September 20, 2018

This year’s Nuit Talks feature engaging talks, roundtable discussions and one-on-one interviews from Sunday, September 23 to Sunday, September 30. Nuit Talks provides a behind-the-scenes look at Nuit Blanche Toronto. All talks are free and open to the public, further details are available at

“Transcending Margins”

Sunday, September 23, 3 to 5 p.m.

Margin of Eras Gallery, 1684 Queen St. W.

Participants: Members of RISE Edutainment; Randell Adjei and Anthony Gerbrehiwot and Members of CUE/ Margin of Eras Gallery

Moderator: Alyssa Fearon, Curator, “STYLL”

In partnership with the 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.

“RISE Edutainment: Nuit Blanche Scarborough Preview”

Monday, September 24, 7:30 to 11 p.m.

Burrows Hall Community Centre, 1081 Progress Ave., Scarborough

Participants: David Delisca and Diana “Fly Lady Di” Reyes

In partnership with Cultural Hotspot and RISE Edutainment

RISE Edutainment’s monthly Monday night event. Featured guests David Delisca and Diana “Fly Lady Di” Reyes provide a preview of their Nuit Blanche performances.

“Artist talk with eL Seed”

Monday, September 24, 7 to 8:15 p.m.

OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Auditorium (Room 190)

Moderator: Dean Dori Tunstall

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, eL Seed will speak about his work, which 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 the Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she is the first black female dean of a faculty of design in the world. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.

“Hiba Abdallah on Community Art Practices”

Tuesday, September 25, 1 to 2 p.m.

Doris McCarthy Gallery, 1265 Military Trail

Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, University of Toronto Scarborough

In partnership with the Doris McCarthy Gallery

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.

“Street Art: Writing From the Margins”

Tuesday, September 25, 7 to 8 p.m.

The Drake Commissary, 128a Sterling Rd.

Participants: eL Seed, Javid Jah, Planta Muisca, Tabban Soleimani, and MEDIAH

Moderator: Tairone Bastien

In partnership with The Drake Commissary

The artists involved in the multi-part Nuit Blanche Toronto exhibit “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.

“The Ward”

Wednesday, September 26, 7 to 9 p.m.

Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm St.

Participants: Karen Alexander, Tairone Bastien, Maria Amidu, Gayle Chong Kwan, John Lorinc

Moderator: Luis Jacob

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

Nuit Blanche curators, Karen Alexander and Tairone Bastien, and 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 19th and 20th century Toronto. All artists in the exhibition “Dream Time: 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 a foundational starting place for their artworks at this year’s Nuit Blanche.

“Artists Talk with Ibrahim Mahama”

Thursday, September 27, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Room 190

Participants: Ibrahim Mahama

Moderator: Karen Alexander

In partnership with OCAD University

Ibrahim Mahama lives and works in Ghana where he creates large-scale installation work that 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.

“Curator Alyssa Fearon talks with artists Alyssa Bistonath and Bishara Elmi”

Thursday, September 27, 1 to 2 p.m.

Doris McCarthy Gallery, 1265 Military Trail

Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, University of Toronto Scarborough

In conjunction with the Doris McCarthy Gallery exhibition “It Can Only Be This Place” and Cultural Hotspot.

Alyssa Fearon, curator of “STYLL,” shares a discussion between artists Alyssa Bistonath and Bishara Elmi. The artists in this talk experienced in-depth collaborations with specific communities in Scarborough for their Nuit Blanche projects. Alyssa Bistonath collaborated with members of the Guyanese diaspora in Scarborough, while Bishara Elmi worked with refugees who have settled in Scarborough.

“Sincerely, Scarborough”

Saturday, September 29, 7 p.m. to Sunday, September 30, 7 a.m.

Toronto Public Library, Scarborough Civic Centre Branch, 156 Borough Dr.

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

“Sincerely, Scarborough” talks, workshops and panels will occur all night during Nuit Blanche Toronto. The full schedule is available at

“Presence as Politics, Queer Storytelling as Resistance”

Sunday, September 30, 3 to 5 p.m.

Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor

Participants: Brendan Fernandes and Harold Offeh

Moderator: Francisco Alvarez

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. 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 to explore the relationship between race, identity and the body.

“Artist and Curator Talk with Hiba Abdallah and Alyssa Fearon”

Sunday, September 30, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.

Moderator: Meaghan Froh Metcalf

In partnership with Ontario Culture Days’ Youth Arts Ambassadors Program (YAAP).

Nuit Blanche Toronto artist Hiba Abdallah will speak about her installation, “Everything I Wanted to Tell You.” Over a series of workshops, Abdallah collected stories in collaboration with Scarborough residents and included their narratives in her large light-based artwork projected on the north side of the Scarborough Civic Centre at Nuit Blanche.

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.

About Nuit Blanche Toronto

Nuit Blanche Toronto is the city’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community and funded by the Government of Ontario and Tourism Toronto. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured almost 1,490 art installations by approximately 5,200 artists and has generated over $355 million in economic impact for Toronto. Information and updates are available at, on Facebook at, on Twitter at, on Instagram at The event hashtag is #nbTO18.

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