Power Ball

Power Up

A virtual fundraiser to benefit The Power Plant

For 21 years, Power Ball has been the engine that drives everything we do at The Power Plant: the funds raised from ticket sales are invested directly into supporting artists, public programs and outreach initiatives. We rely on these funds to serve a wide variety of constituencies in Toronto, across Canada and around the globe. Without these funds, it is difficult to imagine how we will continue the important work we do.

Despite the current challenges, we would like to look forward with optimism.

In that spirit, we announce Power Up, a summer-long campaign to ensure that we meet our fundraising goals and can continue building and serving communities through the power of art.

We encourage you to consider the value of a Power Ball ticket: it extends beyond the party to support contemporary artists, to connect youth in priority neighbourhoods with creative programming and to allow us to be better prepared to serve you when we can meet again.

The lights are still on at The Power Plant, but we need your help to strengthen this vital connection to the arts. Your support of Power Up is needed and will be greatly appreciated. As a thank you, Power Up will include a series of exceptional art experiences on 4 June, the day we were meant to gather and celebrate Power Ball.

Follow along at @ThePowerPlantTO and #PowerUpTO for announcements and to hear from The Power Plant community. 

Power Up on 4 June!

We're thrilled to invite you to an evening of virtual arts and cultural experiences on the day we were meant to gather for Power Ball!

Support Power Up to join us on 4 June for an unforgettable program, hosted by artist Alex McLeod. Donors at the Power Patron level will receive a special dinner box from Eataly Toronto with wine pairing by Dandurand.

7:00 PM | Welcome remarks from Gaëtane Verna, Director of The Power Plant

7:15 PM | Poetic Mixology by Laura Dawe

POWER PEOPLE AND UP Laura Dawe is a multidisciplinary Canadian artist based in Toronto. Her painting, installation and video work contend with the domestic mania of political impotence.

Poetic Mixology is a playful satire of artisanal culture, particularly cocktail culture. It attempts to distill the history of a person, place, feeling or event into a liquid that can be drunk by the artist and (if the metaphoric ingredients allow) the audience.

Laura Dawe, Poetic Mixology.

7:30 PM | Power Patron Pizza Making with Rob Wing, Executive Chef of Eataly Toronto

POWER PEOPLE AND UP Pizza al padellino, or "pan pizza," is a type of pizza that's baked in small, round pans. Think of it like Italian-style "deep dish." Typically served in Torino, pizza al padellino has a thick soft crust, that gets slightly browned on the outside when baking. It can be topped with a variety of ingredients, from prosciutto to mozzarella. Open your dinner box and make two 9” pizzas, guided virtually by Executive Chef Rob Wing!

The dinner box also includes a wine pairing by Dandurand. With over 130 employees and 50 years of experience, Dandurand is the largest family-run wine importation business in Canada. Dandurand represents 35 exclusive wine producers—all leaders in their category—for a total volume approximating 4 million cases.

8:15 PM | Special performance by Fall 2020 exhibiting artist Howie Tsui

POWER PEOPLE AND UP Vancouver-based artist Howie Tsui (Tsui Ho Yan / 徐浩恩) was born in Hong Kong and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and Thunder Bay. He works in a variety of media to construct tense, fictive environments that subvert canonized art forms and narrative genres, often from the traditional Chinese literati class. Tsui synthesizes diverging socio-cultural anxieties around superstition, trauma, acculturation, and otherness through a distinctly outsider lens to advocate for liminal and diasporic experiences. The Power Plant will present a solo exhibition by Tsui in Fall 2020.

Howie Tsui, Retainers of Anarchy, 2017. Algorithmic animation sequence. 5-channel projection, 6-channel audio. Courtesy of the artist.

9:00 PM - 12:00 AM | Club Quarantine presents Power Ball: Home Edition

Put on your favourite Power Ball-inspired look and get ready to dance!

The first of its kind, Club Quarantine is an interactive virtual queer nightclub co-founded by four friends: Andrés Sierra, a recording artist; Brad Allen, a comedian and content creator; Casey MQ, artist and music producer; and Mingus New, a digital creator. Formed on a whim after a late night (virtual) hangout, Club Q exploded into a viral online movement that has attracted the likes of Charli XCX, Pabllo Vittar, and Kim Petras. As a creative platform, Club Q is about encouraging the symbiosis between artist and audience. Each Club Q party is curated to pair established artists with global emerging talents with the goal of uplifting artists from marginalized communities (QTBIPOC/PWD). Club Q has quickly became a platform for queer people all over the world to connect and let loose in the midst of a global pandemic. Through its commitment to championing queer artists and communities, Club Q is transforming the future of nightlife.