Entertainment & Activities, Venues

Etc. April 2012

A Force Of Art

Hand Jessica Gorlicky a paintbrush, turn up the music and watch how her art and energetic improv bring a room alive. The vivacious 31-year-old Toronto artist has been called a “wild and wayward one-woman flash mob” for the live performance paintings she creates, both on stage and impromptu in the streets. Working in oil, acrylic and other materials, including glitter and candy, Gorlicky quickly brings a canvas to life with passionate human figures and intensely colourful abstracts.

The artist has performed at several major events including creating a painting on a spinning canvas in under eight minutes during tour stops for the 2010 Winter Olympics Torch Relay. Last fall, she introduced a backlit plexi-glass canvas into her visual repertoire, giving even more drama to her 45-minute nightly art show in Cirque Du Soleil’s Totem VIP reception tent. Gorlicky’s work can be viewed at both her appointment-only studio in north Toronto and at the House of Moments Gallery gallery this spring.

Convention Centre Renovates

The Mississauga Convention Centre recently reopened its doors after a two-month, $3-million renovation that’s given the facility a tony New York hotel feel. The 12-year-old 65,000 sq. ft. centre received a complete interior overhaul with new lighting, flooring, furniture, and earth tone palette. Modern abstract art and upscale accents now fill the space.

Upgrades in the centre’s seven meeting and banquet rooms include new sound and lighting systems, drop-down screens and projectors. Gone are the lobby area’s pillars leaving unobstructed sight lines. A 20-ft. stone waterfall is a new addition to the 10,000 sq. ft. reception foyer. For extra wow, the beaded crystal curtain hanging in front of the water feature opens to allow logo projection directly onto the water. The centre can accommodate events of up to 2,000.

Get Stylishly Stretchy

Just in time for summer entertaining, Absolute Tent & Event Services introduces Stretch Tents, versatile free-form canopies and rigging modeled after the desert structures of the ancient nomadic Bedouin tribes. Unique is the ability to configure the pliable tent fabric into a series of peaks and shapes simply by artfully arranging the supporting poles and anchors.

Use for open-air coverage, or pull and peg the canopy to the ground for enclosed walls. With quick set up and take down on almost any surface, the tents make for eye-catching free-standing marquees, or can be used as transition spaces to existing structures. Available in red, white, tan and camouflage in sizes 10 ft. x 10 ft. to 40 ft. x 60 ft.