10 Reasons you NEED to be at LOOK2015

10 Reasons you NEED to be at LOOK2015

  November 7 marks the return of Contemporary Calgary‘s much anticipated annual fundraiser, LOOK. A hub for culture changers, style savantes, and creative aficionados, this evening of interactive installations and live art is an event for the art of our time. Here’s why you can’t afford to miss out: 1) The art! Contemporary Calgary is one of Canada’s leading galleries for modern and contemporary art, bringing a range of house-hold and in-the-know names to Calgary. Inspiration and wonder will dress the walls of this event. Come with eyes (and imagination) wide open. 2) The building! Contemporary Calgary is moving into the previously uninhabited Centennial Planetarium. An expansive mass of stunning, modern architecture, this venue is going to be the perfect host for the poignant art “C” is known for curating. You won’t want to miss witnessing this raw work in progress. 3) The fashion! This is an art party; no time for fashion wallflowers. Rather than bringing out your LBD standby, take a page out of Mr. Marc Jacob’s book and remember that fringe (as seen on the lovely Ania, above), lamé, and sequins are always a good idea. 4) The auction! Featuring both a silent and live art and experience auction, this rousing experience was a definite highlight from last year. Once-in-a-lifetime trips and jaw-dropping works of art will be up for grabs, hosted by the charismatic auctioneer, Stephen Ranger. 5) The Gopnik! No, Adam Gopnik is not a verb, but as one of the most prolific cultural writers of our time  he may as well be. VIP ticket holders of LOOK2015 will be treated to cocktails, canapés,...
5 Things Your Wedding Dress Consultant Wishes You Knew

5 Things Your Wedding Dress Consultant Wishes You Knew

Congratulations! Your jewelry collection just got a whole lot more sparkly- you’re engaged! It’s time to embark on the ultimate shopping hunt for the perfect dress, but before you make an appointment (and for the love of couture, please make an appointment), here are five things your consultant will thank you for considering… 1) Choose your invite list carefully There’s a time and a place to have everyone and their cousin gawk at you and tell you how beautiful you look; your wedding! Finding the right dress will be fun, but with too many opinions in your ear you can end up feeling overwhelmed and confused. Invite people that you want to share this experience with, and who you know will provide feedback, but who ultimately will support whatever you feel most beautiful in. 2) Keep your makeup- but keep it light Unless you plan on going bare-faced for your nuptials, you should wear whatever make up you usually wear day-to-day to your appointment. However, try to avoid heavy or oily products, as these can transfer to the gowns when you try them on; your budget should be saved for your dress, not an extra dry-cleaning bill. 3) Wear your hair like it’s the Big Day! You don’t need to book an appointment with your stylist, but if you think you’re going to wear your hair completely up for your wedding, then try to style it similarly for your appointment. An up-do and tumbling curls can make the same dress look dramatically different, especially around the neckline. 4) Choosing the proper undergarments If you’re like most brides, you’re in the...
How to do Bridal Expo like a Wedding Planner

How to do Bridal Expo like a Wedding Planner

Every September the Calgary Bridal Expo provides an opportunity for Brides-to-be to take in all the best that the wedding industry has to offer. Over 150 of Alberta’s leading wedding industry professionals descend on the BMO center for one afternoon. This is like a dream scenario for anyone that has just undertaken the task of planning a wedding. Having all that the province has to offer under one roof is a great opportunity to not only see what is out there but also it’s a chance to meet the people who will be responsible for helping you make your dream wedding a reality. I like to think of it as speed dating your suppliers. There are a couple of ways to do the show. The first being to simply take it all in and feel inspired by immersing yourself in all the beautiful possibilities. But if you are Type-A, like me, you probably have a very specific list of what you need to accomplish in those few short hours (and believe me, you can get A LOT accomplished). So it is to you, the task oriented go-get-‘em types like me, that I present my tips on how to do Bridal Expo like a wedding planner: Game plan Having a game plan makes all the difference. I like to call it planning to plan. I suggest determining your objectives for the day, ie., Getting options for invites, taste the dessert samples to narrow down your choices or even meet the planners the you have been snooping on the internet. Whatever your list is, come prepared to knock things off of...
Beakerhead 101: 5 Events You Can’t Miss

Beakerhead 101: 5 Events You Can’t Miss

Where go the giant tin fish, robotic dragonflies, and buildings made of mushrooms, so go we! As self-professed fans of artistic ingenuity, BOOM has been following the incredible growth of Beakerhead from its conception, and is proud to provide production support for this amazing experience this fall. A year of innovation and creativity cumulate every year in the Beakerhead extravaganza of art, culture, science and technology that stuns and inspires Calgarians (and BOOM) without fail. “…More than a schedule of mesmerizing events; it’s a time and place where engineers show their creative sides, and artists get technical, where science hits the street, and everyone gets ingenious”. Sounds like our kind of party. But with dozens of events going on across the city, and only so many hours in a day, how do you choose which explosion of innovation to go see? Luckily for you, BOOM has done all the leg work. Beakerhead 101: Where to go… For a date night! The Gorgeous Molecule Acclaimed chefs, a world-changing art installation, tap dancing, and more await guests of this VIP experience, hosted by the historic Barron Building. Prepare to have all senses delighted throughout this engaging date night! With your kids! Station B The Sandbox of Human Ingenuity (a gigantic, come-one-come-all sandbox,) and The Claw (think arcade) await the young and the young at heart at Fort Calgary. Beakerstreet will also be open for business for those who want to take a piece of Beakerhead home with them! To learn something new! How Doing Good in the World is Great Business Dave Kelly will be chatting with five inventors, designers, and...