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Nuit Talks 2018

Nuit Talks provides the opportunity to examine and showcase the art, artists and concepts involved in Nuit Blanche Toronto. This year's Nuit Talks feature engaging talks, roundtable discussions and one-on-one interviews from Sunday, September 23 to Sunday, September 30. 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 Street West
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 Avenue, 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 Street, 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.

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 Road
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 Street
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 Street, 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. 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.

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 Drive
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 Street West, 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. This discussion will explore connections between dance as an act of resistance and 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 Drive
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." Collected over a series of workshops, Abdallah collaborates with Scarborough residents to include their narratives in her large light-based artwork at Nuit Blanche Toronto. Abdallah has been selected as one of the YAAP Ambassadors for 2018.

For more information on this year's Nuit Blanche Toronto, including more than 75 projects by over 400 local, national and international artists visit Follow us on Facebook at, on Twitter at, on Instagram at for updates. The event hashtag is #nbTO18.





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