massive party
April.21.2016

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

9 pm – 1 am

Art Gallery of Ontario

19+ ID Required

Tickets: $160

AGO Member tickets: $130 (limit two per member)

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, co-chairs David Delaney & Anais Granofsky will welcome 1,900 party-goers to the AGO for the 12th annual Massive Party, as this year’s Artistic Directors the Broadbent Sisters proudly present Midnight Massive Party.

Tickets include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, as well as an exciting lineup of DJs, live music and contemporary art installations. Funds raised through Massive Party support the AGO to continue to deliver ambitious programs. A charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable portion of your ticket purchase will be issued.

Don’t miss your opportunity to attend Toronto’s ultimate contemporary art party. Limited tickets are available and have sold out for the past six years. Purchase your tickets today.

AGO Next members are invited to the exclusive Midnight Massive Pre-Party, enjoying early access to the art and artists that bring the party to life. Not an AGO Next member? Join this under-40 group of young patrons today for your invitation to the Pre-Party and access to member priced Massive Party tickets. Visit www.ago.net/next to learn more.

theme

Arrive masked at 9 pm and enter a wakeful dream filled with wonder. Be transformed by illusory sights and sounds as Toronto’s top emerging artists and musicians navigate between the realms of material and spiritual, connection and spectacle, intimate and social.

Mesmerizing performances, interactive installations and giant projections create unfamiliar spaces.

The moon is full. The clock strikes twelve. A magical night of levitation, mirage, cosmic interruptions and spectacular art changes before us to transform our experience once again.

attire

Experience the masquerade of Midnight Massive Party. Arrive masked and become anyone you want for one night only. Participate in the mystery and art by purchasing a mask or creating your own. This is a night of wonder and illusion. Be inspired by masks worn by Björk and Lady Gaga or evocative looks straight from the runway. Feathers, lace, mirrors, skulls, paint, chains – the possibilities are endless. Transform yourself. Magical attire is encouraged. Think sparkles or holograms, or go full midnight with dark blues and blacks.

MAC Cosmetics is on site. Experience the transformative power of makeup artistry. Step into the world of Future MAC where makeup artists will help you create your Midnight Massive look with ice-lit blues and cosmic greens or, for a supreme moonlit glow, reinvent the rules of highlighting with gloss and shine.

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artists

ARTIST PROJECT PATRONS Delaney Capital Management DH Gales Family FoundationGoldman, Sachs & Co.PwC Canada

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Broadbent Sisters

Joy and Rose Broadbent are multidisciplinary artists based in Toronto. Together, the Broadbent Sisters transform the domestic into dreamlike realms where sparkles are swept and spaces are cleared. They use performance and installation to create interactive experiences that transform “lowly” everyday objects into mystical artifacts. Their unfolding art practice, Clearing Spaces, examines themes of domestic life, meditation, femininity, religious ritual, and pop spirituality. They have produced multiple exhibitions in the series Clearing Spaces, shown internationally at the Festival du nouveau cinéma, TRAFO Centre for Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario, HUNTCLUB, The Gladstone Hotel, and as part of the Sunday Drive Art Projects. Joy and Rose find collaboration to be a unique venue for distilling the essence of form and exploring telepathic ways of creating.

Together, the Broadbent Sisters are the Artistic Directors of Midnight Massive Party. Their influence will be felt throughout the evening and they will have multiple artist projects on view in all three event spaces.

Michael Vickers & Oliver Pauk

Michael Vickers & Oliver Pauk are visual artists who collaborate on multiple fine art projects and the management of Akin Collective studios. Oliver’s work centres on photographic, sculptural, and video-based elements exploring the boundary between physical and digital art, and has been exhibited in Canada, the United States and Europe. Michael’s work addresses the seductive and poetic qualities of form. Recent exhibitions include Surface & Stratagem at Division Gallery (2015), and Push and Pull at Mercer Union (2014). Together, Pauk & Vickers’ projects employ sculptural, installation, and projection-based elements involving industrial materials, geometric patterns and manipulations of light and colour.

