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TOP 9 VIRTUAL EVENT ENTERTAINMENT IDEAS

For virtual meetings, team building, and special online events.

Top 9 Virtual Event Entertainment Ideas

Virtual event entertainment at meetings and events have come a long way in the last 8months. They have been a necessity as companies become remote workforces. One thing most people I speak to can agree on is that any efforts their employers have tried to “entertain” them and take their mind off work for even a happy hour has been, well…lame at best. The thing is, most companies don’t know what options are available to them or just assume an entertainer they’ve used previously “live” will translate in a virtual setting. That would unfortunately be a wrong assumption. We here at Fusion Events have assembled our top 10 virtual entertainment ideas that we have personally experienced first hand. These acts are exciting, innovative, interactive, and inclusive. These are virtual entertainment acts that will energize a virtual audience that is watching from home.

AFISHAL

Visual DJ & Bespoke Content

AFISHAL is not your typical “press play” DJ. Just when people were wanting more from their live music experiences, Michael Fish (AFISHAL), creator of ‘The TREMOR’ and pioneer of Visual DJing, has discovered a niche with his interactive, multi-sensory, drumming-based DJ performance.

Delivering a visual an innovative live DJ experience that’s gone viral – hitting more than 200 MILLION views online in the past year! A musician from a young age and an entrepreneur straight out of college, AFISHAL has built a music empire reaching across the globe. He has performed private parties for Beyonce?, Prince Harry, Manchester United and the US President.

In addition to his regular slate of festivals and international club shows, he has created bespoke productions for global brands as well as opening ceremonies for arena shows, resort launches, Olympic and UEFA sporting events worldwide.

Ever wondered what it’s like to live in a perpetual state of creation while travelling the world with your closest friends? Welcome to the world of AFISHAL.

BEST TYPE OF PLATFORM – Pre-recorded content works on any platform.

uREQUEST LIVE 

Audience curated live concert experience

The events industry is currently undergoing a major shift in how events are produced. Virtual events have seen an incredible surge in popularity due to physical distancing and restrictions imposed all over the world due to COVID19 rendering large scale and international events an impossibility…for now. Before this current situation uRequest Live was on the forefront of innovation when it comes to entertainment at live events and that hasn’t changed. uRL is proud to be able offer our clients a virtual entertainment solution that will surprise and delight your virtual event attendees. Now your attendees can curate their entertainment playlist right from the comfort of their homes while our band (available is various sizes) performs and engages with your attendees streaming from our top of the line broadcast studio. Attendees can interact with the band and make requests using a simple link shared with them in real time or prior to the event. uRL can perform several short entertainment breaks throughout your single or multiple day event. As requests come pouring in uRequest Live will perform the audiences most requested songs.

*LIVE STREAMING

**BEST TYPE OF PLATFORM – Swoogo, On24, 6Connex, SpotMe, Zoom, Youtube, Remo and any platform that supports live streaming. 

ADAM GROWE – “The Cash Cab Guy”

Host. Moderator. Comedy. Quiz show.

For over 30 years, Adam Growe has been performing in radio, television, and on-stage. In addition to hosting 8 seasons of Cash Cab, Adam is a highly sought after event host and an accomplished stand-up comedian, starring in Just for LaughsComedy NOW!COMICS!, and appearing on CBS’s, Star Search and Comedy Central’s, Premium Blend.

With a growing demand for entertainment for online conferences, events and meetings, Adam is the perfect addition, either with his interactive online Quiz Show, or as the professional Host you need to keep your audience energized and engaged.

*LIVE STREAMING 

**BEST TYPE OF PLATFORM – **BEST TYPE OF PLATFORM – Swoogo, On24, 6Connex, SpotMe, Zoom, Youtube, Remo  and any platform that supports live streaming. Works best when host can interact with at least one other person on screen (or in person if possible) in real time. 

Wreath and Floral Arranging Workshops

Unlock your team’s creativity while offering a relaxing mindfulness activity such as creating your own holiday wreath or seasonal floral arrangement. Flowers and plants are proven to lift people’s spirits when placed in their environments. 

Fusion Events will assemble wreath kits to be shipped to your employees with all the necessary elements to create a beautiful and yet simple winter wreath.

Suggested contents for each kit:

*Wire frame or wood frame ( TBC depending on style) *Assorted Evergreens to cover the frame ( fir, cedar, pine, etc) *Berries, perhaps a few twigs, cotton, etc
*Ribbon to attach to finished wreath
*Pinecones/baubles etc

Packages will be wrapped/presented in either a box or decorative bag for each attendee.

A quick step-by step video tutorial on how to design a winter Holiday Wreath, complete with decorative elements.
Lesson will be approximately 20-30 minutes and illustrate key points.

PRE-RECORDED CONTENT + KITS SHIPPED TO EACH PARTICIPANT.

BEST TYPE OF PLATFORM – Works on any platform that can play a pre-recorded video. Can also be live-streamed in real-time.

Las Vegas Based Magic and Illusion

Virtual Magic Shows and Illusionists Kyle & Mistie Knight have entertained Fortune 500 companies and headlined casinos and theaters around the world from Vegas to Macau. Featured on hit TV shows such as “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Now You See It”, they also took home the grand prize on SyFy channel’s magic competition show “Wizard Wars.” Now they are bringing their magic right into your home, direct to you!

Produced live from their studio in Las Vegas, this high energy, interactive show is a perfect addition to company Zoom meetings, virtual happy hours, and online parties and events. In their virtual show Kyle & Mistie will showcase sleight of hand, mind reading, clean comedy, and incredible interactive illusions. Some of the magic will even happen right in your own hands! This is not like watching a video on Youtube or TV. During the performance Kyle & Mistie will be able to see, hear and interact with the audience in real-time, making this a truly unique experience.

Virtual shows allow Kyle & Mistie to offer the same first-class entertainment that they are known for, but at a much more affordable rate than their in-person shows. 

Entertainment is essential to keep attendees excited and engaged, and what better way to fight “Zoom fatigue” than with amazing and interactive entertainment direct from Las Vegas. Get in touch to find out how Kyle & Mistie can customize their virtual show for your group, and check out the video below for clips from past virtual shows to see how fun and interactive these shows can be!

*LIVE STREAMING 

**BEST TYPE OF PLATFORM – Swoogo, On24, 6Connex, SpotMe, Zoom, Youtube, Remo and any platform that supports live streaming. Works best when host can interact with at least one other person on screen (or in person if possible) in real time. 

LIVE ART & SIP AND PAINT

Jessica Gorlicky is a mainstay in Toronto’s trendy art scene. Her urban-chic style and live, colorful creations have resonated with city socialites and hipsters for the past decade. They’ve brought her art to the walls of fashionable restaurants, the runways of retail powerhouses, and the spotlight of some of the most publicized events of the year. Her virtual event offerings include live painting streamed from her beautiful art studio. At the end of your virtual event you will be presented with the final masterpeice which can be raffled or auctioned off.  Interactive sip and paint classes where Jess teaches your attendees how to crearte a masterpiece using a digital medium is also a fun way to unleash some of your teams creativity.

*LIVE STREAMING + PHYSICAL GIVEAWAYS

**BEST TYPE OF PLATFORM – Swoogo, On24, 6Connex, SpotMe, Zoom, Youtube, Remo  and any platform that supports live streaming. 

PRE-RECORDED MUSICAL CONTENT

When we think about virtual event entertainment your mind usually goes right to “live-streaming”. While that is a great option for many interactive acts, sometimes pre-recorded content can be more controlledand in some cases provide better prodcution value. There are sevral ways that you can incorporate music and entertainemnt throughout a virtual event using custom made conent.

