Power Ball 10 : DECADANCE (2008) High-Profile Art Party Fundraiser
Toronto, ON (May 22, 2008)
Are you into contemporary art? Yes, you answer... but it's Thursday night, and you are in a party mood. Well, the annual party event with the best of both worlds is here... a night of dancing, debauchery and decadance with outstanding entertainment, music, food, art and fashion. It's the Power Ball 10: DECADANCE art-party at the Power Plant (Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West) and they are celebrating their anniversary with a big splash!
The Power Ball is The Power Plant's annual high-profile fundraising event that brings together the who's who of the contemporary arts and culture worlds. The invitation to the Power Ball is coveted each year as The Power Plant opens its doors to Toronto's and indeed Canada's, taste leaders who support gallery exhibition and educational programming through this unique fundraiser. Power Ball, now ten years strong, is the art-party fundraiser that broke the mold and started it all - it is the original contemporary art party.
First stop was to sign in at the media tent and Weber Shandwick did an excellent job in making sure everything was well organized and professionally executed. We made our way into the party tent and the atmosphere was very lively. The bar was in full swing serving drinks and the featured drink was a Natural Vanilla Liqueur from France by the House of Grand Marnier called NAVAN (www.navanworld.com).
The main event was held in the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and there were four main attraction rooms. As you enter the main glass door on your left is the LEPAGE Gallery where you have live music and the dance floor. This is the place to be if you like dancing and grooving to the beat with DJ Barbi and performances by Jess Dobkin and Let's Go To War. This is without a doubt the room with the most jam pack crowd during the whole event.
On the right of the main entrance is the MCLEAN Gallery, house for the Burlesque performances throughout the night. Socialize, drink and be entertained by the dancers in this red room. Wondering how many shows were there??? Take a look at the program listing that was written on a mirror... now that is what I call a program guide with personality and ever changing cover art!
From the MCLEAN gallery there were two doors leading into the CANADIAN TIRE Gallery which showcased artist installations by Dean Baldwin, Katie Bethune-Leamen, Diane Borsato, Luis Jacob, Nestor Krüger and Jade Rude. If you have been wondering around the premises I think you'll agree that building 37 ˝ was the most unique bar of all. After a few drinks you can make your way to the Human Panda exhibit and they were all merrily happy and drinking too!
The forth destination is in the North Lobby and if you made it this far, you are in for a treat! Fine Artist Beckie (www.beckiedileo.com) had an art canvas of the featured drink NAVAN in which you could join in and be one of the many painters helping to create the masterpiece of the night. With art though, nothing is carved in stone... add to that lots of liqueur and you might be in for a surprise! Half way through the event, someone must have had the NAVAN inspiration and from then on the art started taking a whole different live on it's own. I name the art "BE NAVAN INSPIRED".