-wide.

    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 2007 Scotiabank
provided more than $43 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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