Schmancy Event Features Bryan Adams at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum
By Karen Ashbee
On Feb. 22, 2014, the Glenbow Museum hosted its third annual fundraiser Schmancy. Presented by Enbridge, this event is one of the highlights of the Calgary winter social calendar. What started out as a sit-down dinner at a venue outside the Glenbow has morphed into one of the top Power Parties in Canada, as named by Maclean’s magazine. Held over three floors of the museum, the evening featured a variety of activities including a silent auction, live performances, food and wine and dancing till dawn. “It was time to refresh the event,” explains Allison Ainsley, manager of special events and museum rentals for the Glenbow Museum. “We wanted more people to experience art and culture more often and, therefore, it was essential to bring the fundraiser back to the building. For most people, the last time they had visited the space was when their kids were young.” But it was the feature presenter – musician and photographer Bryan Adams – that was the main draw of this sold-out benefit.
The weather outside the museum was unseasonably cold. However, the atmosphere inside the Glenbow was positively charged in anticipation of Adams. An eclectic crowd, which included Alberta Premier Alison Redford, Zoomer editor-in-chief Suzanne Boyd, model Heather Marks and artist Mark Mullin, were treated to a Q&A-style presentation with Adams followed by an advance viewing of his latest exhibition, Exposed, a series of photographs curated specifically for the Glenbow and never before seen in Canada. The exhibition showcased a selection of portraits of his friends and colleagues in the fashion, art and entertainment industries, notables such as Ben Kingsley, Amy Winehouse and Mick Jagger. A second series of images included brutally honest portraits of young British soldiers who had suffered horrendous war-inflicted injuries.