Partnerships and collaboration at the centre of Nuit Blanche Toronto’s success

Photo Credit: City of Toronto

Nuit Blanche Toronto is set to transform the city on October 1. While the outstanding lineup of art projects, artists and curators is the focus of Nuit Blanche each year, the event’s unpreceded network of funders, partners and collaborators is the foundation that makes the event possible.

The production of this unique and ambitious event has only been achievable over the event’s 10-year history because of a network of collaborators including the City of Toronto, the Province of Ontario, Tourism Toronto, more than 60 corporate sponsors, hundreds of Independent Projects producers, thousands of volunteers, dozens of travel and transportation partners and generous media partners.

“For ten years now, Nuit Blanche has enticed art and culture lovers to visit Toronto. Events like these strengthen our economy and provide a unique opportunity for tourists and residents to celebrate local talent,” said Mayor John Tory. “The City remains dedicated to Nuit Blanche Toronto’s continued success and is pleased to welcome returning and new corporate and government partners of the event’s 11th edition.”

Photo Credit: City of Toronto

This year, the all-night celebration of contemporary art features just under 90 art projects including 33 commissioned projects produced by the City of Toronto and 54 self-funded Independent Projects produced by Toronto’s major cultural institutions and the broader arts community. The community’s commitment to and enthusiasm for the event represents public and private sector partnerships at their finest.

The 2016 event is supported by H&M, Shiseido, Shiplake Properties, Subaru Canada, Allied Properties REIT, Crystal Fountains, the Province of Ontario and Tourism Toronto. A backgrounder highlighting details of Special Projects supported by event partners is available at

“This is our fourth year working with the incredible Nuit Blanche team and we are very happy to once again be highlighting H&M’s garment recycling initiative while merging the worlds of fashion and art in an amazing installation,” said Emily Scarlett, Communications and Press, H&M Canada. “We look forward to this night every year and being a part of such an important cultural event in the city of Toronto.”

Funding from the Province of Ontario through Celebrate Ontario and Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, as well as Tourism Toronto, supports event enhancements and promotion of the event to tourism audiences. This year’s funding allowed for the development and extension of the exhibition “OBLIVION” which features three monumental projects that will remain on view at Nathan Phillips Square and inside City Hall through Monday, October 10.

“For over a decade, Nuit Blanche has transformed the streets of Toronto into a celebration of arts and culture that attracts people from all over Ontario and beyond,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Festivals and events like Nuit Blanche stimulate the local economy, create jobs and help position our province as a premier tourist destination. I am proud that our government continues to be a strong supporter of this much anticipated event.”

Additional project funding and support from the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto, the Consulate General of Italy in Cultural Section, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto provided support for artists from these countries who are participating in this year’s event.

The City of Toronto extends its thanks to transportation partners Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and GO Transit for accommodating the Nuit Blanche audiences with all-night and increased service to and from the event. Thanks to the event’s media sponsors City, OMNI, Toronto Star, NOW and Boom 97.3 for their ongoing promotion of the event. Nuit Blanche would not be possible without the on-the-ground efforts of more than 1,000 volunteers who donate their time each year.

In partnership with the City of Toronto the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Organizing Committee will celebrate “Invictus 360˚”, the one-year countdown to the third Invictus Games at Yonge-Dundas Square throughout the night on October 1.

Details about this year’s event, including exhibition locations, curators, artists and travel packages, are available at

About Nuit Blanche Toronto
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, on Facebook at, Twitter at @nuitblancheTO, and Instagram at @nuitblancheTO. The event hashtag is #nbTO16.

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