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Give props to props for the endless possibilities they deliver as theme-setting event visuals and attention-getting marketing. Custom design for purpose or scour rental inventories for the perfect, must-have pieces.

Toronto’s event, marketing and film suppliers offer lots of creative prop and staging resources. Add the following to your go-to list:

Set The Scene

Photo Courtesy of Unit 11Photo courtesy of Unit 11Build it and they will come has been Unit 11‘s driving principle for over a decade. And that’s a proven fact — the company was the fabrication partner for the design team behind City Hall’s much-loved TORONTO sign. The set, stage, trade-show and prop manufacturer custom designs or builds to plan using the latest in 3-D modelling and computer-aided design and production technology. Go scenic for ambiance, big for impact or functional for event presentation and moving guests from A to B. Rental inventory includes unique props and multi-purpose staging like flats, backdrops, risers and fashion runway sets. Plus, there’s sister company Snap Hoek & Staffing, a staffing resource for stagehand and production technicians.

Box Sets

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Who knew cardboard serves a purpose other than for packaging? Our Paper Life is in the know, transforming 100% recyclable cardboard sheets into custom-designed furniture, marketing installations, 3-D props and promotional pieces. In demand: the firm’s custom-build, easy-assemble display walls, towering as tall as 16 feet, for use as donor walls, photo backdrops, indoor-outdoor pop-up spaces and rooms within rooms. The weather-resistant cardboard is incredibly sturdy. Over 100,000 Luminato Festival attendees enjoyed Our Paper Life’s loungers, umbrellas and breakwater areas that were part of artist Los Carpintero’s Cardboard Beach installation.

Go Big

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Super-sized props, décor and marketing pieces grab attention and fill space. Looking to upsize objects and products for your event? The artists at Imagine It are computerized-design technology whizzes up for the challenge of replicating anything larger-than-life in high-density foam, wood, plastic resins and fiberglass. They receive lots of demand for over-sized letter displays, branded products and logos. The company can also add in bells and whistles for experiential marketing installations such as touch screens and moving pieces. Check out its rental inventory of large display props, including a 32-piece life-sized indoor-outdoor chess set, towering Oscar award statues and Eiffel Tower.

Terra Firma

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Dress indoor and outdoor event settings with a splash of nature. Landscape Sculptures offers a diverse inventory of live and silk flowers and greenery for converting even a concrete jungle in the heart of the city into a lush secret garden. Topiaries, boxwood hedging, trees, ferns, vines, statues and fountains are among its landscape rentals.  Owner Walter Woloschuk, a film industry veteran, brings a director’s eye for detail when it comes to greening entertainment and event settings and custom-designing installations. Film, TV and event landscape design creds include 12 Monkeys, Heroes: Reborn, the Toronto International Film Festival, Luminato and the Queen’s Plate.

Back In Time

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Looking for real McCoy accent pieces from times gone by? If you can think of an antique or retro item, you’re likely to find it at The Prop Room. A series of adjoined showrooms offer a wonderland of curiosities — 30-plus years worth of collecting treasures — all lovingly curated by owner and former antiques dealer Fritz Lev. There are knights in shining armour, thrones and shields in the medieval corner, and taxidermy of all kinds. Browse clocks, lights, statuary, phonographs, mailboxes and more from across the ages … you name it, they have it. Otherwise, the staff, knowledgeable in film, TV and events, will track it down. There’s even a great hulking time machine prop! An in-studio or online browse of inventory is a must for film and event designers, retail merchandisers and photo-shoot stylists.

Design To Reality

Photo-courtesy-of-Production-CanadaPhoto courtesy of Production CanadaYou know the “look” you’re going for but it’s still just a concept in your head or a rough doodle on scrap paper. No worries. The pros at Production Canada have the creative talent and design technology know-how to capture and build ideas, from ground up, into experiential physical environments, sets, backdrops and props. Catering to theatre production, film-TV, marketing and events, construction materials include wood, steel, aluminum, paints, laminates and vinyl. Added value: computerized visual renderings deliver scaled drawings for guiding walkthroughs of potential venues. The firm also provides event management teams to oversee complete on-site production, from staging and décor to installations and AV.

Prop A Ride

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You never know when you need some old-fashioned wheels. We’re talking horse-drawn carriages, antique wagons, festive sleighs and barnyard carts. Luckily, here in Toronto, that prop niche is covered by Johnny Brunt. He’ll even supply the horses and theme-dressed drivers to turn the period-transportation props into moving experiences. Brunt’s been a special events and film industry staging source for equine talent and horse-drawn vehicles for over three decades. His rental showroom also houses a wide array of old farm and period props, including tools, hurricane lamps and rocking horses.


Green Thumbs

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With Filmgreens Toronto‘s creative direction, wild animals look much less scary when sculpted from lush, green-friendly live or synthetic boxwood hedging. The company’s custom-design landscaping also delivers graceful proportions to event and film hedging walls, shapely profiles to indoor-outdoor garden and room accents, and branded logos reproduced as leafy green scenery and more. The company has been a film and event go-to production source for over 25 years. Services include a large rental inventory of landscape-inspired accent pieces, custom-design work for film and event set dressing and branded marketing installations.

Karen Orme

Editor at TSEvents

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