Entertainment & Activities, Gifts & Promotional Products

Etc. July 2012

Gift Perfect

Bedazzled by crystal-encrusted lanyards worn by a few styling guests at one recent event led us to Orangefish, an online gift boutique filled with unique items for consumers and organizations. The reusable badge-holder bling, available in 50 rhinestone colours (all event hues covered!), are part of the company’s new corporate gift offering.

Among its stellar collection of distinctive ideas are chocolate-covered Oreos (as seen on Oprah) in a wide colour range of brandable foil packaging, and character USB keys – create your own superhero with pre-loaded content or choose from a wide selection of characters. Design-your-own soaps, lip balms, teas and charm bracelets offer versatile promotional giveaways. The easy-to-navigate site is filled with fresh ideas including Canadian-made and planet-friendly items. A set of one-of-a-kind Toronto Transit token cufflinks caught our eye – perfect as a VIP or speaker’s gift.

Interactive Art

Inspired by street art, a blank canvas is all Studio 32 needs to spark an entertaining, creative event vibe. The company’s live performance team uses several different mediums including paint, photography and video, to create an original themed masterpiece as guests watch the artistic process evolve. Past work includes live body painting on models, backdrop paintings, original art pieces for auctioning off, and full-scale murals.

Unique is the option to incorporate event attendees into the final image. Guests are photographed upon arrival and their images projected onto a canvas while an artist interpretively paints them into the artwork. Studio 32 works with several different visual artists, musicians, DJs and actors for spirited, high-octane performances. The company also offers graphic and web design, and commissioned t-shirt creative.

Origin Opens Second Resto

Fans of Chef Claudio Aprile’s inventive cuisine and his King Street East Origin now have an Origin Liberty option available for wining and dining. With a prime Liberty Village street-side corner location in the historic Liberty Market Building, the new location boasts a design similar to the original, with dark interior splashed with vibrant hues and edgy fixtures and accents.

Receptions of up to 165 guests can take advantage of full venue rental with cocktails around the large central bar, grazing on passed hors d’oeuvres (Aprile is the king of tapas) and food stations throughout the space. Seated events in the main dining area accommodate 100. Semi-private parties of up to 25 can cocktail away in the lounge, or a group of 14 can enjoy the main-floor view from the elevated Bren Room. An outdoor terrace seating 55, and food-focused workshops including an oyster tasting tutorial, are available. Watch for a Bayview location opening in 2013.