*PRE-RECORDED 

**BEST TYPE OF PLATFORM – Swoogo, On24, 6Connex, SpotMe, Zoom, Youtube and any platform that supports playing a video. 

FREESTYLE RAP AND COMEDY

Free Daps is an unforgettable live show like no other. With the ability to improvise a customized concert, these top tier emcees interact with the audience with a jaw-dropping display of wit, rhyme, energy, and personalization. Free Daps has been seen performing for years at Disney World and have worked with Universal Studios, ESPN, The Orlando Magic, Darden, Sprint, Hertz, hundreds of college, private events, and more. Never are 2 shows the exact same, yet all deliver the guaranteed wow to people of all ages and backgrounds. Corporate sales teams, grandmothers, high schoolers, rap aficionados, and young children agree on one thing; Free Daps live.

*LIVE STREAMING – This act works best on platoforms where they can interact with the audience on video, such as Zoom. They can also interact with the audience only using a chat function. 

**BEST TYPE OF PLATFORM – Swoogo, On24, 6Connex, SpotMe, Zoom, Youtube, Remo  and any platform that supports live streaming and multiple cameras simultaneously. 

INTERACTIVE GAME SHOWS

Our virtual game shows and trivia add that focus and energy that brings online meetings and virtual event guests together. What this event component brings back into meetings is the playfulness, engagement and fun that got sucked out when we all went online. 

Emcee, Mike Cavers, adds “the show” and gives attendees a team experience that makes them truly feel connected through their monitors and across cities and countries. We’ve been generating interest, laughs and highlighting key meeting points, feature sponsors and key clients. We’ve brought family and friends who can’t see each other in person together during the game and see them relax and enjoy each other’s company again at online wedding receptions, high school reunions, company meetings and anniversaries – with a variety of ready-to-go pop trivia games.

*LIVE STREAMING – This act works best on platoforms where they can interact with the audience on video, such as Zoom.  

**BEST TYPE OF PLATFORM – Swoogo, On24, 6Connex, SpotMe, Zoom, Youtube, Remo  and any platform that supports live streaming and multiple cameras simultaneously. 

Live & Virtual Entertainment Solutions

Fusion Events provides world-class event and entertainment production for corporate, social and hybrid/virtual events. Whether you require AV support for your live entertainment, band, or DJ or more complex AV needs such as video walls, lighting, live streaming, and projection mapping, Fusion Events provides entertainment and technical solutions that meet your objectives.

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5 VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR ENTERTAINMENT IDEAS

Your All-Access Pass To Planning the Perfect Virtual Event

5 Virtual Happy Hour Entertainment Ideas

Do you miss getting together with your co-workers at the end of the workweek to kick off the weekend with Happy Hour? You are not alone and many of us miss our Happy Hour traditions of gathering together to celebrate the end of the workweek, a successful project completion, the launch of a new product line, or a team member’s birthday, retirement, promotion, or engagement announcement.

With COVID-19 still around, celebrating Happy Hour in person is not possible right now. Fortunately, we have the technology available to allow us to enjoy Happy Hour virtually and safely. Rather than just connect on Zoom and sit there and talk about what you are doing while sipping on drinks, why not liven things up with a virtual Happy Hour entertainment celebration?

Idea #1: Virtual 80’s Dance Party

Flashback to the 1980s by having everyone dress up in 80s clothing and put on their best 80s hairstyle. Hire a live band to perform 80s songs virtually. You could even have the band take requests using technology like uRequest Live uses or play a game where the band plays a part of a song and everyone takes a turn trying to guess the name and artist.

Idea #2: Virtual Murder Mystery

What could be better than trying to solve a murder mystery while enjoying Happy Hour? You can make one up yourself, get one of out a box, or hire a professional to design and host the virtual mystery.

Idea #3: Virtual Cook-Off Challenge

Who makes the best wings? What about cheese dip? Host a virtual cook-off where everyone has a set amount of time to cook and prepare a specific type of Happy Hour food. Be sure to share the recipes ahead of time, so everyone can participate. Then, everyone votes on whose Happy Hour food looks the most appealing. An alternate option is to hire a chef to teach everyone how to prepare popular Happy Hour food.

Idea #5: Create a Video Mashup

Working with your guests and your event planner, you can create a fun video set to the song of your choice. Have the group decide what song they want to sing. Once the song is selected, everyone records their own video at home while singing the song. Then, they email you or your production assistant their videos.

Your event planner can help you find a production assistant to assemble the video with everyone in it. During your Happy Hour, you can “premier” the video!

Just because we cannot get together for Happy Hour right now, doesn’t mean we still can have fun and exciting Happy Hour events that are entertaining and engaging! For help planning a virtual Happy Hour, get help from the experienced event planners at Fusion Events.

We can help plan and prepare various aspects of your virtual Happy Hour including providing access to top-rated entertainment. For more information, please feel free to contact us at 416-825-4938 today! 

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    Unique Zoom Meeting Ideas for Distributed Companies https://www.fusion-events.ca/unique-zoom-meeting-ideas-for-distributed-companies/ Fri, 28 Aug 2020 13:29:00 +0000 https://www.fusion-events.ca/?p=27487 The post Unique Zoom Meeting Ideas for Distributed Companies appeared first on Fusion Events.

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    Unique Zoom Meeting Ideas for Distributed Companies

    Unique Zoom Meeting Ideas for Distributed Companies

    Struggling to find unique zoom meeting ideas for your distributed company? When your employees are all over the place and you operate a distributed company, it can be difficult getting everyone together for company meetings. However, thanks to Zoom and other apps like it, it is easy to connect with all of your employees.

    Yet, meetings can get boring when going over the same things each week. Sure, everyone wants to know how the business is doing, what new projects are in the works, and other such details about the business. But that doesn’t mean you can liven things up and have some fun too using these unique Zoom meeting ideas.

    Idea #1: Book a live musical act.

    You can surprise your employees with a surprise musical act at the end of the regular meeting. A live band or live singer is a great way to get your employees up and dancing. An alternative option is to host a karaoke party and have the band play the music while each employee takes a turn at singing their favourite songs.

    Idea #2: Kick things off by getting everyone energized.

    Energizers are an effective way to change things up and get away from the normal meeting routine. You could book a virtual magician to join your meeting to help get everyone involved while the magician provides an interactive show.

    You can surprise your employees with a surprise musical act at the end of the regular meeting. A live band or live singer is a great way to get your employees up and dancing. An alternative option is to host a karaoke party and have the band play the music while each employee takes a turn at singing their favourite songs.

    Idea #3: Lighten the mood with laughter.

    You could hire a comedian to help lighten things up and get everyone laughing. You could have the comedian “roast” you and get your employees involved or do their regular comedy performance. This is a great idea to thank your hard-working employees, especially during these challenging times.

    Idea #4: Host a virtual lunch or dinner party.

    Hire a professional chef to prepare a special lunch or dinner while your employees follow along virtually from home. You do need to make sure to get shopping lists to your employees ahead of time so they can have all the ingredients they need to cook and prepare the meal. After the cooking is completed, then everyone can sit down and share a meal together.

    Idea #5: Plan an after-work “happy hour.”

    You could book a bartender and bartending workshop session where you and your employees can learn how to make a variety of drinks and then enjoy them! Just make sure everyone has a list of what alcohol and beverages they will need to participate ahead of time.

    Idea #6: Book a digital artist.

