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The CSEME SHOWGUIDE Issue 14th Annual STAR AWARD Nominees 11 MEETING TECHNOLOGY TRENDS to watch for 2011 Profile With Canada’s Newest SUPER PLANNER

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CSEME2011 issue 1 Editor’s Letter 3 11 Meeting Technology Trends 6 What’s Up 8 CSEME Enlists with SEBC 9 Emcee Extraordinaire 10 Profile: P2P 13 CSEME 2011 Showguide 20 Hot Products 22 Green Meetings 24 Click 27 Great Places, Amazing Spaces 28 Star Awards Nominees 31 In Memorium 32 It’s a Date (A Division of NEMG Inc.) Suite 406, 63 Albert Street Winnipeg, MB R3B 1G4 Tel: 204-415-3976 Fax: 204-415-3978

or us at canadianspecialevents. com, CSEME 2011 marks the start of an exciting new decade. As the world slowly recovers from the global recession, the events industry is also recovering and the changes that have taken place both within our businesses and our clients businesses are monumental. It has been absolutely fascinating watching the new event world emerge, companies re-inventing themselves and carving new ground in this new economic and social climate. From a couple of years ago, the rebound in the number of events happening is huge and clearly reflected in the Star Awards entries this year. We hit a new record, and the quality of the entries as well as the level of sophistication far surpasses previous years. One thing that stood out for me this year was the enormous impact social media and technology has had on these events. The way we do business, communicate, market, the way we design, the way we research, the way we entertain, the way we educate... has all changed, and it keeps changing every day. We are thrilled to be showcasing much of this new technology at our trade show this year. From our new mobile app to our new online registration, our focused social media marketing campaign and onsite social media lounge, to the online collaboration tools and content management systems. CSEME is teched out! But… with all that said, the question I ask myself, as I work well into the night,

night after night, preparing for this multi day event, is that, with all this new technology designed to make our lives easier and more efficient, why am I working so much harder? Is technology really making it easier, or is it complicating my life? I used to talk on the phone and send emails…now I have to text, instant message, Facebook, tweet, make sure I’m linked in and four squared and have my make up done for my multiple Skype conferences, while I talk on the phone and email with 3 - 4 people at a time. I want to know if anyone else agrees with me so stop by the social media desk at CSEME and do my ‘Is Tech Better?’ survey. You could win a free iPod. Speaking of CSEME, I want to say a special thanks to the brilliant event sponsors and partners, venues, speakers, suppliers and volunteers who have worked with us to help this show become spectacular and one we hope will set the tone for a stellar year for the Canadian events industry. In the fall of 2011 you will see some exciting things from including CSEME 2011 West in September, the 3rd Annual BC Event Awards, Alberta’s first Annual Event Awards and our NEW Toronto show, The EventSpace Experience…a venue & catering show. It’s going to be a busy, action packed year so stay tuned for updates from me… or tweets, or posts… or tags…

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Cover Photos of star awards nominees - nominated category: company, photo info Best Theme Decor over $40K: Decor & More Inc., red carpet center Best Wedding over $75K: Mina Martini Inc., blue lit table upper left Best Festival: Pride Toronto, pink flamingo dress Best Public Entertainment Event: BiG Entertainment Inc., man with painting Best Entertainment Production: Patrick Roberge Productions Inc, bottom Best Cultural Event: City of Surrey & John Donnelly & Associates, dancer For other nominees and event names see Nominees on page 28

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The rate of technology change is increasing. Meetings and tradeshow technology continues to advance with technology products becoming better, cheaper and easier to use. Innovation is bubbling with new options. Here are some of the major meetings and tradeshow technology trends to watch for this coming year. 1. Web-based software increases meeting planning ease and options. The web has been the driver for much of the technology change we have seen in the last decade. The days of shrinkwrapped, custom-installed meeting software programs are gone — they now delivered over the web. With the development of web services, a communication standard enabling different web programs to work together, the ability to exchange attendee, exhibitor, and member data has never been easier. Richinternet applications are giving desk-top functionality to these programs. In short, the web is providing software for nearly every aspect of the meeting planning process in a manner that is cheaper and easier to use than ever before. 2. Freeconomics – the rise of free or low cost meetings and tradeshow software is increasing. Another benefit of the web is that it is more efficient than “shrink-wrapped” software. With the plummeting costs for data storage and bandwidth, the cost for web software delivery is going down as well. There are now many meetings and tradeshow technology products that are free (with ads or upselling as a business model) or sub-

stantially lower prices than they have been in the past.. 3. Mobile apps for meetings are exploding. Mobile apps are hot! This 2010 has seen hundreds of new mobile phone apps benefiting meeting planners, attendees and exhibitors – and many more are in the pipeline! Smart phone “micro-computers” are increasingly being used for networking, lead exchange, electronic ticketing, way finding, audience polling, surveys, pocket programs, pocket exhibit guides, course notes/literature collection and much more.

4. Location-aware applications are finding their way to meetings. Hot right now is location-based applications. In the context of meetings, attendees are business travelers who need way-finding information as well as location-based networking. There are many applications that can help with meetings: Google Goggles can help with identifying landmarks, restaurants and other places of business using photo recognition and augmented reality. Foursquare and Gowalla are networking and social review apps designed to encourage loyalty at restaurants, bars and other lbusinesses are beginning to be used at meetings. Specific business networking tools such as using location-

aware services have direct application to events. Facebook has just entered into this space and will likely have a major impact. We are just seeing the tip of the iceberg in terms of locationaware services and augmented reality applications for meetings. These will have huge potential in the future. 5. iPad and tablet PCs displaying options for meetings and events will be increasingly used. As the iPhone lead the way for a whole new genre of mobile phones, the iPad will lead the way for a wide range of touch-sensitive, tablet-like PCs in a wide range of formats. Dell, for example, is coming out with two “Streak” tablets and he Microsoft booklet PC is another proposed option on the drawing boards. These highly portable, easyto-input-while-standing (or walking) tools will be a natural for meetings: for surveys, for lead qualifications, for interactive displays at booths, for meeting planners to access specification data, for attendees to view streaming event video, for distribution of session handouts for attendees, and for a largerversion of the hundreds of mobile apps currently being developed for meeting planners, attendees and exhibitors. 6. HD video for hybrid meetings will bloom. Skype newest 5.0 beta version provides 760p high definition video conferencing at no charge (as well as the ability for four simultaneous callers). This is just one way that HD will lead the way to jump in hybrid meetings and speakers presenting remotely at events.The price has plummeted, and with increasingly more reliable internet connections, the reliability is good. continued on next page Magazine • Issue 22


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7. Social media is working into the mainstream for events. Social media continues to be a huge driver for change at meetings. Meeting planners, attendees and exhibitors are all getting their feet wet, but most have not figured out how to integrate fully a social media strategy into their marketing mix. This coming year will see

9. Speaker and content management systems are being adopted. There are many tasks in setting up programming for large events and historically, each of task requires lots of data management. Fortunately, there are a number of companies that combine most or all of these tasks under a unified system greatly increasing the effi-

increased usage of the “big 3” – Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter – for event marketing with efforts in increase attendee engagement before, during and after the event. Hootsuite ( and other social media aggregators will be used increasingly as meeting professional try to manage multiple accounts more effectively.

ciency. Examples include www.cmcgc. com,, and www. With the increased ease of networking in large convention venues, these systems will become standard operating procedures for large, multisession events.

8. Online collaboration tools will begin to replace email as a primary project management tool for events. Email was invented forty years ago, and as means of project management for meetings, is not efficient. It is interruptive, often incomplete, it is difficult to manage a stream of multiple conversations, and people are often not on the same page with document versions. Meeting professionals need a better way of managing these data! Wikis (collaborative websites) will emerge as much more efficient ways of tracking conference logistics and other details among geographically distributed meeting planners and suppliers. Free tools such as Google Docs will play a role as well as other web-based project management wikis.

10. Strategic meetings management and ROI measurement is expanded and refined to improve meetings. Strategic meetings management programs (SMMP) have been used historically by large corporations to reduce meeting spend by using tighter controls on procurement of sleeping rooms, meeting space and other meeting services. There are several companies who are developing web-based SMMP tools with a range of pricing models including Certain Software, and The increased competition in this field will provide better meeting procurement tools at lower costs to a wider range of companies and associations – not just for the “Fortune 500” anymore.

