What a City! What a Night!

            Streets were filled with art lovers until sunrise for
                         Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2008

    TORONTO, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - Last night from dusk until dawn, Toronto vibrated
with energy and excitement as close to a million art lovers filled the streets
in search of contemporary art.
    Zombies overtook College Park, mascots worked the crowds at Lamport
Stadium, and Toronto City Hall became the world's largest interactive computer
screen, as thousands of onlookers watched video segments and cheered for
participants playing a massive game of Pong on the iconic towers. Stereoscope
by Blinkenlights was broadcast live around the world via the web and on a
giant screen in Melbourne Australia's Federation Square as part of the
international Urban Screens Conference. The installation will continue to
delight onlookers every night until October 10th.
    "Incredible art. Unbelievable crowds," said Mayor David Miller. "Tonight
Torontonians reclaimed our public spaces and celebrated with our talented and
creative artists what a truly vibrant city we live in."
    "For a successful third year, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche has demonstrated a
high calibre of work and entertainment that pleased many spectators from near
and far," said Chris Hodgson, Executive Vice-President and Head, Domestic
Personal Banking, Scotiabank. "Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is another way that we
are proudly able to support and enrich our communities by giving back to the
places where we live and work. We are very proud of the contribution that
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is making in our community."
    "Scotiabank Nuit Blanche has turned into a visible manifestation of our
city's deep cultural fermentation," said Rita Davies, Executive Director,
Cultural Services, City of Toronto. "It demonstrates that creativity is the
beating heart of Toronto."
    "From the cool and uncanny to the brilliantly bright, Toronto and its
creative people and institutions have never been so alive and alight with
excitement, celebration and an outpouring of creativity," said Sara Diamond,
President of the Ontario College of Art and Design. "Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
reminds us that culture is the glue that binds us together. May our city
retain the spirit of this night through the year ahead."
    Scotiabank Nuit Blanche brought together the exceptional talents of more
than 750 artists and curators, 92 galleries, museums, cultural and educational
institutions and neighbourhoods, 450 volunteers and 24 corporate sponsors and
media partners. Plans are already underway for the fourth edition of
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, which returns to Toronto on Saturday, October 3,

    Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is Toronto's all-night celebration of
contemporary art and is produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with
Toronto's arts community. An annual and signature event for the City, it has
been honoured with the prestigious Urban Leadership Award and the Globe and
Mail Business for the Arts Award.
    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 2007 the Bank provided more than $43 million in sponsorships
and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas
of healthcare, education and social services and arts and culture. Please
visit us at www.scotiabank.com.

    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.

                     Visit our website at www.toronto.ca

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
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For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Giannina Warren, Economic
Development Culture and Tourism, City of Toronto, (416) 395-7318,
gwarren@toronto.ca; Livy Feldgajer, Scotiabank Public Affairs, (416) 866-6203
(mobile: (416) 888-4695)

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