BOOM Goes Out: BoostR Stage

BOOM Goes Out: BoostR Stage

Every few months Alberta’s social entrepreneurs come together to pitch the best of their ideas to a panel of discerning judges, in the hopes of winning $1,000.00. It’s called BoostR Stage, and on Dec. 2 it was hosted by the Theatre Grand, and featured local non-profits and social companies. What sets BoostR apart from other live-pitch-events is the degree of audience participation. In addition to food and drink, every guest’s ticket gives them $20 to ‘boost’ their favourite business. Interactive, social, and locally supported, BoostR is a great opportunity to invest in those who are changing lives and our society for the better, through the core of their business operations. “Through day-to-day business operations, they inevitably create positive social impact locally or globally – the social and financial outcomes of their organization are tied together.” From a production perspective, we can’t help but love an experience like BoostR. It brings together so many of the elements we look for in an event: entrepreneurship, community-centered, and interactivity. The face that it’s all hosted under the theatrical and historic Theatre Grande roof is just the icing on a production cake.           On Dec. 2, after an inspiring evening of passionate pitches, Mindful Mental Training took home the grand prize, which they will use to further their work on reducing the financial and personal cost of stigma, stress and depression in the workplace.   Want to pitch? Want to boost? Excited? Consider yourself invited. BoostR wants you– the influencer, innovator, community builder, entrepreneur, philanthropist – to join them in celebrating Alberta’s social entrepreneurs. Follow their Facebook page for...
Event in Review: LOOK2014

Event in Review: LOOK2014

Contemporary Calgary began as a collaboration of visual arts partners, including the Institute of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Art Gallery of Calgary, and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Their mission is to build a global city of choice by engaging Calgary in the art of our times. In 2014 Contemporary Calgary won a bid to move into the very sought after Centennial Planetarium (formerly the Calgary Space and Science Centre), with future plans to open the Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art. With fundraising as their main objective, we began planning for the first inaugural fundraising gala named LOOK2014. On the evening of November 1, 2014, over 600 guests first impression was a long, pink carpet leading from the parking lot to the temporarily branded outdoor loading dock, where a team of greeters awaited, pink umbrellas in hand to ward off the falling snow. Brightly lit with Gobo patterns, incandescent lighting, and architectural up-lighting, this unexpected vibrancy in a forgotten loading dock on the train line, lead guests to one of two entrances. The VIP entrance was an ascending staircase to the top floor where guests were greeted by a line of black clad, turtle-neck wearing event hosts, ready to check them in on a custom designed iPad software system. From there VIP guests emerged into the large, open top floor of the Planetarium to an exclusive cocktail party, with artfully crafted canapés and flowing champagne. In the center of the room an oversized balloon sculpture hovered, changing color as an indication of the progressing program. Emcee Dave Kelly welcomed the VIP attendees and introduced Dr....
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,...
5 Things Your Wedding Dress Consultant Wishes You Knew

5 Things Your Wedding Dress Consultant Wishes You Knew

Congratulations! Your jewelry collection just got a whole lot more sparkly- you’re engaged! It’s time to embark on the ultimate shopping hunt for the perfect dress, but before you make an appointment (and for the love of couture, please make an appointment), here are five things your consultant will thank you for considering… 1) Choose your invite list carefully There’s a time and a place to have everyone and their cousin gawk at you and tell you how beautiful you look; your wedding! Finding the right dress will be fun, but with too many opinions in your ear you can end up feeling overwhelmed and confused. Invite people that you want to share this experience with, and who you know will provide feedback, but who ultimately will support whatever you feel most beautiful in. 2) Keep your makeup- but keep it light Unless you plan on going bare-faced for your nuptials, you should wear whatever make up you usually wear day-to-day to your appointment. However, try to avoid heavy or oily products, as these can transfer to the gowns when you try them on; your budget should be saved for your dress, not an extra dry-cleaning bill. 3) Wear your hair like it’s the Big Day! You don’t need to book an appointment with your stylist, but if you think you’re going to wear your hair completely up for your wedding, then try to style it similarly for your appointment. An up-do and tumbling curls can make the same dress look dramatically different, especially around the neckline. 4) Choosing the proper undergarments If you’re like most brides, you’re in the...
Beakerhead 101: 5 Events You Can’t Miss

Beakerhead 101: 5 Events You Can’t Miss

Where go the giant tin fish, robotic dragonflies, and buildings made of mushrooms, so go we! As self-professed fans of artistic ingenuity, BOOM has been following the incredible growth of Beakerhead from its conception, and is proud to provide production support for this amazing experience this fall. A year of innovation and creativity cumulate every year in the Beakerhead extravaganza of art, culture, science and technology that stuns and inspires Calgarians (and BOOM) without fail. “…More than a schedule of mesmerizing events; it’s a time and place where engineers show their creative sides, and artists get technical, where science hits the street, and everyone gets ingenious”. Sounds like our kind of party. But with dozens of events going on across the city, and only so many hours in a day, how do you choose which explosion of innovation to go see? Luckily for you, BOOM has done all the leg work. Beakerhead 101: Where to go… For a date night! The Gorgeous Molecule Acclaimed chefs, a world-changing art installation, tap dancing, and more await guests of this VIP experience, hosted by the historic Barron Building. Prepare to have all senses delighted throughout this engaging date night! With your kids! Station B The Sandbox of Human Ingenuity (a gigantic, come-one-come-all sandbox,) and The Claw (think arcade) await the young and the young at heart at Fort Calgary. Beakerstreet will also be open for business for those who want to take a piece of Beakerhead home with them! To learn something new! How Doing Good in the World is Great Business Dave Kelly will be chatting with five inventors, designers, and...