The room was discofied at Arsenal for the McCord Museum’s Annual Ball.
It’s not every day on this beat that back-to-back events for the same magnificent cultural institution are a thing, nor is it a recurring phenomenon for us to play in the realm of sequels.But so fabulously, we get to do both today, thanks to the vision and creativity of the dream team at the McCord Museum, who have made it tradition to host two of their most important benefit events consecutively, on the first Thursday and Friday night of May.For your pleasure, we begin the McCord immersion with the Annual Ball, held this year at Arsenal in ever-trending Griffintown.
Committee members Charlotte Routhier, Bente Christensen, Grace Di Meo, Nathalie Brunet, Anick Beaubien, Roseline Guevremont, Nathalie Lévesque, Jean-Michel Lavoie, Bita Cattelan, Julie-Anne Coyle, Nathalie Deshaies and Sandrine Bohbot gather for a pretty pic at the McCord Museum’s Annual Ball.
Now, prep yourselves, Social Gals and Gents, because this was no conventional party experience. The inspiration was the golden age of Polaroid, the ’60s and ’70s — captured exquisitely in the upcoming McCord exhibit The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology, opening June 13. And the art director who never disappoints, award-winning Dick Walsh, did the ultimate with it.
Honouree corner: Pierre Fitzgibbon, Nathalie Roy, Christian Dubé, Monique Jérôme-Forget and Suzanne Sauvage bask in the magic of the McCord Museum’s Annual Ball.
Upon arrival, guests dressed to impress in formal attire felt as if they’d tumbled into the coolest, most colourful garage party ever — one where a pack of ’60s-chic personalities like Elvis and Elvis Jr. (among numerous others swathed in vivid peace-and-love sartorials) couldn’t wait to shower them with fun and good grooving.It was carefree, laid-back vibes at their best, and as the Champagne flowed and good nibblies abounded, one couldn’t help but surrender to the exhale of an earlier time, delighting in the vibrant hues and quirky touches.
Guests were entranced from the get-go at the McCord Museum’s Annual Ball.
But hey, the fun didn’t stop there. Dick Walsh, people. We were just heating up! Next on the fungenda, it was off to a feast fit for the hippest kings and queens on the planet as we made our way into the main dining room.Once again, the brilliantly executed ambience sent jaws dropping, while eats were equally mesmeric.Of course they were. Franca Mazza was on scene to cater up a signature epicurean storm, with masterful wine pairings generously supplied by the experts at the SAQ and impeccable service furnished by Sébastien Forand (Forand Évènements).
Honorary co-president Grégoire Baillargeon, Nathalie Forcier, Marie-Hélène Laramée and Andrew Arnovitz.
That said, the evening would have been wholly incomplete without that next-level entertainment and let-go dancing the ball is famous for, which all unfolded in good time, thanks to partners like Chubb, who brought the tunes, presenting DJ Thomas H. cast in a new role as disco maestro. (NB: he did so exceptionally well, with beats of that get-down period seducing many to the dance floor to boogie well past the witching hour, an experience enhanced by VJ Video Girl’s eye-catching and retro visual animations.)As for the VVVIP guests, they were out in rare form, the red carpet alight in recognizable faces from the worlds of entertainment, culture and business, including honorary co-presidents Grégoire Baillargeon, co-head of BMO Capital Markets Quebec, Édith Cloutier, president of Rogers Communications Quebec, and Robert Coallier, chief executive officer of Agropur Dairy Cooperative, as well as design and creative sensations like Denis Gagnon and Marie Saint Pierre, journo and blogger Virginie Coossa, author Varda Étienne and many more. The sassy step back in history raised sizable funds for the museum, facilitating the admirable mandate of enlightening countless minds and imaginations.“The Annual Ball is our largest single fundraising event which helps us to ensure the preservation of our collections, the continuation of our educational and civic activities and to make our institution shine,“ said Suzanne Sauvage, president and chief executive officer of the McCord Museum.Amen to that.Stay tuned for the McCord sequel next week, as we dazzle with all the fantasy fêting from the McCord Museum Sugar Ball … For more fun with fab fêtes, disco to diaryofasocialgal.com. Related
Daniel Ethier and Denis Gagnon lend their stylish support to the McCord Museum’s Annual Ball.