Nuit Talks series takes a behind-the-scenes look into Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

On October 2, 3, 4 and 5, Nuit Talks will offer five themed talks about the art and artists behind Toronto's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, one of North America's largest contemporary art events. Now in its fourth year, the free Nuit Talks series highlights curators' and artists' personal stories and creative visions, and explores the motivations behind their exhibitions and projects.

New for this year's Nuit Talks is Forever Friday, a night of artistic expression featuring a special video message from renowned artist Ai Weiwei, live performances by Lal and Whitehorse, a special DJ set from k-os, and much more.

Details about the five Nuit Talks presentations follow, and details are also available at

History: Back to Basics Date and time: Wednesday, October 2 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Location: Old City Hall, Grand Staircase, 2nd Floor, 60 Queen St. W.

Personal narratives and a contemporary framing of culture and history are explored in this talk featuring artists Brendan Fernandes (Night Shift), Maggie Groat (Free Land) and Warren Quigley (Human Sweat Generator), and moderator Sasha Suda, Curator, Art Gallery of Ontario.

Modernity: The Rise of Modern Art Reinventing the readymade, making the ordinary extraordinary Date and time: Thursday, October 3, with the main event from 7 to 11:30 p.m. and Nuit Talks and Project Previews from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Location: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W.

This talk will feature Ami Barak, the curator of the Off to a flying start exhibition, as he takes a look at the iconic concept of Marcel Duchamp's readymade and how it is being applied in this year's projects by Scotiabank Nuit Blanche artists Ai Weiwei (Forever Bicycles), Michel de Broin (Tortoise), Kim Adams (Toaster Work Wagon), Lisa Hirmer of Dodolab (A Quack Cure), and Claire Ironside and Ruth Spitzer ((X)Static Clown Factory). For the first time in Nuit Talks' history, previews of select Scotiabank Nuit Blanche projects will be presented.

A special presentation in partnership with Art Gallery of Ontario's First Thursdays, this event will include musical performances by Toronto pop-folk innovator Sandro Perri with a full band, and singer/songwriter Jennifer Castle. This is the only ticketed Nuit Talks event in the series. Complete details and ticket information are available at

Future: Science & Technology in artistic expression Date and time: Friday, October 4 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.; doors open at noon Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Bell Blue Room, 350 King St. W.

Exploring the merger of art and technology in artists' work, this lunchtime talk with moderator Noah Cowan, Artistic Director of TIFF Bell Lightbox, and artists Claire Ironside ((X)Static Clown Factory), Max Dean (Cancer is our Story) and Charles Stankievech (The Soniferous Æther of The Land Beyond The Land Beyond), will discuss trends for the future and the use of science and technology in artistic expression. This talk will feature Orion's Tide, a video installation by artist Kelly Richardson, in Cinema 5.

Forever Friday: Modernity and the Era of Activism Featuring a special video presentation from Ai Weiwei Date and time: Friday, October 4 from 9 to 11 p.m.; doors open at 8:30 p.m. Location: Rotunda, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Controversy, political activism, art, film, music, social media and fame are all part of the global phenomenon that is international artist Ai Weiwei (Forever Bicycles). Nuit Talks presents Forever Friday, an exclusive addition to this year's series, exploring the theme of freedom of speech and artistic expression through art. The evening will feature live painting by Gene Pendon; C Hudson Hwang's "Fake Fake" video reinterpretation of the works of Ai Weiwei; performances by Lal and Whitehorse; and a DJ set from k-os.

Curators: Public, Academic and Institution Date and time: Saturday, October 5 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; doors open at 1:30 p.m. Location: The Power Plant, 231 Queen's Quay W.

This year's three exhibition areas are explored with a public, academic and institutional curatorial lens. Curators for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013 - Ami Barak (Off to a flying start), Patrick Macaulay (PARADE), and Ivan Jurakic and Crystal Mowry (Romancing the Anthropocene) - will talk with moderator Gaëtane Verna, Director of the Power Plant.

About Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is Toronto’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. Since 2006, the event has featured more than 850 official art installations, created by nearly 3,500 artists and has generated more than $138 million in economic impact for Toronto. Nuit Talks is supported by Celebrate Ontario and Tourism Toronto.

About Scotiabank Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank Bright Future.  Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $47 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at

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