Event-Planning, Venues

Etc. December 2011

Burlington Gets New Theatre

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended the opening of the new Burlington Performing Arts Centre, a 62,000 sq. ft. facility designed to meet LEED Certified status. Along with live theatre and musical productions, the 718-seat multi-purpose performance venue makes an ideal location for product launches, corporate events and award ceremonies. The main theatre boasts a 40 ft. x 45 ft. proscenium stage with orchestra pit, a six storey fly tower and 55 fly lines.

The centre also houses the smaller Community Studio Theatre. Seating 150, it is designed as a flexible black box space to accommodate different set ups for rehearsals, cabarets, receptions and meetings. Light and exterior views spill in through the glassed-in three-storey atrium lobby and galleria which offer reception room on two levels for up to 700 guests. During warm weather, events can also host in the adjacent Boehringer-Ingelheim Plaza, just steps away from Burlington’s waterfront.

Sandwiches And Rock To Go

If it isn’t the purple truck that calls attention to the Toasted Tangerine Mobile Sandwich Press, then it’s definitely the classic rock playing from its custom-built outdoor stereo that signals its curbside arrival. The latest food truck on the scene serves up a tasty menu of artisan sandwiches including a smoked salmon BLT, and roasted pulled chicken. Pumpkin and turkey chili and deep-fried ravioli are also drawing rave reviews.

Husband and wife rock n’ roll enthusiasts Adrian and Alyssa Tangerine (they even changed their last name to honour Led Zepplin’s Tangerine!) operated a European-style café in Port Credit, ON before hitting the road in late fall in their 18-ft. kitchen on wheels. He’s the chef, she’s the baker. Their route travels to corporate offices and special events where customer requests for their play lists are as popular as their food.

ISES Expands Education Approach

In an effort to give Toronto’s event planning community a fresh professional perspective, the new year is set to usher in ISES Backstage, a series of behind the scenes tours of member businesses. The first is set for 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. January 11, 2012 as Décor & More opens up its world of award-winning event design and props warehouse for a guided walkthrough of its daily operations. The event is free to ISES members.

“Backstage will give our members valuable insight into what it takes different companies to prepare for events,” says Absolute’s Michelle Nicol, Vice-President of ISES Programming. “For example, if you’re not in the decor business, this is your chance to see how a design specialist creates, stores, packs and ships their goods.” The association plans to host three Backstage tours per year, along with its regular networking dinner events with keynote speakers. Send an email if your company is interested in hosting a Backstage event.