    The artist could draw a digital caricature of the employee, their pet, or their kids. You could set it up so everyone can watch while the artist works, or you could use the “Breakout Room” function in Zoom to allow employees one-on-one time with the digital artist.

    Idea #7 VIRTUAL GAME SHOW

    Engage your employees with an interactive virtual game show. Use well-known game show hosts and formats such as Family Feud and Jeopardy to pit teams against each other. Trivia questions can be customized to your event message or brand. With an award winning host our virtual game shows can be enjoyed with groups of up to 100. 

    Idea #8 INTERACTIVE MAGIC

    The great thing about virtual entertainment is that you are no longer limited to local acts. You can now have a well known vegas magic act perform an intimate show for your comapines Zoom meeting. Start off with a quick 15 minute magic performance followed by an interactive magic workshop where attendees can learn for tricks of their own! 

    By using one or more of these ideas, you can liven up your Zoom meetings and give your employees something to look forward to during the meetings. For help planning a virtual entertainer, comedian, magician, chef, or bartender, get help from the experienced event planners at Fusion Events.

    We can even assist with the planning and preparation of various aspects of your virtual Zoom meetings including providing access to top-rated entertainment. For more information, please feel free to contact us at 416-825-4938 today! 

    Live & Virtual Entertainment Solutions

    Fusion Events provides world-class event and entertainment production for corporate, social and hybrid/virtual events. Whether you require AV support for your live entertainment, band, or DJ or more complex AV needs such as video walls, lighting, live streaming, and projection mapping, Fusion Events provides technical solutions that meet your objectives.

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    9 Virtual Entertainment Ideas for Your Internal Meetings https://www.fusion-events.ca/8-virtual-entertainment-ideas-for-your-internal-meetings/ Mon, 03 Aug 2020 17:15:34 +0000 https://www.fusion-events.ca/?p=27400 The post 9 Virtual Entertainment Ideas for Your Internal Meetings appeared first on Fusion Events.

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    9 Virtual Entertainment Ideas for Your Internal Meetings

    Your All-Access Pass To Planning the Perfect Virtual Event

    9 Virtual Entertainment Ideas For Your Internal Meetings

    Does it seem like you do the exact same things every virtual internal meeting you have, no matter who you are meeting with? Do you notice that your employees look bored and half-awake as someone goes over a presentation or operational update?

    It sounds like you need to switch things up by incorporating virtual entertainment into your meetings. Here are some great virtual entertainment ideas to put a kick in your meetings and re-energize your employees.

    IDEA #1 PHOTO CHALLENGE

    Take a break in the meeting for this quick but fun team-building exercise. Each person takes a turn and shows a picture or an object in their home. Everyone else then writes a caption for the picture or object. The group then votes to see who wrote the best caption. For somehting a little more advanced try a virtual photobooth and mosaic. This allows your guests to access an online photobooth where they can take a picture, boomerang, or gif and share with others by email or social media. You can remove backgrounds, add stickers and have it completely branded.  

    IDEA#2 GAMIFICATION

    Gamification refers to virtual games that you can use to help spice up meetings and get everyone involved and thinking. You can use interactive polling to create “Top 10” lists, “virtual game show” type games, and more. You can even take a ride in the virtual “Cash Cab” with Adam Growe (Host of the hit television show Cash Cab for 6 seasons). 

      IDEA#3 HEALTH AND WELLNESS CHALLENGE

      Get your employees up and on their feet. Hopefully, they are wearing pants! Take a short break with interactive health and wellness exercises. You can have a fitness expert demonstrate exercises people can do at home without any fitness equipment.

      IDEA#4 ONE LIE AND THREE TRUTHS

      This is a great ice breaker game you can use for new hires, new project teams, etc. Everyone tells one lie and three truths about themselves. Everyone else tries to guess which one is the lie. Not only does everyone get involved, but they also get to know about their coworkers.

      IDEA# 5 VIRTUAL LIVE MUSIC

      You could hire a band, like uRequest Live to take song requests and sing them live. Encourage everyone to request a song and get up and dance and move around. Dancing is an easy way to exercise and can re-energize your employees.

      IDEA# 6 INTERACTIVE COMDEY

      Who doesn’t love a good laugh? The comedian can tell jokes, “roast” employees, or poll participants to help get everyone involved, laughing, and having a great time. Take for example the group Free Daps. They combine freestyle rap and comedy using content provided by the audience such as words or objects they have lying around their homes or environments to create hilarious rap songs.  

        IDEA# 7 VIRTUAL PAINTING CLASS

        Learn how to paint from an expert with a sip and paint class. Participants can sip coffee or tea while they learn more about painting, which can be a great stress reliever during these challenging times. Everyone can share their masterpieces virtually and vote on their favourites.

        IDEA# 8 VIRTUAL COOKING CLASS

        For “lunch and learn” meeting a virtual cooking class can be fun. Provide participants with a list of ingredients they need to have on hand before the meeting. During the meeting, a chef or professional cook walks everyone else through on how to prepare something delicious for lunch.

        A variant of this is where you ask employees if they would be willing to share their favourite recipes. Then for each “class,” you feature a different employee.

         IDEA# 9 WREATH OR FLORAL ARRANGING DEMOS

        Hands on demos are a great team building activity. Working with plants and flowers has been shown to increase focus and to relax the mind. Fusion Events can assemble wreath or floral kits with all the necessary elements to create a beautiful and yet simple winter wreath.

        Suggested contents for each kit:
        *Wire frame or wood frame ( TBC depending on style)
        *Assorted Evergreens to cover the frame ( fir, cedar, pine, etc)
        *Berries, perhaps a few twigs, cotton, etc
        *Ribbon to attach to finished wreath
        *Pinecones/baubles etc
        Packages will be wrapped/presented in either a box or decorative bag for each attendee.
        Fusion Events will film a quick step-by step tutorial on how to design a winter Holiday Wreath, compete with decorative elements.
        Lesson will be approximately 20-30 minutes and illustrate key points.

        This is just a small sampling of virtual entertainment ideas to liven up your virtual internal meetings. For more great ideas or help with planning an interactive meeting, and finding a live band or entertainer, please feel free to contact Fusion Events at 416-825-4938 today!

        Live & Virtual Entertainment Solutions

        Fusion Events provides world-class event and entertainment production for corporate, social and hybrid/virtual events. 

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        MICRO WEDDINGS. MACRO IMPACT https://www.fusion-events.ca/micro-weddings-macro-impact/ Tue, 07 Jul 2020 14:30:37 +0000 https://www.fusion-events.ca/?p=27197 The post MICRO WEDDINGS. MACRO IMPACT appeared first on Fusion Events.

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        A NEW KIND OF MICRO WEDDING IS COMING.....

        Fusion Events  and The Eastcore, along with some key industry partners are joining forces to create custom micro wedding experiences for a select number of Toronto couples. 

         A NEW KIND OF MICRO WEDDING COMING SOON

        In today’s day and age, it seems there are only a few options for couples wanting to get married during COVID-19. Either do a backyard wedding, pre-fabricated micro wedding package, or a pop-up wedding that is a shared experience with other couples on the same date, same venue, same decor etc. While these solutions are perfect for some, others have expressed wanting to do a wedding sooner than later with a micro guestlist but macro impact. That is what we have created. A micro wedding where you have a choice. Choice of venue. Choice of date. Choice of creative partners. Fusion Events, the Eastcore, as well as some of Toronto’s finest venues and suppliers have teamed up to offer a select number of custom micro weddings between August-November 2020. Details will be announced soon and we will only be accepting a limited number of couples for this experience. To get early access to information and partner announcements please fill out the form below.

