On October 22, 2016 the Centennial Planetarium once again opened its doors to Canada’s cultural revolutionaries for LOOK2016, Contemporary Calgary’s premiere fundraiser. The evening consisted of a rousing live and silent art auction which alone raised over $295,000, and featured a conversation on the art of our times between entertainment legend Steve Martin and culture writer Adam Gopnik (The New Yorker), with some guests attending an exclusive pre-event VIP Dinner prepared by Brett McDermott (Our Daily Brett). Following the formal program, LOOK2016 transformed into The Factory Party, a riotous after party that attracted nearly 1,000 guests, filling the building with a fresh group of partiers paying as little as $25 to close out the party in Andy Warhol-inspired style.
Earlier this year, The City of Calgary approved $24.5 Million for the refurbishment of the Centennial Planetarium, with Contemporary Calgary as its anchor tenant. Fundraising from LOOK2016 contributed to SHAPE, a fundraising initiative to raise $5 Million in commitments to support Contemporary Calgary operations into 2020 while the building is being transformed. Over $900,000 in multi-year pledges to the SHAPE campaign were made at LOOK2016, bringing total SHAPE proceeds since October 2016 to $3 Million. Fundraising will continue into the new year.
“It is because of events like LOOK and campaigns like SHAPE that we can continue to offer programming that exposes Calgarians and visitors to our city to the art of our times year round, free of charge. We hope to see this momentum carry on throughout the upcoming year, as we look forward to major growth,” said Contemporary Calgary CEO & Director Pierre Arpin. “It is clear from the response we felt in the room at LOOK and from the commitments made via SHAPE that nothing can stop this community when they believe in something. I’m very grateful for that.”
LOOK2016 artists in attendance included many who contributed to the live and silent auction: Ron Moppet, Janet Werner, Kim Dorland, Diane Landry, Mark Dicey, Kristopher Karklin, Shawn Evans, Chris Cran, David Burdeny, Joe Fleming, Samantha Walrod, Chris Flodberg, Amy Dryer, Rhys Farrell, Aron Hill, Jeremy Pavka, Anda Kubis, and Bradley Harms, who also contributed an interactive installation, #CitizenPong, to The Factory Party. Art installations were provided for LOOK2016 by Sasha Foster, Dave Dyment, and Natural Real Supreme (Sara Rennie and Sean Taal).
We have many people to thank for their work to make LOOK2016 such a success...
Thank you to our extraordinary LOOK2016 Commitee:
Lori D'Agostino & Derek Macdonald, Production Co-Chairs; Anne and Morris Dancyger, Honorary Co-Chairs; Alex Kingcott, Marketing Chair; Matt Klinkbeil, Ticket Chair; Jay Mehr, Sponsorship Chair; and Tyler Stuart, Auction Chair.
Tina Anthony, Jonathan Benitez, Katy Bond, Sheri Campbell, Amanda Cronin, Stuart Driedger, Heather Dunn, Aaron Ellard, Greg Forrest, Andrew Frost, Randy Gibson, Phaedra Godchild, Jarvis Hall, Brenna Hardy, Margo Helper, Arif Hirani, Gloria Jorgensen, Zoe Klintberg, Michelle Lazo, Connie Leidal, Neil McAlpine, Becky McMaster, Carla Morris, Mike Morrison, Mark Mullin, Barb Munroe, Rima Murray, Steve Nagy, Jeremy Pavka, Katherine Piquette, Lana Rogers, Kate Royer, Harry Safaris, Carmen Salerno, Andrew Stewart, Jessica Tkachuk, Shirley Turnbull, Sarah Ward, Jan Wittig, Dan Wojtowicz, Melanie Zenz.
Galleries include Angell Gallery, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Jarvis Hall Gallery, Loch Gallery, Masters Gallery, Monte Clark Gallery, Newzones, Trépanierbaer Gallery, VIVIANEART, and Wallace Galleries. Artists include Chris Cran, Shawn Evans, Joe Fleming, Mark Mullin, Mark Dicey, Ron Moppett, Kristopher Karklin, David Burdeny, Diane Landry, Steve Driscoll, Gavin Lynch, Iain Baxter&, Ryan Sluggett, Bradley Harms, Colleen Heslin, Jonathan Forrest, Ivan Eyre, David Thauberger, Janet Werner, Erik Olson, Daniel Hutchinson, Chris Flodberg,Michael Smith, Étienne Zack, Larissa Tiggelers, Marigold Santos, Jermey Pavka, Omar Lalani, Anda Kubis, Nate McLeod, Rhys Farrell, Aron Hill, Samantha Walrod, Amy Dryer, Robyn Penn, and Alain Attar.
The attendees who led the live and silent auctions – adding new artwork to their collections.
The artists, bands, and speakers that contributed to the entertainment for the evening: Steve Martin, Adam Gopnik, Lainey Lui, Stephen Ranger, Dave Dyment, Sasha Foster, Natural Real Supreme (Sara Rennie and Sean Taal), Bradley Harms, Jeremy Pavka, Tiffany Wollman, Lowell Smith, Kent Merman Jr., Yana Matusovski, Bad Animal, Beach Season, Burnis, Crack Cloud, DJ Rice, Double Fuzz, The Famines, GSD, Justine Tyrell, Taylor Cullen, Ego Death, Lab Coast, Noah York, Roy LT, and Yung Nino.
The sponsors and donors for their resources, time, and unwavering support: National Bank Private Banking 1859, Holt Renfrew, City of Calgary, PwC, Borden Ladner Gervais, Toker + Associates, The Boston Consulting Group, Broadsoft, Stingray, BOOM Goes the Drum, Highlander Wine & Spirits, Hotel Arts, Shaw, Styleista, WAX, and Where Magazine.
And to everyone who attended LOOK2016, you made it the party of the year!
Lainey Lui welcomes guests to the VIP+Dinner. Photo credit Phil Crozier.
Lainey Lui with Contemporary Calgary's Pierre Arpin. Photo credit Phil Cozier.
Brett McDermott (Our Daily Brett) previews the VIP+Dinner menu. Photo credit: Phil Crozier.
Shari Hunter, Sarah Ward, Alex Kingcott, Brieanne Biblow, Todd Hawkwood, Mike Morrison, Richard Einarson, Dave McDougall at the LOOK2016 Reception. Photo credit Phil Crozier.
Steve Martin & Stephen Ranger. Photo credit Phil Crozier.
Steve Martin & Adam Gopnik. Artwork by Chris Cran and Diane Landry. Photo credit Phil Crozier.
Stephen Ranger leads the LOOK2016 live auction. Art by Shawn Evans. Photo credit Phil Crozier.
The Factory Party. Photo credit Phil Crozier.
The Factory Party. Photo credit Phil Crozier.