Review: Royal Ontario Museum’s Friday Night Live’s #ROMInk

The first night of the Royal Ontario Museum: Friday Night Live’s #ROMInk was heaving.  It seems like everyone was waiting patiently to bust out their latest outfits and werk their new heels last night because by the time we arrived the ROM was pumping.

The ROM always has an impeccable eye for detail, a full bar service featuring Peroni beer (because why go anywhere else?), a rad house DJ or two and a Tattoo exhibit that will sure to make you swoon. If you need a bump – Friday Night Live is where you need to be.

‘Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art.’ is now open until September 5, 2016! Coming from the musée du quai Branly in Paris, where the exhibition received rave reviews, Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art. explores the 5000-year-old multifaceted world of tattooing, showcasing a visual history of body art and markings, ancient tools, and commissioned tattooed silicone body reproductions, inked by some of the most respected tattoo artists in the contemporary world.

Whether you’re drawn to the history and beauty of body art, a passionate member of the tattoo community, or someone who wants to understand the world of tattooing, come discover the ink beneath the skin.

Highlights of the night included:

> Stories from Cancer campaign Why We Ink by Toronto Casting Director Julie Fitzsimmons

> Temporary tattooing

> ROM collection items from “Out of the Vault”

> Musical performances by The New Electric and Ben Stevenson

After a long work week it made for a perfect ending to bask in House DJ, DJ brains4brkfst’s set. Chilled, cool, sexy, accessible and most of all fun.  A DJ who kills it with an ode to Prince at the end of the night will always keep a crowd warm and looking forward to next week’s Friday Night Live.  He wound the crowd down after playing a series of old school hip hop beats mixed in with Beyonce, Ja Rule, moombathon, glam rock, twerk and trap. Workout?  Yes.  Good times?  Always.

If you need a house jazz break you can be guaranteed to find U of T’s Faculty of Music’s Jazz Program to keep you propped up and perhaps take a spin or two at the different levels at Friday Night Live. It’s not about all big beats and busting a move after all!

The fantastic HATAW ensemble brought together professional performers from Filipino folkdance troupes across North America, and remixes ritual and folklore with contemporary styles of dance. A true delight whilst you sip a cocktail and have a bite at Mustache Burger in Earth’s Treasures.

Catch you next week for Punchline at the ROM’s ‘Friday Night Live’! Grab your tickets here!  https://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/fnlrom-punchline

http://www.rom.on.ca/en

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