TORONTO The ninth annual Power Ball in support of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre put a spotlight on the idea of revolution—everything from the sexual revolution to political revolution and, of course, artistic revolution. “Revolution is the perfect theme to capture what the Power Ball and the Power Plant contribute to the art community,” Claire Christie, co-chair of Power Ball 9. “We celebrate those who support the arts by throwing a smashing party that takes the city by storm.”
Over a thousand revelers attended the gala, which doubled as a celebration of the gallery’s 20th anniversary. As usual, the ball was held at the gallery and featured an eclectic mix of arts supporters and fun seekers. Decor highlights included a hallway adorned with cakes and bottles of soap bubbles, combining the notions of Marie Antoinette, representing celebration.
One of the gallery’s rooms featured VIRG, a virtual video juke box displayed on a wall; guests could text message their song requests by cell phone. Network Touch, another interactive installation, included a virtual kissing booth. In a larger room, DJ’s such as Juicetan AKA Justin Peroff and DJ DMT performed next to a wildly colourful light wall from Westbury National Show Systems. Sponsor exhibits included Holt Renfrew’s massive three-tiered pink cake, which had the iconic HR brand logo printed on it and a mannequin popping out of the top. Hugo Boss provided a band vignette featuring headless mannequins in designer suits. Unilever’s Sunsilk brand installed a mini salon with stylists who provided hairdos in the gallery’s reception area. Nearby, an ice sculpture from Iceculture depicted Vladimir Lenin, the Russian revolutionary, holding a fist full of purple balloons.