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Items dripping with clay including an orange, popsicle, grapefruit, and plant leaf

SMASH: Nourish

Wed June 26, 2019 8:00 pm

Online ticket sales are now closed.
A limited number of tickets will be available at the door starting at 7 pm.


VIP: $250; General: $150
Pack of 10 General tickets: $1250
Free for Young Patron Circle members

SMASH: Nourish is a night of bold artwork, delicious cuisine, refreshing drinks, and invigorating experiences.

Art directed by RBC Senior Curator Corrie Jackson and hosted by the Gardiner Museum Young Patron Circle, SMASH: Nourish brings together leading Canadian contemporary artists for a vibrant party dripping with creativity. This event sells out every year so get your tickets early!

VIP admission: 7 – 8 pm
General admission: 8 pm – midnight
Dress: Wear what makes you feel amazing!


This year, we’ll explore and experiment with different forms of nourishment: food and drink, good company and conversation, and of course, art—all of which provide deep and rich sustenance. To nourish is a positive action associated with thoughtfulness, reflection, strength, and support. It can mean caring for yourself and for others through small habitual examples of nourishment or bold gestures.


SMASH is the Gardiner Museum’s annual art party hosted by the Young Patron Circle. It’s 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.

Meet the Artists

Photo of artist Diana Lynn VanderMeulen

Diana Lynn VanderMeulen is a Toronto-based multimedia artist who investigates mysterious elements of our natural world through a selective vision of magical realism. Her objective in creating and exploring these realms is provoking the subconscious, challenging our reality by lifting the viewer into a deeper inner state of mind, and sifting through the longing within our day-to-day lives in order to create seemingly unlikely effervescent entrances suggestive of a mirage.

Black and white photo of artist Ness Lee

Ness Lee is an illustrator/artist based in Toronto. They explore the sensitivity of emotional expression and its resonance with intimacy of the self and our engagements. They use a range of mediums and surfaces as a method expression, such as ceramics, drawing, painting, textiles, and mixed media sculpture.

Photo of artist Jon Sasaki

Jon Sasaki is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice brings performance, video, object, and installation into a framework where expectation and outcome rarely align. Often charting territory between logic and absurdity, his work employs ad hoc problem solving and inefficiencies in thought experiments that search for useful models.


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.

MINDSET is the first-of-its-kind mental and emotional fitness hub designed to introduce mindfulness, breathwork, and positive psychology in an accessible and engaging way to even the most skeptical type-A working professionals. Pairing gold-standard clinical techniques with engaging technology, MINDSET‘s offerings measurably reduce stress, post-task fatigue, and anxiety while improving productivity, creativity, and emotional intelligence. VIP tickets feature an exclusive mindfulness session before the party kicks off.

SMASH Committee

Kulin Matchhar (Chair) / Gen Blouin / Jennifer Franks / Julie Hicks Riches / Azadeh Houshmand / Michael Liebrock / Linley McConnell / Anjli Patel / Jennen Phelan / Penny Soo

Photos from last year’s event

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

Check out the full Facebook album

Presenting Sponsor

RBC Wealth Management logo with yellow, blue, and white shield

Hosted by

Gardiner Museum Young Patron Circle

Supporting Partners

Blakes Lawyers       

Media Partner

The Kit

Experience Partners

MINDSET brain gym in white text on a black background      Rawcology logo

Catering Partner

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

Beer Partner

Collective Arts Art + Brewing logo

Spirit Partner

Wine Partners

Astoria Wines logo        Lifford Wine & Spirits logo          

In-Kind Design Sponsor

Co-Effect (logo)