11. Despite the economic downturn and the increased use of virtual meetings technology, face-to-face meetings and tradeshows remain viable (a repeat from last year’s predictions). Virtual meeting and web conferencing usage is up and conference attendance is down in these economically challenging times. However, meetings and tradeshows can still provide the best value for your education, networking, and sales budgets. Events offer unparalleled opportunities to bring buyers and seller together, to build relationships, to brainstorm, to network. For an exhibitor, it is often the best way to meet so many qualified buyers in such a short time. For buyers, it is a great chance to meet vendors of interest – all together in one location, categorized and mapped for your choosing. The events, tradeshow and hospitality industries are relationship-based and events and tradeshow are some of the best ways to build these relationships. Although webinars are good for short information exchange, meetings offer a much richer learning experience. What happens in the meeting room is important – people have made the commitment to be there and are not as distracted as in the office. However, the conversations in the hallways, receptions and exhibit hall contribute greatly to the information exchange. Meetings provide a vastly richer, more targeted, and more focused learning experience than any virtual meeting. There is no such thing as a “virtual beer!” Corbin Ball, CMP, CSP is a professional speaker and consultant focusing on meetings technology. With 20 years of experience running international citywide technology meetings, he now helps clients worldwide use technology to save time and improve productivity He can be contacted at his extensive web site: and followed on Twitter: www.twitter. com/corbinball


Moving Forward

Quebec City gets a New Executive Chef - Gérard Michel has been appointed the new executive chef at the Québec City Convention Centre. Gerard has held the position of cold kitchen chef at the Centre for the last 14 years. As Executive Chef, he will oversee the preparation of meals for up to 4,000 guests. The Metro Toronto Convention Center has again named SHOWTECH Power & Lighting as its exclusive supplier for electrical and mechanical services and official supplier status for production / lighting services. This strong partnership has been in place since 1984.

MVKA Ceases Operations in Vancouver. Effective March 31st Martin Van Keken Jr will transition into the next stage in his professional and personal life. After 22 years as one of North America’s most successful event planners, he will cease operations as a special event production company. MVKA will still operate under its corporate identity but Martin will solely offer his services as a speaker and consultant. CSE wishes him the very best in all his future endeavors. for details. A New Level of Luxury Has Arrived in Toronto - Legendary service of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company returns to Canada with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. Located in the heart of the downtown core and at the crossroads of the financial and performing arts districts, The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto brings a new level of luxury to the city. Western Canada’s largest supplier of lounge and banquet rental furniture has changed its name from Fireworks Furniture to Loungeworks, a name that better reflects their core strengths and product offering. “We look forward to continuing to provide rental furnishings, decor and design services to the event, trade show, and hospitality markets in Western Canada. Other than the name, everything remains the same. You can expect the same high quality product, service and selection” says Tom Stulberg, President. If you need furniture in Western Canada, Loungeworks is the ONLY company you will ever need to call.

Moving Up

Coast Hotels & Resorts has announced the promotion of Shuhachi (Shu) Naito to Senior Vice President of the Company. Shu has held the position of Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Coast Hotels & Resorts for the past eight years in addition to serving as Vice President of Okabe North America Inc., a subsidiary of Japan’s Okabe Co., Ltd., Coast Hotels’ parent company. John Jarvis, General Manager of The Westin Ottawa is pleased to announce the appointment of Anis Khoury as Director of Group Sales. Anis has been with Starwood Hotels & Resorts for more than five years and most recently was Director of Revenue Management for the hotel.

Joseph Richards - It’s “Glamrock” decor for this very hip club, dig the crystal chandeliers. As soon as you’ve entered Joseph Richard with its elegant exotic surfaces, you’ll be enthralled by the charm of its soothing atmosphere. Joseph Richard is a club for those who are looking for a high end polished elegant atmosphere. Together with an exclusive VIP lounge and distinct areas allows everyone to relax in comfort and style.


MPI Toronto honored their outstanding members at their annual gala on March 10. Winners included, Kyra Whale, Ryerson University; Darryl Nielsen, the Toronto Congress Centre; Jodi Spivak, CMP, Hotel Le Germain; Yvonne Dewar, CMP, Elastic Communications & Events; Tammy Carey, CMP, Frischkorn Audio Visual, and Julie Holmen, Tourism Toronto; the President’s Award went to Susan Prophet, Destination Québec.

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Oliver & Bonacini’s new take on CANOE - Opened on January 31, Canoe has gotten a significant makeover by famed Toronto designer Lindsey Anacleto of Anacleto Design. The renovation opened up the space and created a fresh breathable area accented by stunning natural textures with a Canadiana eco chic style. Highlights of the space include a coal soapstone bar and new mohair covered Saarinen chairs, caribou etchings flanking the bar and branch chandeliers by Toronto designers the Brothers Dressler.

Canadian won top honors at the Special Event Gala Awards, held in Phoenix this past January. Winners included: • • • • •

Culinary Capers Catering, Vancouver, BC Alison Silcoff Events, Montreal Tentnology, Surrey, BC Lynn Fletcher Weddings, Calgary, Alberta Ken Kristoffersen, POP Kollaborative Inc. Toronto/ Calgary

Lee Lounge, another super venue by world renowned Susur Lee has finally opened, in downtown Toronto. Located next to the already famous “Lee”, the new lounge features an upscale casual envirospace and a unique twist on Lee’s decadent Asian fusion cuisine. Adding to the menu is a completely unique cocktail menu with delicacies such as the Ume plum martini. The lounge has a private space for 24 in addition to its chic open space which is filled with treasures curated by Lee himself such as the vintage Shanghainese cigarette girl posters lining the walls and the black and white family portrait hanging in the lounge’s lobby. Magazine • Issue 22

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Remember the very first day started really working in the event industry and what you did to snag that dream job? You may have been a spectacular candidate but it also may have been a wee bit easier back then to “break in” For students in event management programs today, it’s a whole different ball game. Competition is fierce and not only do they need classroom hours they need real life practice in events to graduate and to stand get that job. This year CSEME is giving them that real life shot and helping them get that extra edge. This year ALL the on-site execution at CSEME is being driven by an entire force of young students managed by partnership with the experts at Special Event Boot Camp(SEBC). SEBC business provides current and relevant training in the event field by offering unique technology driven internships with leadership and accountability training. Special Event Boot Camp is the brain child of Carol Moxam, CSEP and CEO In 2010 she trained 42 young professionals who later were hired into the special event industry. In 2011 this number will triple. She does this by recruiting, training and putting these students into action at various industry events. The team at SEBC credits the success of this learning template by listening to the interns and giving the training they really want and need and implementing that into the specific event needs. Can your business use more time and more resources? Just imagine a fully trained team, with clear understanding of your event and goals, with constant reporting structures in place, who can step in, support your projects and leverage your live opportunities for the value of experience. At this year’s show take a moment and acknowledge the young professionals who are welcoming you, greeting you at the seminar doors, introducing speakers, managing the exhibitors and assisting with the silent auction. They are learning in action and thrilled to be a part of your CSEME experience.

The Importance of an


Ever wonder why your audience is so non-reactive first thing in the morning? Wish you could “lighten up the crowd” before the CEO’s annual speech? Have you thought about a conference emcee?

