Last Saturday night marked Toronto’s fifth Nuit Blanche. When the sun set on the city, the artists came alive and their contemporary art installations were available to all art lovers who ventured out into the chilly October night. Since the first ‘White Night’ in 2006, numbers have increased every year with an estimated one million plus Torontonians and tourists out for the event. Encouraging celebration and community engagement, the city was alive and the energy radiated could be felt by all people on foot from Yonge and Bloor, to Union station, to Queen and Lansdowne.
While Scotiabank continues to make the night FREE to all who come out, they encourage sponsors and the public to Donate for Hope to local Toronto charities who promote the local arts and its future artists. This year, Shoot with This was one of the focused charities who work to motivate and empower at-risk youth by giving them the resources and support to learn about video making from individuals whose experiences are not dissimilar from their own. Youth participating in the program include 12 ‘at-risk’ males and females ages 15 to 18 who are currently enrolled at Westview Centennial Secondary School in Toronto’s Jane/Finch corridor. You can make your contribution to this charity or another of the selected charities here.
For those of you who trekked across Toronto’s streets last Saturday, please vote for the people’s choice awards by this Wednesday, October 6th for a chance to win one of six iPads – sure doesn’t hurt to vote.