[Text by Cindy Chen]
[Photos by Jamyle Burchell]
Reflecting on the success of Slideluck Toronto IV, I guess it wasn’t so bad that I booked it on the same day as Chinese New Year. I may have had to sheepishly ask my family to reschedule our dinner due to my sheer ignorance, but it was absolutely and undeniably worth it! Overall, Slideluck made a successful comeback to Toronto after a four-year hiatus, thanks to the showcase of thought-provoking art, vast array of food, and all the friendly people who decided to spend their cold Saturday evening with us at the Contact Gallery.
I’m still perplexed about how we managed to convince so many talented cooks and bakers to attend our potluck, as we had more homemade food than we could eat. The vegan chickpea and lentil quinoa, homemade sausage, and perogies received rave reviews, but they were not be outdone by the desserts, which ranged from apple crumble pie to homemade cupcakes and ginger cookies made with freshly ground nutmeg. Another notable dessert involved the gourmet chocolates that the previous Slideluck Toronto organizer, Sarah Keenlyside, had generously donated from her chocolate shop CXBO. To complement the delicious fare, we served Brooklyn Brewery beer to help make sure everyone was refreshed and in good spirits.
The theme of the night was “(Un)belong”, an exploration of the concepts of being an outsider and the sense of belonging, and whether or not they are mutually exclusive. Sixty lucky attendees got to watch our slideshow of 16 visual artists and photographers’ varying interpretations of the concept of (un)belong. In a different vein, the artistic theme was sadly fitting as breaking news of the protests against the US immigration ban began trickling in through the evening. As some recompense, it was wonderful and heartwarming to see a diverse group of people connecting with each other over their appreciation for art, community, and food.
Through all of this, a huge thank-you goes out to TD for investing in community arts, and to the Contact Gallery for donating their beautiful gallery space for the event. And finally, a gigantic thank-you to Brooklyn Brewery for the delicious beer that brought Torontonians together!