Art, the Maker

Ebony G. Patterson
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Art, the Maker

Presented in partnership with OCAD University
October 2, 7 – 8 p.m.

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.

Moderators: Ashley McKenzie-Barnes, Curator, Nuit Blanche Toronto
Participants: Ebony G. Patterson
Location: OCAD University

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Auditorium, room MCA 190
Nuit Blanche Toronto
Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough

Standing Still (Walking Composition): Shay Salehi

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Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 9:00am

“Standing Still” will ask viewers to question repetition—both as individuals and as a community. Being creatures of habit, humans can often find themselves in unproductive patterns. And these patterns can lead to labour without progress. This installation will follow a narrative of day-to-day repetition. But this story will be set within a distorted version of the familiar. Torontonians’ lives are embedded with access to endless information—now, we are faced with the choice of how to move forward.

Shay Salehi is an artist based in Toronto. Her current work focuses on destructive patterns and everyday objects. Salehi explores bonds between internal and external patterns, as well as links between personal and societal cycles. Shay is a 4th year Sculpture/Installation student at OCAD University. 

Shay Salehi would like to thank Adam Giroux for help with technical support, and Mosaic Yoga Toronto for allowing the use of their space.

Venue & Address: 
Mosaic Yoga Studio 225 Sterling St. Fully barrier-free and wheelchair accessible
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Nuit Blanche Toronto

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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


Nuit Talks September 18 – October 10
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Hashtag for the talks: #nuittalks2019

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 100 McCaul St., Auditorium Room 190
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Nuit Blanche at OCAD U 2019

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 7:00pm to Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 7:00am

Onsite Gallery, the university’s flagship professional and public gallery, will be open all night for Nuit Blanche 2019:

Saturday, October 5, 2019: Sunset to Sunrise – 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. W.

ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ
mong All These Tundras

Group exhibition featuring work by:

ᓛᑯᓗᒃ ᐅᐃᓕᐊᒻᓴᓐ ᐸᑦᑑᕆ
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
ᑲᕈᓚ ᑯᕋᕼᐊᓐ
Carola Grahn
ᒫᔾᔭ ᕼᐋᓕᓐᑐ ᐅᓇᓗ ᓵᒥ ᕕᓐᓚᓐᒥᐅᑕᖅ
Marja Helander
ᓵᓐᔭ ᑲᓕᕼᐅ-ᑰᒻᔅ
Sonya Kelliher-Combs
ᔪᐊᖅ ᓇᓐᑰ
Joar Nango
ᑕᕐᕋᓕᒃ ᐹᑐᔨ
Taqralik Partridge
ᐱᐅᓕ ᐸᑐ
Barry Pottle
ᐃᓅᑎᖅ ᓯᑐᐊᑦᔅ
Inuuteq Storch
ᑲᔨᓐ ᐸᓐ ᕼᐅᕕᓕᓐ
Couzyn van Heuvelen
ᐊᓕᓴᓐ ᐊᑰᑦᓲᒃ ᒍᐊᑕᓐ
Allison Akootchook Warden

ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᑲᒪᔨᑦ: Hᐃᑐ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᐅᖅᑎ, ᐋᐃᒥ ᑎᒃᓯᓐ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᕆᓴ ᐹᓐ ᕼᐃᐅᓕᒐ
Curated by Heather Igloliorte, Amy Dickson and Charissa von Harringa

ᓴᕿᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᑖᒃᑯᓇᖓᑦ ᓕᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐲᓇ ᐊᓕᓐ ᓴᓇᖕᖑᐊᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᕕᒃ, ᑳᓐᑯᑎᐊ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒃᔪᐊᖅ
Produced and circulated by the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University

ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ, ᐊᑎᖓ ᐱᔭᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᑕᐃᒎᓯᕐᒥᑦ “ᐊᖕᖏᕋᕋ ᐆᒻᒪᑎᓐᓃᑦᑐᖅ” ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔭᖓ ᓵᒥᒥᐅᑕᖅ ᓂᐅᔅ-ᐊᔅᓚᒃ ᕚᑭᐊᐹ, ᓴᕿᔮᖅᑎᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᓴᓇᖕᖑᐊᖅᑎᖏᓐᓂᑦ ᓇᑭᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᑲᔾᔨᐊᓂ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᑉ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᐊᓂ ᐅᑯᐊ ᓴᓇᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᐅᖃᖅᓯᒪᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᒫᓐᓇ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓱᒫᓘᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍ ᑐᑭᓯᓇᖅᓯᑎᑕᐅᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓄᓇ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖅ, ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᒃᐱᕐᓂᖅᑖᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᖅ. ᓴᓇᖑᐊᖅᑎᑦ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᓄᓇᖏᓐᓂᑦ ᑕᒫᖓᑦ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᑉ ᑲᔾᔨᐊᓂᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᖅ ᑐᓴᕐᑎᑦᑎᔪᑦ ᐃᒻᒪᑲᓪᓚᓂᑦ ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖑᖅᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᒐᒥᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᑐᖅᓯᒪᔭᑎᒃ ᐳᐃᒍᓇᓐᖏᑦᑐᑦ ᐃᓅᓯᕆᓚᐅᖅᑕᒥᖕᓂᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᐅᓕᕐᓂᖅ ᓴᐳᒻᒥᓂᐊᕐᓗᒋᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᖅ ᐆᒪᔪᓕᒫᖏᑦ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᒫᖏᓪᓗ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖏᑦ, ᐃᓄᖏᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓂᖏᑦ ᑕᒫᖓᑦ ᐱᐅᓐᖏᑦᑐᐋᓗᖕᓂᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᓯᓚ ᐅᖂᓯᓂᖓᓄ ᐊᓯᑦᔨᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ, ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᓄᓇᒥᑦ ᐲᔭᐃᔪᒪᔪᑦ, ᐱᕈᖅᑎᑦᑎᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᑦ ᑲᓐᐸᓂᕐᔪᐊᓂᒃ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᖃᑎᒌᓐᖏᑦᑐᕐᔪᐊᑦ ᓵᓚᒌᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᒐᓱᐊᖅᑐᑦ. ᑲᑐᔾᔨᓗᑕ, ᐅᑯᐊ ᓴᓇᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᑕᑯᑎᑦᑎᕗᒍᑦ ᐃᓚᒌᒍᓯᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑭᓱᓕᒫᑦᓯᐊᖏᑦ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓂᖏᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓗᑎᒃ, ᓄᑖᓂᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᔾᔪᑎᖃᕐᓕᕐᓂᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᖑᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᖏᑦᑐᓂᒃ, ᑎᔅᓯᓇᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᑐᕐᓗᒍ ᐊᓐᓇᒍᓐᓇᕐᓂᖅ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᒪᑦᑕ ᑲᑐᑎᓗᑎᒍᑦ ᐱᔭᒃᓴᕆᔭᕗᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᑉ ᐃᓅᓯᖓ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᖓ.

Among All These Tundras, a title taken from the poem ‘My Home Is in My Heart’ by famed Sámi writer Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, features contemporary art by Indigenous artists from around the circumpolar world. Together, their works politically and poetically express current Arctic concerns towards land, language, sovereignty and resurgence. Artists from throughout the circumpolar north share kinship with each other and their ancestors, love for their homelands, and respect for the land and its inhabitants. Yet they also share histories of colonialism and experience its ongoing legacies and are united in their desire to protect northern ecologies, languages, peoples and knowledge from the nefarious effects of climate change, encroaching industry and competition. These resistance efforts do not merely express, they give shape to a collective ecology of care, a “decolonial love” (in the words of Leanne Simpson and others) that is both generous and generative. These works invite viewers to contemplate relationships between textual and embodied Indigenous knowledges, innovation and sustainability, humour and resilience, and our collective responsibility to northern life and land.

ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑑᓕᖅᑕᖏᑦ ᕉᑕ ᖃᔮᕐᔪᐊᖅ
Translation by Rhoda Kayakjuak

Produced and circulated by: Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University
Patron Sponsor: Birch Hill Equity Partners
Supported by: Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage), Initiative for Indigenous Futures and Nexus Investments

For one sleepless night, experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of artists and nearly 90 art projects. This year's program responds to one event-wide curatorial theme of Continuum. The theme follows many paths during the event – set against a backdrop of the ever-present renewal of night into day, a continuum of experience and ideas is brought to light by the participating artists. A series of Nuit Talks will take place before and after the all night art event and nine extended art projects will remain on display through October 14.

Image: Allison Akootchook Warden, we glow the way we choose to glow, 2018. 3D printed figurines in glow-in-the-dark filament. Installation view (detail), Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, 2018. Photo credit: Paul Litherland.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
Allison Akootchook Warden, we glow the way we choose to glow

Call for Applications - Nuit Blanche Community Engagement Assistant

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016, Director X presented Death of the Sun at Nathan Phillips Square as part of the exhibition, OBLIVION.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:00am to Monday, May 13, 2019 - 12:00am


RATE: $20 /hour for 30 hours/week

TERM: Part-time, May - September 2019

DEADLINE: Monday, May 13, 2019

Nuit Blanche Toronto is seeking applications to the part-time Community Engagement Assistant position. Supported by the Career Launcher program, the position will include a full integration into the professional environment of the City Cultural Events Team at the City of Toronto. The position will include the research and development of new programming initiatives for Nuit Blanche 2020 and participation on the on-site team responsible for implementation of the 2019 Nuit Blanche event. The position will offer critical insight and valuable exposure to the planning and execution of a large-scale public art event, learnings about the range of career options available, the opportunity to develop the skills required to succeed in the arts and culture sector. 

Nuit Blanche Toronto is Toronto’s annual free all-night contemporary art event that invites adventurous residents and visitors to take to the streets from sunset to sunrise. Experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of Canadian and international artists. One night only, all night long. 


  • Assists on community engagement work to increase Nuit Blanche awareness in communities outside the core. 
  • Works with City Cultural Events Team to identify and facilitate capacity building amongst communities to gather inputs for specific public programming events.
  • Assists with the delivery of interactive educational activities that engage public, provide resource material, collect contact info for future engagement events.
  • Oversees on-site impacting surveying with audience during public programming events with support from volunteers. 



  • Graduated from OCAD University in 2018 or 2019 (undergraduate or graduate);
  • Experience assisting with community-based programs or services, and working at events, with volunteers and others;
  • Experience in developing and running public engagement activities/ events with demonstrated planning and scheduling skills;
  • Actively seeks to create an environment of equity and inclusion in working with culturally diverse and marginalized groups;
  • Team player, able to work independently and collaboratively;
  • Administrative and reporting experience, and attention-to-detail with excellent written and verbal 


  • Full contact information (name phone, and email) and current resume
  • Confirmation of eligibility
  • Cover letter outlining interest and relevant experience.


Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Alexandra Hong at

For more information, visit the career launhers website


416 977 6000 Ext. 3708

Call for Applications - Nuit Blanche TO 2019 Career Launcher Independent Projects

Career Launcher: Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019 Independent Projects
Friday, December 21, 2018 - 4:30pm to Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 12:45am


Nuit Blanche Toronto and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are inviting recent and upcoming OCAD U graduates from classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019 to apply to Nuit Blanche 2019 Independent Projects Program. One selected Independent Project by OCADU graduates will be awarded with a Career Launcher support valued at $1,500. 

To apply, please visit:

Deadline: Thursday, February 14, 2019


2019 Theme: Continuum

The city of Toronto and its inhabitants are in a constant state of becoming. With shifting boundaries, new developments and changing perspectives we are invested in the desire for a change in experiences, viewpoints, landscapes, and ideas.

