Nuit Blanche 2007

PDAD&C #3, 2007-08


From: Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Catherine Riggall, Vice-President, Business Affairs
Date: July 27, 2007
Re: Nuit Blanche 2007

The University of Toronto will again be part of Nuit Blanche, "an all night contemporary art thing" happening in the City of Toronto, Saturday September 29, 2007 from sundown to sunrise. This is a free, public celebration of contemporary art occurring throughout the city. Because of the overwhelming response to last year’s inaugural festival, Toronto again joins international cities such as Paris, Rome, Brussels and Madrid in holding another "Sleepless Night" of artistic expression. The overall goal of Nuit Blanche is to highlight creative works that will inspire wonder and encourage dialogue, to make contemporary art more accessible to the public, to celebrate creativity in the City, and to demonstrate a commitment to the arts. Under the direction of the U of T Arts Council, a Nuit Blanche Steering Group has prepared a program of activities and developed the needed programming elements. You, your colleagues and your students are very much encouraged to attend.

This year, seven U of T programs and venues will present a wide variety of installation and performance-based art on the St. George campus, and three of our galleries will open their doors to the public all night long. In addition, artists commissioned by the City will be hosted in several of our venues. As happened last year, the night's activity is focused in three "zones" in downtown Toronto: along Queen St. W., Dundas/McCaul/College, and Bloor/Yorkville. These declared zones will feature commissioned art installations assembled for the event, overseen by renowned Canadian and international curators. The University of Toronto's projects will be located primarily at Hart House, Innis College, University of Toronto Art Centre, H.G. Phelan Playhouse, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, and the Faculty of Music.It will be, we hope, a magical night for all.

Use of U of T Space - The City will again be installing a significant exhibit on the St George campus, this year on the front campus. This has ramifications for our normal activities due to its installation schedule, features and the estimated crowds it may attract. King’s College Circle will be closed to all traffic on September 29th, except for emergency and delivery vehicles, and there will be other parking restrictions and road closures on the main campus. You may wish to alert any group that approaches you for use of University spaces on that weekend that there will be limited access to the campus. In addition, there are other events in the vicinity that will lead to road closures (e.g. “Word on the Street” on September 30th will cause all of Queen’s Park Crescent East and West to be closed).

In order to prevent interference with plans for the Nuit Blanche festival, and in advance of any commitment being made for access to space, please let us know as soon as possible of events you may be planning on the St. George campus for the weekend of Sept. 29 by contacting Vanessa Laufer, Special Projects Officer, Office of the Vice-President and Provost (, phone 416 - 946-8522).

Most importantly, please note that any event at which alcohol is being served must be reviewed and approved by the manager of Campus Beverage Services, Clayton Hillis (416 - 977-0707 ext. 3590). In general, the University's liquor license covers all locations on campus and the requirements of the liquor license board must be met. This includes following the specific and strict guidelines for space and numbers of persons permitted in the space. It also requires that all alcohol served on campus must be purchased and served by U of T staff. Please note that for the dates of September 29 and 30, we will not be approving the use of any diplomatic permits.

If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Laufer as noted above.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this important collaboration with the City, and for helping to celebrate the artistic creativity at the University and in the broader community.