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SMASH at the Gardiner Museum, Toronto

Home to some 4,000 ceramic objects, the Gardiner Museum, on June 21, hosted its third edition of Smash, the annual young-patron-focused fundraiser – a party where, for one night, exquisite Ming Dynasty porcelain and pieces of magnificent Meissen mingle with the work of contemporary Canadian creators. New at the event this year was a partnership with George Brown College’s integrated media program: 20 graduating students contributed original digital installations that were selected as part of a design competition conceived in part by Jacquelyn West, art director of this year’s Smash. “We Are More,” was the theme of the evening and through installations by a plethora of artists, including Sabrina Ratté and Camille Jodoin-Eng, which dotted the museum’s three floors and spilled onto the terrace, the power of connection in our digital age was explored. The sold-out event, presented by RBC Wealth Management, saw 400 or so young givers in attendance, and alongside the art, DJ sets and performances, including one by Langston Francis.

  • Exhibiting artist Giles Monette and DJ Dre NgoziGeorge Pimentel

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SickKids Scrubs in the City, Toronto

The annual Scrubs in the City, a beloved summertime fundraiser for Sick Kids, was held a couple of weeks earlier at Evergreen Brick Works. The event has raised more than $5.7-million in its 17-year history and this year 1,200 party-goers packed the former brick factory for an evening billed as a Roman Holiday. Co-chaired by fundraising duo Molly Fitzpatrick and Lucinda Kogan, the event was relaxed – just drinks and dancing – making for a fun night that raised $820,000. These funds will support the $1.3-billion SickKids VS Limits campaign to build a new hospital for which $570-million in philanthropic donations and pledges has already been secured.

  • Kevin Goldthorp, Sylvia Mantella and Dr. Michael Apkon.GEORGE PIMENTEL

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