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Nuit Talks 2018

The Nuit Talks program provides the opportunity to examine and showcase the art, artists and concepts involved in Nuit Blanche Toronto. A series of captivating conversations will break down barriers to contemporary art by bringing audience members closer to the ideas and creators set to transform their city. Inspired by the theme, You Are Here, Nuit Talks will serve as the ultimate guide to Nuit Blanche 2018. Participants will gain in-depth insight into the inspiration, ideas and creation of key works, while learning about the meaning and purpose behind each project.

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"? 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.

For Nuit Blanche 2018, Nuit Talks is proud to partner with Arts & Letters Club, British Council, Cultural Hot Spot, The Drake Commissary, Doris McCarthy Gallery, ONSITE Gallery/OCAD University, Y+, RISE, Margin of Eras Gallery and University of Toronto Scarborough.

All talks are free and open to the public. (Prior registration may be required)


Transcending Margins
In partnership with Margin of Eras Gallery and Cultural HotSpot

Community leaders, innovators, artists and activists, from Scarborough to Parkdale come together to reflect on their journey to make space for artists working in, working on, and transcending the margins.

Participants: Members of RISE: Randell Adjei and Anthony Gebrehiwot and Members of CUE/ Margin of Eras Gallery: Jason Samilski, Roya DelSol and Amber Williams-King
Moderator: Alyssa Fearon

Sunday, September 23 | 3 - 5 pm | FREE
Margin of Eras Gallery, 1684 Queen Street West


RISE Edutainment: Nuit Blanche Scarborough Preview
In partnership with Cultural HotSpot and RISE


Join us for RISE Edutainment's monthly Monday night event. Featured guests David Delisca and Diana "Fly Lady Di" Reyes will give a preview of their Nuit Blanche performances.

Participant: David Delisca (spoken word) and Diana "Fly Lady Di" Reyes (contemporary dance)

Monday, September 24 | 7:30 - 11 pm | FREE
Burrows Hall Community Centre, 1081 Progress Avenue 


Artist Talk with eL Seed
In partnership with OCAD University

eL Seed blends Arabic calligraphy with graffiti to focus viewers’ attention on the poetry, meaning and movement of words. In this talk, he speaks about his work with aims to create dialogue, promote tolerance and change global perceptions of what Arabic means.

Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. As Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she is the first black and black female dean of a faculty of design. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.

Participant: eL Seed
Moderator Q&A: Dean Don Tunstall

Monday, September 24 | 7 - 8:15 pm | FREE
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Auditorium Room 190 


Hiba Abdallah on Community Art Practices
In partnership with the Doris McCarthy Gallery & Department of Arts, Culture & Media, University of Toronto Scarborough

Hiba Abdallah is a text-based artist who often works in collaboration with others. She will speak about two related projects appearing concurrently at Nuit Blanche 2018 and the Doris McCarthy Gallery.

Participant: Hiba Abdallah

Tuesday, September 25 | 1 - 2 pm | FREE
Doris McCarthy Gallery, AA304, Arts & Administration Building, 1265 Military Trail, Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, University of Toronto Scarborough


Street Art: Writing from the Margins
In partnership with The Drake Commissary

The artists involved in the multi-part Nuit Blanche 2018 commission Mirrors of Babel will discuss street art's transformative potential as a form of civic engagement, particularly as it relates to the social and political expressions of marginalized communities.

Participants: eL Seed, Javid Jah, Planta Muisca, Tabban Soleimani, MEDIAH
Moderator: Tairone Bastien 

Tuesday, September 25 | 7 - 8 pm | FREE
The Drake Commissary, 128a Sterling Road


The Ward
In partnership with the British Council and The Arts & Letters Club

Two Nuit Blanche Curators Karen Alexander, Tairone Bastien and Nuit Blanche artists discuss the connection between their projects and The Ward. The Ward was once Toronto's first immigrant intake community with the largest diverse population in the city in the 19th and 20th century Toronto. All artists in the exhibition We All have Stories have worked with The Ward and Lorinc's book The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood as foundational and starting place for their art work in this years' Nuit Blanche.

