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The Palace at 4am$20 – $30

Please join Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art for an evening of music, dancing and extravagant folly.

The Palace at 4am
Plug In ICA’s 2019 Fundraiser Ball

Saturday, October 26th, 2018
10pm until late
Abandoned Bay Basement • 450 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0E7

Presented with our CHAMPAGNE SPONSOR Tony Mitousis / CGM Engineering Ltd

Who knows what could happen in The Palace at 4 am?

Join us on Saturday, October 26, 2019 for a costume ball and dance party in the abandoned Bay Basement. Celebrate the best of contemporary art and support Plug In ICA. Revel in an enchanted space and be prepared to dance the night away. This costumed event will create a safe, positive and unforgettable evening where you’ll want to indulge!
The famed Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti’s trace-like sculpture The Palace at 4 a.m. from 1932 was created in homage to a lost love. It is a small and delicate work that imparts the confounding bounds of love as well as the fragility of an intense love affair, capturing the tension between the incomprehensible strength of a fresh bond and the shattering weakness of its potential rupture. The “palace” is the place of residence of a person with wealth, power, social standing, and importance. In both of the above examples that place of importance is shifted onto other entities: love and art. We embrace these reinventions of the palace! The palace is a place that is fragile, a place that can be stormed and broken, a place where anything can happen, a place for worship, love and art. Who knows what could happen in The Palace at 4 am?
This is a fundraising event! The proceeds raised from this event will keep us FREE and accessible to all. As an Institute of Contemporary Art, our mandate is to provide dynamic programming 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.


$20 presale | $30 at the door.
To purchase tickets visit:

Please note this is an 18+ event.


Louis Lovebird (Winnipeg)
DJ J Jackson (Winnipeg)
RT (Vancouver)

With performances from local drag superstars! (TBA)


Refreshments and libations from:

Cocktails & Bar – Tiny Bar
Beer Sponsor – Little Brown Jug Brewing Company
Wine Sponsor – Ellement Wine and Spirits


This year’s featured artist is Toby Gillies.

Toby Gillies is a third-generation visual artist based in Winnipeg. He holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba. Toby’s practice is rooted in experiments in drawing and collage, with frequent forays into digital animation, ceramic, sculpture, public art and social practice. His intuitive approach to art making lends itself nicely to proliferation and collaboration, with seemingly no end to his playful exploration. For nearly a decade, he has been facilitating art experiences in the community, where he serves as Studio Manager of Art City and Artist in Residence at Misericordia Health Centre. He has said that his favourite days are spent making art with older adults in the morning, making art with children in the afternoon, and then working on creative projects of his own in the evening.


We’d like to remind everyone attending that costumes inappropriately representing other people’s struggles, such as poverty, violence, racism, or disability are not welcome. Plug In ICA reserves the right to deny entry or ask attendees to leave who are wearing culturally inappropriate and insensitive costumes. If you are unsure what this means please view the links below. (Thank you to QPOC, Winnipeg for sharing these links).


We could not host this event with out our Ball Committee. THANK YOU

Ball Committee

Angela Forget • Amilia Laidlaw • Chloe Chafe • Jenifer Papararo • Karline Moeller • Marlene Stern • Rachael Thorleifson • Silvester Komlodi • Sotirios Kotoulas • Zia Hameed


Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are in the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations. Plug In ICA is situated in Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of Anishinaabe peoples. Treaty 1, was signed in 1871, taking this territory from seven local Anishinaabe First Nations in order to make the land available for settler use and ownership. (referenced from the University of Winnipeg)

Plug In ICA extends our heartfelt gratitude to our generous donors, valued members, and dedicated volunteers. We acknowledge the sustaining support of our Director’s Circle. You all make a difference.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We could not operate without their continued financial investment and lobbying efforts.

Plug In ICA relies on community support to remain free and accessible to all, and enable us to continue to present excellent programs. Please consider becoming a member of Plug In ICA and a donor at or by contacting Angela Forget:

The Palace at 4am (Plug In ICA’s 2019 Fundraiser Ball in the Abandoned Bay Basement • 450 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0E7 (entrance on Vaughn Street)

For Sponsorship Opportunities please contact:
All sponsorship packages include tickets to a Chandelier Dinner
Thank you to our Champagne Sponsor: CGM Engineering Ltd. & Tony Mitousis!

For media inquiries please contact us at or by phone at (204) 942-1043.


Hudson’s Bay Downtown
450 Portage Ave
Winnipeg , Manitoba R3C 0E7 Canada


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