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...
HUSTLE 2015 in support of Mealshare

HUSTLE 2015 in support of Mealshare

I love bringing people together. It is one of the biggest reasons that I chose a career and business in Event Production. I feel fortunate that over the years I have been able to be a part of some pretty special moments of incredible community. I believe there is an energy that is created anytime people gather around something, and that energy then ripples outward. I also like being connected to other people whose job it is to bring people together, which is why I have been involved with the International Special Event Society for a number of years. So what do event professionals do when they come together to put their energy behind a cause? They HUSTLE. Four years ago the ISES Calgary Chapter started a social philanthropy project originally named ISES Cares, but was rebranded two years ago as HUSTLE. HUSTLE is the ultimate event professionals interpretation of a gritty, raw, underground experience, where guests participate in effecting social change through a fundraiser. In partnership with Mealshare, HUSTLE has rounded up some of the coolest members of the Calgary arts community in an effort to raise funds to feed people in our community. All of the proceeds for the event go toward Mealshare’s mission of providing food for Canadians who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The foundations MO is that guests dining out who order a Mealshare meal from a partnering local restaurant will receive their meal, as usual, but they are also supplying a meal for a Canadian in need. This seems like a perfect fit for this event; A group of...