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Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) was established in 1987 as an association devoted to the growth and stability of the festival and event industry in Ontario. FEO supports a lively, engaged and dedicated festival and events industry by sharing knowledge, enabling networking and providing leadership on education, advocacy and promotion.

If you would like to become a member of Festivals and Events Ontario, click here http://www.festivalsandeventsontario.ca/members/join-feo or you can email Debbie Mann (debbie@festivalsandeventsontario.ca).

If you would like to suggest a topic or a guest for the next FEO On the Air, just email Dave MacNeil (dave@festivalsandeventsontario.ca).

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Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) was established in 1987 as an association devoted to the growth and stability of the festival and event industry in Ontario. FEO supports a lively, engaged and dedicated festival and events industry by sharing knowledge, enabling networking and providing leadership on education, advocacy and promotion.

If you would like to become a member of Festivals and Events Ontario, click here http://www.festivalsandeventsontario.ca/members/join-feo or you can email Debbie Mann (debbie@festivalsandeventsontario.ca).

If you would like to suggest a topic or a guest for the next FEO On the Air, just email Dave MacNeil (dave@festivalsandeventsontario.ca).

    Episode 64 - Naomi Campbell - Luminato Festival

    Episode 64 - Naomi Campbell - Luminato Festival

    In this episode of FEO on the Air we are joined by Naomi Campbell who is the Artistic Director of the Luminato Festival in Toronto.

    Luminato Festival Toronto is an international arts festival dedicated to performance, media and visual arts, and programming that cuts across traditional artform boundaries. Luminato works closely with Canadian artists to support the development and creation of distinctive new work as well as presenting today’s most exciting artists from around the world.

    Naomi and Dave chat about the NEW reality once COVID-19 hit where Luminato made the difficult decision to create a version of the Festival on an on-line Digital Platform so that the event could still happen and have a presence in 2020. There were many challenges and a large learning curve, but what they came up with is a 3-day celebration on-line June 11-13 and you are invited to be a part of it.

    To reach Naomi Campbell for questions (please wait until after June 13 to ask), you can email ncampbell@luminato.com, or visit their website www.luminatofestival.com

    To get all the COVID-19 information you need, visit the official FEO webpage www.festivalsandeventsontario.ca/resource…e-centre. We are updating the information here almost daily.

    If you're an FEO member and have any questions or concerns that you'd like presented to the Government on your behalf, please contact FEO CEO Dave MacNeil at 519-742-2226 or through email dave@festivalsandeventsontario.ca.

    • 18 min
    Episode 63 - David D'Cruz - Spotlight AV Industries (SAVI)

    Episode 63 - David D'Cruz - Spotlight AV Industries (SAVI)

    In this episode of FEO on the Air we are joined by David D'Cruz who is the President of Spotlight AV Industries (SAVI).

    SAVI provides clients with audio and video production services and rental solutions in and around Toronto. Putting your event in the spotlight is their goal. They accomplish this by helping you design a unique, one of a kind event. Their team of event producers makes your vision a reality. Top of the line sound systems, projectors, screens, and lighting helps your event stand out from the rest. They have a dedicated and experienced team of technicians and stagehands who are committed to serving you, our client.

    David and Dave chat about the NEW reality once COVID-19 hit where SAVI made the difficult decision to shelve millions of dollars in AV equipment as a service industry and make the bold move to rebrand as a retail industry that sells PPE for frontline workers. Not their area of expertise, but they saw a need in their community and felt it was a great way to stay open and keep their employees working,

    To reach David D'Cruz for questions, you can email info@spotlightav.com, or visit their websites www.ppetoronto.ca (for all of your PPE needs) or www.spotlightavi.com (for your AV needs).

    To get all the COVID-19 information you need, visit the official FEO webpage https://www.festivalsandeventsontario.ca/resources/covid-19-resource-centre. We are updating the information here almost daily.

    If you're an FEO member and have any questions or concerns that you'd like presented to the Government on your behalf, please contact FEO CEO Dave MacNeil at 519-742-2226 or through email dave@festivalsandeventsontario.ca.

    • 11 min
    Episode 62 - Matt Sobhy - X-Events

    Episode 62 - Matt Sobhy - X-Events

    In this episode of FEO on the Air we are joined by Matt Sobhy who is the Sales Director for XEvents.

    This is the first time we've spoken with Matt since he and his team set up the amazing experiences for our FEO Awards Gala evening in Richmond Hill. XEvents also created the look and feel for the Awards Gala the year before at our conference in the London Convention Centre. XEvents is a proud FEO Member and supplier for the last few years.

    Matt and Dave chat about the NEW reality for festivals and events and the move by many to take their event into the digital realm. The desire by planners to do something to keep their festival or event top of mind and relevant despite the fact that they will not be able to conduct it in the same way because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the mandated social distancing.