        This Micro Wedding Experience is perfect for the couple who:

        • does not want a pre-fab package wedding
        • wants to get married now but in style
        • does not want to share a wedding with other couples
        • wants to have a customized experience 
        • is not planning to do this again 
        • wants to choose a date that is convenient for them and isn’t a weekday

        Some of the inclusions:

        • Wedding Planning and execution by Fusion Events
        • High End photojournalistic wedding photography. All photos in black and white and colour provided by “The Eastcore”
        • 3-5 minute “Feel Reel” video highlight
        • Choice of venues based on your style
        • Customized Wedding Ceremony (all faiths and sexual orientations welcome)
        • Custom Florals and Decor
        • Live Music options
        • Reception for up to 50 indoors or 100 outdoors (following all current regulations and restrictions at the time)
        • “Hub and Spoke” or Hybrid/Virtual options (think live streaming and curated viewing parties)

        SIGN UP FOR EARLY BIRD ACCESS AND ANNOUCEMENTS

        3 + 10 =

        FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

         

        Q. Is this a pop-up wedding.

        A. No. This micro wedding experience is for one couple and their guests at a time. We totally understand why some couples would want to participate in a pop-up wedding, however, this is not that. 

        Q. Will you have micro wedding packages?

        A. No. We have a base fee which has some inclusions however the whole point is to create a personalized smaller wedding from scratch so that it is a true reflection of you. 

        Q. When will you be announcing more details. 

        A. Fill out the form above to get in line for early access. We have limited spots for this micro wedding experience and it will be offered on a first come first serve basis. 

        Q. Will you offer live streaming. 

        A. Yes. Not only live streaming but curated watch parties for those that cannot attend. 

        Q. We have a private property and want to have our micro wedding experience there. Can we do that with this experience?

        A. Absolutely yes. We build weddings and events from the ground up. A private property is a perfect place for our luxury micro wedding experience. 

        Q. Do you work with all faiths and sexual orientations. 

        A. Love is love so we don’t discriminate. We have experiences with almost all faiths and are an inclusive company.   

         

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        Virtual Entertainment Guide [Online events] https://www.fusion-events.ca/virtual-entertainment-guide-online-events/ Mon, 08 Jun 2020 16:02:40 +0000 https://www.fusion-events.ca/?p=26972 The post Virtual Entertainment Guide [Online events] appeared first on Fusion Events.

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        VIRTUAL EVENT ENTERTAINMENT

        Your All-Access Pass To Planning the Perfect Virtual Event

        VIRTUAL EVENT ENTERTAINMENT

        Putting together an utterly amazing virtual event relies on a few simple rules: make your event relevant; skip the ordinary and keep it engaging and fun. With a wide array of virtual event apps available to help you set up everything from breakout sessions to virtual vendor booths, all you need to do is focus on the entertaining. If you are looking for a fun and innovative way to take your online event to the next level, check out these great ways to incorporate live entertainment into your virtual event.

        BREAK UP THE BORING

        Listening to countless hours of presentations and watching an endless montage of webinars can leave virtual attendees in information overload. One of the best ways to keep your audience engaged is by breaking up the “have to’s” with interactive activities.

        • Health and wellness activities: Yoga, Pilates, and dance classes are a great way to energize attendees and deliver unexpected value to your event. 
        • Real-Time Art: When you want to create unique content to engage your audience, bringing artists, like Toronto’s own JessGo, on board is the way to go. Using your theme, purpose, and even your attendees’ comments, JessGo will create a physical or digital masterpiece live. Or host a breakout paint and sip session where JessGo will guide your virtual attendees through the process of creating their own beautiful works of art. 

        KEEP THEM ENTERTAINED

        Just because your event is virtual, does not mean that you must skip the live entertainment. Live comedic or musical performances can translate very well into virtual environments. Bringing entertainment directly to your virtual attendees is a great way to keep them connected. 

        • Laughter is the best medicine: More than ever we could all use a good dose of laughter. If you want comedy, music, and interactive games from world-renowned freestylers, you need Free Daps. Bringing a fully customizable and live interactive experience to both live and virtual events your attendees will have a difficult time containing their laughter with the hilarious rap stylings of Free Daps.
        • Music, Games, and Fun: gamification is a must-have for both live and virtual events. When you want to deliver the best in live music entertainment and gamification to your event, you need URequest Live. Since its inception, URequest Live has been on the cutting edge of experiential event technology.

        Blending technology and musical entertainment through their live shows, URequest Live can bring their world-class talent to your virtual event. Your attendees can compete to hear their favorite song, request a shout-out, or play gamified content that is tailored to your event.

        For more information about the hottest virtual, live, or hybrid event trends and help planning your next virtual corporate event, contact the Toronto virtual event entertainment specialists and talent management at Fusion Events by calling 416-825-4938 today!

        Live & Virtual Entertainment Solutions

        Fusion Events provides world-class event and entertainment production for corporate, social and hybrid/virtual events. Whether you require AV support for your live entertainment, band, or DJ or more complex AV needs such as video walls, lighting, live streaming, and projection mapping, Fusion Events provides technical solutions that meet your objectives.

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        Virtual Corporate Events https://www.fusion-events.ca/auto-draft/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 17:04:16 +0000 https://www.fusion-events.ca/?p=26829 The post Virtual Corporate Events appeared first on Fusion Events.

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        VIRTUAL CORPORATE EVENTS

        Your All-Access Pass To Planning the Perfect Virtual Event

        Go Virtual for Your Next Company Event

        As mobility and access have continued to be a requirement for major corporate events, and as the world continues to respond and adapt to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, virtual events have grown in popularity. But pivoting from in-person to virtual events can be tricky. Whether you are reconfiguring an existing corporate event or planning your next conference, we have your all-access pass to planning the perfect virtual corporate event.

        WHAT IS A VIRTUAL EVENT?

        In short, a virtual event is an interactive gathering that takes place on the internet rather than in-person. Many large-scale events like SXSW and Coachella have started incorporating virtual components into their live events for some time and are reaching a wider audience as a result. From audience reach to extremely measurable metrics, virtual events offer a great many benefits, too.

        HOW TO HOST A VIRTUAL EVENT?

        When planning your event, there are a few key questions that must be addressed as part of your event strategy.

        • What kind of experience do you want your attendees to have?
        • Will the event be live or on-demand?
        • Will attendees continue to have access once your event is over?
        • Will access to some parts or all the event have a fee (i.e. gated) or be free?
        • Do you plan to work with sponsors or vendors?
        • What days or times work best for the event?
        • Will attendees need to register?
        • What platform or platforms will you use?

        LIVESTREAMING

        From Facebook to TikTok, just about every social media platform has a live video feature. Many live streams will show real-time commentary from viewers and some, like Instagram, allows users to go live with a friend – a great solution for an “ask me anything” or co-presentation.

        WEBINARS

        Webinars are handy tools for training and presentations. They allow material to be presented in real-time and saved for viewing later. There are a great many platforms that event planners can utilize for their next event. Among them are:

        • Demio: Allows for live and pre-recorded webinars, and included interactive polls, call-to-action-buttons, and private chat.
        • 6connex: Accessible from any device without the need to install software or apps, this platform includes social media integration, real-time analytics, and flexible registration.
        • Crowdcast: Accessible from any browser through a single URL, this platform includes replays, registration forms, and analytics.

