Event in Review: Schmancy

Event in Review: Schmancy

Schmancy seems to have done what few other galas have been able to achieve by attracting a broad demographic of arts supporters.   This event every year welcomes a full range of guests in support of one of Calgary’s most important cultural landmarks, The Glenbow Museum.  Part of the success has been the focus put on the up and coming generation of under 30 supporters. For the second year in a row Schmancy Style has acted as a teaser to the main event. Taking place about a month before the Gala, Schmancy Style seeks to answer the simple question  “…but what to wear to Schmancy?”  This satellite event, with it’s high-style cocktail party and fashion show has staked claim as not only an important pre cursor to the main event but also its own, must attend. Schmancy celebrated it’s third year as the must attend gala event this past February. Boom Goes the Drum  was on board again this year as Production Sponsor to help create this high-energy event.  We are honoured to be a part of the Production Team and believe in the importance of supporting institutions that promote culture in our city. The evening began with a cocktail reception in the Foyer of Macleod Hall with a live Jazz Trio beckoning guests to shake off the cool February night outside.  With a beverage firmly in hand, guests moved to the theatre style seating in Macleod Hall for the main presentation. This year our Emcee for the night was the always engaging Dave Kelly of Kelly Brothers Productions. And after a spirited message from our Mayor, we were introduced...
Spring 2014 Pantone Colour Report

Spring 2014 Pantone Colour Report

Much like the weather, the forecast for colour reporting seems to be based on a highly scientific method of licking your index finger and letting the breeze do the trend spotting. But unlike meteorology forecasting, the trend in colour palettes is not susceptible to chinook winds, it actually has staying power. Whether you are committed to your black monochromatic closet or you are a fashion skydiver, it is good to know what is fresh and new-fangled on the colour wheel. In celebration of the first day of Spring we wanted to revisit the Spring 2014 Pantone Colour Report that came out a couple of months ago to tell us what to expect and why. Here is Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eisman, talking about some of the combinations that we will be seeing in the world of men’s fashion: “This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium. While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations.” Ok, so why is this important? It means a lot… Fashion, like event planning, is all about subtly and nuance. It is a visual art. And as we see in all art, the concept of repetition and variation is what draws the eye in. This same concept applies with the use of color. When you mix up versatile pastels with brilliant pops of colour and pair them with muted vintage tones, you are basically telling a story to the eyeballs of your audience. This...
3 Signs that your Creative Collaboration is Working

3 Signs that your Creative Collaboration is Working

In an era of  the reality television of American Idol and Project Runway, do you ever notice that the “group project” is the demise of many competitors?  The flaming tempers, blame gaming, and emotional warfare are all  group dynamics that usually result in either an  off key melody or a bellbottom revival gone horribly wrong. These collaborations are dramatic and great for the ratings, but the work almost always suffers. Although I feel like I am on reality television at times, the reality of it is that I am in the business of collaborating, so Heidi Klum saying good bye to me in German is not an option! In my day to day life I have been able to recognize 3 clear signs that a collaboration is going to result in creative gold. Improv Rules Apply!   The brainstorm phase is SO important and is time well spent.  We have all heard “no idea is a bad idea”, but I like to take this a littler further by following the first three rules of improvisations: 1) Say “yes’and!” – encourage free fall brainstorming 2) Add new information – extend the idea if you can 3) Don’t block – don’t think about the challenges of execution during this stage If  you find your notebook is full of sketches and scribbles your collaboration is working. Big Concept to Concrete Idea The brainstorming is over and now you need to have a consensus.  Sounds simple, but this is usually where it can get tense.  You need to take the ideas and match them up with project objective, if an idea is not aligned then shelf...

Perfecting Imperfection

Being a perfectionist is sometimes hard to accept, especially when you don’t know that you are one! Recently when I sat down with Avenue Magazine to do their Style Q & A article, I was confronted with the fact that I am incredibly particular. Lets face it, an event planner being a perfectionist is almost a requirement, but apparently my perfectionism bleeds over into my own personal style. Sometimes being labeled as a perfectionist can translate into being a diva.  And believe me, I have worked with my share of perfectionists. Usually these are people  are at the top of their field and have a clear vision of exactly what they want as an end result. So I have come to appreciate the diva quality as something that can produce great results. (*tangent: the rock band who famously demanded only one colour of M&M’s  hid that requirement in the complicated electrical section as a way to make sure each venue had adhered to their strict safety protocol to protect their roadies. i.e. No M&Ms in the green room meant their safety requirements had not been met,  true story)  I have to divulge, there was no diva moment for me, I like all colours of M&M’s, but I am definitely hyper aware of details and this shoot was a fun opportunity to delve into nuance. Now that all being said I would like to point out that I am big on personal development, and this experience left me with a clear opportunity to challenge my perfectionist nature by putting  it all out there. I would like to take advantage of...