TIFF’s annual charity fundraiser BOOMBOX will celebrate the highly anticipated exhibition Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen, that explores his lifelong fascination with fame and celebrity. This event is going to be off-da-hook, so you better grab your tickets early!

Taking place on Thursday, November 5, BOOMBOX offers an all-out blast of film, art, cocktails and culture, featuring Toronto filmmakers, artists, and dancers sharing TIFF-commissioned original installations and performances led by Principal Artist Director X, who will unveil his installation Everyone Will Be Famous for 15 Seconds.

BOOMBOX transformed TIFF Bell Lightbox into a Warhol-inspired extravaganza. Here’s a few pix from the event.

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Taking his cues from Warhol’s explorations of celebrity culture and the artist’s belief that “in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” Director X combines this notion with the modern tools of social media in his installation Everyone Will Be Famous for 15 Seconds. The installation will take footage from social-media “celebrities” and combine it with newly created content, all of which will be streamed onto a pillar of screens throughout the night.

Canadian DJ Starting from Scratch and rapper/producer Kardinal Offishall will provide the soundtrack to the evening, so partygoers can dance the night away on the Studio 54–inspired dance floor complete with a large-scale sculptural disco ball created by Kyle Kofsky. Kofsky will also unleash roaming makeup artists who will add an extra layer of 1970s ultra-glam to attendees, along with Warhol’s Factory “workers,” who will wander the party leaving a trail of silver in their search for the elusive Andy. Jacob Niedzwiecki, Toronto-based choreographer, filmmaker and creative technologist, will transform the loading docks of TIFF Bell Lightbox into a recreation of Warhol’s living Factory space, an immersive, participatory experience that enlists guests to help produce a large-scale exhibit of Warhol-inspired artwork every hour, on the hour. Gourmet Warhol-inspired canapés and cocktails catered by Parts & Labour and Oliver & Bonacini will be served throughout the building. The Young Lions Music Club (YLMC) will take over the Luma Restaurant for an update on Warhol’s multi-media Exploding Plastic Inevitable events, with local band Absolutely Free (featuring former members of Toronto art-punks DD/MM/YYYY) complemented with psychedelic visuals by artist and filmmaker Fezz Stenton of YLMC.

Toronto personality and choreographer Kaitlyn Regehr will revamp Cinema 5 and the Bell Blue Room for an immersive performance titled Warhol: Sex.Chaos.Collection.Obsession., that takes visitors into the 1960s go-go era – inspired by Carol Doda’s impact on the sexual revolution in 1964 and Warhol’s obsession with collecting and fixation on fame and social status. Admission to this private show is $30 with the purchase of a BOOMBOX ticket and entry times are 9:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 11 p.m. or 11:30 p.m. Limited spaces available for each time slot.

Tickets to BOOMBOX are $160 for the public, $150 for TIFF Members and $1620 for a Party Ticket Package that includes 12 tickets at $135 each. Doors open at 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress with the event theme in mind. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit tiff.net/boombox or call 416-599-TIFF (8433) or 1-888-599-8433. TIFF prefers Visa.

BOOMBOX proceeds allow TIFF to continue to showcase world-renowned film programming and innovative exhibitions, provide enriching workshops and diverse educational initiatives for youth and aspiring filmmakers, and to support the community through outreach.

Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen, is a life-spanning exploration of Warhol’s fascination with fame and celebrity across a wide range of media, from his celebrity-inspired drawings done during his years as a commercial artist in New York City in the 1950s to his 1980s television series, debuting at TIFF Bell Lightbox on October 30, 2015. For more details visit tiff.net/warhol.

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