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...

Elevating Your Stampede: Above and Beyond Barn-board, Barrels, and Bales

We love a good theme! Weather it’s the Gatsby inspired weddings we saw in 2013, the Swinging Seventies parties inspired by 2014’s American Hustle- we can’t get enough. But a reoccurring theme runs the risk of becoming tired and over-done, and Stampede events have run the gambit. If your objective this year is to avoid the  Three B’s (Barn-board, barrels, and bales) then check out our ideas on how keep your Stampede event fresh and on-theme. Re-Think Your Décor If you’re a little tired of gingham and mason jars, Uniquities in Inglewood has some incredible historic pieces that will help your event stand out among the wash of country kitsch. Up Date Your Fashion Statement Give your attendees a fashion experience! Kat Marks’ LethrBar is a great way to add an activity to your event while giving your guests fashionable, on-theme, pieces of wearable Stampede jewellery. LethrBar will provide guests at your event with the opportunity to have them monogram their name or favourite word onto one of her signature gorgeous leather bracelets. Bye, Bye, Buffet! Food and beverage is a great place to surprise your guests with some flair. Don’t be afraid to challenge your caterer to think outside the beef-on-a-bun box! We love Bar C’s buffalo tartar with slices of fresh rye as an alternate to the afore-mentioned B-O-A-B. Tell A Story With Modern Art Bring a little culture to your Stampede event by incorporating art in a creative, up-dated way, like body painting! Show Some Western Hospitality! Being traditional isn’t always a bad thing: a Barbershop Quartet will lend the perfect old-time feeling to your event,...
BOOM: It’s Valentine’s Day

BOOM: It’s Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Boom Goes the Drum has been fascinated by the creativity and detail that happens when people are working for a ‘labour of love’. So, three members from our team shared their favourite engagement stories, and what it was that made them so special. General consensus? It doesn’t matter if you are using a colour-coordinated flash mob, or a series of thoughtful notes, a truly amazing love story is all about the details. DEREK I would just like to preface my pick for best wedding proposal by stating that I am a sucker for all wedding proposals. But this one stood out for me for a few reasons: First of all, how did they get Home Depot to agree to let them do this in the lumber section? I will admit it is probably the section that gets the least traffic, but I usually can’t get someone at Home Depot to tell me where the light bulbs are. At the :50 mark you can tell that this goes from amusing to amazing for this guy How did they get access to the giant “Employees Only” step ladder?! Note the use of solid colors on the dancers that I assume is their group of friends. It’s all in the details. You can tell that these guys (and their Family and Friends) just really love each other. And that is, I think, the best reason to do something totally ridiculous and amazing in the middle of a Home Depot.    JESSICA Sometimes, it’s the little things. Even the most stone-hearted Valentine critic will be holding back the...
Finding Your Wedding Style

Finding Your Wedding Style

This weekend I was invited by Ette to be part of the Inbal Dror Couture 2015 Brunch & Fashion Show. We were talking wedding style and I wanted to put pen to paper on how we at Boom Goes The Drum approach a couple’s wedding style and building it into the vision of what their special day will look and feel like. When I say ‘style’ I don’t mean your personal style, although it is an important influence.  The style that I am talking about is all of the decisions you make in your planning process and how they will translate into the more subtle aesthetics of your wedding.   Call it your aesthetic, your design, or vibe, however you describe it is, it is all the little details that create the memories of your wedding for you and your guests. The things that resonate long after your wedding. I am going to give you a snapshot of some of the steps we use in our creative process.  Our design team develops a quite a few documents and the reason is to get all of the information out of your head and into documents that then drive the process.  We compile a: • Design Brief • Story Board of the design • Mock ups and sketches and samples • Style guide (for your Bridal Party/Guests) • Floor plans, logistics docs, production schedule, etc The most important starting point is the Design Brief and it usually is only a sentence, maybe two, and it speaks directly to what we are trying to achieve from a design standpoint. It is basically a...
Stampede in Review: Virgin No More

Stampede in Review: Virgin No More

Well the dust has settled and the sun has gone down on yet another successful Calgary Stampede.  As I was packing away my vintage western shirts and appetite for fried food, I found myself reminiscing about what makes the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth so great. I was lucky this year to see it all anew from the perspective of someone who had no idea what the heck they were in for; my Stampede virgin, Michael. While I rest and recover for another 355 days I would like to present the 2014 installation of the soon-to-be-annual Stampede Photo Round Up.  It is a photo carousel of  friends, the Boom team,  event partners, stampede entertainers, and of course, Michael. So long Stampede, we will see you next year....