Labelled by Maclean’s Magazine as the “Power Party” to attend in Western Canada, Schmancy is all that. Hosted by the Glenbow, cultural superheroes in Calgary, this annual museum fundraiser pulls out all the stops to bring the city a night of big names, spectacular entertainment, and an exhibition that will make any naysayer of contemporary art change their tune.
Making the evening even more attractive, this year the focus is on celebrating everything Canadian with the massive ‘Oh Canada’ exhibition.
And this doesn’t mean hockey stick sculptures and portraits of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. This artwork will make you feel pretty excited to be a Canuck.
Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on attending this year.
It’s Time to Party
Most people are used to being told not to run, not to touch things, or not to talk too loud in museums and galleries – but the Schmacy party is anything but rigid. This is the night to let loose in the city’s best art space, and like the best clubs in Europe, the party is going to take over four floors. It’s omething we rarely get to experience in Calgary.
Expect Big Names
The feature presentation this year includes some impressive celebrity guests to help kick off the festivities. Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq is going to be captivating the room with her traditional Inuit throat singing that’s laced over pop and punk riffs. There’s nothing quite like it.
After watching Olympic performer Shane Koyczan entertain the crowd with his spoken word, we’ll get to hang with Jessi Cruickshank, host of Canada’s Smartest Person, and one the country’s media darlings.
Bring Your Dancing Shoes
Live music and DJs will keep energy up all night long, so prepare to bust a move.
In between your favourite songs, you’ll also have a chance to check out an art auction with hot items up for grabs, interactive art displays, and something called ‘Roving Balderdash’.
Expect A Sugar High
While you might feel overwhelmed by the sensory overload, there will be mobile candy bar stations to help you get you sugar high and a clever cocktail list and menu to sample.
With all food and drink items inspired by the ‘Oh Canada’ exhibition, we’re going to guess there will be some exquisite concoction involving maple syrup and bacon.
Dress Code = Over the Top
You’re going to be rubbing elbows with some pretty classy people, so why not dress the part? Black tie and haute couture are a strongly encouraged, but don’t be afraid to add a little flair to your outfit with costume jewelry or an outrageous accessory.
If you still need convincing, consider the thousands of items to be won in raffle prizes and surprise envelopes containing world-class trips, jewels and tickets to upcoming events. Not to mention, the opportunity to bid on original art pieces without the art house prices.
See you at the candy bar.