The Art Of Event Planning

At the heart of this industry thrives a collective of creative souls, and countless products and services, from venues and décor to catering and entertainment, that bring each and every event to life.

TSEvents just published its silver anniversary edition, a showstopper of an issue that celebrates 25 years of covering the event business and the talented professionals who know how to wow with their vision and ability for turning the impossible into possible.

Following are a few feature story highlights from TSE’s 2019 Guide:

Select A Venue

Drake Mini Bar. Photo credit: Steve Tsai

Where you host an event is often the foundational base for all that follows. Keep things fresh and exciting by choosing somewhere new, unique or non-traditional. Check out event-friendly venues with indoor-outdoor options. Or host working sessions in a vibrant, productive setting.

Stylish Vibrations: The Drake never fails to amaze. The Drake Mini Bar is among the latest in the hotel’s hospitality portfolio. Located directly across from Drake One Fifty, Drake Mini is small, but huge on design with vibrant colours, mural art, geometric wood elements and lush plants. It offers a cute indoor atrium patio that feels like it’s outside thanks to the office tower’s light-filled lobby. The terrace seats 20 under a striking pergola. In summer, the plein-air patio comes to life with a capacity for 55 guests.

Spaces Yorkville
Space Sharing: Originating in Amsterdam, Spaces, a shared workspace pioneer, continues its Toronto expansion with the recent opening of Spaces Yorkville. Inspired by its prestigious neighbourhood, the facility’s Business Club is a modern industrial space with exposed beams and an urban design. The room is perfect for presentations, or cocktail receptions for up to 120 guests. A lushly landscaped patio offers an outdoor option for 60 guests. The facility also houses two meeting rooms and eight dedicated desks. Spaces is set to open locations in Liberty Village and North York this fall.

Set The Scene

Index Creative

Events offer guests an escape from the everyday. Accomplishing that requires thoughtful details that go the extra mile in delivering an enhanced sense of celebration. Dress the room with design concepts and décor elements that transform a setting.

Captivating Environments: New-kid-on-the-design-block Index Creative  is a boutique agency of multidisciplinary artists specializing in stunning florals, décor installs, step-repeats, prop builds and rentals sourcing. The firm’s portfolio is impressive, showcasing gorgeous settings for special events, pop-up activations, commercial venues and photo shoots the team has created for major brands, including the Bisha Hotel, Chanel and Canada Goose. The firm works closely with clients, starting with full concept design development that can include CAD renderings for event layouts.

Astley Gilbert
Elements With Flair: Distinctive accent pieces help finesse a theme, add visual appeal and engage guests with photo-worthy settings. Astley Gilbert is a full-service print and imaging company, creating signage, large-format graphics and vinyl wraps. The firm also offers a visual merchandising department, AG3D Visual Studio, that produces décor, props, panels and fixtures in various materials and fabrications. Custom design, or order from a catalogue. The company also sources an array of display pieces, sign holders, greenery, and more.




Wow Your Audience

Spin Starlets from The Idea Hunter

Be bold in exploring ideas and scouting out performers to wow the crowd. Awe and amuse with funny, quirky, interesting out-of-the-ordinary acts. Or try an immersive experience that puts guests hands-on with interactive activities.

Futuristic Sizzle: Fusing dance and music with glowing LED-technology that powers costuming and whirling props, Spin Starlets lights up a room with electrifying action. One of The Idea Hunter’s technology and entertainment acts, the troupe of three to five artists perform cirque-style shows featuring LED-powered poi, wands, hula hoops, fans and ropes. Spectacular to watch, each show is precision-choreographed to music. One-of-a-kind costumes, customized to theme, are topped with LED motion sensor goggles and white wigs. Brands, logos, texts and images can be incorporated into performances.

Pursuit OCR
On-course Teambuilding: Introduce recess into the workday with a team field trip to Pursuit OCR, an industrial-sized indoor obstacle course. The facility, which just moved to its new 30,000-sq.-ft. fitness-based playground in Etobicoke, is team-bonding perfect, fusing inclusive fun and competition for all physical capabilities with cognitive-building skills and communication. Washed in funky LED lighting, the course contains 25 challenges, including a rope climb, monkey bars, bouldering wall, and more. The ball pit contains 100,000 balls! Advance bookings required for groups of 25+ to 200.


Karen Orme

Editor at TSEvents

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