Dan with Bobby Rush at Blues Brews & Barbeques Festival

Dan Graham, conference host for CSEME2011, knows this story all too well. He is a well known conference emcee and is well versed in the art of spotting a wandering guest. What Dan does well is mingle and make people feel great. He is a gifted comedian, host and speaker and is well known throughout the GTA and southern Ontario for his witty manner and ability to just make everyone feel at ease

and relaxed, which is exactly what you want in a conference or event host. Their job isn’t to replace your entertainment; it’s to create a seamless transition between segments, to ensure there is a cohesive tone running through your event and to create a safe face for everyone in attendance. If you need someone to help your conference stay on track, keep tabs on the who, what, where and when and someone to liven up the crowd, don’t think twice about calling Dan. He is one of the best investments you can make in the success of your event. Dan’s first experience in entertainment was as a musician, then as a stand up comedian. He went on to work as a publicist for many top recording and touring artists in Los Angeles. Dan has hosted hundreds of corporate and private events and has been a featured speaker at conventions and events over the past 10 years across North America. He also runs his own record label called Flaming Cheese Records and still writes and publishes music under his Flaming Cheese music publishing company. Dan is reknowned for his quick wit and easy entertaining style, and most importantly he for his ability to comfortably work without notes or scripts. Magazine • Issue 22


t is so helpful and positive for your conference or event attendees to have a common face in the crowd over the course of your multiple day event. Many conference goers are on their own, attending without a colleague or mate and often this can be intimidating. It may even dissuade them from attending the social functions. Having a conference host or Emcee can help address these issues while bringing light and levity to any educational or meeting environment. They not only draw everything together, they allows guests and delegates to identify one person in the crowd who will always know what’s going on, will always have a welcoming smile and will always sit with them should they find themselves on their own during any special function. You would be surprised what a friendly face does to change someone’s perception and their event experience.


PROFILE PRP pened the Door

the year


Profile of Patrick Roberge President and Creative Director of PRP Magazine • Issue 22

Patrick Roberge


Vancouver’s Patrick Roberge has had quite a year. He is coming off of the biggest and most spectacular events of his career and there is certainly no end in sight. Over the past few years Patrick’s company, PRP has been chosen to produce some of the most high profile events that Vancouver and Canada have seen and judging by the success of every show, PRP is clearly staking its claim as one of the most creative and talented production companies in North America.

for the World

PRP started as a company of one – Patrick as a sole freelancer. He learned early for the company to grow and to be able to take on great projects, he needed to surround himself with an incredible team. And so the journey began… and has grown literally one project at a time. Starting with Expo 86, PRP’s first large-scale production, Patrick and his emerging team managed over 60,000 performers and 3000 performing groups from all over the world for six months for the worlds fair’s daily on-site atmospheric entertainment. Patrick calls this his college education. Since that time he has moved from massive project to more massive projects, tackling each with the same incredible imagination, precision and his winning formula. Highlights of his career include the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 North American Indigenous Games, the Opening Ceremonies of the 2007 Canada Winter Games in

Whitehorse and the Opening and Closing of the 8th IAFF world championship in Athletics. For IAFF PRP created these moments of ‘wow’. PRP helped coordinate the largest and most intricate non-rehearsed card stunt in North America. Over 22,000 audience members were equipped with coloured cards. On cue the audience held up the cards to create large colourful images as the athletes paraded into the stadium. It was a spectacular way to welcome the world’s best athletes. They were also honored with the role of Producer for the Opening & Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics Games; and most recently have returned from Halifax where they produced the Opening Ceremonies for the 2011 Canada Winter Games.

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After that a break would be in order but for PRP… not so much. Next they move into the production of a brand new Pirate Adventure show for Legoland Florida, show production for Vancouver’s new MLS team, 2011 Grey Cup halftime show, a major concert series for the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver and have just begun production of the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Arctic Winter Games. Wondering what makes this company so successful and what their secret it? I caught up with Patrick during a few minutes of downtime to ask him those pressing questions and find out for ourselves what’s up with PRP. My first question was what is his key to success? Without a blink Patrick replied,

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“Our key to our success is not wavering from our solid value system. Always remembering to “have fun in the process” and staying focused on achieving the objective. We always remember we are only as good as the next project we are taking on. We truly appreciate the opportunity to work with people and this drives us to always keep the bar high.” What keeps them sane throughout the stressful and high pressure gigs? The ability to have fun in the process. PRP prides itself on producing high calibre productions, which can be very demanding on the staff, but no matter what, they always find a way to have fun. Work hard – and have fun in the process. What drives someone like Patrick to continue to reach higher with every event? Passion and big dreams. At PRP they thrive on achieving their client’s goals with their creative services and are humbled by the projects they are continually entrusted with. But what fuels their imagination is the love to develop content that they own. My big dream is we have more of our theatrical projects in production” so you heard it here, keep your eye out for some big theatrical productions coming from PRP. 1 King Street West Toronto, Ontario 1.866.470.5464



March 24 – 26, 2010


Trade Show: Mar. 25, 2010

420 321

620 521



Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South Building)

120 118


Trade Show open 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

124 122


814 715

BAR 810 711

508 409

Booth 511 Scarborough, ON

424u Booth 608 Toronto, ON

4Eleven Events Booth 507/509 Toronto, ON

5th Element Events Booth 321 Markham, ON

Absolute Tent & Event Services Booth 300/201/205/207 Toronto, ON

Art Gallery of Ontario Booth 418 Toronto, ON

Artik Booth 221 Toronto, ON

Backdrops Beautiful Booth 701 San Diego, CA

bb Blanc Audiovisual & Entertainment Booth 322, 324 Woodbridge, ON

Brash Avenues Booth 714, 716 Burlington, ON

Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council Booth 623 Ottawa, ON

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100 Booth Winnipeg, MB

Cineplex Entertainment Booth 311 Toronto, ON

Contemporary Furniture Rentals Inc. Booth 515/517/519/521 Toronto , ON

CSEME 2011

Detailz Chair Couture Booth 500 Toronto, ON

Booth 804/808 Toronto, ON

March 24, 2011

Booth 506/504 Sarnia, ON Booth 700/601 Oakville, ON

Booth 810 Toronto, ON

Eglinton Grand

Dance Heads Ontario

Decor & More Inc.

Drum Cafe

Booth 600/501 Toronto, ON


Booth 317 Toronto, ON

Booth 217 Toronto, ON

Eclectic Events International Inc

Booth 225 Toronto, ON

Dancap Catering Inc.

Event Industry Kids Party

Booth 410 Markham, ON Booth 705 Vancouver, BC

Creations by Gitta

Booth 609 Mclean, VA

Double Chocolate Fountain

Empress Of Canada Booth 610 Toronto, ON

Entertainment Ontario Booth 615 Richmond, ON

Estates of Sunnybrook Booth 703 Toronto, ON www.estatesofsunnybrook. com

Event Mobi

Eventbrite Booth 715 San Francisco, CA Booth 725 Hillsdale, ON

Eventscape Inc. Booth 801/803 Toronto, ON

Expert Security Booth 604 Toronto, ON

Floral Werx Booth 717 Mississauga , ON

Flow Photo/Snapshot Photobooth Booth 708 Toronto, ON

Fluid Event Management Booth 805 Waterloo, ON

FOS Decor Center Booth 310/211 Concord , ON

Glamm Event Planning and Design Booth 507/509 Georgetown, ON

Gridcast Booth 807 Richmond Hill, ON

Grosh Scenic Rentals Booth 505 Los Angeles, CA

Hart Entertainment Inc Booth 711/709 Toronto, ON Magazine • Issue 22

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Higgins Event Rentals

ISES Toronto/Canada

Booth 721/723 Toronto, ON

Booth 316 Newmarket, ON

Hollywood Heaven Celebrity Look Alikes & Entertainment

League of Rock

Booth 607 Toronto, ON

Ice C Inc

Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge

Booth 620 Toronto, ON

Booth 625 Vaughan, ON

Iceculture Inc.

Luxury Coach

Booth 416 Hensall, ON

Booth 814 Concord, ON

Impact Canopies Canada Inc.

Mariposa Cruises

Booth 800 Concord, ON

Incredible Novelties Inc. Booth 404/402 Toronto, ON

Infinity Event Group Booth 319 Vaughan, ON

Instant 3D Photo Magazine • Issue 22

Booth 621 Richmond Hill, ON


Booth 606 Toronto, ON

Booth 725 Toronto, ON

Massage on Wheels Booth 100/102/104/106 Toronto, ON

Micki’s Booth 508/409 Concord, ON

Missisauga Convention Center Booth 724 Mississauga, ON

Nasco Staffing Solutions Booth 401 Vancouver, BC

Neo-Image Candlelight Ltd. Booth 314 Mississauga, ON

Nothers Signs & Recognition Booth 704 London, ON

One King West Hotel & Residence Booth 320 Toronto, ON

Ontario Staging Ltd Booth 215 Toronto, ON

Party Impressions Inc. Booth 305/307 Concord, ON

Phase 3 Productions Booth 418 Toronto, ON

Playdium Mississauga Booth 605 Mississauga, ON

Portables Plus Ltd

Technically Yours Inc.

Booth 308 Toronto, ON

Booth 414 Toronto, ON

RL Designs

The Ballroom

Booth 717 Mississauga , ON www.signatureeventsbyrl. com

Booth 614 Toronto, ON

Rock The Stars

Booth 617 Toronto, ON

Booth 315 Mississauga, ON

Skyline Toronto Booth 616/618 Mississauga, ON

Stardust Events Booth 710/611 Markham, ON

Stellar Staffing Inc. Booth 816 Toronto, ON

SW/Showtime Booth 303 Vancouver, BC

Sweet Tooth Productions Booth 802 Blooklin, ON

The Dance Company

Toben Food By Design Booth 824 Toronto, ON

TSEvents Booth 405/407 Toronto, ON

Uniton Trading Corp Booth 400 Toronto, ON

Vivien Virtual Event Designer by CAST Software Booth 301 Toronto, ON

Xtreme Balloons Booth 118/120/122 Oshawa, ON

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Specialists in event furniture rentals. Offerings include a bespoken line of made-in-Canada soft lounge seating available in 13+ colours; food stations, bars, dining tables, and hightop tables in multiple finishes plus the largest collection and selection of original Ghost products from Italy.

Weddings, Corporate Events, Fundraising Galas, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, Theme Parties, and décor to make a first impression that will dazzle. Creations by Gitta are committed to creating the perfect ambience. With their creativity, vision, and multitude of unique florals, props and backdrops, your party will outshine all others.

Decor & More produces events ranging from product launches, fund raising galas, corporate meetings and celebrations for 20 to 6000 guests. Their 35,000 sq ft facility houses a full art production shop, graphics production, one of the largest floral departments in Canada, and an unmatched logistical and creative team.

Eclectic Events International is a full service award-winning event management company providing spectacular event solutions for the corporate market. Extensive knowledge, expertise and international resources enable them to prepare and implement creative and cost efficient events that are customized to your budget, needs, objectives and demographics.

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Dancap Catering creates lasting impressions of any special event through their spectacular food, dazzling presentation and consistent creativity. With their “total event management” approach, Dancap Catering ensures that every detail is flawlessly planned and professionally executed, so you can relax and enjoy time mingling with your guests.


Dan is a well known as an entertaining and dynamic emcee, host and speaker and has appeared on stage regularly at festivals and concerts all over Ontario for the past 10 years. Known for his quick wit and easy entertaining style, Dan can comfortably work without notes or scripts.

Formerly the Eglinton Theatre, this historic landmark has been beautifully restored to its original 1936 grandeur! The Eglinton Grand features an exclusive ballroom with a full-service facility providing exceptional food and service from 50 to 500 sit down and receptions for up to 1000. Kosher cuisine is also available.

Entertainment Ontario has been providing professional entertainment for corporate conferences and private events since 1985. Their entertainers bring home the message that is key to your special events. Challenge them with your imagination. They will meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

Eventbrite makes it easy for anyone to create an event page, tap into social media for promotion, register attendees, and sell tickets. Hosts gain insight into attendee behaviour with their analytics tools. And they make check-in at the door a breeze with mobile entry management.

Eventscape creates dramatic award winning permanent and temporary environments with custom full service design and fabrication solutions for exhibits, events, and unique branded experiences. Their creative team of experts work with you from concept through to final design, providing engineering fabrication, project management, shipping and installation worldwide.

.Floral Werx’s will exceed the client’s visions and expectations by providing them with profound floral and event décor installations while paying extreme attention to creative output, planning, details and budgets . Their award winning artists that have all made impact with their work in the Event and Entertainment industry .

FOS Décor Center is a full service event design firm with turn key décor solutions for Weddings, Corporate Events, Fundraising Galas, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, Theme Parties and special occasions. They specialize in Custom Centerpiece Designs, Draping, Lighting & Production, Props and Furniture Rentals with a 3000 sq ft showroom.�

For over 75 years, Grosh Backdrops has been supplying event planners, caterers, photographers, and individuals with top quality backdrops and drapery from an unmatched selection. Grosh Backdrops & Drapery Canada has recently partnered with FedEx Int’l to receive 50% off shipping & new low rates on duties and taxes.

Hart Entertainment offers a full line of interactive entertainment equipment including Dance Heads Booths, casino tables with uniformed dealers, inflatable’s, money machines, mechanical bulls, Photo Booths & Flip Books, arcade games, portable glow in the dark mini golf, Game Show Systems, antique fun food carts. Discounts to the trade.

Ideas are infinite with ice – from branded ice luges and bars, themed ice sculptures and table centerpieces to live carving demos and teambuilding activities. They exceed the expectations of their clients by providing innovative ice products with professional service for all budgets. Iceculture services all areas – local, national and global.

Professional Associations Work for You. Be inspired and motivated by new, fresh ideas. Meet event professionals from around the world, and from your own backyard who share your passion for excellence. Don’t just work in the Event Industry - BE A PART OF IT! Join ISES Canada today!

The League Of Rock creates single and multi-day collaborative events with famous and professional musicians. They produce team building events for as few as 15 people and for as many as 1000. Engage your staff, ignite their imaginations and give them an authentic musical experience they’ve never had before.

They offer corporate events, private charters, narrated tours, and Toronto Christmas Cruises. Their fleet of six unique ships varies in size and style to accommodate 20 to 575 passengers. For your next special occasion event, charter one of their six vessels to ensure your event is a memorable experience.

ISES Toronto helps special events professionals produce outstanding results for clients while establishing positive working relationships with other event colleagues. Access their online listing of members and join a professional association that will help you to grow your business. Contact them to experience the benefits of membership today!

Relaxation Stations ensure delegates have ample opportunity to relax and rejuvenate enabling them to take everything in and get the work done. Massage On Wheels offer Relaxation Stations across Canada with the choice of Neck and Shoulder Massage, Reflexology, Oxygen Infused Massage and mini manicures or pedicures for the finishing touches.

Nothers Signs & Recognition has been serving clients Canada wide with our ONE CONTACT solution for over 40 years. Utilizing best practice standards, Nothers provides you with the gift of time by facilitating your projects from start to finish. The exclusive awards provider to CSEME Nothers has the products and services to recognize your stars! Making YOU look great, making THEM feel great…leave it to Nothers.

Micki’s sophisticated fabrics, along with their commitment to service, help clients realize their visions. With a wide variety of FR fabrics they supply chair covers, linens and draping backdrops for head tables, entire rooms and entrance features. Their experienced, licensed and insured crews are there to service you with a smile.

Nasco provides temporary event staffing in Canada - offering qualified conference, event, food and beverage and production staff, both frontline and backstage. Supplemental staff to full-service production and event crews, Nasco allows you to reduce your event time and costs. Nasco, your one-stop shop for all your event staffing needs.

Incorporated in 2005, experiential events, was rebranded to POP Kollaborative Inc. in January, 2011. POP is an award-winning event agency that strategically creates live experiences to communicate internal and external messaging. With an office in Calgary and Toronto, POP provides value to your corporate, social, educational and not-for-profit events.

Skyline Toronto creates modular exhibits and portable displays. Their solution driven team is ready to develop a solution customized to your individual requirements and provide a unique show experience. With teams across North America and around the globe, Skyline is ready to provide solutions wherever your show may be.

Stardust Events provides services from decor to entertainment for private and corporate functions. Their team of in house designers includes carpenters, painters, designers, drapers and florists. We will astound your clients and satisfy your event needs. All that glitters is Stardust. An awardwinning design and decor company.

Don’t be worried to take on extra work. Stellar Staffing can provide professional & experienced visual design and event contractors to Event Design Companies, Marketing Companies and Large Corporations.

Eat. Drink. Ball. The Ballroom is Toronto’s interactive entertainment center and downtown’s only bowling alley. Two expansive floors accommodate up to 900 guests and boast inventive décor, outstanding eats from their top-notch chef, 65 LED television screens and a ping-pong lounge. The Ballroom is an experience not to be missed!

Toben Food By Design has been providing high quality catering services in the GTA for the last 3 years, and has received rave reviews. Committed to providing consistent high quality service to each client they work with, Toben Food By Design is a caterer you can depend on.


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The Dance Company is known for its high

energy entertainers and excellent customer service. We offer themed and custom dance shows, costumed greeters, and interactive children’s shows. Currently in our 10th year of providing quality entertainment for events across North America! The Dance Company is the recipient of The Canadian Event Industry Star Award for Entertainer of The Year 2006. If You Can Dream It, We Can Create It!

Suspended Animation Circus provides dynamic & engaging productions to any audience imaginable. From full-scale theatrical productions and street theatre events to weddings, product launches, fundraisers & conventions, we deliver entertainment you will never forget! Our performers come from a wide variety of artistic backgrounds, creating a multidisciplinary company that can adapt & create acts suited to each event & show. We are constantly striving to challenge our performers & our audiences to Think Outside the Bigtop!

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skater and performance artist Chantal Fry, Ice C Inc. experienced huge success on winter ice surfaces in several French cities. Following the largely publicized adventure, the troop adding a synthetic ice surface to


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its repertoire and can now propose a new and innovative ice skating experience in the most surprising of locations. The possibilities are infinite when you add a vast array of gorgeous costumes and elements of aerial arts and dance combined with a unique performance.

Vanessa Ferraro has been exposed to Classical Music, Latin infused Rhythms, Jazz, Hip Hop and Soul all her life and, with her dance background, it gave her an edge to be not of one genre but to use and create from all. She covers classics from Etta James to re-creating covers like Michael Jackson’s “Smile”. She is a unique artist that caters to the events she performs at, from weddings and corporate events to fundraisers that make a difference in communities. “By singing I’m living my dream. When I sing my intention is to inspire others to live their dreams.”- Vanessa Ferraro. Lady Luck Productions is your one stop shop for live entertainment! The ladies work directly with their clients to create unforgettable show stopping entertainment with the very best performers for your event! Choose from Burlesque performances, Samba, Vegas showgirls, acrobats, aerialists, musicians, body artists, fire twirlers the list goes on. They adapt to any theme, style and event space! They have performed for

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the Toronto Raptors, The 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, The Junction Arts festival & many more.

The League Of Rock creates single and

multi-day collaborative events where all participants enjoy an authentic music experience with famous and professional musicians. LOR produces events for 15 to 1000 people. For those participants who can play, they’re inducted into the LOR All-Star Band for the day. There are always enough fabulous instruments for everyone to play. The League Of Rock will engage your staff, ignite their imaginations & give them an authentic musical experience they’ve never had before. www.

Native of Argentina, Marcos Mendosa was only three years when his family moved to Toronto, Canada in a pursuit of a better life. Mendosa had a music bug implanted early and began writing hip hop lyrics. He began to perform on the Toronto hip-hop scene in 2003 and in 2007 met music producer George Solo with whom he shared passion for combining original Latin melodies and urban hip-hop beats. Together their skills and talents provided foundation for Mendosa’s signature sound and title of their first project, “Tangoton”.

Spaces Transformed. Events Enhanced.

By partnering with our clients, we turn ideas into strategic, memorable and fabulous event design that tells a story. Our custom designed props and décor elements include: - Room Enhancements - Chivari Chairs - Luxury Table & Chair Linens - Centerpieces - Custom Floral Design - Tables & Lighting

11355-105 Ave. Edmonton, AB T. 780.419.2898 E. Event styling across Alberta and Saskatchewan for over 20 years. Blasé Event Design & Décor has undergone a style makeover to Etc. Event Styling and Decor. Magazine • Issue 22

- Event Furniture - Barcelona Lounge Furniture - Period & Contemporary - Outdoor Furniture - Themed Props

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HOT PRODUCTS Super SnowGlobe This Giant Snowglobe is the first of its kind and features an exciting winter wonderland photo experience. A great photo opp for up to 6 guests – just enter, play, pose and take home a great photo souvenir from SnowGlobe Live! Explore this giant inflatable snow globe complete with holiday décor elements and a large artificial snow play area. SnowGlobe Live! brings the magic and merriment of treasured snow globes right to your fingertips with its impressive 15 foot tall presence.

Art of Flame Offers Luméjere Fire Piece The “Luméjere” fire piece from Art of Flame is a fire feature that is designed to be healthier, greener and safer than paraffin candles and lamp oils. Luméjere is not a floating candle. This centerpiece is made of a patented floating wick that sits on a thin layer of pure, fractioned coconut oil (fuel), on top of water. Luméjere completely eliminates the dangers and harmful effects of traditional candles and synthetic fragrances. It creates no odor and no soot. It passes the open flame fire code and is extremely safe. There are unlimited possibilities for creativity and corporate branding at a fraction of the cost of traditional centerpieces with this elegant, decorative, fire feature.

BRAND YOUR FLOOR to make a bigger impression! Branding your trade show floor means taking better advantage of that expensive show real estate. Plus, your trade show floor can match other graphic elements in your booth or it can simulate any surface or environment your products get used in. Your only limit is your art. Produced exclusively by Benchmark, these portable floors are protected by a 2mm thick vinyl laminate that has all the toughness needed to stand up to the rigors of tradeshow traffic. They are a lot more durable than foam puzzle floors and tiles.

Imaginail Perfection This amazing new device is the first patented automated nail decorating system. Fabulous for social and corporate events. Utilizing state of the art inkjet technology the imaginail will apply virtually any artwork directly to the nail in seconds. The NailJet ProTM can apply millions of colors. The only limiting factor is your imagination. Thousands of images are built into the system and you can even add your own artwork or digital photographs! Conservative images are fast and easy too, from French designs to subtle shadings and color gradients. Nail fashions may be enhanced with rhinestones, glitter or other artistic embellishments -- just plug in and go.

Atmosphere Absolutely revolutionizing the environment. 
An incredibly cool new technology is emerging and its revolutionizing events one … no make that many, pictures at a time. Atmosphere, provided exclusively in Toronto by bb Blanc, will help you set the stage or set the mood with an aweinspiring library of industrygrade music, mood, and film selections - professionally produced in 4K Ultra High Resolution by award-winning photographers, cinematographers, motion graphics specialists, and music producers from around the world—for a totally new dimension in entertainment and event planning design.

Atmosphere Media has developed the first plug-andplay media server able to play simultaneously 4 full HD channels to display the atmosphere content. All 4 channels of the HDME Quad Server are frame accurate synchronized. The atmosphere HDME software offers a simple and intuitive screen design with all needed playback features including playlist creation, loop and random. atmosphere has been designed to be displayed on state of the art visual presentation equipment, full HD plasma or LCD displays, LED walls or high performance HD projectors.

This seamless large screen by CoolLux allows you to create projection on any surface of any size you want and then the media server allows you to make seamless imag images or video over that surface. From weddings to corporate events, trade shows, product launches, retail and permanent displays or even golf tournaments, this techonolgy gives you the ability to completely envelope your guests in your environment choice, your brand, your message.

THE GO GAME – a team building scavenger hunt on steroids The Go Game is the intersection of wireless technology, the Amazing Race, Cranium, and Mission: Impossible. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure -it’s the most fun your company has ever had and team building as you have never seen it, a scavenger hunt on steroids! Imagine your company split into teams of 4 to 8 players, all competing to complete missions in the most ingenious, daring, and creative ways possible. These missions, downloaded to each team’s web-enabled cell phone, may lead players to a hidden clue, a creative challenge, an undercover agent, or even a public display of outrageousness… and the list goes on.


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NEW Green Meeting Standards Thinking Beyond the Checklist E-Interview with leading panelists:

What initiatives do you hope to establish under the new ISO Standards?

Shawna McKinley Director of Sustainability for MeetGreen®

Shawna McKinley “MeetGreen already operates a BS 8901-compliant management system for sustainable events. As this standard was the foundation of the ISO standard so we hope this will prepare us to comply with the new international requirements once they are adopted.”

Ginny Stratton Principal of Strategin Solutions Magazine • Issue 22

ISES Vancouver had the pleasure of hosting a group of expert panelists in a discussion on sustainable event standards, as the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) gears up to launch their ‘Sustainability in Event Management’ Standard (ISO 20121) in 2012. “While the event industry offers valuable education-


al, social, and economic benefits”, Heather Baker, VP Programs for ISES Vancouver, explains, “the organization of these events can generate considerable waste and cause environmental harm”. We asked panelists Shawna and Ginny to provide their perspective on this crucial topic.

Ginny Stratton “Widespread use of the ISO 20121 standard will provide the Canadian event industry the opportunity to position itself as a leader in event sustainability.”

Will the standards be structured to roll out in stages set over a period of years or one single initiative? Shawna McKinley “They actually all seem to be hitting at once, which I think is making it a bit overwhelming for professionals! My experience with BS 8901 has been that it is not productive to try to change your business or event over-night to comply with it. You

really need to have a long-term commitment to the process and engage people in how they want to see it roll out. In terms of the APEX-ASTM standard it does have a four-level structure, which you can choose to gradually implement.” Ginny Stratton “ISO 20121 is currently in its final phases of development and its release is set to coincide with the London 2012 Summer Olympics. As part of the final development phase, the ISO 20121 Draft International Standard (DIS) will be released for public comment in April of this year. The public will have five months to review the standard and submit comments. For information on this process, you can check out the ISO 20121 website or contact local event sustainability management specialists such as Strategin Solutions or MeetGreen”

How will certification impact private and corporate functions? Shawna McKinley “Not all of the standards include a certification. Some do, some do not. Those that do may be selfcertified, or may require independent certification or provide options for both. It seems that certification is an important driver for people to comply with the standards. LEED is a perfect example of this - it is a huge coup for the Vancouver Convention Centre to achieve the Platinum designation. The independent certification provides validation that can be used in marketing. This kind of validation can be important to combat green washing concerns, which consumers often experience related to environmental claims.”

Will there be penalties or fees for non-compliance? And if so, who will enforce it? Ginny Stratton “Pursuit of compliance with ISO 20121 is voluntary. It is designed to be used by organizations across the event supply chain, including event organizers, venues, and suppliers of event related goods and services, to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable development and event sustainability and to report on performance. Users of the standard may voluntarily claim compliance with the standard, or may pursue second or third party verification.“

Shawna McKinley “There is a Linkedin group that is helping to disseminate information about the standard. Anyone can apply to listen and contribute to the group.” Ginny Stratton “The ISO 20121 standard will include guidance for use, but local event sustainability management specialists and industry associations will also provide a wealth of information to assist event and meeting professionals.” Thank you Shawna and Ginny for taking the time to provide us with your insight and extra special gratitude to Karran Finlay, VP Sponsorship, ISES Vancouver and President of Karran Finlay Marketing (kfm), www.karranfinlaymarketing. com/ for allowing us the opportunity to connect and learn. Magazine • Issue 22

Where can event and meeting professionals get the information they need to create events according to the ISO standard policy?


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Absolute Tent and Event Services helps people plan successful special events. They provide tents, equipment, and consulting services for private, corporate, and non-profit functions.
From working on large scale events such as Pride Week in Toronto with over one million in attendance to a small company picnic, Absolute Tent and Event Services have established itself as a leader in the industry. Started very humbly in the garage of a film company; founder Paul Kenyon had an idea of servicing the film industry. In the beginning he had a very small inventory of a couple dozen chairs and tables but quickly grew. Today Absolute Tent and Event Services has graduated to become supplier to some of the premier events staged in Southern Ontario. Be sure to check out the handy Tent Calculator on the home page, just enter the number of guests and all the relevant calculations and tent info are provided for you. 


Chair Decor is one of Canada’s largest supplier of chair covers and specialty linen with showrooms and fully stocked warehouses in both Toronto and Vancouver. With over 150 different table coverings they are sure to have something for every taste and budget. Complete your look with colour coordinating table runners, napkins, and chair covers. Of course their specialty is chair covers and they feature a wide range of styles from ultra modern stretch covers to classic brocade fabric that slips easily onto any conference style chair instantly transforming ordinary into extraordinary with wow factor. Click on the Gallery to see some inspiring combinations and before and after photos. For your next event, why not double wow your guests with a double chocolate fountain? Unlike traditional chocolate fountains, double chocolate fountains flow elegantly, delivering gorgeous streams of high-quality chocolate from tier to tier, catching the eye and capturing the hearts of your special guests in a one-of-a-kind experience. The fountain offers guests two colours or flavours of high-quality Belgian chocolate. Belgian chocolate has no added oil to dilute the taste. And if that does not satiate your sweet tooth, they also offers these tasty services: Candy Buffets, Hot Chocolate Stations, Sweet Bite Size Hors D’oeuvres, Fudge Puppy Station (waffle on a stick), Nitroscream – Custom Ice Cream Experience, S’mores Station, Sweet Apples - Caramel or Candy, Cotton Candy Station and a Sweet BBQ Station. Can you say MMMM? Simple

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JDelson Complete Catering can provide custom menus that cater to your specific culinary requests, dietary restrictions and party theme, plus they will take care of rental requirements, décor and audio/visual needs. Jaimie earned his culinary degree and trained as a chef under Massimo Capra of Mistura Restaurant in Toronto, moved to Vancouver, B.C. to work with some of the best chefs on the West Coast, and soon became the Executive Chef of a prominent West Vancouver restaurant. Upon returning to his home of Toronto, he started up his own catering business and even has a line of culinary sauces available in two Toronto gourmet shops. Ever want to come home to find a chef in your kitchen preparing dinner for you? JDelson Complete Catering offers a Private Chef Service that will take care of everything for you.

Neo-Image designs, manufactures and markets quality candle products and accessories for the commercial and consumer markets. They manufacture a full line of scented and unscented candles, table top lighting, reed diffusers and accessories such as holders and home decor sets.  Their commercial products are sold into the hospitality, event planning, floral and religious industry and include a full line of unscented candles, holders, table top lighting, disposable oil cartridges, chafing fuel and LED candles systems. If you are a: Restaurant, hotel, bar, event planner, caterer, floral store or need to purchase bulk candles in case lots for use or resale in your business go to If you are a: Giftboutique store, household consumer planning a social event such as a wedding, searching for candles and accessories for gift giving or you your own personal use go to Magazine • Issue 22





Great Places, Amazing spaces

The Ballroom EAT • DRINK • BALL

For group bookings and private/corporate events:


Venues in One The Estates of Sunnybrook

Located in Toronto, Ontario, the Estates of Sunnybrook is the ideal venue for weddings, corporate events, meetings and any social event. The Estates of Sunnybrook is dedicated to making your special event unforgettable. The Estates of Sunnybrook has mastered the art of preparing meetings that exceed expectations. Their combination of secluded atmosphere, highly personalized service, and close proximity to downtown Toronto make the Estates the ideal place to hold corporate meetings, receptions, dinners and conferences. Offering 17 meeting rooms of various shapes and sizes, the venue can accommodate groups from as few as six to as many as 200 or more. All of the meeting rooms have windows to let in natural lighting and are furnished in an elegant, residential style. Smaller rooms are graced with formal permanent boardroom tables, and comfortable leather or upholstered armchairs.

A standard range of AV equipment is available to enhance the productivity of meetings, and additional requirements can be accommodated with advance notice. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in every meeting room. Coffee breaks and meals offer delegates a chance to take in some fresh air on the extensive grounds. Some rooms offer private patios, which can be used for informal meals or breaks. The team at the Estates of Sunnybrook will make sure your memories are of a perfect celebration designed the way you envisioned, capped by an exquisite meal and served with graciousness and attention to detail. Magazine • Issue 22

Not just an excuse to dust off your bowling shoes, The Ballroom is downtown Toronto’s newest interactive entertainment center. Two expansive floors accommodate up to 900 guests and boast inventive décor, outstanding eats from their top-notch chef, 52 LED television screens and a ping-pong lounge. Whether you are stopping by after work to catch a game at the bar or bringing your work with you to experience our “meet and bowl” package, The Ballroom is an experience not to be missed! The Ballroom offers multiple spaces to be rented out for private, corporate or special events. Each space comes fully equipped with complete food and beverage service, conference capabilities, personalized branding opportunities along with a host of additional amenities. Spanning two floors, with an upstairs patio, gourmet gastro resto-lounge and ping pong palace, The Ballroom boasts ten lanes of ten pin bowling - with a fullservice bar. The colour scheme is black and deep red, the music is indie pop, the shoes are vey cool and the staff is super friendly. The food is prepared by Tawfik Shehata, originally from Vertical, and is deliciously upscale casual. All of their beef is local and ground in house. The best part of the menu is that everything can be eaten mid-play from your seat on a fabulous leather couch. Hosting an event at The Ballroom is an experience like no other!


2011 Star Awards Nominees Winners will be announced at the CEIA Gala on March 25th, 2011 hosted by the Eglington Grand in Toronto

Outstanding Achievement in Technical Support,

1. Pandor Productions, Boogie Nights 2. AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions, G8 & G20 Summits 3. SW Audio Visual, Ozone 4. BC Event Management, Quebec Pavilion 5. Fireworks Marketing Group Inc, The Bell Ice Cube Best Buffet Table Design

1. Display Connection, A Passion For Red 2. Stardust Events, Around the World 3. Decor & More Inc., Welcome to Mexico 4. Christopher J Design, World Cafe Best Conference Magazine • Issue 22

1. Ontario Hospital Association, 2010 Canadian interRAI Conference 2. Anomaly Events & JGardner Entertainment and Event Management Inc., 2010 STLHE Conference 3. Strauss Event & Association Management, Centrallia 4. Strategic Events, DAC-Distinguished Advisors Conference 5. aNd Logistix Inc., Makeup for Success 6. Details! Convention + Event Management Inc., Travel Alberta Industry Conference


Best Corporate Team Building Event

1. Calgary Corporate Challenge, September Games 2. Team Academy, The Race For Shelter 2010 3. Bright Ideas Events, Viva Las Vegas Best Cultural Event

1. KarmaPRO Entertainment Group, Hope House Fundraiser – Indian Garden Party & Basement Bhangra 2. City of Surrey & John Donnelly & Associates, Surrey Fusion Festival

Best Entertainment Production

1. POP Kollaborative Inc, MINDJAM 2. Patrick Roberge Productions Inc, Opening Ceremony of the X Paralympic Winter Games 3. BC Event Management, Routes Gala Networking Event 4. Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo 5. Hala Events & Communications Inc., Teddy Bear Affair 2010 Best Event Catering

1. Great Events Catering, Chinook Centre Expansion Grand Opening Gala 2. Daniel et Daniel Event Creation & Catering, Corus Building Opening 3. Culinary Capers Catering, Shaw Hospitality Suite- 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics 4. Whistler Cooks Fine Foods Inc., XXI Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Best Event Produced by an Association, Board or Committee

1. Ontario Hospital Association, HealthAchieve 2. Maimonides Geriatric Centre, Maimonides Battle of the Bands 3. ISES Toronto & Eclectic Events International, Inc. & Stardust Events & Rachel Mangal, The Great ISES Toronto Affair Best Event Produced for a Charitable Organization

1. Solutions with Impact, Chef ’s Challenge 2. e=mc² event management inc., Inspiration Nation 3. Maimonides Geriatric Centre, Maimonides Battle of the Bands 4. Hala Events & Communications Inc., Teddy Bear Affair 2010 5. Alison Silcoff Events Inc., The Daffodil Ball

6. Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, The Precious Metal Gala 7. Sensix Communications and Events Inc., GarnierKids in Wonderland Best Event Produced for a Corporation By A 3rd Party Independent Planner

1. POP Kollaborative Inc, MINDJAM 2. InField Marketing Group, MINI Invasion Powered By Virgin Mobile 3. Black Chalk Marketing, Motorola: Motoblur Launch 4. Bright Ideas Events, Rock N Roll BBQ at the beach 5. BC Event Management, Routes Gala Networking Event Best Event Produced For A Corporation by An In House Team Or Planner

1. WestJet, A Roaring Christmas 2. Ontario Hospital Association, HealthAchieve 3. Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, The Precious Metal Gala Best Festival

1. Downey’s Farm Market, Downey’s Pumpkinfest 2. Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo 3. brand.LIVE, LIVE at Squamish 4. Bayfest Festival of Performing Arts, Rogers Sarnia Bayfest 5. Pride Toronto, Pride Toronto 6. Asian Canadian Special Events Association, LunarFest 7. Metro Vancouver, Country Celebration Best Fund Raising Event

1. BC Cancer Foundation, 2010 Inspiration Gala, 2010 Inspiration Gala 2. Design Exchange, DX Annual Fundraising Gala ‘BIG’ 3. SLJ Productions Inc, Symphony Lovers’ Ball 2010

4. POP Kollaborative Inc, MINDJAM 5. 5th Element Events, Opening Party for Prescilla Queen of The Dessert 6. Eclectic Events International, Inc., The Commissioning

Best Media Event

1. Rick Davis Promotions, Flowrider Sprite Splash Zone – CNE 2. BiG Entertainment Inc., Olympic Torch Relay Community Celebrations Run of Show 3. City of Surrey & John Donnelley and Associates, Surrey 2010 Celebration Site 4. West Edmonton Mall, West Edmonton Mall Celebrity Series 5. InField Marketing Group and Catalyst Sponsorship Consulting, WestJet RBC MasterCard Putting Challenge

1. Fireworks Marketing Group Inc, Four Host First Nation Torch Blessing Ceremony 2. Fireworks Marketing Group Inc, Samsung Mobile Explorers 3. Black Chalk Marketing, Virgin Mobile HSPA Network Launch 4. Black Chalk Marketing, Virgin Mobile HTC Launch 5. Outside the Cube, Yukon Day in Yukon Best Opening Event

1. Patrick Roberge Productions, BC Opening Ceremony of the X Paralympic Winter Games 2. Corporate Special Event Network, Grand Opening Rolls-Royce Vancouver 3. Focus Communications Inc. & Solutions with Impact, Inauguration Ceremony of Industrial & Commercial Bank of China

Best Public Entertainment Even,

Best Sporting Event

1. Calgary Corporate Challenge, September Games 2. InField Marketing Group, Cory Visser 3. Rick Davis Promotion, Flowrider Sprite Spash Zone 4. MOVE International Inc., MOVE – The Ultimate Dance Competition

5. Solutions with Impact, Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s Best Table Center

1. Social Butterfly Event Design, A Bing Crosby Christmas- Christmas Train Whimsy 2. Croce Consulting – Events, Boogie Nights 3. Decor & More Inc., Cedar & Cinnamon 4. Decor & More Inc. & Yves Chenier, Daffodil Ball – Arabian Nights 5. Lynn Fletcher Weddings Inc., For You … Michelle Best Theme Decor $15,000-$40,000

1. FOS Decor Center, A Night at the Museum 2. Lavish – Event Management & Design, Amber & Aaron’s Cirque Inspired Wedding 3. Three Tall Women Design Inc, Grand Opening “Gala With a Twist” Weekend 4. Stardust Events, Precious Metal Garage Party 5. To Suit Your Fancy Decor | Floral | Design, The Granite Ball Magazine • Issue 22

4. Alison Silcoff Events Inc., The Daffodil Ball 5. Solutions with Impact, The Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup 6. Black Chalk Marketing, True Patriot Love Tribute Dinner


Theme Decor Over $40,000

Best Trade Show

1. Solutions With Impact, 2010 Royal Ontario Museum Hospitality Night featuring “The Warrior Emperor & China’s Terracotta Army” Exhibit 2. Canadian Tire Corporation, 2011 Vendor Summit 3. Decor & More Inc., Cedar & Cinnamon 4. Pacific Destination Services Inc & Art of the Party, NBC Universal 2010 Winter Olympics Commodore Party 5. POP Kollaberative Inc., Toronto, ON & Decor & More Inc, Oakville, ON, Sugar & Spice

1. aNd Logistix Inc., Discovery 10 2. Ontario Hospital Association, HealthAchieve 3. Globe Foundation, EPIC: The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo

