Boom Goes Out: Diner en Blanc 2016

Boom Goes Out: Diner en Blanc 2016

It’s a rare treat when, as event producers, we get to attend an event and just… attend. The Boom team looks forward to Diner en Blanc every year for just this opportunity. This headline stealing event is an annual, multi-continent spanning pique-nique en plein air. All over the world, guests are invited to attend this pop-up dinner under the guidelines of a strict dress code which mandates party-goers come attired purely in white, with white tables, linens, chairs, and any other accroutements they might wish to bring also devoid of colour. The result is a jaw-droppingly beautiful spectacle, as hundreds of people gather for an old fashioned pic-nic, with a modern, elegant twist. At this year’s Diner en Blanc, the Boom team, in conjunction with Rocket House, were pleased to host a few of good friends at our table. And while we may have had good intentions to simply relax as guests at this event, our inner over-achievers couldn’t be stopped… The Boom table, all 18 feet of it, was covered by a custom-made draped top (courtesy of Designing on the Edge), which not only looked beautiful, but provided shelter for our guests through a short drizzle part-way through the evening. Delicate, ivory flowers bloomed from the corners of the table, breaking up the severity that can occur in a monochromatic scheme. In addition to style the table, Boom’s very own Italian, Lori D’Agostino, and Colleen Smith of Theatre Calgary provided the nibbles, in the form of a multi-course, Mediterranean inspired meal.           What can we say? Nobody knows how to enjoy a party quite like event producers. As...
Boom Goes Out: Dinner x Design 2016

Boom Goes Out: Dinner x Design 2016

Last night, 500 guests gathered at ACAD to celebrate design and the designers whose chops are putting Calgary on the map. Dinner x Design came to town this week, giving 9 designers/agencies the chance to create unique table-scapes that demonstrate their creativity and personality. The event concludes this evening with a special dining event that invites guests to enjoy the tables and a meal with the people who created it. Funds raised will support Contemporary Calgary and ACAD. Bravo #Calgary – the work in this room is outstanding. These are just a few peaks, more tomorrow! #dxdyyc #dxdcgy #dinnerxdesign #yyc #yycdesign #yycevents A video posted by Boom Goes The Drum (@boomgoesthedrum) on Jun 2, 2016 at 9:58pm PDT Present at the event were: Alykhan Velji Design ID Bohemia WW Design Studio Sarah Ward Interiors e=mc2 events LeAnne Bunnell Interioros Nyla Free Designs Corea Satropa Designs Amanda Hamilton Design Rochelle Cote Design There were also drinks and treats throughout the event, and lots of fashionable friends! A warm room filled with eye candy.  Spoke with one designer who said that they approached this event with complete freedom creatively. She said she took the opportunity to create something just for them – no clients or briefs or restrictions. We loved that. How rare is it to be given a stage to express whatever story it is you want to tell to room full of people who want to listen. Bravo!  Tonight, Boom’s Derek Macdonald will join Amanda Hamilton (Amanda Hamilton Design) at her table – a modern, Calgary-centric souk – to take part in a discussion the love affair between art, design,...
Boom Goes Out: Wine Stage for One Yellow Rabbit

Boom Goes Out: Wine Stage for One Yellow Rabbit

With prop planes positioned overhead and classic cars gleaming in every direction, hundreds of thirsty fundraisers gathered last evening for One Yellow Rabbit’s fabulous Wine Stage event at Heritage Park. This year, One Yellow Rabbit and its world-famous High Performance Rodeo celebrated 30 years. After an extraordinary anniversary festival earlier this winter, Wine Stage felt like a proper nightcap toast.   Wine Stage tonight to celebrate @hprodeo! #yyc #yycevents A photo posted by Boom Goes The Drum (@boomgoesthedrum) on Mar 19, 2016 at 8:54pm PDT Musician Kenna Burima getting a little hair loving from Rebecca #swizzsalonspa #swizzlove #oyr #hprodeo #winestage A photo posted by timmytulip (@timmytulip) on Mar 19, 2016 at 9:05pm PDT Tonight’s #winestage lineup. This is going to be awesome! #yyc #yycwine #wine #calgaryevents #2016winestage #winestage2016 A photo posted by Richmond Hill Wines (@richmondhillwinesyyc) on Mar 19, 2016 at 6:09pm PDT We attendees were greeted with what can only be described as a ‘boa’ of tickets – a healthy string of 30 drink tickets (no tickets required for food tastings) to enjoy the evening. Each ticket earned you a wine tasting. There was an incredible turnout from the wine and culinary community in Calgary (and Banff!) from Ox & Angela and River Cafe to Bin 905 and Big Rock Brewery (which had – wait for it – a champagne beer cask!).   Sea salt & Belgium chocolate brownie for tonight’s #winestage @heritageparkyyc #brassEATS #brasseriekensington #yyc #yycliving #oneyellowrabbit A photo posted by Brasserie Kensington (@the_brasskens) on Mar 19, 2016 at 6:09pm PDT Pork rillette & chanterelle emulsion for #winestage @the_brasskens @winebarkensi @containerbaryyc A photo posted by Cam Dobranski (@chefcamd)...
Boom Goes Out: House of Nonie S/S 2016 Debut Presentation

