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SMASH: Terra

Thu June 16, 2022 8:00 pm - 11:59 pm

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General: $150
Enhanced: $200 (includes access to the exclusive Patron Opening for the Gardiner’s Fall 2022 Exhibition on October 18, and four free admission passes to the Museum)
Ticket package (10): $1,250

Free for Young Patron Circle members

The Gardiner’s annual art party returns for an unforgettable evening of contemporary art, cocktails, cuisine, and more.

SMASH is a night when the next generation of artists, arts enthusiasts, and cultural philanthropists come together to celebrate the city’s vibrant arts community and see how young Canadian artists are pushing the boundaries of their media.


This year, SMASH explores our connection to the world around us: our relationship with the land we inhabit, our responsibility to protect and nurture the environment, and the complex ways that place defines our collective and individual identities.

Meet the Artists

Randall Adjei

Randell Adjei is an entrepreneur, speaker, and spoken word practitioner. He was recently appointed Ontario’s first Poet Laureate. Randell is the author of “I am Not my struggles”, an anthology of poetry released in 2018, and is the founder of one of Toronto’s largest youth-led initiatives, R.I.S.E. Edutainment (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere).

Jasmin Cardenas

Jasmine Cardenas is a Canadian-Ecuadorian multidisciplinary artist, working in sculptural painting, collage, and installation. Often influenced by family stories and traditions, lived experiences and her domestic environment, Cardenas’ work floats between real and imagined spaces. At times culturally specific, and at times intuitively lead by the tactile materials used in her process-driven practice. Cardenas holds a BFA from OCAD University (2017) and is currently based in Hamilton, Ontario.

Sami Tsang

Sami Tsang is a Toronto-based ceramic artist whose work explores domestic encounters and private narratives borne out of the flux amidst two cultures, Chinese and Western. Sami studied traditional Chinese painting for 7 years in Hong Kong. After returning to Canada, Sami earned her B.A. Craft & Design from Sheridan College (2019), and her MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University, NY (2021). Sami has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in the US and Canada, including the ClayAkar Gallery, Iowa City, the Gardiner Museum, and Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto.


DJ Dre Ngozi can be heard (and seen!) playing the sweetest sets at all the feel-good parties, spinning everything from classic hip-hop and R&B, to island riddims and afrobeat, to electro and house, and anything in-between. Through fresh mixes, Dre takes the crowd on an unexpected journey, gliding through different sounds seamlessly.

Jaime McCuaig of GUNNAR Floral is an artist whose creative practice engages with the living world of plants and flowers, processes of growth, and the ephemerality of seasons. By foraging and sourcing locally, McCuaig assembles unique forms of abundance, creating unexpected encounters and inspiring curiosity, engagement, and protection of a natural world connected to its place of growth.

SMASH Committee

Azadeh Houshmand (Co-Chair) / Odessa Paloma Parker (Co-Chair) / Sadhisha Ambagahawita / Isha Damania / Justin Harris / Anjali Hospattankar / Marina Krtinic / Michael Liebrock / Kulin Matchhar / Anjli Patel / Liam Randhawa / Anne Robinson / Jigen Shah

Photos from past SMASH events

A crowd of partygoers at SMASH 2018 watching a performance by Langston Francis

DJ Dre Ngozi with her laptop and turntables

Crowd of guests at SMASH 2018 with a guest taking a picture on his phone of an installation made up of broken mirror shards

Guests at SMASH 2018 waiting in line at a food station serving fish tacos

Two party guests in front of a digital landscape installation with their backs to the camera

Guests mingling around a floral installation on the terrace at SMASH 2018

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Hosted by

Gardiner Museum Young Patron Circle

Artist Sponsor

Blakes Lawyers

Event Partner

Torys LLP

Media Partner

The Kit

Catering Partner

Black circle with black writing reading "Food Dudes" in the centre (Food Dudes logo)

Hospitality Partners


Steam Whistle Canada's Premium Pilsner


Traynor Family Vineyard

Royal Canadian Mead

Gift Bag Sponsors


Mary's Brigadeiro

resolve Feel the difference

Buck Naked Soap Company