        CONFERENCING AND NETWORKING

        When you want to keep the feel of more traditional formal events, there is a wide array of tools that will enable you to host a virtual networking event.

        • Brella: This platform allows for speakers, agendas, sponsors, and individual streams.
        • 6connex: In addition to its webinar capabilities, 6connex allows event planners to onboard exhibitors by creating virtual booths. The platform also includes chat and live stream options.
        • Hop In: An all-in-one solution that covers meetings, webinars, live broadcasts, and trade shows.

        Whether you need help planning your virtual meeting or event or are looking for the best ideas to take your existing event to the next level, our experienced Toronto corporate event-planning professionals have the experience and expertise to make your meeting unforgettable. Arrange a consultation today by calling Fusion Events at 416-825-4938.

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          PLANNING A WEDDING DURING COVID-19

          What can we expect when weddings are allowed to resume?.

          The times they are  certainly changing. With the current COVID-19 Pandemic couples who are planning their weddings are unsure of what their weddings may look like. Today’s blog takes a look at what weddings may look like post Coronavirus.

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          PLANNING A WEDDING DURING COVID-19

           

          Planning a wedding during COVID-19 will be a new challenge for many couples hoping to get married within the next 12-24 months. Many couples have been forced to postpone and re-imagine what their weddings will, or could look like due to the coronavirus pandemic. First of all, we want you to know that you are not alone!  Fusion Events is keeping a close eye on the almost daily changes and updates happening in the events and hospitality industries. As thousands of couples are forced to postpone including many of our own clients, we want to share some industry insight into what the future of weddings may look like in hopes that it helps you with planning your upcoming wedding, what to potentially expect and what the future of weddings may look like. So, here we go:

          Physical Distancing

          We predict that physical distancing will be a norm in weddings at least until the summer of 2021 if not later or until a vaccine or quick test can be developed. Some updates we can expect as a result of physical distancing are:

          • Smaller tables with family pods. No longer will you assign seats based on relationships. Seating will be arranged by family households or established family bubbles. 
          • Line ups – expect hosts or venue personnel to be managing crowds for things like coat checks. washrooms, food stations, bars etc.
          • Floor Signage – we will see entrances and exits become one way only and floor decals to indicate directions you can travel.
          • Dancing – For those that want to have dancing as part of the celebration we can expect to see dancefloors marked with positions 6ft apart and everyone stays in their section. For this reason line dancing may see a surge in popularity as it’s a dance that can be done together but with safe distance.

          AllSeated, which is a popular industry tool for creating floor plans, has released an update to their software that allows for and takes into consideration physical distancing allowing planners and venues to safely create to scale floor plans taking physical distancing into account.

          More Resources:

          Making Floor Plans for Social Distancing 

          The Future of Floorplans

          Micro-Weddings

          Most industry professionals agree that for the next 12-18months  (until about June 2021) events and gatherings will be restricted to 25-50 people at first and may increase as a vaccine becomes available making micro-weddings the only choice. If you are holding out hope for a larger wedding in 2020 or early to mid 2021 your venue may be forced to impose guest count restrictions. This will be incredibly awkward as couples may be forced to un-invite guests and choose which 25-50 they want to invite.

          Micro-weddings do have an upside though and because of this will likely remain post pandemic. Here are some of the benefits of a micro weddings:

          • You only invite the most important people to you. You dont’ have to worry about inviting your aunt Bertha who is a lush and is sure to make a scene.
          • Weddings will have more meaning now than ever and people will appreciate being able to be together to celebrate a wedding. This will create a more genuine experience where couples and guests can focus on what is truly important.
          • High Style – with a micro wedding you can focus on a highly stylized and personalized experience for you and your guests.

          Food & Beverage

          The hospitality industry has been planning and strategizing on how to best move forward with food and beverage service post pandemic. Here are some changes we may see:

          • Increased staff training on food and safety
          • No more buffets or passed hors d’oeuvres. In lieu of passed food be prepared for bento box style appetizers or late night snacks for each guest. Buffets are gone and may never come back as we knew them. Food stations will remain however expect to see sneeze guards here and at bars as well as longer line ups which venues will try to counteract with more servers.
          • Venues will leverage any outdoor space they can for safer physical distancing. Some restaurants and venues are looking at creating individual clear pods or greenhouses for small family pods to dine in.

          More Resources:

           how fast the virus can spread using a buffet (blacklight video).

           Event Pros Predict The Future OF Event Catering 

          The Future of Events Post Coronavirus 

           14 COVID-19 Safety Features of Post-Lockdown Events

           

          PLANNING A MICRO WEDDING?

          Planning an upcoming micro-wedding or reception for the future to celebrate your nuptials? Get help from the certified wedding planners at Fusion Events with the experience and talent to bring your vision to life – safely and creatively. Arrange a consultation appointment by calling Fusion Events at 416-825-4938 today!

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          Thermal Screening + Hygiene Stations

          We can most certainly expect to see thermal imaging and screening technology implemented at events across the world. This may come in various shapes and sizes such as photo-booth style kiosk that you stand in front of prior to entering and it takes an instant reading of your temperature such as MyThermalGuard. Other venues may adopt more basic manual temperature reading with someone taking temperatures at the door.

          As far as hygiene is concerned venues will be ramping up their cleaning efforts to make sure touch-points are frequently disinfected. Hand sanitizer stations will be everywhere and some couples may even create their own personalized hand sanitizer bottles for each table.

            PPE

          Personal Protective Equipment will become a norm for servers, bartenders, and hosts at events. Expect to see venue branded face masks in your future. We haven’t yet seen see-through PPE innovation however it would be nice to be able to better see people’s expressions. It would also be helpful for anyone who is hearing impaired who relies on reading lips. we arent’ sure yet if wedding guests will be required to wear PPE to attend a wedding. Some may choose to. Some couples may choose to make personalized masks for their wedding. We’ve also seen some companies who will print the lower half of your own face on a mask (which we think is a really fun idea) liek from Maskalike (you better get on the waiting list if you liek this idea!) 

          Entertainment

          Entertainment will play a bigger role in weddings than ever before. With certain traditional formalities being stripped away such as receiving lines, extended family and guest photoshoots, entertaining guests and keeping a light tone will be incredibly important to couples getting married. Quality wedding MC’s will become worth their weight in gold. We expect to even see more comedy and interactive entertainment that people can sit and watch incorporated into wedding receptions. A great example of traditional wedding entertainment that can be adapted to a post pandemic wedding is uRequest Live. uRL is a live band ranging from 5-10 musicians who let the audience control what they play by making requests from the band using a short link on their smartphones. The audience can leave their names and even a message or shoutout request allowing the band interact with the audience in a very personal way. They also play the most requested songs in order of popularity ensuring that everyone is happy and get to hear their jam!

          Here’s a fun idea. The Flaming Lips recently performed on The Late Show With Colbert inside inflatable bubbles. The audience was in them too!

          Multiple Mini Events (The Hub and Spoke method)

          We suspect couples may want to incorporate the “hub and spoke method” which allows a single venue to host two or more smaller groups in different rooms or using different venues altogether and connecting via live stream. How would this work you ask? One example is using the same venue but using two smaller rooms. Guests could dine in two groups of 50 and the bride and groom would go between the rooms. A more realistic option might be to have a more formal dinner, speeches and entertainment with immediate family than having a second room that is more designed for friends, partying and dancing.  