Boom Goes Out: House of Nonie S/S 2016 Debut Presentation

Last Thursday, Oct. 22, Calgary’s fashion crowd sat eagerly within the white walls of Studio 122, waiting for another taste of emerging designer Nina Kharey’s bold, clean designs that are quickly making her brand, House of Nonie, a local (and national) favourite. This is not the first time the BOOM team has touted House of Nonie as one-to-watch; in our coverage of PARKSHOW2015 earlier this spring, we noted that House of Nonie’s display was almost obscured by a perma-crowd of enchanted shoppers gathered in front (of which BOOM was most certainly a part). No that we’re surprised- having been mentored by Barbara Atkin of Holt Renfrew, Nina seems to have a firm grasp on what it takes to stand out amidst the clamor or young artists vying for attention, and her collection speak for itself. Simplistic shapes with bold cuts, minimal and architectural; Nina’s peices, much like the designer herself, seem to evoke a sophisticated yet unpretentious aura. The show itself was an elegant reflection of this aesthetic, taking place in Studio 122’s blank-canvas warehouse space in the SE. To shop House of Nonie’s collections and see what the designer is up to, check out her website:...
Boom Goes Out: Sneak Peek of ChefBar’s The Slaughter House

Boom Goes Out: Sneak Peek of ChefBar’s The Slaughter House

You’re only as good as the food you eat and the company you keep, and if last night was any indication, then we are divine. Under warm lights and the watchful, lychee eyes of a watermelon-skull-turned-punch-bowl, the BOOM team met up with PR mogul Alex Kingcott, stylist Leah Van Loon, and the curator of the evening, blogger, stylist, entrepreneur, and man-about-town, Vincent Law. The purpose of the evening? To taste ChefBar’s Halloween menu, as prepared by their head chef, Shawn Desauliers, for the restaurant’s transformation on Halloween night into The Slaughter House.  As event designers (and theme addicts) we were delighted by the demonic dishes and creepy concoctions crafted by Chef Desauliers and his staff. We enjoyed “brain fluid” cocktails (refreshing notes of watermelon, lime, and a kick of tequila), lemon quinoa salad (in tiny, jack-o-lantern style oranges) and drool-worthy sriracha pork belly (under a “spider web” of black garlic). After dinner, and a mountain of gourmet, browned-to-your-taste s’mores (nick named the ‘”s’mores-pocalypse” by Vincent), Chef Desauliers took us downstairs for a tour of the Gerry Thomas Gallery, catered exclusively by ChefBar. Clean lines, simple aesthetic, and a built-in bar make this a welcome addition to Calgary’s list of modern event spaces.   Deciding to retire from his position as the executive chef at the Fairmont, Chef Shawn Desauliers decided to open a restaurant in Calgary’s bustling centre that would reflect the type of cooking he enjoyed making at home; simple dishes, made with quality ingredients, all put together with the chef’s unique style. While the food and hand-crafted cocktails are obviously a focus for ChefBar, the restaurant also...
Boom Goes Out: Kaleidoscopic Anamalia by Paul Hardy for the Glenbow Museum

Boom Goes Out: Kaleidoscopic Anamalia by Paul Hardy for the Glenbow Museum

On Thursday, October 15, an intimate gathering of masked creatures congregated at the Glenbow Museum to witness the reveal of Paul Hardy‘s exhibit: Kaleidescopic Anamalia, and to celebrate his curatorial debut. Masks depicting animals from all corners of the globe were delivered to attendees in advance, and they certainly rose to the challenge. Truly, it a mascarade to remember. The evening also featured a stunning runway show and auction. Paul Hardy is the Glenbow Museum’s Artist in Residence. Glenbow’s In Residence program invites diverse artists from a variety of disciplines to interact with the museum’s exhibitions and collections and then create a new work based on their discoveries. Past In Residence artists have included Kris Demeanor, Shane Koyczan, Kent Monkman and Corb Lund. READ: Paul Hardy tackles the Museum Experience, Calgary Herald  The exhibit is a true victory – it includes original designs creating specifically for the exhibition clearly demonstrating Paul Hardy’s signature point of view as well as artifacts and artworks from Glenbow’s vaults that have rarely been exhibited. His inspiration comes from our relationship with animals – across time, language, and culture. “Kaleidoscopic Animalia is an exhibition that taps into current interests in fashion, design and visual culture while exploring big ideas about human creativity, cultural values and the universal interest in animals as art, fashion and culture.” Learn more about the exhibit and its upcoming events via Glenbow Museum. The exhibit will be open until May 22, 2016.     #paulhardy at @glenbowmuseum   The big bad wolf… #paulhardy #fashionshow #fashion #style #design #masquerade A photo posted by Shaun Ford & Co (@shaunfordandco) on Oct 15, 2015 at...