By Carla Warrilow Posted October 19, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT
Bell and Circo de Bakuza transformed the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with white draping and vibrant blue carpeting, Bell’s brand colours. The dining room had a theatre-in-the-round layout, a challenge in the convention centre, with a runway and circular stage in the centre of the space lit overhead with a circular lighting truss. Large screens back-dropped the stage showing images of the day, night, or dawn sky.
One Night Under a Blue Sky was divided into sections, each one representing a progression of day to night. The event began with the “blue sky” cocktail reception, leading to “the sky opens,” where the curtain was drawn back to reveal the dining room and guests were led in by masked performers. After dinner was “night falls,” with a performance from theatre troupe La Salamandre. A second performance, from Freedom Ballet, marked “a new dawn,” ending the event on a hopeful note. The theme and entertainment drew on mental health visuals and language. Entertainment, for example, incorporated masks into performances to represent the stigma of mental illness. “It was subtle and creative, but not lost on people,” said Loring Phinney, vice president of corporate marketing at Bell.
The redesigned Bell Event received positive feedback from guests and raised $1.2 million for the centre.