Holiday Fashion for the Gents at Ed Williams Menswear

Holiday Fashion for the Gents at Ed Williams Menswear

As event producers, we hear this a lot: “But I have nothing to wear!” The holidays don’t make it any easier. For many people, the holidays mean condensing a year’s worth of cocktail parties into three weeks. Gentlemen, we feel your pain. Between office parties and family dinners, your wardrobe is currently being put to the test, and above that you’re expected to be ‘festive’. We’re here to help! Or, rather, the friendly and fashionable folk at Ed Williams Menswear in Crowfoot are. Boom President Derek Macdonald acted as our model. We started with the Calgary dude basics – favourite black boots, dark wash jeans, and a white t-shirt. The challenge: find three looks to take us from Christmas dinner to office party to New Year’s Eve party-town. Our guide: Lowell Williams (Ed’s son), a sharply dressed old soul who knows SO MUCH about menswear. To start: Lowell has these tips for menswear:   In most cases the quickest way to date how old a guys clothes are is based on the fit.  Long gone are the boxy “Sienfieldian” shirts and the baggy straight leg dress pants, for the last few years a tailored closer fit has become the standard in men’s wear.  This doesn’t mean that your clothes should look painted on at the sacrifice of one’s comfort.  They should just look like they fit you as if they are made for you, sometimes that means just shopping somewhere with a good tailor who can alter garments to your specifications… Cough cough. In my experience fashion isn’t necessarily atop every man’s list of priorities or interests, as a...
BOOM Goes Out: BoostR Stage

BOOM Goes Out: BoostR Stage

Every few months Alberta’s social entrepreneurs come together to pitch the best of their ideas to a panel of discerning judges, in the hopes of winning $1,000.00. It’s called BoostR Stage, and on Dec. 2 it was hosted by the Theatre Grand, and featured local non-profits and social companies. What sets BoostR apart from other live-pitch-events is the degree of audience participation. In addition to food and drink, every guest’s ticket gives them $20 to ‘boost’ their favourite business. Interactive, social, and locally supported, BoostR is a great opportunity to invest in those who are changing lives and our society for the better, through the core of their business operations. “Through day-to-day business operations, they inevitably create positive social impact locally or globally – the social and financial outcomes of their organization are tied together.” From a production perspective, we can’t help but love an experience like BoostR. It brings together so many of the elements we look for in an event: entrepreneurship, community-centered, and interactivity. The face that it’s all hosted under the theatrical and historic Theatre Grande roof is just the icing on a production cake.           On Dec. 2, after an inspiring evening of passionate pitches, Mindful Mental Training took home the grand prize, which they will use to further their work on reducing the financial and personal cost of stigma, stress and depression in the workplace.   Want to pitch? Want to boost? Excited? Consider yourself invited. BoostR wants you– the influencer, innovator, community builder, entrepreneur, philanthropist – to join them in celebrating Alberta’s social entrepreneurs. Follow their Facebook page for...