Special Events Office

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Toronto's free all-night contemporary art event. 
From sunset to sunrise the magic of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will return in 2015 to Toronto to light up the city on October 3. Experience Toronto transformed by artists for one night only. All night long. 

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche official website

Participate in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015
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Artists & Programming Partners - Call for Submissions 

If you have an idea for an art project, there are three different ways you can apply to participate: as an Open Call Project, an Independent Project or for the "10 for 10th." Details about these options are listed below.


The Independent program has been assigned a curator for the first time in its' 10 year history.

Toronto artists, museums, galleries, cultural and educational institutions, neighbourhoods and BIAs are invited to submit their proposals to be an Independent Project under the curatorial vision of "Memory Lane."

Watch Curator Che Kothari explain his curatorial vision for "Memory Lane" in a new video , visit the FAQs, Independent Projects 2015 Application Guidelines and Independent Projects 2015 Application for more details.

New this year - "10 for 10th"

To celebrate the 10th edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the City of Toronto is engaging major cultural organizations across the city and creating a City co-produced exhibition area that responds to the curatorial vision, "Memory Lane" for the Independent Project program. "10 for 10th" is an application process within the Independent Projects program where artists can apply to have their project situated in one of the participating partner venues with funding and production support provided.

The "10 for 10th" venues are listed in the Independent Projects Application form.

How to Apply:

  • Download the event GUIDELINES (PDF) and appropriate APPLICATION form.
  • Read the Guidelines before completing the Application.
  • For the "10 for 10th" and Independent Projects you can choose to apply to one or both programs using the same Application form.
  • Complete all fields within the Application form. If you're not able to access the Word forms, please email ips@toronto.ca to request assistance. (Please note that in order to be considered you must fill out the relevant Application form and adhere to all programming criteria and submission requirements).
  • Email your Application and attachments to ips@toronto.ca. Please label your email subject heading as "Independent Project Application" and add your ARTIST/ORGANIZATION NAME. e.g. Subject: Independent Project Application - from Art Group Name.
  • You may send email attachments including PDF, jpg, mp3 and avi files. Please do not send eps or psd files. This mailbox can only accept attachments up to 5MB in total size. Please label all attachments with your name and your project's title.
  • If your Application was submitted successfully, you will receive an email response within two business days. If you do not receive this message, your Application was not submitted successfully.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Submission Deadline - "10 for 10th" and Independent Projects:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015.
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
For more information, email: ips@toronto.ca.

Applicants should be aware that their participation in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche's Open Call, Independent Projects and "10 for 10th" is not automatic solely on the basis of meeting the general eligibility requirements. All Applications are curated/juried against the criteria outlined in the Guidelines and selected based on artistic merit and project feasibility.


Each year the City of Toronto works with a group of curators to commission a series of installations (Exhibition Projects) in the Exhibition Areas. In addition to a series of commissioned projects, the Exhibition Areas include projects selected by the curators through an open call process.

New this year – Artist Exhibition

For the first time ever at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, there will be an Artist Exhibition with multiple projects from innovative and internationally renowned artist JR. Open Call applications are being accepted to be part of this exhibition as well. The process is the same as the curated exhibitions, but with JR and City Cultural Events choosing projects that reflect his artist statement.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Submissions are now closed for 2015 Open Call Projects.

For more information, email: ocs@toronto.ca.


Approximately 30 installations (Exhibition Projects) are selected to complement the theme of a curatorial vision or artistic statement for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. These installations are then commissioned by the City of Toronto for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.

We do not accept applications for Exhibition Projects.


City Cultural Events is always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to join the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche team. If you have the stamina - we have an all-night job for you! Please visit the City Cultural Event Volunteer Page for more information.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The City of Toronto is dedicated to working with corporate Canada to seamlessly integrate your business objectives and needs into the event while maintaining the essence and vision of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.

Please let us know your core objectives and budget, and we will recommend best fits with our programming and sponsorship levels, and propose effective activation concepts.

By sponsoring Scotiabank Nuit Blanche you have a rare opportunity to play a major role in the transformation of Toronto.

For more information on how to become a corporate partner, contact Michael Brown, Sponsorship Manager, at MBROWN3@toronto.ca or 416-395-7347

Future Dates

Each year Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto is held on the weekend before Canadian Thanksgiving. The scheduled dates are:
Saturday, October 1, 2016*
Saturday, September 30, 2017*

*all dates are subject to change


Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is produced by the City of Toronto's Economic Development & Culture Division in collaboration with Toronto's arts community.

Produced by the City of Toronto, Sponsored by Scotiabank