Nuit Talks is a free program offering in-depth conversations, insightful discussions, panels, Q&As and performances with Nuit Blanche artists, scholars and curators. The curated 60-minute webinars tackle relevant and urgent issues of public space and art, access, opportunity, land, geopolitics, sustainability.

The 2022 Nuit Talks program will be revealed later in the year. The 2020 Nuit Talks program below were hosted by the University of Winnipeg and moderated by Dr. Julie Nagam.


  • Sally Han – Manager, Cultural Partnerships, City of Toronto, Toronto
  • Natasha Henry, York University and President, Ontario Black History Society, Toronto
  • Branislav Henselmann – Director of Culture, City of Vancouver, Vancouver
  • Dr. Jolene Rickard – Associate Professor, History of Art and Visual Studies, Cornell University, USA
  • Dr. Niigaan Sinclair – Associate Professor, Department of Native Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
  • Dr. Carla Taunton – Associate Professor, Art History and Contemporary Culture, NSCAD University, Halifax


  • Randell Adjei – Executive Director, RISE edutainment, Toronto
  • Jenn Goodwin – Programming Supervisor, City Cultural Events, City of Toronto, Toronto
  • Dr. Heather Igloliorte – Associate Professor and Research Chair in Circumpolar and Indigenous Arts, Concordia University, Montreal
  • July Talk (Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis) – Musicians and Performers, Toronto
  • Odario Williams – Musician, DJ and CBC Host, Toronto


  • Umbereen Inayet – Programming Supervisor, City Cultural Events, City of Toronto, Toronto
  • Dr. Janine Marchessault – Professor, Cinema and Media Arts, York University, Toronto
  • Mazyar Mortazavi – President and CEO of TAS Design, Chair, Board of Directors, The Bentway, Toronto
  • Julien Christian Lutz, professionally known as Director X – Canadian Film and Music Producer, Toronto
  • eL Seed – Artist, Dubai


  • Lindsay Ann Cory – Executive Director, Nocturne, K’jipuktuk/Halifax
  • Dr. Hoe Su Fern – Assistant Professor, Arts and Culture Management, Singapore Management University, Singapore
  • Jeanne Holmes – Acting Programming Manager, City Cultural Events, City of Toronto, Toronto
  • Ashley McKenzie-Barnes – Curator and Creative Director, Toronto
  • Sage Paul – Artistic Director, Indigenous Fashion Week, Toronto


  • Dr. Stephen Borys – Director and CEO of Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg
  • Karl Chitham – Director of The Dowse Art Museum, New Zealand
  • Devyani Saltzman – Director of Programing, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Gaëtane Verna – Director of The Power Plant, Toronto
  • Thomas J Price, Artist, England

Speaker: John Tory – Mayor, City of Toronto, Toronto


  • Reneltta Arluk – Director of Indigenous Arts, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Founder of Akpik Theatre, Banff
  • Michelle De Lyon – Project Manager, RISE Edutainment, Toronto
  • Alyssa Fearon – Curator/Director, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library, Regina
  • Lila Karim – Executive Director, North York Arts, Toronto
  • Kerri MacDonald – Programming Supervisor, City Cultural Events, City of Toronto, Toronto
  • Camille Usher – Executive Director, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Toronto


  • Brook Andrew – Artistic Director, Bienniale of Sydney, Australia
  • Emily Fitzpatrick – Artistic Director, Trinity Square Video, Toronto
  • Jason Lewis – Professor and Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary, Concordia, Montreal
  • Niki Little – Artistic Director, imagineNATIVE, Toronto
  • Rah – Artist, Toronto
  • Ana Serrano – President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University, Toronto

Partners and Sponsors

Premier Partner

Nuit Talks is supported by Premier Partners the Doris McCarthy Gallery and the Department of Arts, Culture & Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

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Funding Provided by

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Hosted by

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