Canada Day Hosting in Calgary

Canada Day Hosting in Calgary

Tomorrow is Canada Day. Our beautiful country will be 149 years old. Global TV Calgary invited us to talk DIY Canada Day party hosting, so Boom’s Jessica Tkachuk dropped by with some ideas and inspiration. Three elements of successful party hosting: Hospitality Food & Beverage Decor & Entertainment Hospitality We’ll start with hospitality. Canadians are known for it, and for good reason! The most important thing to remember: your guests want to enjoy YOU. Being a good host means doing all the prep ahead of time so you can enjoy their company and be present. To make sure you can do that, follow these tips: Be clear with your invite: remove the guess work for your guests by being clear in the invite when they should arrive, what they should wear, if children/guests are welcome, and if they should bring anything. Big one: ask in advance if there are any dietary restrictions you should be aware of. Enlist some help: you cannot be everywhere at once, but small jobs spread around make the work more pleasurable and the party more inclusive. Assign someone to door/coat/shoe duty, someone to making sure glasses remain full, someone to bus/refresh dishes, etc. Know your audience: Do the guests all know each other or will introductions be required? Are kids coming? Are there allergies you can prep for? A little research up front will limit surprises! Food & Beverage We went for a coast-to-coast Canada Day menu (and all around the city!), including colourful and easy-to-eat kabobs using Alberta beef and fresh veggies from the Calgary Farmer’s Market. When it comes to event food, we’re...
Event in Review: SocialWest

Event in Review: SocialWest

Project Brief: Assist social star Mike Morrison to present the largest social media and digital marketing conference on the prairies over three days in a legendary Calgary cinema. SocialWest, a new conference from Mike Morrison, welcomed over 400 professionals into The Globe Theatre last week to talk social media, communications, and digital marketing. More than that, it achieved something special: it made ‘The Conference’ cool again. When one thinks of ‘traditional’ social media masters and digital masterminds, one conjures images of geeky, anti-social computer nerds. In fact, the ecosystem of social media marketing is made up of enthusiastic, engaging, and energizing individuals eager to connect, learn, and expand their networks. Can you imagine a better environment and atmosphere for growth? Take it from us, it was a fabulous way to learn and meet new people. *Photo Credit: Neil Zeller Photography Boom Goes the Drum was able to collaborate with Mike from the conference’s conception, and were able to project manage the multiple layers of production: Registration Staffing Venue Management Production Budgeting Project Management It was a joy to see the project come to life – and sell out weeks in advance – and experience the event with the incredible calibre of professionals it attracted.   The result: A sold out conference that attracted 400 attendees from as far as the NWT and major brands like Facebook, Twitter, and Airbnb. Attendees also got to hear from homegrown social star Kelly Oxford (who stuck around to sign copies of her NYT best-selling book). Social impressions for the event were in the tens of millions – trending nationally within hours of opening. There was also...
Event in Review: GOLF2016

Event in Review: GOLF2016

Bring it on – you’ll be unlikely to beat GOLF2016 for ‘Hottest Golf Event in Calgary’. This week, more than 160 golfers joined us for GOLF2016 in support of Contemporary Calgary, and hit the greens in 30 degree heat (you read that right!) on the hottest day of the year. After a hearty lunch on the grass, our golfers headed out to golf 18 holes at the beautiful Elbow Spring Golf Club – well prepared with sunblock and cool drinks. They were all over it! In fact, the event sold out for the first time this year – six weeks in advance! The level of enthusiasm for the event and the cause was remarkable. And it’s no wonder: Contemporary Calgary has had a massive year! Just a few of the major milestones… The City of Calgary has committed $24.5 million to the renovation of the Centennial Planetarium for the purposes of creating a permanent home for Contemporary Calgary. LOOK2015, which Boom helped to produced in November of last year, raised a remarkable $1 million in a single night. The organization has hired it’s first leader: Pierre Arpin was announced as Director & CEO.   *Below Photo Credit: LeBlond Studio       The evening concluded with a well-earned meal, prizes for top (and bottom) scores, and a rousing live auction led by Contemporary Calgary’s Board Chair, Jay Mehr (Shaw Communications). Items up for bid included exclusive on-the-field experiences at the Gregcup, beach getaways, and impossible-to-find bottles of wine from Highlander Wine & Spirits. In the end, the event surpassed it’s fundraising goal by more than 20%. Massive thanks to the sponsors,...
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...