On November 16th, the Design Exchange will open all three floors for a gala that brings design to life at its new annual fundraiser, DX INTERSECTION. Creative disciplines and cultures converge in a large-scale celebration that features Canada's top designers, architects, chefs, filmmakers, and artists, for an unprecedented experience. In support of the museum's youth education programs and Canadian design preservation initiatives, join us and be prepared to get lost in an unexpected world of design!
Multiple DJs will fill the multi-level venue with energizing tunes, brought to you by Embrace. The Toronto-based trio behind Keys N Krates will take the stage with their blend of hip hop, electronica, and jam that truly shows off the artistry of live remix.
Celebrity chefs and mixologists will conjure up offerings that are as visually appealing as perfectly balanced for the palate. Party guests will be selected at random to meet for a mysterious pop-up dinner encounter presented by GE Monogram with Castor + tongtong + Matty Matheson (Parts & Labour). Four groups of guests will be invited for 20-minute dinner sessions in a "moonshine" distillery located in the magnificent Mies Library overlooking the King and Bay intersection.
Designers and artists will create installations that evoke question and intrigue. Punk-inspired multi-medium artist, Niall McCLelland, and Toronto-based artist and musician known for his unique album covers, Alex Durlak will present a series of luminescent story-telling devices that fill the Trading Floor with superimposed narratives that progress and transform slowly over time. Scott Cudmore, a Toronto filmmaker renowned for his acclaimed music video work - recognized by Spin Magazine, Billboard, Interview Magazine, and more - will join forces with musician and Fucked Up band member, Jonah Falco, for a completely unique mix of art and music on exhibition floor.
Whimsical balloons will float through the air as guests are enticed to participate in an amusement park-style raffle with unprecedented prizes.
A silent auction will allow 20 lucky guests to walk away with custom creations. In support of the DX's fundraising efforts, AUKTION presented by IKEA features a collection of unique items designed by a range of Canadian design professionals, artists, thought-leaders and celebrities from a variety of disciplines - from Dixon House to Thrush Holmes, VAWK to Philip Sparks. Each will have a $500 shopping budget at IKEA to hand-pick IKEA items to hack, morph, combine or deconstruct in a custom creation.
As the end of the evening draws near, late night guests will be rewarded with a food market in the Link, inside the lobby of the Toronto-Dominion Centre. Food Dudes will join the party with their new food truck, serving breakfast treats as the celebration continues into the morning.
Participate in the VIP experience for all this plus an exclusive pre-party in the DX's Exhibition Hall. Overlooking the Bay and King intersection, VIP ticket holders will enjoy premium food, beverage and entertainment and have the special opportunity to meet the 2012 Gamechanger, author, artist, fashion designer, and sculpturist, Douglas Coupland. Awarded for his ability to effortlessly move between creative disciplines, consistently demonstrating an expression of creativity across all platforms, Coupland will be honoured with an award designed by Toronto's own Castor and will exhibit a collection of his work with Daniel Faria Gallery.