Festive Event Planning  – Entertainment…and All That Jazz!

A key element of any event is planning appropriate entertainment that works with the demographic, the venue and the design concept.  Entertaining guests could mean making them laugh, enchanting them with music, or discovering a new artistic experience.

There are, of course, many styles music to choose from; jazz quartet to rock violinist to dueling pianos.  Musicians can be found through online websites, via your local symphony, or simply from word of mouth.  The holiday season is perfect for traditional carols, perhaps performed by an a cappella group or a local opera singer.

Some events may require entertainment that is a little more unique, such as improv theatre, aerial acrobats or flair bartending.  Adding drama can be as simple as hiring dancers, actors, or even on-location artists.

Choosing the right entertainment is crucial, as it enhances the atmosphere and overall feeling of the occasion.  With Edmonton’s vast arts community, there are always entertainment choices to  fit with any event.  Just remember to keep an open mind when researching different options, and explore the many talents within the event’s region.

Here are just a few resources within the Edmonton area:

http://www.muralmosaic.com/team.html – Lewis Lavoie – live event artist

http://3rdstreetbeat.com/ – Internationally recognized Hip Hop/Contemporary Dance Studio

http://www.fireflytheatre.com/ – Firefly Theatre (aerial acrobatics)

http://www.kitanotaiko.ca/ – Japanese drummers

http://atomicimprov.com/ – Atomic Improv

http://www.zaharabellydance.com/ – Belly Dance Entertainment

http://www.theredpiano.ca/groups/index.asp – Dueling Pianos

http://www.ultimatebartending.ca/ – Flair Bartending

http://www.casatangoedmonton.com/Home_Page.html – Tango Dancers

http://www.grovecitychorus.ca/ – Barbershop Style A Cappella Group

http://www.bellarougemusic.com – Specialty Show Band Bella Rouge

So why don’t you paint the town, shake it up with entertainment. Create the unexpected, interactive, high energy experience, and all that jazz!