Thursday, June 23, 2016

Now that’s what we call one wild night!

Hundreds of party animals joined us for World Wildlife Fund Canada’s inaugural Pandamonium to raise funds to protect species and habitat and to celebrate nature’s majesty and resilience.

From Chef Claudio Aprile’s creations to BarChef’s libations, from Brendan Canning’s spinning to The Strumbellas harmonizing, our guests and supporters partook, partied and made Pandamonium a success.

If you want to relive the night, or see what you missed, check out the Facebook album we’ve compiled to share the fun.

Also, check out the Doom and Bloom portraits by digital masterminds Moment Factory, connecting with nature at the Toronto Life Photo Booth, and the Arctic Home augmented reality experience (set the date and time of your picture).

Thanks again to all our guests and supporters for making Pandamonium such a success

For information about Pandamonium and other WWF‑Canada events, please contact Mina Cicconi, Development Specialist at 416.489.4567 ext. 7304 or mcicconi@wwfcanada.org.

For information on sponsorship opportunities with WWF‑Canada throughout the year, please contact Sarah Powell, Senior Specialist, Marketing Alliances at 416.489.4567 ext. 7305 or spowell@wwfcanada.org.

The Cause

Our planet’s wildlife populations have declined 52 per cent since 1970.

Conservation currently receives less than 3 per cent of fundraising in Canada.

Funds raised through Pandamonium will help WWF-Canada continue to deliver its conservation goals. When you support WWF-Canada, you are partnering with an organization that gets results. Since 1967, we have protected wildlife and nature across Canada and abroad. Today, we continue to protect vital species and habitats as we create solutions to the environmental challenges that matter most for Canadians. We work in places that are unique and ecologically important to show that it’s possible for wildlife, nature and people to thrive together. Because we are all wildlife.

To learn more about our work protecting life across Canada, visit www.wwf.ca.

Entertainment

Indulge all your senses.

The Strumbellas

The Juno Award-winning Toronto folk-rockers harness a vivid pop sound with rock-noir musical undertones and poignant lyrics you can sign along with.

The hit “Spirits” comes off the band’s just-released third album, Hope, and is regularly heard on indie and rock radio stations across North America. The band recently performed on Jimmy Kimmell Live and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

DJ Brendan Canning

Brendan Canning, co-founder of Toronto indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene, will release a third solo album, Home Wrecking Years, this August on Arts&Crafts. A man who wears many hats, Brendan scores films and television programs (including Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Half Nelson) and serves as faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has a large record collection, loves to DJ and is most happy when behind the turntables at parties and events.

Photo © Norman Wong

Moment Factory

Internationally renowned digital masterminds Moment Factory have enthralled millions with their exciting blend of video, architecture, light, sound and special effects. They have created immersive multimedia experiences for musicians from Arcade Fire to Jay-Z, festivals, special events and exclusive retail spaces. Most recently, Moment Factory created an epic 20-minute New Year’s Eve countdown for Phish at Madison Square Gardens.

Arctic Home Augmented Reality Experience

This wondrous 3D augmented reality experience, originally created for WWF and Coca-Cola’s Arctic Home campaign in Europe, lets guests make a lifelike connection to a polar bear and two cubs – it’s hard to resist reaching out to touch them, or jumping back from the splash as they dive into the ocean.

Polar bear habitat is increasingly at risk with the rapid loss of summer sea ice, used for travel, hunting and breeding. Over the past five years, Coca-Cola in Canada has contributed funds toward vital conservation work to ensure a viable future for polar bears through the Arctic Home campaign.

Chef Claudio Aprile

One of Canada’s most celebrated chefs, Chef Claudio Aprile is renowned for his creative energy and innovative use of experimental cooking techniques – and for his role as culinary judge on CTV’s MasterChef Canada. He has travelled, lived and worked internationally at some of the most renowned kitchens in the world. His Toronto restaurants Colborne Lane and, most recently, Origin, have earned him critical acclaim and a loyal following among discerning diners.

Jellyfish Snack Bar

If you crave a unique culinary experience, be one of the first to savour offerings from the jellyfish snack bar created by Chef Haan Palcu-Chang for Pandamonium. While many marine species are on the decline, the number of jellyfish in our oceans are on the rise. This has some people asking whether it’s time to think of these exotic, collagen- and protein- rich creatures as the next staple of our diets.

Photo credit: ©naturepl.com/Alex Mustard/WWF

Doom & Bloom Duet

International opera star Teiya Kasahara and award-winning soprano Lisa Di Maria are creating a Doom & Bloom duet capturing both the primordial wrath and calming beauty of nature. This Pandamonium exclusive performance incorporates Mozart’s famous Hell’s Revenge, the Queen of the Night aria from The Magic Flute, and the joyously uplifting Flower Duet, from Lakmé by Léo Delibes.

More to come 3

Juno Award-winning Toronto folk-rockers The Strumbellas are coming to Pandamonium!

This band harnesses a vivid pop sound with poignant yet sing-along-able lyrics and undeniable rock noir musical undertones.

Check out the “Spirits” video – filmed at Toronto’s St. Aidan’s Anglican Church.

“Spirits” comes from their forthcoming third LP Hope. The album was produced and engineered by Dave Schiffman and hits stores April 22. “Spirits” has already been getting good looks at indie and rock radio stations across North America. The band recently performed on Jimmy Kimmell Live, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The Strumbellas

Simon Ward – vocals, acoustic guitar
David Ritter – piano, percussion, vocals
Jeremy Drury – drums, percussion
Isabel Ritchie – violin, vocals
Jon Hembrey – electric guitar
Darryl James – bass

Art Installations

Be captivated by provocative art installations and stunning floral arrays.

