HUSTLE 2015 in support of Mealshare

HUSTLE 2015 in support of Mealshare

I love bringing people together. It is one of the biggest reasons that I chose a career and business in Event Production. I feel fortunate that over the years I have been able to be a part of some pretty special moments of incredible community. I believe there is an energy that is created anytime people gather around something, and that energy then ripples outward. I also like being connected to other people whose job it is to bring people together, which is why I have been involved with the International Special Event Society for a number of years. So what do event professionals do when they come together to put their energy behind a cause? They HUSTLE. Four years ago the ISES Calgary Chapter started a social philanthropy project originally named ISES Cares, but was rebranded two years ago as HUSTLE. HUSTLE is the ultimate event professionals interpretation of a gritty, raw, underground experience, where guests participate in effecting social change through a fundraiser. In partnership with Mealshare, HUSTLE has rounded up some of the coolest members of the Calgary arts community in an effort to raise funds to feed people in our community. All of the proceeds for the event go toward Mealshare’s mission of providing food for Canadians who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The foundations MO is that guests dining out who order a Mealshare meal from a partnering local restaurant will receive their meal, as usual, but they are also supplying a meal for a Canadian in need. This seems like a perfect fit for this event; A group of...
BOOM Goes Out: Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo

BOOM Goes Out: Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo

Calgary has officially outed themselves as nerds, and we like it. The 10th Anniversary of the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo just concluded at Stampede Park. Our friend and colleague, Alex Kingcott (Shareworthy Content Lab), directs media & PR for the organization, and has opened our eyes to the weird and wonderful delights of a pop culture convention. As Alex says, “Nerds are the best people in the world because they’re unabashedly passionate.” After walking the convention floor and taking in a few panels, we have to say that we agree. Here is what we saw at Calgary Expo 2015… NEIL PATRICK HARRIS He was truly legend…. What for it… Dary! In a last minute shocker, the Calgary Expo crew announced Thursday that legendary showman Neil Patrick Harris would be making a one-day appearance on Friday. We were lucky enough to snag floor seats for the evening panel hosted by Calgary Expo Host Emily Expo. Neil was charming, honest, and illuminating. What a star! And what a coup for Expo – Calgary was his first convention appearance ever. Even the Mayor came out to say hello, congratulate Emily Expo and her team on 10 years, and ask a question: How DID that Oscar ballot magic trick work? Our friend Mike Morrison from MikesBloggityBlog actually recorded the panel for Periscope, and it’s up on this site here.  Check out to the shout-out to Alex at 15 minutes, and the Mayor’s question at 20 minutes. And of course, Neil couldn’t leave town with hanging out with Mr.Mayor in an epic way; in a nationally trending Mayor Selfie. INCREDIBLE COSTUMES Alex tells...

Elevating Your Stampede: Above and Beyond Barn-board, Barrels, and Bales

We love a good theme! Weather it’s the Gatsby inspired weddings we saw in 2013, the Swinging Seventies parties inspired by 2014’s American Hustle- we can’t get enough. But a reoccurring theme runs the risk of becoming tired and over-done, and Stampede events have run the gambit. If your objective this year is to avoid the  Three B’s (Barn-board, barrels, and bales) then check out our ideas on how keep your Stampede event fresh and on-theme. Re-Think Your Décor If you’re a little tired of gingham and mason jars, Uniquities in Inglewood has some incredible historic pieces that will help your event stand out among the wash of country kitsch. Up Date Your Fashion Statement Give your attendees a fashion experience! Kat Marks’ LethrBar is a great way to add an activity to your event while giving your guests fashionable, on-theme, pieces of wearable Stampede jewellery. LethrBar will provide guests at your event with the opportunity to have them monogram their name or favourite word onto one of her signature gorgeous leather bracelets. Bye, Bye, Buffet! Food and beverage is a great place to surprise your guests with some flair. Don’t be afraid to challenge your caterer to think outside the beef-on-a-bun box! We love Bar C’s buffalo tartar with slices of fresh rye as an alternate to the afore-mentioned B-O-A-B. Tell A Story With Modern Art Bring a little culture to your Stampede event by incorporating art in a creative, up-dated way, like body painting! Show Some Western Hospitality! Being traditional isn’t always a bad thing: a Barbershop Quartet will lend the perfect old-time feeling to your event,...