For Midnight Massive Party, the artists will present PSEUDO SPECTER – a large-scale, site-specific and immersive installation that is their most ambitious project to date. Adopting illusions of reflection, light and colour, mirrored forms float and twirl above party-goers as colours envelop the space. PSEUDO SPECTER explores notions of replication, trickery, spirituality and materiality, and it will transform the Gallery before culminating in a dramatic, celebratory shift when the clock strikes midnight. View this installation in Baillie Court.

Robin Clason

Robin Clason is a sculpture and installation artist working primarily in Toronto. Her work seeks to captivate viewers by allowing them to enter dream-like worlds via large-scale installation. Her main focus is to create pleasantly disorienting scenery to both entice and bewilder. Mystery and magic combined with a clean minimalist aesthetic create the mood for Robin’s work.

For Midnight Massive Party, Robin will provide guests with an interactive, infinite "selfie" space in which they can see themselves amidst a mirrored backdrop. Shifting at midnight, party-goers can engage fully by snapping photos with their phones, or having one printed while they enjoy the rest of the installation. Don’t miss Robin’s installation in the Weston Family Learning Centre Gallery School.

Tau Lewis

Tau Lewis is a self-taught sculptor and mixed media artist. Tau works mainly with resins and plaster to create lifelike sculptures that explore the boundaries between the artificial and the natural world. Her work is bodily and organic, with an explicit strangeness and subtle morbidity. Tau recreates and preserves physical life through a combination of media with both natural and man-made origins. Thematically, her work is influenced by feminist satire, her self-image as a young woman of colour, and her fascination with plant life and the natural environment. Tau currently lives and works in Toronto.

For Midnight Massive Party, Tau presents Poorly Potted Plants, a sculpture and video installation in which she manifests nature’s elements into statuesque, large-scale resin sculptures, and creates a harmonious yet sterile ecosystem within the space. The installation explores the human influence on natural landscapes, and how our efforts to beautify and improve our surroundings have resulted in our own displacement within nature. It also questions how humans, who while integrated in elemental nature, are disconnected from nature, and only use it in fragmented and distinct ways for survival or pleasure. Visit Tau’s installation in the Weston Family Learning Centre Seminar Room 2.

The New Beat and Menalon

Under one roof at Studio 835, The New Beat and Menalon collaborate to marry interactive installation art and experimental music composition. The duo Menalon works in sound production, creating scores for film and television, ads, installations etc., and was selected to take part in the Slaight Family Music Residency at the Canadian Film Centre. The New Beat creates interactive installations and unique user experiences for venues such as Art Basel, Nuit Blanche, the Gladstone Hotel, WayHome Music and Arts Festival and Steam Whistle Brewing. Individually, they make great work, but by merging skill sets, they found wonder. They create immersive environments where participants can engage with art and lose themselves in it.

Guests can view The New Beat and Menalon’s interactive installation Lazer Harp in the Weston Family Learning Centre Seminar Room 1. Lazer Harp is an interactive, playable sound installation made of suspended beams of light that emit a dynamic, ambient soundscape when triggered by a participant. Audience members are encouraged to become a part of the piece by performing with it, becoming a musician and composer. Through Lazer Harp, no matter what age or walk of life, participants become composers.

Randall Okita

Randall Okita is a Canadian artist and filmmaker. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Randall has lived and worked in Japan, Vancouver and Toronto. His artworks and films have been shown in group and solo exhibitions, awarded both nationally and internationally, broadcast on television and screened at festivals around the world. His work has been supported by the National Film Board of Canada, Telefilm Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Randall is a regular panelist and jury member for film festivals and arts organizations, has participated in the Directors’ Lab at the Canadian Film Centre, and the Berlinale Talent Lab.

