BOOM Goes Out: PARKSHOW2015

BOOM Goes Out: PARKSHOW2015

Alberta has not always been known as a place where high fashion calls home. However, the artistic genius and impressive drive of PARK (Promoting Artists; Redefining Kulture) has been slowly but surely asserting the fact that western Canada has a voice worth hearing in the arts and culture community. Twice a year, for PARKSHOW and then PARKLUXE, Calgarians are whisked into whatever new world this creative team has dreamed up and bear witness to some of our provinces most talented and promising designer’s most recent collections. The first show that kicks off the summer in Calgary is PARKSHOW. Unlike PARKLUXE, which features established local designers, PARKSHOW is all about the up-and-coming, and displays the work of artists and designers whose work is just starting to make waves in the fashion world. These waves are almost always indicative of a tsunami of talent, as was evident on the runway at this past Saturdays PARKSHOW2015.   Inspired by the moody textures and tones of the Oceanside, the PARK team transformed the Chinook Parkade into a dimly lit coastal experience, where guests walked by shimmering constructed walls, giant art-deco styled waves lit up with blue lights, and step-and-repeats with leafy, vertical hanging gardens as the backdrop. The show itself featured no less than ten emerging designers from around Alberta. Generally, we noticed minimal lines filled with stunning architecture from many of the collections, and muted, earthy colours abounded. Many of the models wore simple brown mules- the break-out shoe of the summer- provided by Gravity Pope. Out of all the incredible collections, one in particular stood out, small though it was. Spencer...
BOOM Goes Out: Theatre Calgary’s Production of Dear Johnny Deere

BOOM Goes Out: Theatre Calgary’s Production of Dear Johnny Deere

Unexpected treat; those are two words Johann Zeitsman, President and CEO of the newly branded Arts Commons, has said he feels are applicable to the beautifully transformed EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts, and what it will bring to Calgary. After having attended their first major production, Theatre Calgary’s Dear Johnny Deere, the BOOM team would have to agree. Formerly known as the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts, Arts Commons isn’t just a new name; on top of continuing to function as a wildly popular performing arts venue, the space will now play host to a new Teatro ran restaurant, concierges, a new café, pop up galleries, and many more opportunities for Calgarians to interact with performing and visual art. Theatre Calgary, which has called the centre home since 1985 when they became the resident company, is no doubt thrilled to invite the community back into the fresh space for a year filled with new productions, the first of which is this season’s afore-mentioned smash, Dear Johnny Deere. In a press conference early last week, Zeitsmann said that, “Arts Commons is clearly an open gathering space for the community to gather and breathe together and share thoughts and be stimulated and be inspired by each other.”  This atmosphere was reflected wonderfully in Dear Johnny Deere, a heart-warming musical comedy directed by Eric Coates that takes a look at the small-town trials and tribulations of a family struggling to keep their farm and marriage afloat. With singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith’s award-winning soundtrack at work, the play required performers whose musical chops could keep up with their acting prowess. Fortunately, leading...

Event In Review: CINCO2015

After many years of collaboration, Contemporary Calgary has emerged and has set it’s sights on establishing Calgary as significant destination for contemporary art. Their work will contribute to elevating Calgary even further as a global city of choice. The organization will soon close the doors of one of their current spaces on Stephen Avenue, and begin moving into the Centennial Planetarium. In preparation for the much-anticipated move, last night  CINCO2015, a Cinco de Mayo party served as Contemporary Calgary’s final farewell event to their Stephen Ave location. BOOM was so thrilled to be a part of this event! Contemporary Calgary “…believe[s] in the power of art that enlightens, invigorates, educates and communicates”, and that ideology was very present throughout the evening. During the event guests were delighted with various performances and entertainers, from a live mariachi troop, to a stunning salsa demonstration that ended with full-costumed luchadores teasing guests onto the dance floor. Calgarians alway rise to the occasion when it comes to themes, and it was impossible not to admire the incredible splashes of colour and vibrant fascinators bedecking guests as they made their way through the three floors of the gallery. While attendees enjoyed a variety of Mexican-inspired cocktails and canapés provided by Barcelona Tavern, they had the opportunity to bid on a number of items in a silent auction. Travel vouchers, luxurious wine and spirit packages, and a number of contemporary art pieces were all available for bidding. The event was a wildly entertaining success as a fundraiser for Contemporary Calgary as they prepare for the next step in their cultural evolution. It was a perfect...
BOOM Goes Out: HUSTLE2015

BOOM Goes Out: HUSTLE2015

HUSTLE2015 is not your grandmother’s fundraiser. Last night hundreds of guests found their way through Calgary’s back alleys to Standard Modern Speakeasy, where flaming shots and shirtless bouncers welcomed them to the sold out HUSTLE to benefit local charity Mealshare, as supported by the International Special Events Society. As we’ve previously noted, Mealshare is charitable organization founded by Calgary natives, Andrew Hall and Jeremy Bryant, which aims to end hunger for needy families. “When you order a Mealshare branded menu item, you receive your meal just as normal, AND someone in need receives one too! Mealshare provides [these] meals through local and international [charitable partners].” In 2014 Mealshare was in four locations. Barely a year later, they are now in forty cities, with sixty three locations across Canada, and has partnered with national chain Original Joe’s. “That’s probably my favourite part,” said Lisa Marks, immediate past president of the International Special Events Society, and chair of HUSTLE, “The incredible growth”. With over two hundred and fifty thousand meals given away to date it’s obvious Mealshare is serious about reaching their goals. When we asked them what was next for the charity, Andrew’s answer was immediate. “Expansion. We’re looking to extend into the United States, which is the main fundraising goal tonight”. As an event that has food at its heart, we weren’t surprised to see an abundance of delicious and gorgeously plated canapés, supplied by the incredible by some of Calgary’s top chefs. It wouldn’t be HUSTLE without a fair share of leather. In addition to the plethora of rugged biker jackets and shiny leatherette leggings that were strolling...
Sneak Peek: Three Things to Expect at #CINCO2015

Sneak Peek: Three Things to Expect at #CINCO2015

Contemporary Calgary’s Cinco de Mayo event is just one day away. If the anticipation of tequila-fueled revelry and Mexican inspired bites hasn’t quite pushed you to book the night off, then maybe this teaser of you can expect night-of will. Don’t-Miss Silent Auction: International travel bundles, premium wine and spirit packages, and the works of some of Calgary’s premier contemporary artists will all be up for grabs tomorrow night. Stunning Design: We have been having way too much fun incorporating traditional Mexican elements into the design for this fundraiser. This is where Designing on the Edge created SiSi- our nine foot tall (yes, nine feet), rainbow coloured donkey piñata. Cocktails and Canapés: Barcelona Tavern is going to be spicing up the evening with an array of Mexican inspired creations they’ve concocted specifically for CINCO2015. We hope to see you there, Calgary! Buy tickets Here Doors open: 7pm Address: 117 8th Ave SW Tickets available for purchase at the door (based on...