Matt LeBlanc Fusion - sep 29, 2012
FUSION 2012 was again a huge success this year. With a crowd of over 350 people, this evening of art and entertainment had some surprising and exciting elements the audience has never before experienced. Not wanting a typical wine and cheese show, Matt LeBlanc is on a path of building an exciting annual event full of creativity, live music, dance performances and films all against the backdrop of a huge original painting.
The show started off with a video called The Qube, which was set against the backdrop of live drumbeats, adding to the excitement and mystery of the presentation. What is the cube you ask? The Qube is a white canvas made “room” to which Matt entered and filled with paint using a variety of brushes as well as his hands. The result, a colourful, energized, cube shaped abstract painting. All of this was filmed and used in the opening of the FUSION show. The Qube went on to become what was called “The Happy Booth”. Guest entered the Happy Booth to get their photo’s taken, some photo’s were on the silly side, some more serious but in all, everyone had a great time with The Qube.
Also on stage were the dynamic percussionists Triolet d’nord, formed by Kevin Johnson, Patrick Gaudet and Joey Roy. This trio entertained the crowd with a combination of marimbas, base drums, and gongs, what a performance!
The most exciting and unexpected part of the night was the unveiling of four beautiful gowns, a collaboration between Matt LeBlanc and Fashion Designer Rebecca McKenzie. The gowns were sophisticated and uniquely vibrant, each different from the other. Made up of a combination of Matt LeBlanc’s painting talents (he literally painted his signature designs on fabric) and the design talents of Rebecca McKenzie these gowns were a highlight of the evening, leaving many of the guests speechless.
The whole evening was made extra special with the launch of Matt LeBlanc’s new foundation Le Cadeau De Mado, in memory of his sister Madeleine who passed away from cancer at the age of five. This Foundation’s focus is to put a smile on the face of local children with life threatening illnesses by giving them a gift or providing some type of help to make their life easier. $2300.00 was raised during the launch, which was kicked off at FUSION. With three ways to support the Foundation it was an easy and fun way for guests to give back. One of the main fundraising activities for the Foundation is the work Matt does with local children, visiting classrooms and small groups to teach them about abstract art. With their newfound knowledge these kids were able to paint their own pieces which were made available for sale at FUSION as well as on Matt’s website. The Foundation receives 100% of the funds from the sale of these little pieces of art. Matt gave these kids the gift of being able to give back to their community through their own artwork, which was a beautiful thing.