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February March 2019

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The floorplan was created as a journey through Oz, start- ing at Auntie Em's kitchen in the pre-function room where passed canapes and cocktails were served. The activations in the main room included the Yellow Brick Road LED dancefloor and Emerald City DJ Booth, The Witch's Castle photo op, Poppy Field lounge, Farmhouse VIP lounges, Muchkinland oxygen bar, a silent auction and silent disco. Given the interactive nature of the floorplan, the menu aimed to keep guests moving and exploring. Along with passed hors d'oeuvres, food stations served lamb, tacos, smoked salmon, chicken sliders and artisanal cheese. The event has become known for having a big "reveal" moment. This year, the team challenged itself to create an experience that was "as close as possible to a real tornado," says Porter. Here's how it went down: Dorothy ran frantically though the crowd, desperately searching for Toto with a tor- nado looming. When the tornado "struck", power failed and emergency warning lights engaged. The room swirled with strobe lightning and CO 2 cannons emulated the dangerous wind. An audio cue of thunder, rain and wind enveloped the crowd in 3D sound, accompanied by sound clips such as "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" and "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." When the house "crashed," two 54-foot runs of kabuki drape dropped on either side if the room, revealing Oz in a full wash of colour, projection map- ping, LED wall and indoor pyrotechnics. Learn more about the event and see a list of suppliers at vancouvereventindustry.com Photos: Vision Event Photography, with the exception of centre far right (page 36) and Munchkinland photo (page 37), Brian Dennehy Photography Muchkinland oxygen bar Watch a video of the event. Scan the QR code on page 32 or visit ignitemag.ca Glinda's dress held takeaway candy and Christmas ornaments. Alex Bickers (producer), Lion, Jennifer Winter (production manager), Dorothy, Robert Porter (creative director), Scarecrow and Tinman.

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