On October 18th, we hit DX INTERSECTION, the hottest design event of the year, held at Toronto’s Design Exchange. Designed to celebrate the intersection of all things creative, the market-themed party attracted the who’s who of Toronto of all ages—from new young professionals (YPs) looking to make valuable connections to seasoned career veterans. Hosted by President Shauna Levy, the annual party celebrates creativity in a similar vain to an open-air market, with no shortage of food stations and installation art and even the distribution of fresh fruit and flowers.
For some guests, the evening began with a VIP dinner experience that was filled with installations, live music, an amusement park-style raffle, a charity auction and the creations of celebrity chefs and mixologists. The young professional set, for the most part, skipped the dinner (and its accompanying $500 price tag) and opted to arrive for the party portion of the evening, which kicked off at 8pm. The party spanned three floors of the Design Exchange, with most of the late-evening action occurring upstairs. Highlights included the beloved Food Dudes’ famous mac and cheese, a bustling dance floor and barely clad (and very fit) male bartenders ensuring that the booze flowed along with the dance moves.
Other party highlights included the sounds of both Azari & III and of Bellosound DJ Filthy Gorgeous, bizarrely intriguing molecular cocktails by Bevlabs, art and video installations, and, of course, food by Food Dudes, Parts and Labour, La Carnita and Home of the Brave.
Each year, the museum awards an acclaimed game changer who effortlessly moves between creative disciplines. This year, the event honoured DX Game Changer recipients Byron and Dexter Peart of WANT Agency. Proceeds from the annual fundraising evening go to support DX Youth and Educational Programming.
For those still in the dark, The Design Exchange is Canada’s Design Museum and is located in the heart of Toronto’s financial district. Check out our coverage from this year’s “Happy Show” and this past spring’s well-attended Christian Louboutin exhibit. Now at the Design Exchange (until January 3rd) is Playing Favourites Part II: Geometry (Textures). The exhibit features post-war and contemporary work in Canada concerned with the exploration of shape, point, line, pattern, illusory and true tactility.
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