WELCOME TO THE PARTY JUNGLE!
When it comes to party-time, one of our most venerable cultural institutions, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (aka the MAC) doesn’t mess around.
Conversely, the highly decorated Montreal showcase for extraordinary works of contemporary art, is now also renowned for its event-making and benefit-throwing skills.
CASE IN POINT: The recent 11th annual Printemps du MAC, brainbaby of the younger arm of the museum, determined to raise awareness about its fabulousness, and support future growth and expansion.
Boasting an innovative techno-jungle theme, “Jangala” (Sanskrit for “uncultivated land”), the evening, masterminded by ROBERT ALEXANDER QUINN, and inspired by both the primeval and futuristic, wowed throughout the night with: premium bars by Romeo Gin and PUR Vodka, featuring special Romeo Gin & RISE Kombucha sponsored by Holt Renfrew; a jungle-themed photobooth; spectacular silent auction (replete with themed paintings by Stikki Peaches and Adrew Moncrief); irresistible beats courtesy of Chicaiza and primary DJs Maddie Longlegz and M. Bootyspoon; and yes, the most amazing nibblies, generously donated by Soubois, Flyjin, Le Speakeasy, Restaurant du MAC by Kim Lallouz, Maggie Oakes, Méchant Bœuf, Doughnats, Duc de Lorraine, and Beaux Gâteaux.
The 1200 supercool young movers and groovers in the urban jungle were not disappointed, to say the least, helping the evening to raise an admirable tribal tally of $150,000 for the Fondation du Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, funds that will go a long way in supporting the musem’s mission to preserve and promote contemporary art in Quebec and Canada.
Bravo wonder committee: Honourary chair, National Bank Financial managing director of investment banking, ELAINE BARSALOU; co-chair ALEXANDRA MOHSEN of the National Bank; co-chair STÉFANIE STERGIOTIS of Stingray; ALEXANDRA DE ROY (SNC Lavalin), ARIANE BISAILLON (Blakes), BISMA ANSARI (Mega Brands), CATHERINE PLOURDE (De Granpré Joli-Cœur), EFFIE GIANNOU (EGS Group), GENEVIÈVE SHARP (EGS Group), LUANA ANN CHURCH (Québecor Média), LYSANDRE LAFERRIÈRE (Gowling WLG), MARIE-ÉLAINE TREMBLAY (MET Avocats Inc.), MARIE-ÈVE GINGRAS (Torys), MARIE-JOSÉE THERRIEN (BDC), MARION-ISABELLE MUSZYNSKI (Valtech), MAUDE N. BÉLAND (UQAM), ROBERT ALEXANDER QUINN (Bright Future), SHADY AHMAD (Budge Studio), and VIRGINIE BOURGEOIS (Danone Waters).
Photography KAREL CHLADEK
AND NOW LES PICS … ENJOY!
SPRINGING THE MAC FORWARD: Printemps du MAC committee members.
CHAIRS ON SCENE: ALEXANDRA MOHSEN, STEFANIE STERGIOTIS in KENZO for H&M and ARITZIA, and ANNE-MARIE BARNARD in ALICE & OLIVIA.
ALLO ALOUETTES! PR powerhouse GEN SHARP in MILLY and JIMMY CHOO, Montreal Alouettes player SAM GIGUERE, Alouettes president / CEO PATRICK “SIZZLE” BOIVIN and wife CATHERINE SHARP.
POSE PERFECTION: PR goddess EFFIE GIANNOU and handsome hub CHRIS KARMIRIS.
STYLISH SUPPORT: Museum supporters and good pals, National PR exec CHRISTINE BOIVIN in LK BENNETT, PASCAL DEGISE in TIGER OF SWEDEN, and ANNA ANTONOPOULOS in ZARA.
THREE TO BE: Freshly shorn ANNIE ROBERT in COS and GUCCI, dashing PHILIP ZIELONKA and love, master caterer and restaurateur KIMBERLY LALLOUZ in VICTORIA’S SECRET and AGENT PROVOCATEUR.
SURMESUR GUYS MEET SARTORIALTO: CHARLES DESNOYERS, DEVEN YE, and MARIUS GUETTA, sport their SUR MESUR brand alongside proud Sartorialto man FRANCISCO RANDEZ.
HOLTS IN THE HOUSE: Holt Renfrew Quebec divisional vice president NORMAND CIARLO and sales maestro DAVID LAPIERRE.
SUITS FOR DARING SOCIAL GENTS! JEAN-YVES O’NEILL and just as sartorially bold pal MICHAEL CHAREST.
FAMILY JUNGLING! ANNA ANTONOPOULOS in ZARA, JOSH WOLFE in DEL TORO, and love, MARIA ANTONOPOULOS n CALI DREAMING.
SISTERS SO HAWT: PR powerhouse GEN SHARPE in MILLY and JIMMY CHOO, and sister CATHERINE SHARP.
SOON TO BE MARRIEDS! ROSEMARIE BERTRAND and fiancé NICOLAS RUBBO.
DIALING UP THE STYLE: LAURENCE LAPIERRE in BCBGMAXAZRIA and ARITZIA and Soubois fabulous JF GERVAIS in CLUB MONACO.
VROOMY VINTAGE: AMIRA GUETIF in LUSH and BCBGMAXAZRIA, ERIC CHARETTE in a vintage smoking, and OLY LAM, in head to vintage from his grandparents closet.
TEAM PRETTY! Gorgeous go-getting Social Gals KAROLINA JEZ, VALERIE GOHIER, and AMELIE FAHEY.
SMOKING & A HAT: ERIC CHARETTE and OLY LAM, both in vintage.
SARTORIALTO SQUAD: Sartorialto’s MARK PATRICK and MAUDE MARQUIS-BRETON.
SPOTLIGHT ON: AMELIE FAHEY.
LETTING LOOSE: LYSANDRE LAFERRIERE and ALEXANDRA DE ROY.
ADORBS! GENEVIEVE SHARP and love, DOM KEISERLINGK.
SUCH. GOOD. STYLE: ANNE-SOPHIE SAVARD in THE ROW and ELIZABETH & JAMES, and GABRIEL ROUSSIL in WOOYOUGMISHIRT, and PISTOLS OF DAWN.
BLACK ATTACK! MARIE CLAUDE KAUTEMIROFF in BCBGMAXAZRIA, and husband PIERRE KAUTEMIROFF in HUGO BOSS and GUCCI.
ALL THE RIGHT MOVES: Museum supporter PASCAL DE GUISE hits the dance floor with pal STEFANIE PELLETIER.
BRINGING THE BEAT: DJs M. BOOTYSPOON and MADDIE LONGLEGZ.
“USIE” TIME: Soubois star JF GERVAIS snaps an usie of MOE TAWIL and moi.
DIARIES ON DISPLAY!
PRICELESS PICK-UP! JEREMY SISSELMAN sweeps model LEA SCHWARZ right off her feet.