          Stream-emonies and Mini-monies

          Couples will want to share their wedding ceremonies in realtime with loved ones near and far who may not be able to attend due to risk factors or travel restrictions. Live streaming ceremonies could be a thing. We could even see a screen at the ceremony location showing all guests who are watching the stream. Even uncle Bob in Zimbabwe could share a reading in real-time. Some couples will choose to have “mini-monies” with just them and a few others now then host a reception or party when they are able. 

          Conclusion 

          There is no doubt that wedding industry is being forced to reinvent itself taking into consideration curbing the spread of a pandemic and physical distancing while still safely operating. Weddings have always taken place. Even in the darkest times in history. The difference now is that there is a more established wedding and events industry that is working together to pave the way for the “new normal” of events. As professional wedding planners we are keeping our eyes and ears peeled to the almost daily changes and updates that are taking place in our industry and doing our part to contribute to the conversation to move our industry forward.

          Planning a wedding during the Coronavirus pandemic? Not to worry! We’ve got you covered! With over twenty years of experience, Fusion Events is at the forefront of innovation and is in constant  contact with the leaders in our industry to stay abreast of all the changes and innovation taking place so that we can better serve our clients and community. Have a question? Drop us an email at info@fusion-events.ca or give us a call today at 416-825-4938.

          OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE

          WE CARE ABOUT YOUR EVENTS

          COVID-19 RESPONSE

          Fusion Events wants to thank all frontline workers who put themselves at risk each and every day. In an effort to rest our clients minds at ease we want to reassure everyone that your bookings are SAFE with us! 

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          MICRO WEDDINGS AND ELOPEMENT TRENDS

          Your Guide to Micro Weddings and Elopements
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          Current and Upcoming Micro Weddings and Elopement Trends

           

          The global coronavirus pandemic has forced many couples to think outside of the box when it comes to their upcoming wedding plans. With many venues and businesses closed, impending nuptials have had to be postponed and couples may be worried about when and how they can have the wedding of their dreams. This is where micro weddings and elopements come into play. Fortunately, we have seen couples and their wedding planners get creative so their perfect wedding day can still happen with a little ingenuity.

          Micro weddings and elopements are becoming very popular and trendy compared to the large weddings a few months ago. No longer do brides or grooms have to worry about how many relatives and friends to invite. Nor do they have to worry about finding the largest venue available with plenty of space.

          Some current trends that are shaping weddings of the future include:

          .

          Trend #1: Livestreamed Virtual/Hybrid Weddings

          Safely inviting numerous guests is no longer feasible, at least until there is a vaccine for COVID-19. Virtual conferencing apps like Zoom, Skype, Instagram Live, and others are being used by many innovative couples who want to include everyone on their special day – but safely. Some type of live stream, whether it be done professionally or more DIY, will likely become a more common occurrence at weddings.  

          Trend #2: Hosting of Smaller Groups of 50 – 100 People

          When venues do start reopening, expect there to be a reduction in capacity limits even though the venues can accommodate a lot more people. Weddings will likely be scaled back to groups of 50 to 100 guests or broken up into smaller groups throughout a venue (imagine 25-50 people per smaller function space/ballroom) to be able to maintain social distancing.

          Trend #3: Wedding Today – Reception Tomorrow

          Some couples are eloping because they do not want to wait to get married. They are perfectly happy waiting to celebrate with a reception later, once it is safe for them to gather with their family and friends.  Why not have a fabulous and romantic elopement now and a great party a later date.

          Trend #5: A Focus on Micro for Macro Results

          Hand-lettered place cards, elegant floral centerpieces, and personalized wedding favors can have a big impact for micro weddings. By paring down the guest list to immediate family and close friends, the bride and groom can host a more intimate tailored reception. Couples can also choose to help boost local economies by working with small businesses in their community to help add even more meaning to their special day.

          Trend #6: More Entertainment

          Formalities that have historically eaten up a lot of time such as receiving lines or extended family photoshoots will no longer be a thing. This will either mean that weddings will be shorter or more games and entertainment will be used throughout to keep people engaged and entertained. Personalized and interactive entertainment will be more in demand then ever. From personalized poem writing for each guest, to interactive all request and karaoke bands entertainment will be a big trend in micro weddings.

          PLANNING A MICRO WEDDING?

          Planning an upcoming micro-wedding or reception for the future to celebrate your nuptials? Get help from the certified wedding planners at Fusion Events with the experience and talent to bring your vision to life – safely and creatively. Arrange a consultation appointment by calling Fusion Events at 416-825-4938 today!

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          WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING

          “Arthur was great to work with. Very friendly and accommodating. The band was also unbelievable. Our guests had a blast!” – Sabrina Romanescu

          “What can we say. This guy saved the day.
          He listened to our vision and supported the execution to a ‘T’. Each one of his vendor recommends were a perfect fit for our big day.  It is without any hesitation or reservation that we whole heartedly recommend Arthur, Fusion Events and the band Urequest live. Full stop” – Emily Sestito

          “It doesn’t get any better than Fusion!! Arthur and his team pulled together a wedding in less than 4 months…every aspect. Arthur brings creativity, professionalism and your vision to life unlike anyone else” – Judith Guimares

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          INTERACTIVE IDEAS FOR CORPORATE EVENTS

          Don’t let the message be forgotten! Use interactive entertainment to leave a lasting impression. 

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          Innovative and Interactive Ideas for Corporate Events

          When putting on a corporate event, you want to create a memorable, innovative and interactive event experience for your attendees. Catering to a wide audience, whose tastes vary, and keeping it within the spectrum of professionally acceptable, while making it fun can be a tall order to fill. If you are looking for ways to make your next event truly innovative, check out these ideas.

          Go All In With an Immersive Experience

          With more and more people opting for experience over material goods, you can create a truly remarkable event by adding an immersive experience to the day. Escape rooms are especially on-trend these days and are natural team-builders but in a fun and exciting way. If you’re not sure if your audience will thrill with the idea of an escape room, consider adding an event-themed cooking or mixology class.

          Include an “Awww” Factor

          There are countless studies that show being around animals — especially puppies and kittens — can reduce stress and increase oxytocin (the “feel-good” hormone) in the brain. Create a puppy playpen area for your attendees to get some cuddly downtime. You could even partner with Humane Canada or the Ontario SPCA so event attendees have the option to adopt a pet.

          Do Not Forget the Tech

          With event technology becoming more and more accessible, you will want to make sure to include the latest in event technology.

            • Augmented Reality (AR): Use AR to create a scavenger hunt to get your attendees moving and competing.
            • Holograms: This technology event entertainment once was only found at sci-fi and fantasy events. Today, with the latest advances in holographic technology, you can find it being used by businesses of all sizes at their corporate events.
            • Event Apps: Branded event apps are a must-have for any event. Create games, interact with live bands, send announcements, and increase audience engagement with an event app.
          Do Not Forget the Live Entertainment

          Nothing says fun like a live musical experience. If you really want to wow the attendees at your next event, consider hiring a live band to really up the innovation factor. When you want to make sure that there is something for every attendee then look no further than Fusion Events and our live bands, like Toronto’s own uRequest Live.

          uRequest Live is an internationally renowned band that offers an all-request live music experience that merges technology and live musicians allowing attendees to curate what they play by making requests from touchscreen jukeboxes and/or their smartphones. This also works incredibly well for virtual events where the band streams their performance and the audience can make requests in real time from anywhere in the world.

          PLANNING A CORPORATE EVENT?

          Fusion Events is home to world class entertainment for live, virtual and hybrid events. Whether you need a live band or interactive performer for your companies online meeting or event, our experienced event staff of entertainment professionals have the knowledge and experience to help you find the right solutions for your events.  Arrange an entertainment  consultation today by calling Fusion Events at 416-825-4938 today or click below!

