Thank you 2016

Thank you 2016

Just a note before the year ends from Boom president Derek Macdonald… We had a big year – big projects, awesome clients, new team members, and a new baby! To all of our clients, partners, and followers: thank you for a successful and fulfilling year. We look forward to big things in...
Get to Know: Jessica Broz

Get to Know: Jessica Broz

The Boom team is thrilled to announce the newest addition to our team! Jessica Broz recently joined Boom Goes the Drum as a production coordinator; with her unparalleled organizational skills and extensive experience in the hospitality sector, she will enhance our client experience and continue to ensure smooth, seamless production and successful activations. In between dashing to client meetings (like Alberta Ballet, for one of their upcoming front of house experiences- stay tuned, everyone), and steeping her umpteenth cup of tea, we caught up with Jessica to ask her a couple of questions. Read on to get to know Boom’s newest team member- and get a mind-blowing tip on extending the life of your feet on event day!   1) You’ve been in the event world- both academically and occupationally- for eight years. What is it about production that drew you to this field? When selecting a career path, I wanted a position that challenged me, changed every day, and allowed me to be creative. Event production is all of those and then some! I love turning obstacles into opportunities, asking ‘what if’, problem solving, and that rush you get when your plan unfolds seamlessly.   2) If you weren’t an event coordinator, what would you be? Well that depends if I had to earn a living – if I couldn’t be a working artist, I would be an interior designer. If money wasn’t a concern, I’d be a full time student learning languages, art, and history.   3) What would you say has been your biggest achievement over the last year? Serving as the VP of Education and Programs...
#EventInReview: The Rannelli & Dumenko Wedding

#EventInReview: The Rannelli & Dumenko Wedding

If there was one word to describe what Alison Dumenko (formerly Alison Rannelli) wanted her wedding to look like, it was “Sparkle”. This bride is a long time-Boom friend (and an event-industry native) and so her affection for all things bling was well-known to us. Her then-fiance, Mike Dumenko, preferred earthy colours and woodsy textures (though most of all, he seemed to prefer a happy Alison). Our goal became the seamless merge of these two themes, so as to honour both sides of this couples’ vision: sparkle meets cedar, bling meets backwoods. Our inspiration was the couple themselves- if they could bring these two worlds together with such harmony, we reasoned, so could we.   *All photos by Alan Maudie Photography   The wedding venue clearly met the groom’s wishes- Silvertip Resort is a gorgeous, spacious retreat, nestled in the Rockies, overlooking Canmore. With its soaring wood ceilings, stone fireplace, and warm, comforting colour scheme, we had the perfect backdrop to create an upscale, naturally inspired wedding. To bring in Alison’s vision, Designing on the Edge created a mesmerizing decor plan. Wood textured centrepieces dripped with crystals, set on rose and silver hued tables; metallic lanterns glowed warmly along runners; and clean, white florals stood elegantly against heavily textured, sparkling linens. To keep guests warm and dry in case of inclement weather, we decided to host the ceremony and reception inside, in the Pavillion Room. This meant a space-flip part way through the day, which would take place while guests enjoyed cocktails and breath-taking vistas of the resort. Through a flurry of hard work and creativity, the transformation of the...
#BoomGoesOut: Leftovers Foundation Harvest Fundraiser

#BoomGoesOut: Leftovers Foundation Harvest Fundraiser

The Leftovers Foundation‘s flagship annual Harvest Fundraiser was a charming reminder of all the things we love about #YYC. Tucked into Inglewood’s quirky Festival Hall, the fundraiser saw over 140 Calgarians come together to eat, dance, and- with a little luck- give our city a better future.     The Leftovers Calgary’s website paints a clear picture. “Close to half of food produced worldwide is wasted. Discarded in processing, transport, grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries and kitchens. LeftOvers Calgary is an organization that rescues food from being thrown in the garbage, and ensure it gets to service agencies in need.” With over 23, 165 households in Calgary currently living in poverty, Leftovers Calgary has found themselves in high demand. Leftovers delivers perishable food to service agencies such as the Calgary Drop-In Centre, Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, Alpha House, Making Changes Association and Inn from the Cold. This event’s main goal plays a key part in the continuance of this service- they are fundraising to purchase a new, refrigerated truck, so they can continue to assist these agencies and help take pressure off their overworked kitchens.     Throughout the event local musicians The Frontiers, Evan Coote, and Justine Tyrell were on hand to set the tone for the evening, singing feel-good, acoustic focused sets that fit nicely under the warm wooden beams, and soft twinkling lights. Light snacks were provided as guests perused the raffle items lining the walls, and an Instagram-styled photo-booth was quite popular. In addition to some local, socially-minded for-profits being in attendance (a Boom personal favourite, Village Ice Cream, was on-hand) multiple local charities were also present, there...
#EventInReview: Holt Renfrew’s Private Shopping Night for LOOK2016

#EventInReview: Holt Renfrew’s Private Shopping Night for LOOK2016

For the second year, LOOK2016’s presenting sponsor, Holt Renfrew, welcomed Calgary’s art and culture aficionados into their doors to partake in a private shopping night benefiting Contemporary Calgary. The evening began with a fashion show designed by the incomparable Kelly Streit of Mode Models and featured curated looks by Holt’s stylists. Afterwards, guests were invited to explore all three levels of the luxury retailer and shop, with the goal to find a perfect “LOOK” for LOOK2016, with 10% of all sales made that evening directly supporting Contemporary Calgary.   All photo’s by Phil Crozier, courtesy of Holt Renfrew.                     The evening was a stunning success, with over 450 guests in attendance. Thank you to Holt Renfrew for hosting this fabulous fundraiser! For more information on LOOK2016, and to buy ticket, click...
#EventInReview: Tim Horton Children’s Ranch Golf Tournament

#EventInReview: Tim Horton Children’s Ranch Golf Tournament

August 23, 2016 marked the 26th annual Tim Horton Children’s Ranch Golf Tournament in support of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, a Canadian born and bred organization that sends thousands of children to camp every year. In 1990 a group of Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners decided to give back to the communities they were already serving. Their idea was a camp where children from low-income families could have fun, be challenged and- most of all- develop the skills that would make them successful adults. To raise the funds for this camp, the franchises put together the first annual Tim Horton Children’s Ranch Golf Tournament.       Sherri Johnston, the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Community and Special Events Manager, has been involved with the organization for 6 years. She lights up when she talks about how the Kananaskis Ranch was built, quite literally, by local restaurant owners and team members. “They not only raised capital to help cover operation costs, but they physically helped build the building, laid the sod,” she says, a smile in her voice. This year’s Golf Tournament took place at the Canmore Golf and Curling Club, with emerald green peaks framing a stunning green, upon which over 140 golfers teed off. A hot breakfast started the day, with, of course, a steaming cup of Tim Hortons coffee warming the slight morning chill that had settled over the mountains. After a shotgun start, golfers made their way through the 9 holes, each featuring a sponsored activity or competition, reminiscent of childhood camp games: a game of horseshoes, a lasso competition, and even a milk and cookie...