Toronto’s most famed art party is back.
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery is hosting Power Ball XVIII: Pleasure Principle on June 2, and the anticipation is on full switch. The evening of indulgence in art exploration, while being serenaded by cocktails and performances, is all for a good cause. Since 1999, Power Ball has become the art gallery’s largest annual fundraiser, which directly supports the non-profit organization’s programming. If you still needed a reason, or five, to get yourself down to the party, here are some facts to get you excited.
Think about that for a second. With a party description like “The Pleasure Principle theme will be the guiding pursuit of the evening, calling on guests to give way to the seeking of their innermost desires as they take in each art-filled space, offering a different party atmosphere and invoking an array of enticing gratifications,” how can one not be intrigued?
Amid the glitz and glam, the Power Plant Gallery will also be featuring projects by several artists on the evening of Power Ball. Among the artists are Karen Tam, who will be displaying a site-specific opium den installation, and Laura Kikauka’s (over)stimulation, comfort sensuality, fantasy and imagination display.
This event, as big a party as it is, is all about the fundraising aspect. And this year, philanthropists Belinda Stonach, Jennen Phelan, and Jennifer Bassett are co-charing the efforts. “As one of the most reputable public contemporary art galleries, The Power Plant is an organization that continues to need our support. And the Power Ball does just that,” said Bassett.
Because this is why we’re all here. More art projects displayed will feature Jordan Söderberg Mills’ light projection piece evoking ecstasy and euphoria, while Dempster Jamrozik Studio will dig into a playful nod to childhood memories and games.
Besides Chicago house music pioneer DJ Mark Farina, the party evening will be popping with jams by Toronto’s very own BEVSTMODE. CRSB and Teo Nio (BEVSTMODE) will keep your body moving through the tunes while enjoying the drinks, bites, and art of Power Ball. No party is complete without music, and these guys are sure to complete the evening’s Pleasure Principle.
Where: The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queens Quay West
When: June 2 at 7 p.m for VIP Party, and 9 p.m for Power Ball Party
Tickets: Available online, members $150, regular $175, VIP $500. Group packages also available.