Join us for the Annual Tree Lighting at Jack Poole Plaza on Nov 29th

For the fourth consecutive year Fireworks will be supporting Amacon as they host Vancouver’s largest Tree Lighting Celebration. This ‘Rockefeller Style’ celebration raises awareness and funds for local Vancouver charities.

Bro Jake of Rock 101 and Steve Darling of Global TV will co-host, with appearances by The Vancouver Children’ Choir, Show Stoppers, The Voodoo Allstars, and of course the ‘man in red’ himself.

There will be hot chocolate to keep you warm and lots of great food carts to try out, so bring the whole family!

Thursday Nov 29th
5:30 -7:00pm Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.

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October 2012 News update

Oct 18th  Fireworks produced the BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Awards. Changing up the standard award show format, this event featured a mid-afternoon reception, followed by a snappy ceremony allowing guests to make it home for dinner.

On Oct 27th ABC Recycling celebrated its 100th Anniversary Gala at VCC East. This family owned company has been thriving in BC for 100 years and selected Fireworks Marketing Group to design and produce this milestone event. The show centred on a timeline journey, using music to highlight each era in the company’s growth.

On the same weekend in VCC West, Fireworks provided roving entertainment for New York Life Insurance’s Annual Congress, which was held in Vancouver for the first time.

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BC Cancer Foundation Announces Bust A Move in Vancouver

On April 13, 2013, the BC Cancer Foundation will join six other Canadian cities and host a Bust A Move for Breast Cancer fundraising event. Fireworks is proud to be working with the Foundation to produce this great event.

The event will be held at the Richmond Oval and it is anticipated that up to 1000 participants will share in a fun-filled day of exercise to raise funds for breast cancer research. For more information go to

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Event Camp Vancouver (#ECV11) Thoughts–Twitter

Does Twitter really add much if you’re where the news is happening?

I had the pleasure of attending the Event Camp in Vancouver and came away invigorated and encouraged. I found a group of thoughtful, smart people interested in sharing ideas and knowledge. From my perspective, Event camp was a successful demonstration into how we, as event and meeting producers, can have a greater impact on audiences by making the meeting experience different —by searching for best practices that integrate new media and new technologies to aid both collaboration and communication.

This was my first foray into the world of Twitter. I’ve been skeptical for a long time, about how useful twitter really is in the meeting context. I am still not convinced it’s for me personally. I found about only about 20% of the tweets actually contributed to the dialogue and of that 20%, only about 10% was of interest to me. That’s 2% of the traffic. The mental focus and time required to sort and digest these streams was not insignificant. As a ‘Main Tent’ attendee, I found the rewards didn’t outweigh the intrusion. I got more from the experience when I was disengaged from the stream and focused on the conversation in the room.

But, I saw how Twitter enabled dialogue between remote and the live site attendees, enriching the depth of understanding and the quality of the experience for those not physically present. It extended to conversation to a potentially huge audience and it created a potentially valuable artifact of the event.

There was one channel,  #ECV11, that captured the meeting traffic and there seemed to be four types of tweets in two groups:



Community Building

Spreading the word
Strengthening connections

As I said, a huge amount of traffic was not for me. Just like “reply all” drives us crazy, retweets seem to do the same. For heavy RT users, there should be another place to go. I’d call personal promotion and all RT traffic as solidly in the community-building realm. I would have preferred 2 channels of information: #EVC11 and #ECV11Chat, to make filtering easier.

We were lucky that we had a reporter who did a great job of summarizing conversation streams and making fast sorting easier. I’d consider having both designated reporter and knowledgeable commentator for information and activity heavy events.

Although I was just lurking, the chat components quickly brought the twitter-engaged community together into one space. The camaraderie that developed was obvious and seeing it post event, many of the connections made in that space seem to have great value.

I came away thinking that I still wouldn’t integrate twitter into a meeting unless there was a significant remote site component. If there was, I’d bring in a reporter and possibly a commentator to create content and I’d encourage that side chat happen in a side space.

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Loungeworks Opens a Vancouver Showroom

Our furniture rental arm, Loungeworks, has opened a showroom at 130 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, V5Y 1G6. Drop by to see how Loungeworks furniture can work for you to create striking environments for hospitality events, trades shows and meetings. Get some ideas for decor for your next event. Lounge22 and Girari

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Fireworks and Cystic Fibrosis Canada Team Up To Produce GearUp4CF

Between June 18th and June 26th, 2011, a group of 18 cyclists will ride from Banff to Vancouver to raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis research. On the last day of the ride, June 26th, these riders will be joined by hundreds more for the last 140 km of the ride. Fireworks is thrilled to be providing planning and logistical support for the last day of the ride. If your looking for a great way to spend a day on your bike, check out the GearUp4CF website and sign up to ride. It will be a great day and your participation will help to find a cure.

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OMG! Four Star Award Nominations.

Fireworks Marketing Group has been nominated in the 2010 Star Awards program for 4 awards.

The Canadian Event Industry Awards (the Stars) is the only national event industry competition in Canada and recognizes excellence in event production in Canada. Winners will be announced at the CSEME Award show in Toronto on March 25, 2011.

The four nominations are for:
1- The Samsung Mobile Explorers Program for Best Media Event
2- The CTC Torch Blessing Ceremony at the Four Host First Nations Pavilion for Best Media Event
3- The Bell Ice Cube for Best Pavilion
4- The Bell Ice Cube for Best Technical Support

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Fireworks Event Furniture Changes It’s Name to Loungeworks

We are pleased to announce that Fireworks Event Furniture has changed it’s name to Loungeworks Inc.


Loungeworks better reflects our core strengths and product offering. We look forward to continuing to provide rental furnishings, decor and design services to the event, trade show, and hospitality markets in Western Canada. Other than the name, everything remains the same. You can expect the same high quality product, service and selection.

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Fireworks and Jigsaw Interaction Win Gold From the Digital Signage Expo Apex Awards, 2011

Motion Activated Interactive Media KiosksOn February 23rd, at the Digital Signage Expo Apex Award Show in Las Vegas, the interactive media kiosks that Fireworks Marketing Group and Jigsaw Interaction created for the Bell Ice Cube were awarded Gold in the Public Space category. These kiosks, which we called the Smart Cubes, allowed pavilion visitors to view sports-related video footage on demand, triggered by proximity and a simple hand wave.

The annual DSE Apex Awards honor innovation in the development and deployment of technology in the global digital out-of-home industry.

Judging is based on the creative or technological solution to a digital signage installation challenge and the accompanying result. This year Gold, Silver and Bronze APEX Awards were presented to winners in eight categories, from a field of 78 outstanding entrants. Click here to view a video of the Bell Ice Cube Interactive Kiosks

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Illuminate Yaletown A Huge Success Attracting Over 25,000 Visitors

Photo by Anne Yungwirth

Thousands of people took to the streets on Friday and Saturday night to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The works of 14 artists created 18 light-based works that animated the streets and facades of Yaletown and helped to generate two of the best business days of the year for local restaurants and merchants. Watch the Illuminate Yaletown 2011 Video

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