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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Nuit Blanche set to transform Toronto overnight with art

News Release

Global Rainbow (Photos from Nuit Blanche Toronto)

   The 11th edition of Nuit Blanche Toronto is on Oct. 1 (2016) and some of the program highlights will be extended throughout Thanksgiving weekend along with travel packages.
   Nuit Blanche Toronto will transform the city from sunset to sunrise with nearly 90 art projects from more than 300 local, national and international artists.

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   The event will run from sunset (officially 6:58 p.m.) on Saturday to sunrise (7 a.m.) the next morning.
   The all-night celebration of contemporary art features four distinct exhibitions located at four sites:

• "OBLIVION" at Nathan Philips Square and inside Toronto City Hall

• "Militant Nostalgia" stretching along John Street and McCaul Street between Dundas Street and Front Street

• "And the Transformation Reveals" spread along Bay Street from Dundas Street to Front Street, and 
Zero Hour
• "Facing the Sky" along the waterfront between Bay Street and Harbourfront Centre.

The arts community-produced Independent Projects are extended throughout the city. Event information is available at nbto.com

About Nuit Blanche Toronto
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Nuit Blanche Toronto is the city's annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community.

Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured nearly 1,300 art installations by approximately 4,600 artists and has generated over $268 million in economic impact for Toronto. Nuit Blanche Toronto is a 10-day program which includes the Nuit Talks series and Extended Projects.

Look for information and updates at nbto.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/nuitblancheTO, Twitter at @nuitblancheTO, Instagram at @nuitblancheTO and Snapchat at nuitblancheTO. The event hashtag is #nbTO16.

Extended Projects:

   Three monumental artworks that will be presented at Nathan Phillips Square (at Toronto City Hall) as part of the exhibition OBLIVION curated by two of Canada's best, Michael Prokopow and Janine Marchessault. Details about the projects are listed below. 

-        Ocean, from Canadian architect, Philip Beesley. A constantly-changing canopy of recycled textiles inducing vast unstable forces where brilliant bursts of light alternate with dark surging movements and intense waves of hypnotic sound.

-        Death of the Sun, by award-winning Director X. An immersive experience where the observer will witness a massive sculpture of the sun as it progresses through its life cycle.

-        PNEUMA, by film director Floria Sigismondi. A site-specific installation utilizing the Freedom Arches of Nathan Phillips Square as a frame for a two-sided water screen with shimmering reflections and imagery thrown in constant flux, transforming reality, mimicking our ever-changing consciousness and connection to identity/self.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

Travel Packages:
Visitors travelling to Toronto for Nuit Blanche Toronto can take advantage of special one-night and weekend packages starting from $90 at seven downtown hotels including the Westin Harbour Castle, Bond Place Hotel, the Grand Hotel and Suites Toronto, the Ivy at Verity Boutique Hotel, Madison Manor Boutique Hotel, Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront, and Strathcona Hotel Downtown Toronto.

Most of the Nuit Blanche Toronto partner hotels are also offering special packages through Monday, October 10 for visitors who want to take advantage of this year's extended projects (listed below), on through the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend (Oct. 8-10, 2016). More information about travel packages and special offers is available at http://nbto.com/travel-packages.

From: Justine Palinska
Toronto Economic Development and Culture

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