On Saturday, September 21, over 800 people from the arts and business scenes attended the 2019 MAC Ball — the Fondation du MAC’s renown and highly anticipated annual ball to support the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. This year’s exclusive event, titled Candide, was held at the Arsenal Contemporary Art center. Guests enjoyed a fun, memorable evening as they were immersed in a playful, nostalgic world. During the event, over $700,000 were raised in support of the museum’s activities.

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Candide: magical nostalgia

For this edition of the MAC’s largest annual fundraiser, orchestrated by Marie-Josée Simard, Chair of the Ball Committee, and designed and staged by Bob Agence, guests took an unsuspecting step into a playground with a grown-up twist.

Photo credit: Patrice Lamoureux

2019 MAC Ball was an evening of sumptuousness, off-kilter nostalgia, and delightfully retro amusements. Guests experienced a richly refined, surreal event, thanks to the special performances and a stunning decor.

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Sets by DJs Karaba and Miss Shelton had the crowd dancing until the wee hours of the morning. During the famous MAC Ball auction, one of the event’s traditions, guests had the chance to purchase a work of art or package in support of the Fondation.

2019 MAC Ball
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A major impact

Every year, the MAC Ball, the Fondation’s main source of funding, sells out months in advance. The standout event marking the start of a new cultural year and its prominent guests help create a strong community for the MAC while building a network of patrons committed to local culture.

2019 MAC Ball
2019 MAC Ball Organizing Committee : Sharon Stern, Nathalie Goyette, Sophie Banford, Mélanie Aubut, Marie-Josée Simard (president), Elizabeth Camiré, Stéphanie Larivière & Christine Boivin. Photo credit: Albert Zablit

Thanks to this event, the Fondation can take concrete part in funding the museum’s activities. This important contribution is used, most notably, to support the MAC’s educational activities, enrich the MAC’s Collection, extend the reach of contemporary Quebec artists and bring some of today’s leading international artists to Montreal.

2019 MAC Ball
2019 MAC Ball Presiding Hosts: Éric Bujold, Marie-Josée Simard, Kim Thomassin, John Zeppetelli & Justin Méthot. Photo credit: Albert Zablit
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