Gifts & Promotional Products, Venues

Etc. June 2013

Urban Space

Oxford Properties Group knows great space when they see it, which is why the real estate owner, property management and leasing firm is promoting event and marketing usage of its office towers across Canada. With architecturally stunning lobbies, spacious exterior terraces and downtown addresses, the venues hold mega potential for galas, product launches, experiential marketing, and corporate events.

There are seven event-worthy venues in Oxford’s Toronto portfolio. Space includes the Royal Bank Plaza with airy glassed-in atrium linking lobbies of its two sister towers and spacious outdoor courtyard tucked between them. There’s also the recently renovated Dundee Place and its two-level pillared lobby and exterior sculpture-garden courtyard. Flagship of the lot is the light-filled art gallery-like foyer and lush, landscaped green space of the Richmond-Adelaide Centre (pictured).

Yurt Entertaining

Why tent it when you can yurt it? Yurts, the traditional home of Mongolian nomads and a staple of glamping (luxury camping), also make uniquely intimate and versatile event venues. Montreal-based Groovy Yurts custom-designs, sells, rents and installs authentic yurts in a range of sizes accommodating one person to groups of 150. Ideal for celebrations, festivals and teambuilding retreats, yurts can be interconnected for various uses including catering.

Insulated with sheep’s wool and covered with waterproof cotton canvas for year-round use, a yurt’s circular aerodynamic design and weighted rope anchor enable zero-footprint installation anywhere. Colourfully embellished doors pop from the canvas. Inside, the structure’s exposed wooden lattice-work frame forms a lovely patterned backdrop. For a taste of the exotic, Groovy Yurts can decorate with traditional Mongolian furnishings, carpets and wall hangings.

The Art Of Letterpress

It’s not surprising that brother and sister Elia and Annie Morrison are fans of letterpress, a form of relief printing that dates back to the 15th century. The pair, who just launched Hooligan Press, a west-end design and letterpress studio, learned the classic print art from a master – their father.

Mixing new with old, Hooligan’s uses computerized design files to produce photo polymer plates for hand cranking on “Peggy” — an antique press named after their grandmother. The studio specializes in classic yet edgy custom designed invitations, business cards, event collateral, posters and more, playing up the crisp, high quality of letterpress on beautiful paper stock. Ideal for exclusive, one-of-a-kind art in limited runs. Silk screening is also available.