Is Extended Reality (XR) the Future of Virtual Events?

Emerging technology offers astonishing possibilities for the future of virtual events, such as remotely attending music festivals or lavish galas that feel hyperrealistic despite happening thousands of miles away. XR, or extended reality, platforms are offering event creators unprecedented opportunities to bring their most unique event concepts to life through stunning digital experiences.
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How Pride Toronto Plans to Pull Off a 'Phygital' Festival

TORONTO—Pride month kicks off in Toronto next week, with the annual rainbow and trans pride flag raising at City Hall on June 1. This year’s celebrations include over 70 individual events showcasing more than 150 2SLGBTQ+ artists, 14 party collectives and seven committee programs, set to take place online and in-person throughout the month. The celebrations—which include some of Toronto’s biggest annual queer events including the Pride Parade, Trans Pride and Dyke Pride—wrap up on June 27. Some

Collision 2021: 7 Smart Ways the Virtual Convention Expanded Its Impact

TORONTO—A year ago, Web Summit announced that its widely attended Toronto-based technology conference would be taking place entirely online. Despite having provided remote access to the event in previous years, the idea of virtually navigating hundreds of activities and trying to network among thousands of people was daunting—especially early into COVID-19 lockdowns. But “Collision From Home” attracted 32,000 people in 2020—a 25% increase compared to 2019—effectively demonstrating the value of

How Event Organizers of the 'Coldest Music Festival on Earth' Created a Life-Like Experience for Virtual Attendees

Montreal’s Igloofest launched a virtual edition of its annual outdoor winter music festival on Feb. 13. Now in its 15th year, the 2021 event, dubbed Igloofest 2.0, is streaming free, live performances every weekend via Twitch, Facebook and YouTube, concluding with a 12-hour DJ marathon spinning until midnight on March 13. This year’s lineup, spotlighting French Canadian and international talent, includes Quebec City electronica artist CRi, Montreal-born experimental musician Jacques Green, Saint

10 Canada-Based Team-Building Companies to Shake Up Your Virtual Meetings

While more Canadians may potentially return to offices in the near future, the need for team-building activities—particularly when employees have been physically apart for so long—is more important than ever. Virtual team building is not only a great way to break up a meeting; it's also a fun way to connect team members from various regions and unlock new opportunities to strengthen company culture.

18 Most Anticipated Event Venues in Canada for 2021

Looking for a new venue for your post-pandemic events? Here are Canada's most anticipated event venues, hotels and restaurants slated to open in 2021. These new and renovated spots throughout the country can accommodate groups for private and corporate events, conferences, meetings, weddings, business dinners, team-building activities, cocktail parties and more. A note regarding COVID-19: At BizBash, we're still committed to bringing you ideas and inspiration for when (yes, when!) events are ba

This Week In Toronto: NKPR TIFF Party, FanExpo, Street Safety Pop-Up

TORONTO—Welcome to BizBash’s Toronto-based column, where Calvin Barr covers the week’s biggest local news. Got a tip? Get in touch! Moves and Milestones Toronto-based designer Anisha Kumar will present her first show for Toronto Fashion Week on September 4 at Fashion House. With designs created for women of all body types and backgrounds, the collection is based on traditional Indian clothing, which frequently leverages vibrant color schemes commonly, combined with gray, black, and white palet

This Week In Toronto Wayne Gretzky Waterfront Awards Cannabis Consumer & Business Expo Toronto

TORONTO—Welcome to BizBash’s Toronto-based column, where Calvin Barr covers the week’s biggest local news. Got a tip? Get in touch! Moves and Milestones One of Toronto’s largest and most celebrated downtown sport bars announced its retirement last week. Wayne Gretzky’s Toronto and Oasis Rooftop Lounge will close its doors in 2020, after more than 25 years. While no date for a formal farewell party has been set, the venue is inviting patrons to share memories of the hockey house through a serie