Week of Creativity Kicks off in Toronto

    Mayor Miller highlights major art happenings at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
    artists' reception

    TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - Earlier this evening, Mayor David Miller kicked
off an important cultural week for Toronto at the Pre-Nuit, an artists'
reception held at Scotiabank's Old Bankers Hall to thank the artists involved
in this weekend's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and to celebrate the vibrancy of
Toronto's arts community.
    The Mayor spoke of the City's economic development strategy, the Agenda
for Prosperity, which recognizes culture and creativity as one of the four
foundations of Toronto's success as a world city and regional economy.
    "Creativity is embraced as one of the city's important economic drivers,
inseparable from prosperity, liveability and opportunity," said Mayor Miller.
"Toronto's art scene is among the most dynamic in the world and our artists
are vital participants in the city's prosperity."
    The Mayor highlighted three major Canadian art events all taking place
within Toronto this week as evidence of the City's cultural vitality: the
Sobey Art Award Exhibition & Gala on Wednesday October 1st at the Royal
Ontario Museum, the Toronto International Art Fair from October 3-6th at the
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche occurring
city-wide this Saturday, October 4th.
    The Sobey Art Foundation's Sobey Art Award is Canada's pre-eminent prize
for a young Canadian artist. The award is presented every year to an artist
40 years old or younger. The winner of the Sobey Art Award receives $50,000.
This is the first time the award ceremony has been held in Toronto.
    The Toronto International Art Fair is a massive four-day art fair for
dealers, collectors, artists and art aficionados from around the world to
meet, mingle and enthuse about modern and contemporary art. Founded in 2000,
the Toronto International Art Fair is one of the most successful fairs in
North America.
    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, more than 750 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.
    Each event offers a not-to-be-missed opportunity for art lovers and the
general public alike to experience Toronto through a unique artistic and
cultural lens.
    For more information on the cultural events happening around Toronto this
week, the public is encouraged to visit www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca or

    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 numerous 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, Economic
Development Culture and Tourism, City of Toronto, (416) 395-7318,

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