This conversation will conclude with a walk.

Participants: Karen Alexander, Tairone Bastien, Maria Amidu, Gayle Chong Kwan, and John Lorinc
Moderator: Luis Jacob

Wednesday, September 26 | 7 - 9 pm | FREE
Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street


Artist Talk with Ibrahim Mahama
In partnership with OCAD University

Ibrahim Mahama is an artist who lives and works in Ghana. His large-scale installation work meditates on themes of commodity, migration and memory. In particular he engages with the history of found objects, natural materials and molecular elements, which are carriers of time and intangible narratives. His temporary sculptural interventions prompt transnational dialogues that explore shared histories while also speaking about contemporary Africa.

Participants: Ibrahim Mahama
Moderator: Karen Alexander

Thursday, September 27 | 4 - 5:30 pm | FREE
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Room 190


Curator of Scarborough Nuit Blanche talks with artists Alyssa Bistonath and Bishara Elmi
In partnership with Cultural HotSpot, the Doris McCarthy Gallery & Department of Arts, Culture & Media, University of Toronto Scarborough

Alyssa Fearon, curator of Nuit Blanche Scarborough shares a discussion between artists Alyssa Bistonath and Bishara Elmi. Both are doing in-depth collaborations with specific communities in Scarborough for their Nuit Blanche projects. Alyssa is collaborating with members of the Guyanese diaspora in Scarborough, and Bishara is working with refugees who have settled in this area.

Presented in conjunction with the Doris McCarthy Gallery exhibition It Can Only Be This Place.

Participants: Alyssa Bistonath, Bishara Elmi and Alyssa Fearon

Thursday, September 27 | 1 - 2 pm | FREE
Doris McCarthy Gallery, 1265 Military Trail, Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, University of Toronto Scarborough 


Sincerely Scarborough (part of exhibition STYLL)

Talks, workshops and panels occurring all night during Nuit Blanche 2018.

Participants: Cameron Bailey, Amanda Parris, Carrianne Leung, Joyce Wong, David Chariandy, D'LYFE Dance Company, Julia Gibran, and V.T. Nayani

Saturday, September 29 | All Night | FREE
Toronto Public Library, Scarborough Civic Centre Branch, 156 Borough Drive 


Presence as Politics, Queer Storytelling as Resistance
In partnership with Onsite Gallery

Brendan Fernandes and Harold Offeh delve into the stories behind their projects that focus on queer identity, pride and presence. Both artists work across a range of media including performance and social practice. The discussion will explore the connections between Fernandes’ ongoing investigations of queer bodies and dance as an act of resistance and Offeh's interest in creating spaces from which to explore the relationship between race, identity and the body.

Participants: Brendan Fernandes and Harold Offeh
Moderator: Francisco Alvarez

Sunday, September 30 | 3 - 5 pm | FREE
Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond Street West, Ground Floor 


Artist and Curator Talk with Hiba Abdallah and Alyssa Fearon
In partnership with Ontario Culture Days' Youth Arts Ambassadors Program

Nuit Blanche Toronto artist Hiba Abdallah will speak about her installation, Everything I Wanted to Tell You. The large light-based artwork has been created in collaboration with nine Scarborough residents. Over a series of workshops, Abdallah collected stories from her collaborators and included their narratives in the projections lighting the north side of the Scarborough Civic Centre.

This talk is produced in partnership with Ontario Culture Days’ Youth Arts Ambassadors Program (YAAP). Aimed at fostering and supporting the next generation of community-engaged artists in our province, YAAP supports professional artists up to 30 years of age in creating new works of art in their respective regions. Abdallah has been selected as one of the YAAP Ambassadors for 2018.

Participants: Hiba Abdallah and Alyssa Fearon
Moderator: Meaghan Froh Metcalf

Sunday, September 30 | 4:30 - 5:30 pm | FREE
Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive