Special recognition to Production Canada for their collaborative work on this project
Years of Bond
Produce the inaugural fundraising gala for the Toronto International Film Festival and make it one of the most spectacular events ever seen in Toronto…while creating a lasting legacy. We enveloped guests in a unique cinematic experience, inspired by one of the most infamous movie series of all time, BOND. James Bond.
Beyond the over $700,000.00 raised for tiff that evening, so were martini glasses, future gala expectations and a few eyebrows.
tiff is a cultural, not-for-profit organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world through film. For the first time in its 37 year history, the board of tiff chose to produce its own event during the festival to raise money for the 365 days a year of programming. Inspired by the soon-to-open tiff exhibit, 50 Years of Designing 007, the evening took on the Bond theme. “The Night That Never Ends” became the brand for the evening. In true Bond style the event took place on the land, on the sea, and in the air-with a waterfront location in Toronto’s inner harbour acting as our M16 Headquarters.
The event began with “Bond Girls” escorting guests into a cinematic Bond experience. The “entrance of intrigue,” saw guests moving along an industrial landscape surrounded shipping containers as parkour athletes performed stunts above their heads. Guests then enjoyed a full red carpet experience and proceeded to the reception space-a 326’ custom fitted barge that had been transformed into a glamorous pier for the evening. On the water, yachts and marine police vessels contributed to the extravagant and secure Bond atmosphere.
One of the highlights of the evening was a high-octane, Bond-inspired stunt on the water. A Helicopter, a secret agent, a chase on the water and a Bond Girl rescue signalled the start of the dinner program and left guests in awe.
In the dining tent guests were treated to Bond inspired cuisine designed exclusively for the evening by Ritz Carlton’s worldwide Vice-President of Culinary Operations – Chef Rainer Zinngrebe. This portion of the evening also played host to an exclusive live auction and entertainment – including Gordon Lightfoot, Chantal Kreviazuk, Glee’s Darren Criss, Sean Jones, Shakura, Beverly Mahood, Sophie Serafino and more.
After dinner, guests were ushered on to the pier where a dazzling fireworks display-choreographed to the Bond theme played live by a 10-piece band- signalled the start of the after party. The sky and the sea were both alight as underwater missile fireworks lit up the entire waterfront while booming off shore fireworks ignited the sky.
The Whizbang moment for us came prior to the guests arrival. It was a moment that gave us, as an event production team…..chills! After many months of logistical detailing with engineers, our marine transportation supplier, the City of Toronto, the Port Authority, the Navy and the Marine Unit of the Toronto Police Department, the centrepiece of our event – a custom fitted barge complete with security fencing, tenting infrastructure, and a new coat of paint-arrived via TUGBOAT from Hamilton! The visual of finally seeing her (The Barge) placed into position as our Bond casino pier gave us goose bumps…we may have cried out in glee, jumped for joy and even embraced a few strangers.
e=mc² events well exceeded my expectations in regards to the planning and execution of what we branded “The Night That Never Ends,” a Bond-themed event that took place at an event-specific venue created on the shores of Lake Ontario. One renowned film producer described it to me as “the best film industry party he had ever attended outside of Cannes”. The team demonstrated phenomenal expertise, professionalism and creative flair ensuring that the evening was the enormous success that it was.
September 08, 2012