Though the rain washed away (well, at least moved indoors) the outdoor pre-party VIP gathering we so looked forward to, it couldn’t ruin the moods of the city’s finest, who sucked up the unfortunate weather and headed to the Power Plant for Power Ball: 15 Minutes on Thursday, June 6. The must-attend event attracted more than 1,500 guests from Toronto’s art, fashion and entertainment communities, who were greeted to the recorded sounds of screaming fans upon arrival and indulged in an evening of unique installation art, cuisine, cocktails, visual and sensory stimulation, no shortage of photo opps, and even a little nudity. This year’s theme explored the concept of fame, predominantly “15 minutes of fame.”
Power Ball is the largest annual fundraising event for The Power Plant and always a memorable way to kick off summer with fellow young professionals (YPs). The VIP experience began at 8pm and offered a special menu by famed Toronto chef Marc Thuet.
Throughout the evening, specialty themed bars made obtaining a beverage of choice either really easy or kind of annoying, depending one which one you happened to be standing beside, and featured cocktails from sponsors Ketel One, Grand Marnier, Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, Don Julio, and Perrier. Guests also got to try the Chateau des Charmes Bosc Family’s newest winery, Earth & Sky.
The expansive lower level gallery spaces inside featured installations by artists Ryan Trecartin, Zeesy Powers, Alexis O’Hara, KTL & Sybil, and Thunder Horse Video. Highlights included late-night outdoor dancing to the sounds of NYC-based Physical Therapy and Toronto-based Deko-ze, endless photo opps in the tented Toronto Life installation, and guilty indulgences like hot dog stations and LA-themed food like corn dogs, pulled pork sliders, giant skinny burgers and pork ribs with a Southern-style glaze. We realized after the fact that Kobo’s seemingly innocent photo booth featured a one-way mirror, meaning that all that personal primping and priming beforehand was being observed by strangers watching on the other side of the wall.
Something we saw a lot of this year at Power Ball was skin. In addition to the abundance of long legs in short dresses with sky-high heels, guests had a hard time turning away from Thunder Horse Video’s motorcycles and the sexy stripper-esque ladies who revealed a little more than probably intended in the main gallery. Just when guests where tipsy enough for a slower than normal reaction time, one brave guest was seen strolling through the party completely naked aside from a pair of stilettos and a clutch. We are guessing that was her 15 minutes?
Either way, a good time was had by all…perhaps too good of a time. Judging from the rowdy ending of the evening to the event (yes, we were there until the end to witness it), we are willing to bet there were more than a few tired eyes staring at the computer on Friday morning.
Click here to see the full gallery.