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Scotiabank has sponsored Nuit Blanche since 2006.
Toronto was breathtaking this weekend.
Nuit Blanche draws criticism -- all answerable. Some say that the event has strayed too far from its original focus on art -- others say that there's too much corporate involvement and focus on cultural tourism. The payback to Toronto is meaningful. I take these concerns seriously. Its impact since 2006 has grown from $1 million to $40.5 million last year, a lot of money flowing into Toronto's economy for just one night.
At the centre of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche festival (and in addition to the crowds and light shows) is incredible art, worthy of a few minutes of pondering. Since 2006, the city’s annual celebration of...
Nuit Blanche 2014 is set to take over Toronto this weekend, lighting up the city with some spectacular examples of contemporary art. From Saturday, Oct. 4 at 6:53 p.m. to sunrise the following day, pe...
So for those salivating for a Toronto reset, I suggest a more modest brand refresh -- one where an asterisk is added to our otherwise great city. Here we can note our city's mind-numbing congestion, condo lined waterfront, failed Olympic bids, overpriced housing and political mismanagement. All this without clouding the overwhelmingly positive attributes this city has to offer.
City Of Toronto/ HO
With events on all six habitable continents and 24 cities participating in Nuit Blanche events across 2013, Toronto's edition is North America's largest, boasting over one million visitors in 2012. That number is expected to continue growing in 2013 and beyond as the event gains more traction with Toronto and its neighbouring cities.
If you're wondering why there's an arrangement of bicycles in Nathan Phillips Square tonight, it's not to protest Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's lacklustre love for the city's cyclists -- it's actually a wo...
City Of Toronto/ HO
The City of Toronto's adventure with the all night contemporary art event, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, came about when, at the invitation of the City of Paris, we decided to present a one-off edition in 2006. The event has been repeated each fall. What a true joy it is to continuously change the way we all look at this city, even if it happens to be just for one night.
Taipei Fine Arts Museum
If you've travelled to Toronto, you already know that day or night, the streets are busy with people. Well, in a few days, you can add art into the mix as Scotiabank Nuit Blanche descends upon the ci...
Toronto's streets are no stranger to pedestrians, motorists, cyclists and the occasional scuffle involving all three groups. But for a few hours on Oct. 5th, locals and visitors alike can expect one t...
Teleporting Chinese tourists. Masturbating astronauts. Death by duct tape. Semen-filled puppets. Possible time travel. That one guy from Corner Gas. I was at a loss for words, and kept looking around to see if someone, anyone, was as confused and enraged as I was, but they were speechless in the face of True Art. I call bullshit.
I have had the pleasure of seeing Calgary 2012 grow from even before its official inception.. As the project comes to a close in March of 2013, I took a moment to consider what my favourite event was. From the Sweet City Lip Dub to the Artist in Residence program, the projects implemented this year have all been unique. However, my absolute favourite event was Nuit Blanche.
The idea that appreciating art takes place in a stuffy gallery as you snootily discuss the merits of a piece has evolved greatly with innovative events and initiatives making art much more accessible...
Art Of Fashion
The biggest star of Calgary's first Nuit Blanche was also the one the burned the brightest. A giant cloud composed of 6,000-plus lightbulbs was definitely the hit of the night. Aptly named "CLOUD", Ca...
Ten Canadian designers have been selected to compete for $30,000 in prizes. After the Art Of Fashion -- a not-for-profit organization that fosters the careers of young designers -- sifted through hun...