Power Ball is worth a slow-moving Friday morning, trust us.
Summer has finally arrived in Toronto, and we’re only a few days away from one of Toronto’s most anticipated art gala events. The 16th annual fundraiser for The Power Plant contemporary gallery, Power Ball: Old / New World takes place Thursday, June 5th – here’s a sneak peak of this year’s offerings.
As its name suggests, this year’s Power Ball pays tribute to art’s analogue past while also giving a nod of approval to the digital future of contemporary art. Old / New World will feature works by artists working both traditional and new media and, as seems to be requisite for art galas and fundraisers, will serve up a healthy dose of performance works.
If you’ve splurged on a VIP ticket you’ll have access to award-winning artist Naomi Kashiwagi’s exclusive pre-party multimedia performance Gramophinca, which takes place from 7 to 9 PM. Power Ball performance pieces have often been the party’s most buzzworthy happenings – if the VIP price tag is within your financial reach, make sure you don’t miss this.
The party begins at 9 PM and continues until “late” – pace yourself with those trips to the open bar. Power Ball is undoubtedly a party, but don’t forget to enjoy the art! This year’s contributing artists include digital prodigy Jon Rafman, Toronto’s own multi-disciplinary artist Christine Davis, a one night-only installation by artist collective BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer), a live multi-media performance by “remix artist” and acclaimed VJ Oli Sorensen, and a site-specific installation by New York-based design, stylist and artist duo CONFETTISYSTEM, who have created bespoke party décor and set designs for the likes of Lanvin, Opening Ceremony, Beyoncé and MoMA PS1.
For one night, artists, curators, gallerists, critics, patrons and financiers will eat, drink and wander The Power Plant together. To quote last year’s participating artist Zeesy Powers, “It’s like art prom.” See and be seen, admire the art, get your schmooze on, and feel good about supporting one of Toronto’s biggest contemporary galleries. Grab a ticket, show up and enjoy yourself – the only thing to worry about is what you’re going to wear.
Tickets are $165, or $150 for Power Plant members, both with a $90 charitable tax receipt; if you’re feeling especially philanthropic, VIP tickets are $300. Buy one here.