This progression follows many paths through the night of Nuit Blanche. The cycle of creation and destruction that simultaneously depletes and feeds, the elevation of the noble into a place of renown nobility, the challenge of finding inner calm and enlightenment in the midst of it all, underlined by the ever-present renewal of night into day. All are part of the continuum. Is there peace without enduring commotion? Is destruction actually the end of something, or does it mark a new beginning? How can we know there is more to our existence without the contrast and comparison? 

In a world that feels increasingly polarized, there is a critical need for nuanced conversations and intersectional perspectives. From dusk to dawn, Nuit Blanche Toronto plants seeds of change addressing the more compelling and complex parts of our existence, as individuals, as communities and as a city. In this place of potential, process, awakening and evolution exists.

Note for 2019 Applicants

All Independent Project applicants are encouraged to directly reference the 2019 theme, Continuum, in their project descriptions on the application form. The City of Toronto and the Independent Projects Selection Committee will actively adjudicate all applications through the lens of this vision.



  • Must have graduated from OCADU in 2017 or 2018, or will graduate in 2019. 

To be considered for inclusion in the program, all proposed projects must:

  • Be able to stay open all night: Projects must be open for the entire 12 hour period (from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.)
  • Be free: Projects must be free of charge to the public.
  • Be self-funded
  • Take place in Toronto
  • Take place in a venue or location that is accessible
  • Be produced by a Toronto-based professional artist 

For further details, please visit here


All proposals must be submitted through Independent Projects Application Portal.

Please click here to access to portal



Nuit Blanche Toronto

Nuit Blanche Toronto is an annual Toronto’s free all-night contemporary art event that invites adventurous residents and visitors to take to the streets from sunset to sunrise. Experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of Canadian and international artists. One night only, all night long. 

Venue & Address: 
Toronto, ON
416.977.6000 x 361

Call for Applications - Nuit Blanche TO 2019 Career Launcher Independent Projects

Nuit Blanche Toronto and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are inviting recent and upcoming OCAD U graduates from classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019 to apply to Nuit Blanche 2019 Independent Projects Program. One selected Independent Project by OCADU graduates will be awarded with a Career Launcher support valued at $1,500. 

Nuit Blanche draws more than 20,000 visitors to OCAD University

FORWARD installation by Daniel Iregui. Photo: Oscar Fletcher-Filkins
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 5:00pm

Record crowds visited OCAD U during Nuit Blanche 2018 to view FORWARD, an immersive digital work by Daniel Iregui and a group exhibition, Diagrams of Power, at Onsite Gallery.

More than 14,500 visitors came through the doors of 100 McCaul St. to view FORWARD, an installation of two “tunnels” that generate infinite ways to get to a distant point on the horizon. Curated by Linda Columbus, Programs Coordinator, Onsite Gallery, the work was created by Daniel Iregui, a new media artist who creates interactive sculptures, spaces and architectural interventions using technology as a tool and an aesthetic.

Onsite Gallery attracted close to 6,000 visitors for its Diagrams of Power exhibition, which ran from July 11 to September 29, 2018. Curated by Patricio Dávila, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD University, the exhibition showcased art and design works using data, diagrams, maps and visualizations as ways of challenging dominant narratives and supporting the resilience of marginalized communities.

Diagrams of Power exhibition at Onsite Gallery. Photo: Oscar Fletcher-Filkins

NUIT TALK: Presence as Politics, Queer Storytelling as Resistance

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 3:00pm

Sunday, September 30, 2018
3 p.m.

Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond St. W.




Join Brendan Fernandes and Harold Offeh as they 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.

Moderator: Francisco Alvarez

For the full schedule of all Nuit Talks visit:

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
416-977-6000 x456
Nuit Talk

Artist Talk with Ibrahim Mahama

Artist Ibrahim Mahama
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Artist Talk with Ibrahim Mahama

In partnership with OCAD University

Thursday September 27, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Room 190

Participants: Ibrahim Mahama moderated by Karen Alexander


Nuit Blanche artist Ibrahim Mahama 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.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Room 190