Phil Kirby Seminar: Investigating the Productivity Paradox

June 9, 2015 by  
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On Wednesday morning we coordinated an event with Hogg, Shain & Scheck and helped them organize and promote their Managing for Growth Seminar. The guest speakers for the day were CEO John Wilson from CEO Global Network and Phil Kirby, CEO and founder of Organization Thoughtware International Inc. The seminar was very informative and we enjoyed being a part of it. Our first speaker for the day was John Wilson who spoke about how great CEOs are made. He has coached a number of top-earning CEOs and has learned some valuable information in the process which he shared with the guests. Among the advice he gave, what stuck with us is when he discussed the importance of networking and being connected. I know in any industry (not only event planning) in order to have a successful business, you need to be able to maintain relationships with people you meet. John Wilson has actually written a book on this subject called Great CEOs and How They Are Made. The book has been highly acclaimed and is definitely worth checking out, attendees of the seminar all received a copy.

Phil Kirby was our “headliner” and he did not disappoint. His talk kept the audience engaged and the material was useful to people in all industries. He helped put a spotlight on the relationships between processes and how to solve production issues at the source by being on sight and being able to see the process for yourself.

Screen shot 2015-06-09 at 10.13.11 AMThe event was held at the Delta Toronto East in Scarborough, only a few minutes away from Hogg, Shain & Scheck. The hotel was much larger than I had initially anticipated. Delta provided a very hospitable environment and provided a full breakfast that included a number of different pastries, yogurt and LOTS of coffee (very important).

Screen shot 2015-06-09 at 10.15.56 AMOverall, the event was a success and everything went off without a hitch. Thank you again to the sponsors Ted Rogers School of Management and CEO Global Network. Also we would like to give a special thank you to our speakers John Wilson and Phil Kirby. Stay tuned because Hogg, Shain & Scheck have more really interesting events coming up so make sure you visit their website for more details. On October 27th, Brian Beaulieau will be back for his annual economic update.


Until next time!

Wine Tasting Sips & Investment Tips

February 11, 2015 by  
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Allan Small’s Wine Sips and Investment Tips was held at Quince Bistro on January 22nd. The event took place in the lower level of Quince Bistro where you can hold private events. The space was warm and inviting with lots of natural wood and warm lighting.

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The evening started off with an opportunity for mingling with other guests and Allan Small. There were passed hors d’oeuvres, cheese plates, and a glass of welcome prosecco for everyone to enjoy. Once everyone was seated Allan started his very informative talk about the 5 things that could derail the 2015 markets and how to navigate around these risks.

Proceeding the talk Rosa Forgione was introduced and she led casual wine tasting. She sampled three different wines; 2 reds, and a white wine. She was very personable and went around to every table talking about the wines and asking people how they enjoyed them. The evening was concluded by a final round of hors d’oeuvres and a chance for people to ask Allan some questions and to mingle with the other attendees.Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 1.06.30 PM

CityEvents was proud to work with Allan Small again in 2015 on his annual client hosting program.  For photos of this event please visit:

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Don’t stress about your next production or event, Hangloose

May 14, 2014 by  
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Hangloose Media is a full service production facility, a creative setting for Toronto’s up and coming film and photography industry but open to event planners. This venue has everything you need for your next production or event. Not to mention experienced industry professionals who are determined to help with your perfect shooting package.

There are three large high-end studios, editing suites, office space and equipment available for rent. The largest studio is 4300 sq ft with 17ft ceilings. In addition each studio has hard cycloramas, which can be painted upon request. These rooms can be available for either half day or full day either for filming, photography or an event. Perfect for event space by being only a ten-minute from downtown Toronto. In addition it is conveniently reachable by TTC and both highways Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Express Way. If driving there is street parking available.

For convenient setup and teardown there is indoor loading bays with storage space. Studio spaces also include:

• Lighting grid on the ceiling with mounted studio lights and space for additional lights
• A client area
• Kitchenette
• Hair and makeup areas
• Change-rooms and showers
• Internet and phone lines
• Craft area
• Washrooms
• Lockers for crew


Hangloose Media also offers a roster of industry professionals available to help create your vision or execute productions in a variety of fields, (DPs, PAs, Writers, Producers, Directors, Post Production Experts, AC’s, Grips, Gaffers, and Production Designers). Additionally they have all the rental equipment needed. Plus needed office space available for any task or job. Whether it’s studios, rentals and/or services you name it they’ve have it.


Studio 1
– 4300 sq ft Studio with Large cove Cyclorama measuring 35ft x18ft
– 17ft ceilling
– Dedicated Loading dock
– Craft area and kitchenette
– Dedicated washrooms
– Lockers for crew members
– Hair and makeup room with three stations and a shower
– Private entrance
Dedicated HVA

Studio 2
– 1050 sq ft Studio with 25ft long Cyclorama
– Kitchenette
Roll down seamless back drops in many different colours

Studio 3
– 1050 sq ft Studio with 25ft long Cyclorama
– Kitchenette
Roll down seamless back drops in many different colours


28 Logan Ave
Toronto, Ontario
M4M 2M8

Phone: 416-244-2369
Bookings: 416-900-0869


Evergreen Brick Works

July 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Event Venues, Ontario, Toronto

Evergreen Brick Works is a vibrant public space in the heart of Toronto’s Don Valley. This site is meant to grab the attention of its visitors through interactive workshops and community festivals. From being renovated from an assortment of weakening heritage buildings into an aesthetically display for green design. Open year-round, Evergreen Brick Works has many of Toronto’s most prominent buildings. The park has breath-taking wildlife at the ravines.


The Evergreen Brick Works is home to many famous event spaces in Toronto, such as The Pavilions, The Frances and Tim Price Terrace, BMO Atrium and much more.  With several ideal venues to choice from your special event can be turned into an original vision. The spaces offer various capacities from a seated dinner of 700 to a standing reception of 2,000. Events like Beerfest, Wild Blueberry Festival, CraveTO, Farmers’ Market have been held at the Evergreen Brick Works.“Evergreen Brick Works is a community environmental centre that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably”For more information visit