Creative food stations, Instagram-worthy art at every turn, a breezy lakeside party and live performances – you’ll find it all at Power Ball XIX: Stereo Vision presented by Max Mara, complete with a dress code that invites no shortage of talking points.
The hot ticket affair is produced by Toronto’s event queens, Candice & Alison, and transforms The Power Plant contemporary art gallery into a sexy world of discovery, as some 1500 guests – the city’s art world elite and charity gala regulars – kick off the summer party circuit with an interactive and visually stimulating breeding grounds for new professional and personal connections.
For those with the dollars to drop, the evening kicks off at 7pm with a VIP celebration catered by Drake Catering that will feature a special performance by Mexico City-based architecture and design studio Pedro&Juana. This sees founders Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss collaborate with performance artist Francesco Pedraglio for a show full of alternative reality vignettes that explores the juncture between the real and the represented.
At 9pm, the doors open to the rest of the guests, most of whom are usually a few drinks in upon arrival.
Installations include a three-channel projection by Kelly Richardson that takes the sublime and surreal traditions of landscape painting into the contemporary digital realm; a piece by Daniel Barrow that explores themes of fantasy, empathy, isolation and queerness through intricate, live, manual animations on overhead projectors; and an interactive interactive intervention that plays on the Stereo Vision theme, created by Paul Zingrone, The Power Plant’s Head of Registration, Installation & Facilities, together with the gallery’s core group of installation technicians.
Guests will also experience a special photography exhibition by Torrance Hall, the 2017 Max Mara Young Visionary Award winner, that explores the relationship between his imagination, dreams and everyday vision of human experiences.
Offering a fusion of fashion other than that of the well-heeled guests, Max Mara will also showcase its Fall 2017 collection on-site.
Never a party to hold out in the food department, guests can soak up the flowing booze (you probably shouldn’t make any early meetings on Friday) with food by Parts & Labour and overseen by Chef Meghan Robbins.
The funds raised in the not-to-miss evening support exhibitions and public programs at The Power Plant. Tickets are on sale online starting at $175 for the general party and $500 for the VIP reception.
Here’s a few photos from last year. For more check out Power Ball 2016.