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AGO's Massive Party Speakeasy

Toronto's Ultimate Art Party Goes Underground

(TORONTO - March 17, 2010) With over 700 tickets sold, the Art Gallery of Ontario's Massive Party Speakeasy is fast approaching.  The event takes place April 8, 2010, and co-chairs Gillian Hewitt Smith and Dan McClure have confirmed some very hush-hush details about this year's lineup of artists and entertainers.

Toronto artist Bruno Billio will transform the AGO into a gritty, urban streetscape.  Known for his work in sculpture and installation, Billio has exhibited internationally in Milan, London, Miami, New York and Los Angeles and is currently the resident artist at Toronto's Gladstone Hotel.

This year's speakeasy theme will come to life through art instillations and performances by local artists Dean Baldwin, Janis Demkiw, Diane Borsato, Jon Sasaki and Laurel Woodcock.

The underground throwdown will also feature music by prominent performers.  Toronto's DJ M will weave electronic funk, west coast house, retro and r&b in ways guaranteed to move your body and soul, while the internationally acclaimed Monsieur Cedric spins his style of eclectic, uplifting and soulful house.  Also performing is Massive Party veteran Whitney, and talented Toronto natives Tanika Charles and Deejay L'Oquenz.

Tickets are $125 and include an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, music, performances, entertainment and great art experiences. Purchase your tickets online at or call 416 979 6628.  Must be 19 and over (ID required).

Proceeds from Massive Party will support the AGO's exhibitions and education programs.

The AGO gratefully acknowledges the support of GMP Securities as lead sponsor of Massive Party, as well as supporting sponsors Claymore Investments, Equity Transfer & Trust, Investors' Group, and Poynt.  CTV Toronto, Argyle and NOW Magazine are this year's media sponsors.  Thanks to CV Studio and Interbrand for in-kind assistance.


With a permanent collection of more than 79,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. In 2008, with a stunning new design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the AGO opened its doors to the public to international acclaim. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase made of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block along the Gallery's façade; and the feature staircase, spiralling up through the roof of Walker Court and into the new contemporary galleries above. From the extensive Group of Seven collection to the dramatic new African art gallery; from David Altmejds monumental installation The Index to Peter Paul Rubens masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, a highlight of the celebrated Thomson Collection, there is truly something for everyone at the AGO.


 For images and information, contact:

Antonietta Mirabelli, 416 979 6660 x 454,

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Additional operating support is received from the Volunteers of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.


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