    The first big project they are working on is a 3-hour produced video package that can be customized by festival or event planners, municipalities, etc… so that they can still present Canada Day programming for their community. The video package will be professionally produced and will contain a Canada themed set, host, national anthem singer, cooking segment, trivia segment, Canadian music segment and so much more. The link to see the package is below. You will be able to upgrade the package, for a nominal cost, to include your mayor giving an address, a local singer doing the anthem etc. If the Canada Day package doesn't intrigue you, Matt is available for consultation on other digital concepts you may have.

    To reach Matt Sobhy for questions, you can email matt@x.events, or visit their website https://x.events/. To see the Canada Day package, click this link https://www.festivalsandeventsontario.ca/images/2020/05/OnlineEventSeries-CanadaDay.pdf

    To get all the COVID-19 information you need, visit the official FEO webpage https://www.festivalsandeventsontario.ca/resources/covid-19-resource-centre. We are updating the information here almost daily.

    If you're an FEO member and have any questions or concerns that you'd like presented to the Government on your behalf, please contact FEO CEO Dave MacNeil at 519-742-2226 or through email dave@festivalsandeventsontario.ca.

    • 13 min
    Episode 61 - Tala Kassar - Digiteau AVX Event Solutions Ltd.

    Episode 61 - Tala Kassar - Digiteau AVX Event Solutions Ltd.

    In this episode of FEO on the Air we are joined by Tala Kassar who is the VP of Business Development for Digiteau AVX Event Solutions Ltd.

    This is the first time we've spoken with Tala since she presented at our annual conference this past February in Richmond Hill and since Digiteau provided all of the digital display screens set up all around the hotel and conference space. Digiteau is a brand new supplier member of FEO.

    Tala and Dave chat about the NEW reality for festivals and events and the options Digiteau provides to assist FEO Members in transitioning their traditional festival or event into a digital environment. That can mean creating a virtual event, designing exciting content for digital screens or assistance with creating and executing effective social media campaigns.

    To reach Tala Kassar for questions, you can email sales@digiteau.com, call them toll free at 1-866-545-3149 or visit their website at www.digiteau.com.

    To get all the COVID-19 information you need, visit the official FEO webpage www.festivalsandeventsontario.ca/resource…e-centre. We are updating the information here almost daily.

    If you're an FEO member and have any questions or concerns that you'd like presented to the Government on your behalf, please contact FEO CEO Dave MacNeil at 519-742-2226 or through email dave@festivalsandeventsontario.ca.

    • 12 min
    Episode 60 - Adam Key - Impact Canopy

    Episode 60 - Adam Key - Impact Canopy

    In this episode of FEO on the Air we are joined by Adam Key from Impact Canopies Canada.

    This is the first time we've spoken with Adam since he hosted an information booth in the Marketplace at our annual conference this past February in Richmond Hill. Impact Canopy has been a long time supporter and member of FEO.

    Adam and Dave chat about the continued need for the product Impact Canopy makes during the pandemic. Restaurants and retail businesses that are open require curbside pick up banners, signage, and canopies that can be converted into mini isolation chambers to keep both employees inside and customers outside safe and socially distanced.

    Adam also spoke about the contributions that Impact Canopy is making to front line workers by producing face masks. This was a way to not only help the community but to keep the machines rolling and people employed during this difficult time. Impact canopy also has some very exciting ideas about how to help festivals and events that are still planing on happening later this year.

    To reach Adam Key for questions, you can email adamk@impactcanopy.com and as always, you can visit his website at www.impactcanopy.ca

    To get all the COVID-19 information you need, visit the official FEO webpage www.festivalsandeventsontario.ca/resource…e-centre. We are updating the information here almost daily.

    If you're an FEO member and have any questions or concerns that you'd like presented to the Government on your behalf, please contact FEO CEO Dave MacNeil at 519-742-2226 or through email dave@festivalsandeventsontario.ca.

    • 9 min
    Episode 59 - Judy Haber - Performance Sponsorship Group

    Episode 59 - Judy Haber - Performance Sponsorship Group

    In this episode of FEO on the Air we are joined by Judy Haber from Performance Sponsorship Group.

    This is the first time we've spoken with Judy since her highly rated presentations at our annual conference this past February in Richmond Hill.

    We get caught up on what has been happening in her world of corporate sponsorship since the pandemic hit, and talk about what has changed in the last 40-50 days.

    Judy also talks about strategies that festivals and events can take during the downtime to ensure they come back bigger and stronger later this year or in 2021. Strategies for retaining current sponsors and getting new ones in this new sponsorship landscape. Identifying what businesses are actually doing well during COVID-19 and are in a position to be a sponsor...or leverage their partners to bring cash to the table.

    To reach Judy Haber for questions, you can email jhaber@performancesponsorship.com and as always, you can visit her website at www.performancesponsorship.com.

    To get all the COVID-19 information you need, visit the official FEO webpage www.festivalsandeventsontario.ca/resources/covid-19-resource-centre. We are updating the information here almost daily.

    If you're an FEO member and have any questions or concerns that you'd like presented to the Government on your behalf, please contact FEO CEO Dave MacNeil at 519-742-2226 or through email dave@festivalsandeventsontario.ca.

    • 10 min

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