Mark your calendar for the 2015 edition of ARTATTACK!, the annual art auction and fundraiser for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, taking place on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at Buddies, located at 12 Alexander Street, Toronto; pre-party is at 6pm with live auction starting at 8pm.

 20151105_201318

ARTATTACK! is fast becoming Toronto’s best loved and most outrageous art auction. This year’s theme is a nod to the cult classic Twin Peaks. As Buddies signature charity event in support of the theatre’s yearly programming, ARTATTACK! is a showcase of contemporary pieces by Canada’s hottest artists.

The night offers art aficionados and novices alike an exclusive chance to scoop work by upcoming artists and enjoy an unforgettable night of saucy treats, sexy delights, and lots of naughty, funky surprises. Toronto, get ready to plump up that lipstick, open your wallets, and splash your walls with brilliant local visual art finds at this year’s edition of ARTATTACK!

Buddies is opening its doors early this year for pre-auction dinner and cocktails. For this special pre-event kick off, Buddies transforms into the world of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Guests will experience interactive art installations and view the auction collection while enjoying delicious bites from Parts & Labour, Sassafraz, and Glory Hole Doughnuts, along with cocktails by Corby and Steamwhistle.

“I’m very excited for this year’s ARTATTACK! auction! It’s always a great time, and this year we’ve got an exceptional line up of artists & work. Get ready for a fun night that will go a long way toward supporting Buddies,” said the company’s Artistic Director Evalyn Parry.

The ARTATTACK! live auction is a showcase of works from some of the biggest up-and-coming artists in Toronto. On the auction block will be five distinct art collections guest curated by Kotama Bouabane, Sandra Rechico, Logan MacDonald, and Maryanne Casasanta; Chris Ironside is the resident curator. Look for work by over 30 artists, including Brian Rideout, Cecilia Berkovic, Steven Beckly, Hazel Meyer, and many more.

The ever-popular Rock Hudson Memorial Tuck Shop is back, part gift shop and part queer art salon, the tuck shop sells unique art pieces and limited edition prints at set prices, with a range of purchase options for all ARTATTACK! guests. Expect Tuck Shop pieces to include work by the likes of Ian Phillips, Lex Vaughan, Levi Hastings, and Sandi Falconer to name a few. The Tuck Shop is curated once again by Keith Cole, who will be joined by guest curator, Paul Dotey.

20151105_200247

New for 2015, look for a curated collection of home decor treasures in the silent auction from businesses in Toronto’s Junction Design District, including Forever Interiors, Pekota, Funkture, Spacing, and more. The silent auction will also feature a collection of fun adventures and sexy surprises from Take A Walk on the Wildside, Steamworks, Inside Out, Lush, Steamwhistle, and others.

Tickets for the ARTATTACK! Pre-party are $150 dollars. For guests wishing to attend the auction only, tickets are priced at $30. Ticket information is available online.

For the third year in a row, ARTATTACK! is proud to feature a commissioned set of 20 limited-edition prints by a celebrated Canadian artist. This year’s selection is from groundbreaking new media artist Alex McLeod. With McLeod’s piece, Beyond Life and Death, ARTATTACK! guests have a chance to add this new work from one of Canada’s rising art stars to their very own collection. Each of McLeod’s prints, available for sale on October 8th, 2015, comes framed courtesy of Akasha Art Projects at a set price of $500.

COLLECTION PREVIEW AT AKASHA ART PROJECTS

As part of a long-standing and growing partnership with local framers and art gallery Akasha Art Projects, the entire ARTATTACK! collection will be on display in the Akasha Gallery space, located at 511 Church Street, Toronto. Ticket holders will have access to an invitation-only opening reception on October 22, and the collection will stay on display for public viewing until November 1, 2015.

ARTATTACK! Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6PM Preparty | 8PM Live Auctionm Tickets $30 to $150

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 12, Alexander Street, Toronto ON – Box Office 416.975.8555

Resident Curator Chris Ironside

Tuck Shop( catalogue live in October, 2015) Curator Keith Cole

Guest Curators Kotama Bouabane, Sandra Rechico, Logan MacDonald, Paul Dotey, and Maryanne Casasanta

Artists Limited Edition (on sale October 8, 2015)

Get Social: Instagram YouTube Twitter Facebook

About the Author

Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.