#BoomGoesOut: The Rec Room Grand Opening

#BoomGoesOut: The Rec Room Grand Opening

The Rec Room had its grand opening event last week, where they invited Calgarian’s to explore their 50,000 square foot home. The venue, which occupies two floors of Deerfoot City, has just about everything you could want from an event space, including dining, amusement, and live entertainment experiences. Add to that a massive arcade room, and you know where the Boom team is going to be every weekend for the rest of 2017. Featuring two separate dining options, the Rec Room can provide a fun, interactive, quick-service style menu with The Shed, or guests can take advantage of their upscale casual restaurant, Three10, which features Canadian-inspired cuisine with innovative cooking techniques. Perhaps the most popular part of the night (besides the aerialist who served champagne from, quite literally, the air) was the opportunity the Rec Room gave for guests to experience “The Yard”; their 9,000 square foot arcade featuring over 100 amusement games. This gaming oasis had all the classics like Buck Hunter and Mario Kart, and some impressive new contenders, like a digitally manipulated climbing wall and a game featuring a 3D hologram. We were especially impressed with the RFID bracelets which tracked credits and points digitally, which you could use to redeem for a variety of prizes. By incorporating technology into their experience, the Rec Room created a smooth, seamless interface for their guests to interact with- a must in the increasingly digital world of event experience.   With events moving more and more towards experience-gamification, The Rec Room provides Calgary with a great, interactive, fun-driven space for the young and young at heart to enjoy. It...
Get to Know: Alison Dumenko

Get to Know: Alison Dumenko

The Boom team is delighted to announce that one of our favourite collaborators has joined our team as Manager of Production Services – Alison Dumenko (CSEP). With over a decade of experience in event production she comes to Boom ready to create great, big things for our clients and to support our team with process development. Read on to get to know Alison, and say hello when you see her at the next Boom event. She has two this week – this lady is already on fire.     1) You’ve been in the event world for longer than a decade. What is it about events that drew you to this field?  The first word that comes to mind when I think about what I do is ‘orchestration’, because it’s not just one element, it’s the combination of all the instruments working together to make something.  The organization, the planning, the people who bring it all together – ultimately I’m attracted to the process of gathering ideas and people together around a single vision. Even after all these years I still get as excited. I get as invested in the event as the client does, and own a piece of that story. 2) If you weren’t an events professional, what would you be? Something to do with Emergency Response and Preparedness. 3) What would you say has been your biggest achievement over the last year? The very big, existential, personal answer to that question is that I made big shifts in my personal life and career in order to more fully commit to my professional passions. The easy answer:...
Event in Review: Next Big Thing

Event in Review: Next Big Thing

Next Big Thing is the brainchild of Kait Kucy and Mike Morrison, two journalists who understand the value of online business and the business of being online. They created a one-day conference to educate and celebrate professionals who use social media and the internet to promote themselves/their work, and make money. As fans of their work and vision, Boom Goes the Drum was honoured to sponsor this event and provide production services. It was another fabulous year of learning and inspirations – cue the highlights! 1. ‘Call to Action’ is dead. Long live ‘Invite to Collaborate’. Something we heard time and time again from the panelists and speakers who generate income as social influencers is that their relationships with brands are more successful when the brand approaches them with a collaborative spirit. Working with an influencer means understanding who they are as a person, and what about their voice resonates with their audience, and then presenting them with a win-win-win opportunity thats more than just ‘tell your fans to buy our product’. If you want to get the attention of an influencer identify for them the link between them, their audience, and your story/product, pitch a few ideas, be up front about budget, and work with them to find the best fit. They know their audience, and they’re there to serve them, so trust them.   Inspiration then instruction from @ladydubbs and @darling. Her first tip: start with a mission statement or manifesto. A post shared by NEXT BIG THING (@nextbigthingca) on Oct 14, 2017 at 11:47am PDT   2. Stay in your lane. What makes you different makes...
Boom Does Thanksgiving: Our Favourite Recipes

Boom Does Thanksgiving: Our Favourite Recipes

It’s Thanksgiving and that means people all over Canada are trying on their #eventprof hats for a day and organizing invites, table settings, and – most importantly – menus. While we can’t pop into your living room to help you tablescape (though believe us, we’d love to) the Boom team has put together our favourite crowd-pleasing recipes to make sure your dinner is one to remember!   Derek MacDonald: Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Apple This creative take on Brussel sprouts will appease even the pickiest of eaters. BOOM TIP: Using an apple-wood smoked bacon will play off the Granny Smiths beautifully.   Alison Dumenko: Whiskey Glazed Carrots Easy to make, full of flavour, and they’ll provide a beautiful pop of colour for your Thanksgiving table. BOOM TIP: Make sure you let your butter brown before you add the brown sugar.   Jessica Tkachuk: Beer-Brined Roast Duck A flavour-packed alternative to turkey that tastes as good as it looks. BOOM TIP: Make sure to roast this “low and slow”. Duck is a fatty meat, and this will make sure you cook off some of that grease, without losing moisture.   Sommer Smith: Hot Spinach Dip Rich and creamy and so delicious, this is a great dip to get your Thanksgiving evening started. BOOM TIP: We recommend serving this dip with a fresh baguette. The hot cheese on a crusty bread is a perfect pair.   Jessica Broz: Apple Turnovers Who needs pie when you’ve got these delicate, flaky turnovers? BOOM TIP: Change the granulated sugar to brown sugar, and add 1 tsp of vanilla and a tbsp of...
#BoomGoesOut: Calgary Stampede reveals new Big Four Roadhouse

#BoomGoesOut: Calgary Stampede reveals new Big Four Roadhouse

Last night, Calgary Stampede welcomed over 1,000 people to the new and improved Big Four Roadhouse, recently updated to provide Calgary producers with a new option for live performances. It now features 60,000 sq. ft., a permanent stage, built-in bars, capacity for up to 4,000 people and a state of the art in-house sound and lighting system. As producers, and fans of live music, we were thrilled to get in there and scope out the place.   So, @mikesbloggity needed to take the photo, as I am incapable of taking selfies. #TB4Roadhouse #eventprofs #venueexploration A post shared by Jessica Broz (@missjbroz) on Oct 5, 2017 at 9:16pm PDT First impressions: very good. The team at Calgary Stampede lit up the building like never before, and a stellar crew of professionals welcomed guests on the red carpet. We were warmly greeted by friendly faces and the smell of mesquite bbq as we walked the carpet. We proceeded into the (giant!) room to find food stations and bars, before eventually enjoying a concert on the big stage. Congratulations to Stampede on the new space! What a way to show it off… Thanks for inviting us to take part! The Big Four Roadhouse aims to increase the number of performers that come to Calgary on their tours by adding a fresh space for Calgary’s growing music scene. The space features 60,000 sq. ft., a permanent stage, built-in bars, capacity for up to 4,000 people and a state of the art in-house sound and lighting system. #TB4Roadhouse A post shared by Calgary Stampede (@calgarystampede) on Oct 5, 2017 at 8:12pm PDT Thank you...