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,...
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: 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...
LOOK2015: Holt Renfrew Private Shopping Night for Contemporary Calgary

LOOK2015: Holt Renfrew Private Shopping Night for Contemporary Calgary

On November 7, 2015 Contemporary Calgary will host hundreds of cultural revolutionaries in the Centennial Planetarium for its premiere fundraiser, LOOK2015, presented by Holt Renfrew, Enbridge, City of Calgary and the Calgary Herald. The goal: raise $1M – enough to set up a ‘Temporary Contemporary’ by the fall of 2016 and begin welcoming people to Calgary’s first significant destination for modern and contemporary art. Generous private donors have stepped up to match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $500,000. All donations will go twice as far! Big, bold, and magnificant. We’re counting down the days. To kickstart that fundrsaising effort, two things happened this week. 1. Pre-bidding began online for LOOK2015’s centrepiece event: the live & silent art auction – one of the biggest to take place nationwide. Take a LOOK. 2. LOOK2015 sponsor Holt Renfrew hosted a Private Shopping Night on October 7 and invited all their friends to come along for the party. Boom was thrilled to produce this event, which attracted hundreds of shoppers to shop the night away in style, and all for a great cause: 10% of all sales were donated to Contemporary Calgary’s $1M goal (and, of course, matched by CC’s donors). Enjoy photos of the event below, and catch that action yourself at LOOK2015 on November 7. TICKETS & INFO.      ...
10 Reasons you NEED to be at LOOK2015

10 Reasons you NEED to be at LOOK2015

  November 7 marks the return of Contemporary Calgary‘s much anticipated annual fundraiser, LOOK. A hub for culture changers, style savantes, and creative aficionados, this evening of interactive installations and live art is an event for the art of our time. Here’s why you can’t afford to miss out: 1) The art! Contemporary Calgary is one of Canada’s leading galleries for modern and contemporary art, bringing a range of house-hold and in-the-know names to Calgary. Inspiration and wonder will dress the walls of this event. Come with eyes (and imagination) wide open. 2) The building! Contemporary Calgary is moving into the previously uninhabited Centennial Planetarium. An expansive mass of stunning, modern architecture, this venue is going to be the perfect host for the poignant art “C” is known for curating. You won’t want to miss witnessing this raw work in progress. 3) The fashion! This is an art party; no time for fashion wallflowers. Rather than bringing out your LBD standby, take a page out of Mr. Marc Jacob’s book and remember that fringe (as seen on the lovely Ania, above), lamé, and sequins are always a good idea. 4) The auction! Featuring both a silent and live art and experience auction, this rousing experience was a definite highlight from last year. Once-in-a-lifetime trips and jaw-dropping works of art will be up for grabs, hosted by the charismatic auctioneer, Stephen Ranger. 5) The Gopnik! No, Adam Gopnik is not a verb, but as one of the most prolific cultural writers of our time  he may as well be. VIP ticket holders of LOOK2015 will be treated to cocktails, canapés,...
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...