Best Theme Decor Under $15,000 Magazine • Issue 22

1. Christopher J Design, an Evening with the Phantom 2. To Suit Your Fancy Decor | Floral | Design, HELLO! Canada I Love Toronto 3. FOS Decor Center, New Year’s Eve Funk 4. e=mc² event management Inc. & Designing on The Edge, The Garden Party 5. Decor & More Inc., Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory


Best Pavilion

1. City of Surrey & John Donnelly & Associates, Surrey 2010 Celebration Site 2. Fireworks Marketing Group Inc, The Bell Ice Cube 3. brand.LIVE, Alberta House 4. BC Event Management, BC Saskatchewan Pavilion Best Trade Show Booth

1. Nexus Exhibits Ltd., NovAtel booth, Calgary, AB 2. Ontario Hospital Association, HealthAchieve 3. Rick Davis Promotions, Honda Indy – Toronto 4. Stardust Events, Stardust Saloon Best Wedding Over $75K,

1. DreamGroup Productions, Katie & Matthew 2. MacGillivray & Associates

Destination & Event Management, Inc. (M&A), Maxwell-Cecala Wedding 3. Mina Martini Inc., Wedding Reception of Olivier St-Denis and Annie Bourque Best Wedding Under $75K

1. EventfulTimes by Lisa Bonin, Catherine and Luke’s Perfect Day 2. Decor & More Inc., Greg & Becci’s Wedding 3. Lauren Whalen, Lauren & Jason’s Rocky Mountain destination wedding 4. Judy Basso Events & Decor, Takahashi/Branch Wedding 5. RSVP Event Design, Wedding of John Block & Yuki Miyaoka Outstanding Logistical Achievement

1. Pacific Destination Services Inc & Art of the Party, the 27 Minute Flip 2. Whistler Cooks Catering, 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games Catering 3. Small Halls Inc., PEI Festival of Small Halls 4. Senik Events & Logistique Johanne Lavoie, Montreal Completement Cirque

5. Solutions with Impact, The Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup 6. John Donnelly & Associates & City of Surrey, Surrey 2010 Celebration Site 7. Decor & More Inc., The Foundation Ceremony of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto


Most Outstanding Event $100-300K

1. Kaleidoscope Marketing and Communications Inc., Microsoft Advertising Signature Event 2. Cantrav Services, Welcome Reception, MPI WEC 2010 3. MVKA Productions, MPI WEC 2010 Closing Reception 4. The Muse Group, Christmas in the Emerald City 5. BC Event Management, Routes Gala Networking Event 6. e=mc² event management Inc., The Garden Party Most Outstanding Event Under $100K

1. 5th Element Events, Adball: A Fashion Fetish 2. FOS Decor Center, Tennis Canada – Bar Mitzvah 3. Big Events, New York State of Mind 4. Synergy Events Inc, Grand Opening Sparkling Hill Resort 5. Social Butterfly Event Design, “A Bing Crosby Christmas” 6. Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, The Precious Metal Gala Most Outstanding Event over $300

1. Strauss Event & Association Management, Centrallia 2. Decor & More Inc., The Foundation Ceremony of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre 3. Solutions with Impact, The Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup 4. Patrick Roberge Productions Inc., Opening Ceremony of the X Paralympic Games 5. Solutions with Impact, Chef ’s Challenge 6. POP Kollaborative Inc, MINDJAM Entertainer of the Year

1. A2D2 ~Aerial Dance Cirque Company 2. Mega Magic, Mike D’Urzo 3. Comedy Hypnotist The Incredible BORIS Event Professional of the Year

1. Ciara Daykin -Firefly Occasions Inc. 2. Ken Kristoffersen-POP Kollaborative Inc 3. Catherine Runnels-brand.LIVE 4. Kelly Coates-Dazzle Events 5. Hala Bissada-Hala Events & Communications Inc.

David Peake

Ann Bayley

In late 2010, the Catering and Events Industry lost a wonderful, gifted man, with the passing of David Peake. Best known in event circles as one of Vancouver’s most loved caterers, David was a kind, creative and passionate man whom I had the pleasure of working with many times over the past 15 years. It is a tragic loss and our hearts and condolences go out to his family and colleagues.

This past winter the event industry lost a brilliant mind and the world lost a kind and gentle soul. Ann Bayley, who co-founded world renowned ice sculpture company Iceculture, with her husband, Julian, more than 30 years ago, passed away in mid-January after a twoyear battle with lung cancer. Ann was very well known in the industry around the globe and touched many lives throughout her career. She and her husband Julian travelled extensively throughout North America, Europe, South Africa, Australia and the Middle East. The hundreds of tributes to Ann from many sectors of the ice business are testament to Ann’s popularity.

David’s global catering career began more than three decades ago in the formal European Apprenticeship Program in London, UK at the young age of 16.  David has earned many awards, achievements and accreditations during his career as Executive Head Chef at a variety of exclusive locations. David owned and ran highly successful resorts, restaurants, catering companies and delicatessens.   In 2007 David launched a DVD series “Catering for Caterers”. Most recently, David and the Peake of Catering team were thrilled to be a part of the success of the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics when  Peake of Catering was awarded a food service contract for a 2010 Winter Games competition venue. In addition, throughout the games, Peake of Catering enjoyed producing events for many dignitaries, royalty, government, military and various corporations. Peake of Catering  was named a 2010 finalist in the Spotlight Awards as Supplier of the Year. Numerous charities were also touched by David’s generosity throughout his career. Through his  busy  life David was a dedicated husband to his childhood love and devoted father to his four children. His achievements in life, on all levels, were exceptional. David will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

A succession plan came into effect last summer and Ann stepped down as president of the company with Heidi Bayley taking over the role. Christine and Sam took on responsibility for sales and production, respectively. Julian now concentrates on R&D. Ann has two other daughters, Peta who is also an accomplished ice carver works in London, UK as a 3-D animator in the movie industry and Leigh, who lives in Pittsburg, PA and is on the staff of the University of Pittsburg. Her legacy lives on in the incredible company she has created and the beautiful family she raised and loved. Iceculture has been a strong supporter of CSEME since its inception and Ann was always involved in helping ensure her company was a prominent figure at the events and in the publications. Our hearts go out to her family and loved ones and wish them much pride and success as they carry on her life’s work. Iceculture is a private, family-owned company with a staff of 50 and four divisions. The manufacturing plant produces 25,000 blocks a year which are shipped all over the US and Canada and are exported to Britain, Europe, South Africa, Australia and Japan. Recently, ice has been shipped to Iceland and Norway.


March 23 – 24, 2011 CSEME 2011 Metro Toronto Convention Centre

March 25, 2011 2011 Star Awards Gala

March 28, 2011 ISES Calgary ISES TALKS with Julie Hamilton Canada Olympic Park ATCO Centre

March 30, 2011 CSES Vancouver: CSES Tiki Social

April 2, 2011 MPI Toronto CMP Study Groups

April 12, 2011 Hot Event & Entertainment Ideas: 2011 Featuring Michael Cerbelli Total Entertainment

April 14, 2011 MPI National Meetings Industry Day Check local MPI Websites for regional events.

May 5, 2011 MPI BC Chapter A-Ha Event

May 17, 2011 ISES Toronto Training Breakfast with a CSEP Sunnybrooke Estates

June 14, 2011 MPI Toronto Annual Golf Tournament Royal Woodbine Golf Course

June 14, 2011 ISES Toronto Social

August 4-6, 2011 ISES Event World St Louis Missouri

416.485 .5900 400 Eglinton Avenue W Toronto ON Magazine • Issue 22

Formerly the Eglinton Theatre, this historic landmark has been beautifully restored to its original 1936 grandeur. Boasting one spectacular ballroom, the venue is exclusively yours for the evening. The Eglinton Grand is a full-service facility providing exceptional food and service, meticulously executed by its professional staff. Capacity – sit down dining from 50–550 guests and receptions for up to 1000. Private ceremony space and kosher cuisine are also available.


CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE RENTALS INC. 416-703-9236 Spring Print Issue 2011 Spring Print Issue 2011  

Magazine about the Canadian Event & Meeting Industry