Nuit Blanche Toronto:
Queens & Kings of Scarborough

Curated by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes


This theatrical playground challenged systems of social marginalization, self-identity negotiation, and racial stereotyping within a modern framework. From film and installation to interactive sculpture and street art, Queens and Kings of Scarborough dismantles conventional and societal perceptions, flipping the script, and honouring Scarborough as a hotbed of culture.


Three acts played out in the east end’s most highly frequented landmarks:


Act 1: The Amphitheatre
(Cineplex Cinemas Scarborough, former Coliseum)
Theme: Ancient theatre brought back to life addresses conflict within human bonds

Act 2: The People’s Square
(Scarborough Town Centre)
Theme: Common ground for a united voice of the inhabitants

Act 3: The Royal Court/Courtyard
(Scarborough Civic Centre/Albert Campbell Square)
Theme: Overthrowing existing systems of power and reclaiming the throne


⁣⁣⁣Broken out into ten curated projects including⁣:⁣


Kent Monkman
The Miss Chief Eagle Testickle Picture Show
⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Courtesy of Patel Gallery


Ebony G. Patterson
…three kings weep…⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Courtesy of Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago
Alex Narvaez & Sid Naidu
Scarborough Made⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Camille Jodoin-Eng
Water Shrine⁣
Courtesy of Patel Gallery
Scarborough Royalty
Jordan Bennett
Mark Stoddart
ReConnected STC⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Marites Carino
The Big Feminist Game Show
Brandy Leary/Anandam Dance Theatre
Ephemeral Artifacts
Sponsored by Scarborough Town Centre
Also including independent projects created by Toronto/Scarborough’s individual artists, cultural institutions, educational organizations and producers⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣:⁣⁣⁣⁣
Sean Leon & Noor Khan⁣⁣⁣⁣
PostScript – Scarborough
Alexis Eke
Where Are You Now?
Anthony Gebrehiwot
From Boys to Men: The unearthing of a poorly structured identity
Esmond Lee 李春錦
Below the City
Diaspora Dialogues
Remixing the Night⁣⁣⁣⁣
The E.W.o.C Project⁣⁣⁣⁣
Mary Wards STEAMPunks⁣⁣⁣⁣
Visualizing the East Side: A STEAM Project⁣⁣⁣
VIBE Arts – Journée
Community Arts Guild



Moderated by: Ashley McKenzie-Barnes⁣⁣⁣⁣
In partnership with OCAD University


In 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.


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