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2018 Program

In addition to the downtown exhibition sites, on September 29, 2018 art enthusiasts will be able to experience artworks from local, national and international artists in a dedicated City-produced Nuit Blanche Toronto exhibition at Scarborough Civic Centre, Scarborough Town Centre and neighbouring institutions within the community.

The 13th edition of Nuit Blanche Toronto will feature three City-produced exhibitions. Curators were selected by the Nuit Blanche Toronto Artistic Advisory Committee and are working with artists to develop their exhibitions. The 2018 curators are Alyssa Fearon (Toronto), Karen Alexander (UK), and Tairone Bastien (Toronto). All curators will respond to one event-wide theme of "You are Here".

Event Theme - You Are Here

The new Toronto is a city of change. A city in progress. A city of endless personal, collective and cultural histories: of journeys and arrivals, of borders and crossings, of memory and history, of past and future, of centres and edges, of community and communities. This evolving and storied landscape continues to challenge our thinking of what Toronto is, provoking the following questions: What does difference mean when we are all different, if there is no "other"? Can our differences bind us together even as they set us apart? How do we rethink concepts of minorities and majorities? As relationships of power and privilege shift, how do we redefine the status quo and reconsider what it means to be together? At this moment in time, the artists and curators of Nuit Blanche 2018 invite you to join them to unfold, reinterpret, question, listen, disrupt and see through new eyes Toronto and our places in it. You are here. Now. 


Curator: Alyssa Fearon

Nearly 20 years ago the borders of Toronto were redrawn. With the amalgamation of Scarborough into the rest of metropolitan Toronto, the merger resulted in one of the biggest mega-cities in North America. The artists in this zone will disrupt and subvert boundaries and borders between downtown and the suburbs, the centre and the margins, ourselves and each other. Each artistic project exposes that which is unexpected and unplanned, and makes real again what was once erased or denied. The exhibition aims to illuminate the creativity and artistic production that has always existed, and continues to thrive in Scarborough. What do we take with us, and what do we leave behind when we go to a new place? How do we create borders, both real and imagined? Who gets to create them?


Alyssa Fearon is a cultural producer, arts manager and independent curator. Raised in Scarborough, Ontario, Alyssa actively seeks new ways of organizing artistic projects within communities that have not traditionally been sanctioned as places of creativity and innovation. She has organized a range of projects, from large-scale performances by international artists to community-based youth artist residency programs. She most recently curated the exhibition No Vacancy (2017). Alyssa currently works at the Art Gallery of Ontario in marketing, while pursuing an independent creative practice. She holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and MA Art History from York University.

We All Have Stories

Curator: Karen Alexander

We All Have Stories presents a series of sonic meditations, large-screen projections, architectural installations, sculptural interventions and live performances deeply rooted in the experiences and considerations of the many publics of Toronto and its community of artists. Referencing ideas of time, identity, global trade, spatial politics, citizenship and nationhood, the slippage between the local and the international are critically and dynamically explored. Artists from four continents draw on a broad range of influences: historical, archival, material and literary, to transform their investigations into shared visual experiences. In the hazy time between waking and sleeping these stories will transform cityscapes, suggest socially engaged links (or divisions) and create a space for reflection on alternative ways of thinking about and knowing ourselves.


Karen Alexander is an independent film and moving image curator, advisor and researcher and has worked with and for the Royal College of Art, and the British Film Institute. She has acted as a consultant and programmer for a wide range of festivals institutions and galleries, including Film London, the Watershed Bristol, Tate, Birkbeck, Iniva, the Serpentine Gallery The British Library and the ICA London. 2009-2014 she was a senior tutor in the RCA’s Curating Contemporary Art department, and ran the Inspire (MA) Curating Contemporary Art and has lectured and spoken widely about film, race and representation. Karen was appointed Associate Fellow at Warwick University in the Film and Television Studies department in 2015 and has been a trustee of the London-based arts commissioning body Artangel since 2004.

The things they carried

Curator: Tairone Bastien

The things they carried is an exhibition that reflects on the immigrant experience in Toronto and on the objects, dreams and memories we carry with us. Consisting of site-specific artworks in Toronto and Scarborough, the exhibition seeks to connect these two distinct cultural centres through works by a diverse selection of artists, including several site-specific projects by the French-Tunisian artist eL Seed. From all-night performances and food, to light-based and sculptural installations, the exhibition sheds light on the journeys that brought many of us here, and asks us to consider what generations of immigrants have had to adapt, abandon, forget or hold-on to along the way.


Tairone Bastien is an independent curator working between Toronto, New York and Dubai. From 2014 to 2017, he organized programming for Alserkal Avenue, an arts district in Dubai, including public art commissions, performances, workshops, talks and an artist residency, all focused on supporting artists working or with research interests in the region. From 2011 to 2013 Tairone oversaw public engagement for TCA Abu Dhabi, a government body that developed arts programming across the emirate, including Saadiyat Island, where he helped shape the public programming strategy for future museums, including the recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi. Previous to this, Tairone was a curator for Performa in New York City, developing live performance art and site-specific installations throughout the city for Performa 05, Performa 07 and Performa 09. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Tairone has a BA in Art History from the University of British Columbia with a minor in Queer Studies, and an MA in Curating from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York.

Independent Projects produced by Toronto's art community

Toronto artists, cultural and educational institutions, museums, galleries and neighbourhoods participate each year by producing their own one-of-a-kind projects that transform the city. The application process for the 2018 Independent Project program is now closed.

Nuit Blanche Toronto 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 1,490 official art installations created by nearly 5,200 artists and has generated more than $355 million in economic impact for Toronto.