Plug In ICA 2017 Gala & Art Auction plus After Party

November 4, 2017 to November 5, 2017

Abandoned Bay Basement


The abandoned Bay Basement | 450 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg  (Vaughan Street entrance)

Tickets • $200 (includes entrance to the after party )
VIP Table of 10 • $3000
After Party featuring JD Samson of Le Tigre, MEN (after 11pm) • $45 or 2 for $80 (for a limited time)
* Overnight parking available at The Bay; Driverseat Winnipeg service also available

This year the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art Gala & 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, Candela and Verde Plant Design. Our featured artist Scott Fitzpatrick 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 programning free to all. Contributions go directly towards our programming, ensuring Plug In ICA continues to provide world-class exhibitions, events, lectures, online projects and education programs.

Thank you to the generous artists who’ve donated work for tis year’s gala:

Abbas Akhavan • Juan Ortiz Apuy • Graham Asmundson • Kristina Banera • Nadia Belerique • Irene Bindi • Valerie Blass • Annie Briard • Hannah Claus • 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 • Chloe Lum (Seripop) • Ursula Mayer • Divya Mehra • Katrina Mendoza • Natalie Putschwitz • Andrea Roberts • Andreas Rutkauskas • Fred Sandback • Cyrus Smith • Suzie Smith • Tereza Tacic • Robert Taite • Ron Tran • Collin Zipp

Art Auction homepage

* Proxy bidding is available on all artworks by contacting Jenifer Papararo (
See: for pricing.

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

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art Anual Gala and Art Auction
After Party wth JD Samson!

JD Samson, photo courtesy of the artist

Venue: The Bay, 450 Portage Ave, Winnipeg (Vaughan Street entrance)

Following our annual gala and art auction, 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.

After Party ticket: $45 each or 2 for $80 (limited time offer)
After Party tickets include a complimentary glass of chamagne and tasty delights provided by Forth and Eva’s Gelato
* the after party is included in the regular gala ticket price 

For Gala  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.

For After Party 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
3) Buy tickets in person at Music Trader (97 Osborne St) and Into the Music (245 McDermot Ave)

We cannot thank our sponsors enough for their generous support of this event.

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
ART WALL SPONSOR: Prairie Research Associates
DECOR SPONSORS: Verde Plant Design, Candela, EQ3 (special thanks)
DRINK SPONSORS: Kenaston Wine Market, Capital K Distillery , Forth
SUPPORTING SPONSORS: KPMG, Bel-Ayre Rentals, Elite Lighting, Kromar Printing, Susan Chafe Design