By Julia Eskins
Photography by Kareen Mallon
The annual Power Ball is known as Toronto’s fashion-meets-art party of the season. The Power Plant Gallery fundraiser draws an eclectic crowd of creatives dressed to the nines, installation art and unconventional surprises.
On June 14, Power Ball: Quarter Life Crisis transformed the characteristically quiet Harbourfront Centre into a stylish playground for 1,700 guests. Attendee attire saw an avant-garde twist, with plenty of feathers, neon accents, sequins and orange ensembles. Early VIP arrivals grooved to live music from Toronto’s own Dragonette, while guests in the waterfront lounge dined on restaurateur Marc Thuet’s spitfire roasted bison, corn on the cob, gourmet mac and cheese, and poutine.
Inside, celebrations for the Power Plant Gallery’s 25th anniversary were in full swing. Guests moved from room-to-room to visit art exhibits, themed bars and photo-op sets. Music by Los Angeles’ DJ Alex Merell complemented the lively interactive art elements that incorporated the Quarter Life Crisis focus. Standout exhibits included Philippe Blanchard’s psychedelic sculptures set to strobe lights, Jesi the Elder’s wall projected animations and art by local talents Sarah Febbraro, Jesse Harris and Marisa Hoicka.
The night wouldn’t be complete without a few spontaneous elements thrown into the mix, including guests doodling on a pristine white Range Rover with (hopefully washable) magic markers.
All in all, Power Ball reminds us that sparks can fly when fashion meets art and Toronto’s familiar faces come out to play!