Five Things You Will Forget on Your Wedding Day

Five Things You Will Forget on Your Wedding Day

There is something counter-intuitive about being a bride on her wedding day: it’s a day continually referred to as one of the most important days of her life and words like ‘magical’ get thrown around very frequently, and yet, for most brides it is one of the busiest organizational challenges they’ll ever be faced with. With all the vendors to manage and personal milestones to achieve, it’s easy for a few things to fall through the cracks. We love weddings, because taking care of those details is our jam. But with a little pre-planning, it’s totally possible to conquer that mega-day with serenity and enjoy the moments. Here are five things that many brides forget on their wedding day:   1. Please eat something And not just at the reception. Please remember to eat throughout the day, even if that means little snacks throughout if you have a nervous stomach, and especially if champagne will be involved. If you’re nervous and avoiding food, it can be easy to forget that the people around you need to eat as well – wedding parties, vendors, people taking care of set-up, etc. In advance, think about how you can take care of the friends and family helping to set up your wedding  We also suggest appointing a bridesmaid or friend to make sure you take some time to eat throughout the day as well. It will make a huge difference later in the day/evening when you’ll want to have full energy. 2. Bring cash   Without fail, someone will need to run out to problem solve on the big day. For example: to...
Event in Review: Youth Singers of Calgary’s 30th Anniversary

Event in Review: Youth Singers of Calgary’s 30th Anniversary

This past Saturday, May 14, marked the Youth Singers of Calgary‘s 30th anniversary. The Boom team was delighted to help celebrate this occasion at the Jubliee Auditorium, and to assist in bringing together over a thousand Calgarian supporters of youth and the arts. Thirty years ago, music, arts, and education graduate Shirley Penner realized that, while Calgary was full of talented, creative young people, their outlets- particularly those of the musical bent- were limited. Through Shirley’s passion and determination, and along with the support of Darlene Dusevic, Tricia Penner, and many other volunteers, Youth Singers was born. “Together they developed a unique performing arts organization; providing an opportunity for young people to express themselves onstage through music, dance and theatre. Their commitment to music, excellence in teaching and a strong team approach has sustained the organization to the present day.”   The anniversary included a a pre-event cocktail (and mocktail) hour, where guests explored the auditorium, enjoyed bites by Hotel Arts, and bid on over a dozen auction items, including multiple all-inclusive vacation packages. Soon attendees were ushered into the auditorium, which would feature multiple stunningly lit, choreographed, and performed numbers by the Youth Singers and their various chapters. Mayor Naheed Nenshi, a very vocal supporter of the arts, was present for the performance, and took a moment before the show to comment on the powerful contribution the dedicated volunteers give every day to ensure organizations like the Youth Singers of Calgary can thrive in our community.     After the performance concluded to a well deserved standing ovation, over a thousand guests made their way back into foyer to enjoy a...
Event Preview: SocialWest June 15-17

Event Preview: SocialWest June 15-17

Start charging those iphones, social nerds: SocialWest is just one month away. We’re thrilled to be supporting production and sponsoring SocialWest, the largest social media and digital marketing conference on the prairies. From SocialWest: “SocialWest is a two-day conference purposefully built to empower and educate social media and marketing professionals and small business owners to do better business. Guests will experience value-packed sessions from experts who want to teach, not just talk, about the fundamentals and formulas that make for successful social media strategies for businesses big and small.Bring your notepad and we’ll gather the experts with answers so you can get back to work with a plan that makes sense and the tools to do better.” SocialWest is for social and digital pro’s who want to stay at the top of their game and small business superstars who do everything and want to grow their social media awareness. Based on the guest list so far, the room is going to be packed with super smart people doing important work across the country. SocialWest attendees: we cannot wait to see you all there! The venue: The Globe Cinema on Stephen Avenue. Guests will be spend two days bouncing between two iconic theatre spaces, since there are two speakers during each session block for max efficiency – no boring lectures on topics you don’t need here. It’s true! @kellyoxford is coming to @socialwestca. Here’s proof: pic.twitter.com/QMqVsrUC44 — Mike Morrison (@mikesbloggity) May 10, 2016 SocialWest recently announced its two keynote speakers: Kelly Oxford (best-selling author and social media superstar) and Jason Silver (Airbnb). The session speaker list is also packed with talent, representing brands...
BOOM Goes Out: Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, 2016

BOOM Goes Out: Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, 2016

 As the annual Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo opened its doors for the 11th year this past Thursday, they welcomed over 100,000 excited guests, a number just 500 shy of the record-breaking 10th anniversary. Fans of the comic and comic-entertainment world swarmed the BMO Centre, many dressed in various states of cos-play, and all wearing eager grins.         “We’re blown away,” said Calgary Expo host and spokesperson Emily Expo. “Going into the 11th year and following a major anniversary, we anticipated a smaller showing because we knew that the anniversary itself was such a big draw. Not only was this one of the most well-attended conventions in North America this year, but we’re saying goodbye to a group of invited guests from around the world saying that it was one of the most pleasant and positive fan experiences they’ve had.” While the event officially kicked off on the Thursday, the POW Parade of Wonders was Calgary at-large’s opportunity to take in all of the nerdy wonder the expo curates. The parade included 2200 participants and attracted 11,000 spectators (up from 1,800 and 5,000 respectively in 2015).   Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, stars of the franchise made multiple appearances throughout the weekend, including William Shatner, who was presented with a Canada Post stamp depicting him in his iconic role as Captain Kirk. Our inner nerds had to be kept tightly under wrap when Shatner walked a mere few feet away from us, a gentle twinkle in his eye as he smiled at our obvious fandom. Of course, many fans came out to see Stan...