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          ABOUT THE AUTHOR

          ArthurK, WPICC

          BizBash 250 Most Influential Event Professionals in Canada

          Fusion Events founder, Arthur Kerekes, is a well-known figurehead in the live events and wedding industry. His early career was focused on being a musician and bandleader to such bands as  Juno Award nominee, God Made Me Funky, to later starting Fusion Events, an award-winning entertainment and wedding planning company.   Over his twenty-plus year career, Arthur has become a leader, trend-setter, and innovator known for pushing boundaries and thinking outside of the box. Named by BizBash as one of the “250 Most Influential Event Professionals in Canada (2020)”, Arthur is also proud recipient of the “Canadian Wedding Professional Of the Year Award” at the Canadian Event Industry Awards (2015 and 2017). Arthur is an active member of industry associations ILEA and WPIC and often speaks at industry events and mentors up and coming event professionals. READ FULL BIOGRAPHY HERE

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          Innovative Event Entertainment - uREQUEST LIVE

          World-renowned event entertainment concept, uRequest Live, is changing the way audiences interact with music at events creating more engagement and interactivity.
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          INNOVATIVE EVENT ENTERTAINMENT

          Innovative event entertainment is an essential part of any corporate event or wedding reception. Accounting for a variety of individual tastes while also ensuring the right tone is set can be especially challenging. But that does not have to be the case any longer! Since their debut, uRequest Live has been one of Toronto’s top-most requested live entertainers for corporate events and weddings.
          Taking the Toronto and international event entertainment scene by storm, uRequest Live has blazed a new trail in experiential live music entertainment combined with innovative technologies. Featured on Michael Cerbelli’s “The Hot List” in 2019 and 2020, uRequest Live transcends traditional live music entertainment by combining the extraordinary talents of a ten-piece core band with smart technologies to create a truly fun, one-of-a-kind engaging experience.

          This unique blend of music and tech is the perfect solution for events, weddings, and entertainment or other celebratory gatherings. Providing a truly customizable experience for each event, uRequest Live brings curated live musical talent and an all-encompassing set list of hundreds of songs to your wedding celebration or other events.

          HOW IT WORKS

          Audiences can request a song from touchscreen kiosks set up by the stage or multiple kiosks set up around the venue. Guests may also request songs directly from their mobile devices. Setlists can be tailored to fit a theme or genre, and can be timed so ensure optimal audience engagement.

          Additionally, you can choose to enable messaging so guests can send the band messages for dedications or shout outs. What truly gets your guests engaged is attempting to get their requests higher in the queue. The more requests a song receives, the higher it moves up the queue.

          The band can see which songs are the most in-demand by the audience and will play the songs in order of popularity. Audience members can essentially control which songs are requested the most through the uRequest Live app, ensuring that what they want to hear is what will be played.

          uRequest Live’s event app is a dream come true for wedding and event hosts who want to provide an immersive entertainment experience for guests. For instance, one customized app feature allows for a push notification to be sent to all attendess to prompt them to make requests.

          LOOKING FOR INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT?

          Delighting audiences across Canada and the US, uRequest Live will bring its unforgettable show to your next event. For more information about uRequest Live or help with planning your wedding or next event, contact the certified wedding planners, event coordinators and talent management at Fusions Events in Toronto by calling 416-825-4938 today!

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          How to gamify your next big event! https://www.fusion-events.ca/how-to-gamify-your-next-big-event/ Mon, 27 May 2019 19:25:59 +0000 https://www.fusion-events.ca/?p=10682 Get Your Attendees Playing! Gamifying Your Next Event By 2020, the gamification market is expected to be an 11 billion dollar industry and it’s easy to see why. The gamification of corporate events is one of the hottest trends, especially when you can incorporate live music, customized playlists, and interactive real-time games! If you are […]

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          Get Your Attendees Playing! Gamifying Your Next Event

          By 2020, the gamification market is expected to be an 11 billion dollar industry and it’s easy to see why. The gamification of corporate events is one of the hottest trends, especially when you can incorporate live music, customized playlists, and interactive real-time games! If you are wondering how to gamify your next corporate event, we are here to help!

          Technology Meets Live Music to Create Unforgettable Events

          To create unforgettably exciting events, you need the best kind of soundtrack. You want your attendees to have a great time, but it can be tricky to find the right kind of live band or DJ — and make sure the set list is tailored to your event. That’s where uRequestLive (uRL) comes in.

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          uRL elevates event entertainment. Featured on celebrity event planner Michael Cerebelli’s “The Hot List 2019,” uRequestLive brings all the excitement of an incredibly talented 10 piece band and combines it with the latest in interactive technology to create an experience that your attendees will absolutely love.

          Gamification – Elevated

          Event attendees can request songs from a curated list through touch screen “jukeboxes,” or through their own smartphones, while interacting with the band real-time, ensuring that the fun never stops!

          If you have attended or planned a corporate event, you know that games will be played. But getting attendees excited to participate in the usual scavenger hunts or name tag switch can be a challenge. So why not skip the usual? Take your event gamification to the next level by introducing your audience to the thrill of TimePlay. TimePlay’s patented entertainment technology is a fully interactive event gaming experience, allowing event planners to brand and customize games for their events.

          Keep Them Talking Long After the Event is Over 

          Attendees will be absolutely excited to connect and compete for prizes and bragging rights, which will drive audience engagement and participation. But it is not just about games – TimePlay allows you to customize interactive content and experiential social interactions, too. This keeps your attendees connected and engaged throughout your event.

          uRequestLive and TimePlay have teamed up to create a truly amazing event experience for your attendees. Combining the thrill of live interactive gaming and social engagement with an unforgettable music experience, your attendees can create custom event memories from their smart devices. Entertaining gamification, live polling, and real-time leaderboards all set to the soundtrack created by your attendees’ requests! What more could you want from a corporate event? Using the power of these technologies will take your next event to the next level.

          Plus, event attendees will anxiously look forward to your next event. Whether you are launching a new product, planning a corporate charity event, or celebrating your employees with a night just for them, remember to include uRL and TimePlay.

          To learn more about both of these event-enhancing technologies, help planning your event, and access to some of the hottest live performers and DJs around, please feel free to contact Fusion Events at 416-651-3873 today!

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          Top Event Technology Trends https://www.fusion-events.ca/top-event-technology-trends/ Thu, 23 May 2019 19:21:16 +0000 https://www.fusion-events.ca/?p=10681 The post Top Event Technology Trends appeared first on Fusion Events.

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          TOP EVENT TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

          Technology is a tool to deliver your message and affect positive behavioral change in your audience.

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          The Top Event Technology Trends You Need to Know About 

          If you want to generate excitement about your next corporate event, increase attendance, and see attendee engagement skyrocket then you need to embrace event technology. The latest trends in event technology improve productivity and attendance all while streamlining event planning and execution. When planning your next event consider incorporating these trending technologies.

          1) Getting Creative with Projection Mapping

          Typical 2D projections are incredibly limited; only really able to be shown in dimly lit rooms on flat surfaces. While these may be fine to use in the meeting room, they can really fall flat during an event. Projection mapping, on the other hand, turns virtually any surface, room or building into an interactive and exciting display.

          Projection mapping helps to enhance the event experience by incorporating unique design elements into virtually any space. Projections can create sensational displays that are only limited by the scope of imagination and can turn a typical event venue into a truly unique space. Projection mapping is also flexible enough to accommodate any number of event objectives — from social media walls to interactive art displays to maps of the venue.

