Toronto Transformed by Artists

    Scotiabank Nuit Blanche surpasses all expectations

    TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - Last night from dusk until dawn, the public
descended onto the streets of Toronto to participate in a cultural spectacle
that defied all expectations. For one night only, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, a
'free all-night contemporary art thing' transformed the streets of Toronto
into an exhilarating urban artistic experience.
    "I am truly inspired by the collective efforts of the 500 artists,
125 cultural institutions, hundreds of volunteers, our corporate and media
partners and city employees in pulling off a bigger, more spectacular event
than we could have imagined," said Mayor David Miller. "Last year,
Torontonians embraced the event with open arms and proved beyond a doubt that
our city is embarking on a cultural renaissance and that is why I committed to
bringing it back. The overwhelming response to the second edition of
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche has positioned it as one of the most important
cultural events in the city."
    "Like so many Torontonians, I was thrilled to take part in Scotiabank
Nuit Blanche 2007," said Chris Hodgson, Executive Vice-President and Head,
Domestic Personal Banking, Scotiabank. "The quality of the work on display was
truly exceptional and I would like to congratulate all of the artists,
curators and everyone working behind the scenes for their tremendous effort.
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is another way that we are able to support and enrich
our communities by giving back in the neighbourhoods where we live and work
and we are proud to be a part of this amazing event."
    "I'm impressed by the sense of community and camaraderie that came out of
an event of this scale. It brought so many different people together for a
common goal - to celebrate the arts and to make them accessible to everyone.
I'm so proud to be a part of something so special - for the city and all its
residents," said Michelle Jacques, a curator for the event.
    "Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is by far the most diverse and accessible
art-based event in Toronto. It was about far more than the art on display -
the event showcased the enormous breadth and depth of talent and creativity
this city possesses. This is powerful, powerful stuff!" said Kristyn Wong-Tam,
one of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche's 500 participating artists.
    Toronto came alive as residents explored unfamiliar corners of the city
or encountered familiar destinations in a whole new light. A sense of
adventure emanated from the constantly wandering masses. At every project,
crowds of people gathered with curiosity, wonder and delight as the nocturnal
experience unfolded around them.
    The official attendance and economic impact figures for the event will be
released at a later date as part of a comprehensive study by Enigma Research
    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 of Toronto
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 the communities in which we live
and work, 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.

    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: Media contact: Giannina Warren, Toronto Special
Events, (416) 395-7318

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