The only Calgary fundraiser to make the national ‘Top 6 most influential fundraisers’ list in Maclean’s 2014 POWER Issue is Schmancy, presented by The Glenbow Museum. The article mentioned that the event raises funds for the largest non-profit museum of it’s kind in Western Canada (The Glenbow) and that it considers itself a ‘non-gala’ gala (which we agree with – the relaxed vibe at Schmancy is a unique achievement). What they neglected to mention, is Schmancy’s fabulous style…
After four years on the boards, we think Schmancy has become the only social event in the city where you can take style risks. There is no theme, per se, but self-expression and individuality are fundamental and requisite for attendees – look great, feel great, and take fashion risks.
2015 was a real treat for the Boom Goes The Drum team because we were able to attend this year’s event as guests, to enjoy the extraordinary artistic talent assembled for the keynote presentation and roam Calgary’s most stylish after party, winding through the four levels of the Glenbow’s expansive collections.
Top and Middle: Derek MacDonald, Bridal Expo’s Lenora Kingcott, Alex Kingcott, Jessica Tkachuk and Andrew Smith. Bottom: Derek MacDonald and Michelle Lazo
For this year’s keynote, we were greeted by the effervescent Jessi Cruickshank (MTV, ETalk), who opened the evening’s discussion by asking this question: how have arts and culture made you who you are today? Two artists currently impacting Canadian arts and culture followed her: Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq fresh from her unprecedented win at the Poliaris Prize and international tour which included a recent stop at Calgary’s own High Performance Rodeo, and Canadian spoken word poet Shane Koycszan, whom Jessi had last seen in person blowing the roof off the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies and Calgary had most recently enjoyed at the Artist in Residence for the Glenbow itself in 2012. Jessi herself was a delight to listen to – self-deprecating, engaged, real, and buoyant – as our host.
“Calling Tanya Tagaq an Inuit throat singer is like calling Yo-Yo Ma a cello player. Sure, it’s accurate, but it’s not the whole of what he does. Like Ma, Tagaq is the best of what she does — innovative, inspired.” —THE NATIONAL POST, CANADA
“With biting honesty and a riveting stage presence, 29-year-old Vancouver spoken word artist Shane Koyczan is quickly obliterating all the rules of poetry and forging his own literary path.” -QUILL & QUIRE
Congratulations to The Glenbow and Schmancy organizing committee on another successful evening! This event holds a special place in our hearts, and it is thrilling to watch it grow each year.
Photos courtesy of Calgary photographer Kelly Hofer.