For Midnight Massive Party Randall will present the installation Be Here Now, a temple-like structure that houses a bell. At first, it feels solid and grand. However, as the viewer walks around the structure, it becomes apparent the temple doesn’t exist as it first appears. In reality, the structure is composed of feathers suspended in layers. As the viewer swings a wooden mallet to strike the bell made of feathers, the sound and lighting change to transform the space once again. The work celebrates our desire for contemplative moments while freeing them from the restriction of dedicated spaces and prescriptive conditions. Be Here Now will be on view in Baillie Court.

entertainment

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DJ Humble Mike

DJ Humble Mike plays exclusively vinyl. Over the past five years, he has curated the soundtrack for events for Harry Rosen, Urban Outfitters, Tiger of Sweden and many more. He completed a year-long residency at Lee Restaurant and has been the popular resident DJ at the Mill Street Beer Hall for two years. Mike performed at the inaugural First Thursdays at the AGO and has graced the Gallery with his music a handful of times since. With well over a thousand records in his collection, his music is diverse: it fits any occasion and satisfies any generation, ranging from the blues, soul, funk, rap and hiphop to indie and classic rock. Mike enjoys taking his listeners on a musical history lesson, showcasing similarities and inspirations in the canon of popular music. 

DJ Humble Mike will create the perfect atmosphere in Baillie Court.

J.u.D.

A noteworthy and emerging artist, J.u.D. offers a new sound and a different take on Montreal’s electronic scene. Described as evasive and peculiar, the “Dream Trap” genre – initiated by Montreal native, J.u.D. – evokes and possesses a different emotion from the typical Montreal sound. Classically trained in piano since the age of eight, J.u.D.’s creativity and artistry are not limited to music. The heavenly, chilling and dreamy tones of his genre are evident in his artwork, which he designs himself. A storyteller through sound, J.u.D. uses real instruments to create a dissociative yet fluid journey in his second and most recent EP, S†. Flower. Released on October 28, 2014, the EP has received exposure and praise from Red Bull Music, IX Daily, and Dancing Astronaut.

J.u.D. will set the mood in Walker Court.

Sophie Jones

Citizen of the night and purveyor of movement.

Sophie Jones is a DJ with one mission: to bring good vibes. Weaving between electronic sensibilities and feel-good jams, she lets you loose on a journey into the night. Pursuing music since 2012, she has set herself as a staple of Toronto’s nightlife. With an avid curiosity for the different vibes being developed in all corners of her community, she can be heard playing in one of the city’s big clubs on one night, an intimate bar on another. Any room can be turned into a dance floor with her buoyant style. Her intent is to uplift. She continues to forge herself as a facilitator of the city’s sounds.

Inspired by a spectrum of influences, Sophie attributes the depth of her musical tastes to local Toronto musicians and producers. It is from observation, collaboration and online digging that she harvests her collection of music to make you move.  

Sophie Jones will keep guests dancing late into the night in the Weston Family Learning Centre Gallery School.

RALPH

RALPH (aka Raffa Weyman) spent much of her childhood covered in facial glitter and feather boas, singing along to Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Prince, and the Temptations, and developing an early appreciation for the sounds and styles of the past. Striving to create a unique sound that blends disco, pop, synth, and smooth soul (think Sade meets Donna Summer meets Stevie Nicks), RALPH blends funky 1970’s bass with 1980’s style pop keys, while staying contemporary through vocal melodies and fresh synth sounds. Most importantly, her catchy dance tunes stay true to her narrative song writing style, containing strong lyrical content that tell stories of jealousy, lust, deception, and strength.

RALPH’s debut EP will be released summer 2016; don’t miss her set at Massive Party at 10 pm in the Weston Family Learning Centre Gallery School.

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committee

co-chairs

  • David Delaney
  • Anais Granovsky

artistic directors

  • The Broadbent Sisters

committee

  • Andrea Anders
  • Shelby Austin
  • Ali Azzopardi
  • Kathryn Bird
  • Blaire Borins
  • Kathryn Buczko
  • Chris Campbell
  • Alicia DeBoer
  • Neil Follett
  • Brendon Holder
  • Matt Irwin
  • Vanessa Kalisz
  • Kelly Kirkpatrick
  • Katie Knopp
  • Merete Kristiansen
  • Emma MacDonald
  • Adrienne Maniezzo
  • Deanne Moser
  • Jennifer Nugent
  • Kevin Seto
  • Paul Smith
  • Boris Tsimerinov
  • Tara Wakter