           2) Up Your Attendee Engagement with Event Apps

          Just about everyone has a smartphone, which means just about everyone interacts with apps multiple times per day. Event apps are quickly becoming a de facto requirement for all well-planned events that want to provide practically never-ending opportunities for attendee interaction.

          Event apps can be customized to be on brand with the company, event, or venue and offer a truly personalized experience for your attendees. Apps increase attendee engagement — an astounding 75% open rate on announcements sent through the app — and help hype your event. Event apps can also provide you real-time event analytics by tracking downloads, click-throughs, and interaction rates.

          Check out some of the best event apps here.

          3) Get Personal with Facial Recognition

          Facial recognition is already being widely used at concerts, music festivals, and some major sporting events. Now facial recognition is making its way into the corporate event arena.

          • Speed up Checking in. Facebook uses facial recognition to make it easier to tag people in photos and the same process can be used to speed up the process of attendee check-ins at the event.
          • Gauge Engagement. Using facial recognition software, you can get real-time and honest feedback about your attendees’ moods.
          • Create a Photo Booth. You can really engage your attendees by creating a fun photo booth that lets people tag other attendees.

          4) Get Real Engagement with Augmented Reality

          Augmented Reality (AR) games can really get attendees participating and interacting with your event. Scavenger hunts, promotions, and lead management, along with the relative ease of including gamification through event apps, make AR features a must-have at corporate events.

          Event technologies are elevating the landscape of corporate event planning. By making your event more experiential by including technology, you will increase attendance and engagement. For assistance planning your next amazing corporate event, please feel free to contact Fusion events at 416-651-3873 today!

           

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          Innovative Event Technology – URequest Live! https://www.fusion-events.ca/innovative-event-technology/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 21:10:00 +0000 https://www.fusion-events.ca/?p=10641 See what our innovative all-request band has been up to in 2018, and see how our new technology can help your private or corporate event.

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          Who We Are

          In all industries, true purveyors seek to reinvent the classics. uRequestLive has not only sought, but truly achieved, reinvention and gamification of innovative event technology.

          Pioneers of live music experiences, uRequestLive uses the latest in technology to engage and interact with audiences in a way never yet achieved by the melding of music and machine. It is an immersive and memorable experience that event-goers will not soon forget.

           

          uRequestLive seamlessly blends trendsetting technology with a real live band experience to generate audience interaction, engagement and friendly competition!

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          Our clients are hip, forward-thinking, experientially driven music consumers. They crave interactivity tied to incredible music to build memories.

          Customization on the fly is now a thing and you can find it from uRequestLive, a 10-piece band of world class musicians who mix, twist, and take requests in advance of your event. Combined with patented video and app technology, guests can pick and choose what keeps your dance floor filled and your brand or event top of mind.

          So how does it work? With a song list of over 400 hit songs spanning all genres and eras, the band mixes on the fly and flows seamlessly from song to song with sheet music instantly uploaded to their iPads when a request is made. In addition to live requests, music videos and gamified content also play in sync on screens behind them.

          In 20 years, we have never had as many people dancing or engaged as we did with URL…People were flocking the kiosks and making requests all night.

          -Fidelity Investments

          What We Do

          Forward thinking clients, Shire Pharmaceuticals, embedded our Request App with their own Event App allowing them to send a push notification to guests 15 minutes prior to doors opening to submit their music requests for the band. Company and guests loved how the App seamlessly blended into their already created Event App and extended the event experience beyond the four walls of their venue.

          uRequestLive has inspired a whole new generation of event goers with companies like Cornerstone OnDemand utilizing the band concept as event inspiration. Cornerstone OnDemand featured signage at their event encouraging guests to make requests with the slogan “Party Like It’s Your Job”. They also received customized wristbands with the request website link printed on them to further personalize the event.

          “I have been booking talent for many years and have worked with some of the top names and most innovative performers of our time. It is without question that uRequestLive is pioneering new technology.

          – Danny Bergold, About Entertainment

          Index Exchange hosted an 80’s Prom themed event with on-theme branding surrounding uRequestLive request kiosks. Cards were also handed out saying “Don’t Like This Song? Pick A New One!” with the web URL attached so that guests could make requests. Guests interacted and were requesting and up-voting their favourite songs and engaged with the band directly via messages.

          The Future

          In 2018, a partnership with TimePlay (The App Game played in every major Cineplex theatre across Canada) materialized to create gamified content. Guests control the content designed to go along with the band displayed on large screens using their smartphones. For example, uRequestLive’s “Dance off Game” allows the app tho measure your body movement as you dance. The harder you dance, the further ahead you move on the leaderboard screen. Engagement is watching guests groove as hard as they can to the band while eyeing their screen to see their position so that they can out-dance each other. Interactivity can be coupled with a unique concept to deliver prizing far more sophisticated than a raffle. uRequestLive is the first band in the world to use this kind of technology and they are changing the landscape of live entertainment.

          uRequestLive is set to innovate again with apps being built to increase fundraising at charitable events, trading small donations for song requests. Stay tuned to see what else we have in store!

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          Tips for Planning a Great End of Summer Corporate Event https://www.fusion-events.ca/tips-for-planning-a-great-summer-corporate-event/ Fri, 31 Aug 2018 06:00:15 +0000 https://www.fusion-events.ca/?p=10593 Summer is almost over and before the weather starts to cool down, now is a great time to plan a corporate event. The warmer weather provides the option of hosting your event outdoors and opens up a wider range of venues. With the proper planning and help from our Toronto event planners, you can have […]

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          Summer is almost over and before the weather starts to cool down, now is a great time to plan a corporate event. The warmer weather provides the option of hosting your event outdoors and opens up a wider range of venues.

          With the proper planning and help from our Toronto event planners, you can have a successful event everyone will be talking about long afterwards. You will want to make sure to get event planners on board as soon as possible, as their input, expertise, and assistance will be very beneficial.

          1. Determine your event budget. If you don’t have any constraints regarding how much you can spend on the event, that’s wonderful. Although, for most businesses, you will need to have a budget amount in mind. Having a figure in mind allows you and your event planners to work within this range when planning and deciding other aspects of the event.
          2. Decide what type of corporate event you want to host. Do you want to host a “company picnic” for your employees and their families? Are you launching a new product this fall and want to host a pre-launch preview party for potential buyers?
          3. Pick a venue that reflects the type of event you are planning. For instance, for a “company picnic” you could find a nice outdoor venue that also offered indoor areas, in case of rain.
          4. Come up with a theme for the event. Having a theme will help set the tone for the event and makes taking care of other details much easier. For example, you want to host a “company picnic” for your employees with a beach theme.
          5. Plan your food and beverage options. Now that you have your theme, you can use it to determine what types of food and beverages would work well. Using our example of a beach theme, you could choose tropical inspired food and beverages.
          6. Select some form of live entertainment. What sets remarkable corporate events apart from the rest is there is always some form of live entertainment. Including entertainment as part of your corporate event ensures your guests will have a better time because they feel more included.
          7. Send out invites to your guests. You should already have a guest list started based on the type of event you are hosting. Review that list and add any other guests you may have missed. You want to get invites out as quickly as possible to have a great turnout. Rather than sending out invites in the mail, use electronic versions you can create online and send via email.

          Lastly, you will want to make a to-do list and work with your event planner to determine which things they can take care of and which ones you need to do. For assistance in putting together an outstanding end of summer corporate event, please feel free to contact Fusion Events at 416-651-3873 today!

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