LeuWebb, Beneath our Shorelines

With Beneath Our Shorelines, LeuWebb Projects is transforming marine debris collected at a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event into strange, mutated forms that are a far cry from the rich natural diversity of aquatic sea life. The piece represents the remarkable reaches of our waste and its impact upon Earth’s fragile aquatic ecosystems. Founded by Christine Leu and Alan Webb, LeuWebb Projects is a multidisciplinary art practice that explores the space between tangible and ephemeral, with a flexible creative process that seeks to engage through visceral means.

Jordana Masi and Graham Teeple

At Pandamonium, flora are invited to the human party, as a reminder of the magnificence and resilience of the natural world. Breathe deeply as you encounter the collaborative efforts of florist Jordana Masi and designer Graham Teeple. Jordana’s flower company White Oak creates stunning arrangements for weddings and events, and collaborates with top floral artists across the continent. Recently she and others transformed an abandoned Detroit house into a massive work of art with 36,000 flowers. As a professional gardener, curator and plant designer, Graham draws attention to plants as living things as well as aesthetic objects.

Graham co-curated Grow Op 2016, the Gladstone Hotel’s annual exhibition exploring landscape, urbanism and contemporary art.

Photo and video: © Rebecca Wood

Floral installations by Graham Teeple

Graham Teeple’s #plantlove installations explore the consequences of inviting plants to the human party. Assemblages of familiar and uncanny species will celebrate botanical romance, respiring deeply and bearing witness to the bursts of life around us.

About Graham Teeple

Graham Teeple is a professional gardener, curator, and plant designer. Born and raised in a forest, his installations draw attention to plants as living things as well as aesthetic objects. Graham holds a graduate degree in Art History from York University, with a research focus on the possibilities of plant exhibition. He currently lives and works with plants in Toronto.

Photo © Jenalle Los

Visual Artist 4

Juno Award-winning Toronto folk-rockers The Strumbellas are coming to Pandamonium!

This band harnesses a vivid pop sound with poignant yet sing-along-able lyrics and undeniable rock noir musical undertones.

Check out the “Spirits” video – filmed at Toronto’s St. Aidan’s Anglican Church.

“Spirits” comes from their forthcoming third LP Hope. The album was produced and engineered by Dave Schiffman and hits stores April 22. “Spirits” has already been getting good looks at indie and rock radio stations across North America. The band recently performed on Jimmy Kimmell Live, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The Strumbellas

Simon Ward – vocals, acoustic guitar
David Ritter – piano, percussion, vocals
Jeremy Drury – drums, percussion
Isabel Ritchie – violin, vocals
Jon Hembrey – electric guitar
Darryl James – bass

Visual Artist 5

Juno Award-winning Toronto folk-rockers The Strumbellas are coming to Pandamonium!

This band harnesses a vivid pop sound with poignant yet sing-along-able lyrics and undeniable rock noir musical undertones.

Check out the “Spirits” video – filmed at Toronto’s St. Aidan’s Anglican Church.

“Spirits” comes from their forthcoming third LP Hope. The album was produced and engineered by Dave Schiffman and hits stores April 22. “Spirits” has already been getting good looks at indie and rock radio stations across North America. The band recently performed on Jimmy Kimmell Live, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The Strumbellas

Simon Ward – vocals, acoustic guitar
David Ritter – piano, percussion, vocals
Jeremy Drury – drums, percussion
Isabel Ritchie – violin, vocals
Jon Hembrey – electric guitar
Darryl James – bass

Raffle

Congratulations to our raffle winner, Sean Doobay!

You could win an Arctic Safari trip for 2
from Adventure Canada valued at $44,000

From August 4-15, 2016, you and a friend will travel aboard the Ocean Endeavour in the winding fjords of Greenland and the multitudinous islands of Nunavut to experience some of the planet’s most striking features. Visit abandoned RCMP and HBC posts, search for the animals that eke out their existence in hostile conditions and find beauty in the immense and indomitable North. Raffle tickets are priced at $50 for one ticket, $100 for three.

Photo: © Sara Falconer/WWF-Canada

Sponsors & Supporters

Presenting

Silver

Bronze

VIP Experience Sponsor

Ticket Sponsor

Drinks Sponsors

Media

In-Kind

Friends of Wildlife

Sam and Ativ Ajmera

Shreyas and Mina Ajmera

Bell Media

Blakely

Grown Design

Jacob Capital Management Inc.

Marsh Canada Limited

Microsoft Canada

Paul and Pooja Pathak

Scotiabank

Rob Stewart

TEMBEC

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on sponsorship opportunities with WWF-Canada throughout the year, please contact:

Sarah Powell, Senior Specialist, Marketing Alliances
416.489.4567 ext. 7305 | spowell@wwfcanada.org

CoChairs

Sasha Jacob
Ziya Tong

Committee

Sam Ajmera
Sara Angel
David Bronskill
Amy Burstyn-Fritz
Belinda Chun
KC Cross
Evan Dzik
Colton Eddy
Frances Edmonds
Jeff Fry
Nicholas Giardini
Robyn Gray
Pooja Handa
Brett James
Gareth Jones
Candice Knihnitski
Vicki Laszlo
Kristine Luciw
Melani Mariani
Jess Merber
Stephanie Miller
Darcy Morris
Kenny Munshaw
Roxzann Rampersad
Rob Stewart
Britt Welter-Nolan
James Temple
Roy Yen
James Yurichuk