Plug In ICA 2017 Art Auction, Gala & After Party

November 4, 2017 to November 5, 2017
Hudson's Bay Building Basement

Plug In ICA 2017 Art Auction and Gala
November 4th, 2017 | 7pm 

The Bay Basement | 450 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg
Tickets • $200 (includes entrance to the after party with JD Samson)
VIP Table of 10 • $3000 
After Party featuring JD Samson of Le Tigre, MEN (after 11pm) • $45 

This year’s Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art gala and art auction will be held on Saturday, November 04, 2017 at 7pm. For our most ambitious fundraiser to date, we over-take the abandoned Bay Basement with the help of our presenting sponsor, Montrose. Our atmospheric redesign of the space embellishes pre-existing elements with smoke machines; lighting design, and décor presented by Eq3. Our featured artist Scott Fitspatrick enhances the experience further with site-specific projections, and the dulcet sounds of cherished DJ’s crabskull and Louie Lovebird set the tone.

As a central highlight of the gala, our incomparable art auction features an incredible list of forty contemporary artists who have generously donated artworks. Start the evening with complimentary champagne sponsored by CGM Engineering before sampling from twelve exceptional culinary partners for a taste of Winnipeg’s finest food with complimentary wine pairings sponsored by Kenaston Wine Market, and cocktails by Forth. In addition to excellent food, drinks and visual art, Winnipeg’s beloved Drag Queen, Pharaoh Moans will be our MC for the evening. Following the main event, we have invited Brooklyn-based musician, writer, activist, artist and DJ, JD Samson of Le Tigre, and MEN to play our after party. All gala tickets include admission to the after party. 

The proceeds raised from this exceptional event will keep us FREE and accessible to all. As an Institute of Contemporary Art, our mandate is to provide dynamic programing free to all with a commitment to education. All contributions go directly towards programming, ensuring Plug In ICA continues to provide world-class exhibitions, events, lectures, online projects and education programs.

Participating culinary stations: 

The Cheesemongers
Close Co.
Deer + Almond
East India Company
Eva’s Gelato
Fools + Horses 
Fusian Experience
Pizzeria Gusto
Tallest Poppy

Cocktails & bar - Forth Bar 
Beer Sponsor - Little Brown Jug Brewing Company
Wine Pairing Sponsor - Kenaston Wine Market 
Decor sponsors -  EQ3 (special thanks); Candela  

This year’s Gala will take place Saturday, November 04, 2017 at 7pm, over-taking the abandoned Bay Basement. Our careful redesign of the space will feature artworks including Erica Eyres’ Head, commissioned for STAGES: Drawing the Curtain and Ron Tran’s Ashes Under the Hill / Let Our Hands Grow to Hold What We Love.

With your help, we are hoping to make our 2017 Gala our most successful fundraiser to date. We have an incredible list of artists who have generously donated artworks and have amazing culinary partners.

The proceeds you help raise will keep us FREE and accessible to all. Your contributions go directly towards programming, ensuring Plug In ICA continues to provide world-class exhibitions, events, lectures, online projects and education programs that remain free to all.

Please join us for this pinnacle event.
Purchase tickets, make a donation or support a sponsorship here -> #plugingala17

Art Auction Artists  

Abbas Akhavan • Juan Ortiz Apuy • Graham Asmundson • Kristina Banera  • Nadia Belerique • Scott Benesiinabandan • Irene Bindi • Valérie Blass • Annie Briard • Patrick Cruz • The Ephemerals • Erica Eyres • Dayna Danger • FASTWÜRMS • Ray Fenwick • Kandis Friesen • Kara Hamilton • Frederico Herrero • Instant Coffee • Toril Johannessen • Ursula Johnson • Wanda Koop • Lise Latreille • Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau (Seripop) • Ursula Mayer • Divya Mehra • Katrina Mendoza  • Natalie Purschwitz • Andrea Roberts • Andreas Rutkauskas • Fred Sandback • Suzie Smith • Tereza Tacic • Ron Tran • Collin Zipp

After Party

For the first time ever, Plug In ICA will be holding an after party from 11pm-3am. Guests attending the gala are invited to stay and dance the night away as a new wave of guests join the party. We are thrilled to announce that we will be bringing in JD Samson (of Le Tigre, MEN) from Brooklyn, NY to play a DJ set in the Bay Basement. JD Samson is best known as leader of the band MEN and for being one- third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project, Le Tigre. For more than a decade JD’s career as a musician, producer and DJ has landed her at the intersection of the music, art, activism, and fashion. During that time she has toured the world, produced songs for Grammy Award winning artists, written for publications such as Huffington Post, Talkhouse, and Creative Time Review, created multi media artwork, hosted documentary programs for VICE, and engaged in direct support with a wide-range of progressive social and political causes.

PRESENTING SPONSOR Montrose Winnipeg Inc. CHAMPAGNE SPONSOR Tony Mitousis - CGM Engineering GALA HOST COMMITTEE Co-chairs: David Carr & Silvester Komlodi Leanne Akman, Tracy Bowman, Zia Hameed, Angela Forget, Erin Josephson-Laidlaw, Joe Kalturnyk, Sotirios Kotoulas, Shana Menkis, Tony Mitousis, Jenifer Papararo, Karine Pelletier, Sarah Secter and Marlene Stern SUPPORTING SPONSORS: KPMG, Bel-Ayre Rentals, Elite Lighting, Kromar Printing, Susan Chafe Design, Capital K Distillery


Gala tickets: $200/person 
VIP table of 10: $3000 (includes VIP gift, open bar) 
After Party ticket: $45 (includes a free drink and snacks) 
* Charitable tax receipts for a portion of the ticket sale can be provided. 
Tickets also include a one-year Plug In ICA membership. 
For tickets: 
1) Call Plug In ICA during office or gallery hours at (204) 942-1043 
2) Visit the Plug In ICA Art Book Shop during gallery hours at 460 Portage Avenue 3) Purchase tickets online at
For media inquiries please contact our gala coordinator: Amelia Laidlaw at or by phone at (204) 942-1043.