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Power Ball Showcases Toronto’s Contemporary Gallery in All of Its Immersive Glory

We don’t have to tell you again that the Power Ball is one of the hottest parties of the year.

In case you missed the memo, we told you all about it back in April.

Kicking off the summer charity event circuit properly, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery’s hot-ticket fundraiser returns on Thursday, June 2 for an immersive experience of food, fashion, society and, of course, some of the best in contemporary art.

Thenon-collecting gallery is one of Canada’s leading institutions when it comes to contemporary art.

The Power Plant aims to engage local and international artists and cultural figures in conversation by having some of the best of Canada’s arts scene share the space with international artists at Power Ball.

Proceeds from the event support the gallery’s effort to provide the best in contemporary art throughout the year.

If you have yet to visit the coveted gallery, the 18th edition of Power Ball offers just as good a reason as any to experience it in all of its sprawling, art-filled glory.

The cultured crowd includes some of Toronto’s most respected artists, philanthropists, dealmakers and creative thinkers, who unite for an evening of discovery and serious stimulation.

This year’s racy theme, “Pleasure Principle,” calls on guests to fulfill their desires in their exploration of art installations and performances, including a situation-specific performance by American performance artist Ryan McNamara; an opium den installation by Montreal-based artist Karen Tam; Chicago house music pioneer DJ Mark Farina and two of Toronto’s most talked about DJs Teo Nio and CRSB taking the stage; and more.

When Max Mara is the presenting sponsor (returning for a second year), it’s a safe bet that the evening’s fashion will be worthy of the society pages come Saturday. Speaking of society pages, fixtures and philanthropist powerhouses Belinda Stronach, Jennen Phelan, and Jennifer Bassett are the evening’s co-chairs, adding a guaranteed stamp of quality to the event.

The evening begins at 7pm with a VIP celebration that will feature custom cocktails from beloved Bar Chef and a special presentation by New York-based artist Ryan McNamara, who has been hailed as an “international art sensation” and staged major productions around the world.

If a VIP ticket is too big of a dent in the wallet, come for the party, which kicks off at 9:00pm.

Now that the summer heat has finally set in, an added perk to Power Ball is the outdoor element, where guests can indulge in a high-energy lakeside celebration under the stars.

What more could you ask for?

Don’t be that person scrambling to find last-minute ticket-sellers on Facebook – they will sell out. Purchase yours here (avec tax credit).


Erin Davis

Erin is a Toronto-based actor, writer and queen of the side hustle. When she’s not writing the day away in a face mask, she’s taking in the city’s vibrant arts scene, doing a red carpet interview or brunching with her leading ladies. Follow me: @erinnicoledavis