There’s nothing like a lovingly curated program at the TSO that will get you warmed up to celebrate the holidays. TSO Holiday Pops as Conducted by Lucas Waldin provided a youthful exuberance that brought the diversely aged crowd together with cheeky grins, a romp to their step at intermission and a festive cheer hard pressed to find at your local Holiday Party.
Guest Conductor, Waldin brings a classical flair to his work whilst also keenly mixing it up with artists such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Ben Folds, Chantal Kreviazuk, the Barenaked Ladies, and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Keep an eye out for Waldin as he will surely continue to draw a youthful crowd to TSO audiences in years to come whilst also demystifying the symphony to the next generation of patrons.
Vocalist, Matt Dusk, joined Waldin on stage to provide a polished TSO Holiday Pops swoon to the evening. Besides receiving four JUNO nominations in Canada, additional worldwide accolades and a deep friendship with Tony Bennett – Dusk is still a Toronto boy with a big heart, a velveteen voice and an introspection that will leave you making a mental note to buy his entire musical catalogue from iTunes on the drive home.
The Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus added the icing on the Waldin and Dusk cake during the TSO Holiday Pops performance. Comprised of Grades 9 and 12 music theatre classes, this group of students is the definition of “triple threat”.
The melding of traditional nods, humour, knee knocking sing-along’s and seasonal ambience was all the rage on the night. Renditions of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” provided a meditative vibe at Roy Thomson Hall. A reminder that the holidays are about reflection, making new traditions, spending time with those we love and enjoying holiday music from times long past.
Be sure to catch the last of TSO’s Holiday Programming by December 23, 2018!
Media Profile celebrated their annual holiday party last Thursday night and as usual – it was epic! Media Profile prides itself on being an independent, entrepreneurial and tenacious public relations firm. Their communication campaigns are based on a healthy blend of research and imagination. They use all the tools in the toolbox, whether media relations, social media, content creation and marketing etc. So clearly it was no surprise that their holiday parties resemble who they are and how they work. Think fun, fantastic and guaranteed to go late.
As we made our way through the historic Burroughes Building space which is hipster meets chic. It’s aged brick, high ceilings, swooping arched doorways, NYC elevator shaft and roof top patio – makes you feel welcomed and ready for a good time.
This year we indulged upon custom cocktails and Sixty Six Brix’s maple sugar station as they drizzled the most gorgeous of maple syrup onto a bed of ice hearkening memories at Pioneer Village as a child sitting at a picnic table slurping its sweet syrupy delights. The only difference at the Media Profile Party 40 years later, we now have gourmet cheese wrapped into ice hardened maple syrup like an ensconced sweater.
The DJ was sure to cloud the air with cool mixes as we danced the night away while also saying hello to new friends as they breezed into the space.
The holiday decorations were minimal but celebrated Canadiana and snowy scenes. The holiday lights beamed overhead as we relished our gorgeous cocktails and shared chats with fellow guests.
We took advantage of the photographer/selfie station that came equipped with wooden moustaches and lips that could be used for cheeky shots and then printed up on the tiniest printer you have ever seen as a takeaway bonbonierre.
The Media Profile signature drinks never disappoint. Ho ho ho indeed!
Media Profile will always be known as the most crashable holiday party in Toronto. It’s epic in stature, the attention to detail is always on point and most importantly the vibe is consistently friendly, accommodating and authentically warm. Perfectly symbolic of the Media Profile brand and people.
Until December 2019!