Go deeper with Nuit Talks September 18 – October 10

Art speaks volumes this autumn with the free Nuit Talks program offering in-depth conversations with Nuit Blanche artists and curators. Building on the theme – Continuum – the series of provocative events is framed under the title – A line is a series of points, connected. The insightful discussions, conversations, panels, Q&A’s and performances tackle some of the most relevant and urgent issues of our time: access, opportunity, land, geopolitics, sustainability.

Curated by Rebecca Carbin.

Premier Sponsor for the Nuit Talks Program

Move around The Bentway to explore how artists address critical issues facing urban environments. Topics of conversation include access to space, building community and the pressing challenge of affordability that shapes our city, who gets to live and work where. This event will feature a performance, panel discussion and a Q&A.

In partnership with Art Spin and The Bentway.

Date: September 18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Bentway
Moderator: Shawn Micallef
Participants: Performance by Francesca Chudnoff and panel with Max Dean, and Nuit Blanche curators Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta
Capacity: 100

Director X talks about his epic sequel to Death of the Sun and how art can help us understand timely and pressing issues of climate and geopolitics. What motivates an artist to focus attention on issues of such enormous scale? Can artforms and practices really play a role in catalyzing action and change?

In partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum.

Date: September 25, 7 – 8 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m., reception with cash bar from 8 – 9:30 p.m.)
Location: The Royal Ontario Museum
Moderator: Janine Marchessault
Director X
Capacity: 312

Ashley McKenzie-Barnes, curator of Queens and Kings of Scarborough, will host an insightful conversation with internationally acclaimed artist Ebony G. Patterson about key decisions made in the process of artistic creation. Patterson will speak about her Nuit Blanche project, …three kings weep…, which examines violence against black bodies, stemming from a poem written in 1919, still revealing its relevance today.

In partnership with OCAD University.

Date: October 2, 7 – 8 p.m.
Location: OCADU
Moderators: Ashley McKenzie Barnes, Curator, Nuit Blanche Toronto
Participants: Ebony G. Patterson

Nuit Blanche and University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) inaugural Artists-in-Residence, R.I.S.E. go into conversation with artists Jalani Morgan and curator Emelie Chhangur about connecting across geographies and cultures through art practices. The talk focuses on using personal stories to depict cultural or historical narratives.

In partnership with UTSC Doris McCarthy Gallery.

Date: October 3, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: University of Toronto Scarborough, Leigha Lee Browne Theatre
Moderator: Dr. Mark V. Campbell, scholar, DJ, arts advocate, and expert in Afrodiasporic theory, Canadian hip hop and DJ cultures
Participants: RISE Edutainment, Jalani Morgan, and Emelie Chhangur

Daniel Arsham has built an international reputation on creating work at the intersection of art, architecture, performance and notions of eternity within a highly consumer-focused culture. This talk will dive into Arsham’s practice and the creation of immersive spaces, where the artist and architect’s perspectives align, are divergent in this pursuit, and give you a hint at what to expect at Nathan Phillips Square during Nuit Blanche.

Date: October 4, 7 – 8 p.m.
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario, Jackman Hall
Moderator: Ala Roushan
Participants: Daniel Arsham

Kick-off your Nuit Blanche experience with a uniquely formatted evening of in-depth, behind-the-scenes conversations about alternative platforms for creative production and the subversive act of creative entrepreneurism. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

Date: October 5, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Scarborough Civic Centre, Rotunda
Moderator: Rania El Mugammar
Participants: Mark Stoddart, Durothethird, Hatecopy and MEDIAH.


A closing panel for Nuit Blanche Toronto, this post-event talk will look at what the Nuit Blanche event means as an opportunity, both to the individual producer and as a way of bringing urgent issues into public conversation.

Date: October 10, 7 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: HXOUSE
Moderator: Umbereen Inayet
Participants: HXOUSE artists, Bekah Brown and Ghost Atelier