Canadian Opera Company dinner gala full of attendees

Photo by Ryan Emberley

A Look Back at 2019 with Bespoke Audio Visual

This has been an incredible year for all of us at Bespoke Audio Visual. Our team continues to grow and in 2019, we welcomed 13 full-time employees including Ben Atkinson, Edward Cortejos, James Deane, Keith Fox, Maddy Picard, Mike Walther, Mikey Aguilera, Phil Ronayne, Shannon Inniss, Sherlene Williams, Terence Duraisami, Vince Frost and Jino the Hino!

Ben Atkinson
Edward Cortejos
James Deane
Keith Fox
Maddy Picard
Mike Walther
Mikey Aguilera
Phil Ronayne
Shannon Inniss
Sherlene Williams
Terence Duraisami
Vince Frost
our white truck, Jino the Hino

We had the opportunity to work on some incredible events with our wonderful clients, doing what we love.

Here are just a few highlights from 2019!


In January, we rang in the new year at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada at their annual New Year’s Eve party. We worked with Scotiabank on their launch of The Scotiabank Women Initiative, which supports Canada’s women-owned, women-led businesses. We also exhibited at the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE)’s Tete a Tete in Ottawa.

Event design and live music at Ripley's Aquarium NYE 2019
stage design for Scotiabank Women Initiative
Bespoke AV booth at Tete-a-Tete-2019


In February, we helped The Canadian Media Producers Association execute a successful Prime Time conference and worked with Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada on their February events including their monthly jazz night and Valentine’s Day dinner.

Ripleys Valentine's Dinner - table set-up with view of aquarium

Photo from blogTO

Panel guest discussion at CMPA Prime Time and stage set-up
Ripley's Aquarium - jazz night performers

Photo from Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada


In March, we helped with the red carpet and media room at the JUNO Awards and supported the Opera Atelier as a corporate donor.

JUNO Awards red carpet with media
JUNO Awards press conference with reporters
Performers at Opera Atelier 2019

Photo from Mirvish


In April, we became members of the Rental and Staging Network (RSN), a North American network of top tier live event production companies. We celebrated Global Meetings Industry Day on April 4 and were involved in the Public Policy Forum’s Testimonial Dinner and Awards.

Rental and Staging Network logo
Woman speaking at podium, 2019 Public Policy Forum
Global Meetings Industry Day Logo


In May, we worked with the University of Ottawa on their Alumni Gala and a Conversation with Barack Obama organized by Canada 2020. Bespoke Audio Visual’s Mike Walther participated in the Meeting Industry Euchre Tournament in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

attendees at University of Ottawa Alumni Gala
Canada 2020 event with Obama, venue setup at Canadian Tire Centre
Group smiling at meeting-industry euchre tournament


In June, we supported International Live Events Association (ILEA)’s Imaginarium at the Aquarium Gala where our very own Melissa Deslauriers was awarded the 2018/2019 ILEA Dedication Award. We were also part of the Canadian National Railway Company’s 100th birthday celebration.


In July, we worked with BMO on their conference providing support to their main stage, break-out rooms and digital signage. We also provided audio support to Powerhouse Fellowship Soul Choir feat. Shawn Cotterell as they wowed crowds in downtown Toronto atop a double decker bus while singing the Disney soundtrack – all to promote the release of the film.

event set-up of BMO Summit 2019


In August, we hosted our second annual Mix & Mingle at Kellys Landing as a way to thank our clients and for their continued confidence and support. We also exhibited at the Canadian Meetings + Events Expo (CMEE) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Bespoke team chatting at Mix and Mingle
Bespoke teammates smiling at Mix and Mingle
Bespoke booth team members at CMEE 2019


In September, we supported the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on a number of events including the press room, festival street and the opening night gala.

TIFF 2019 panel discussion - stage design
TIFF premiere with cast of I Am Woman
TIFF 2019 party - audio-visual set-up


In October, we worked with MaRS to bring their Nuit Blanche installation, Transformation to life. We helped the Liberal campaign with their audio visual needs and supported the Canadian Opera Company (COC) with their annual Centre Stage event.

Nuit Blanche 2019 art installation
Team members with Liberal Campaign 2019 bus in background
Gala set up for Canadian Opera Subaqueous dinner

Photo by Gaetz Photography


In November, we helped #MoveTheDial with webcasting at their annual Global Summit and provided audio visual support at the Remembrance Day ceremony at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Our team participated in Movember and raised over $3,000.

event set-up at Move the Dial Summit 2019

Photo by Stefan Palios

event set-up at Queen's Park - Remembrance Day 2019
Bespoke Audio Visual team members with Movember moutaches


In December, we hosted our bi-annual town hall as a way to celebrate our successes and set goals for the new year. We provided audio visual support to the skating rink at Union Station in Toronto. We took the time to celebrate the holiday season with our industry colleagues.

Mike Wilson presenting at Bespoke Town Hall 2019
Union Station skating rink at night
Bespoke teammate dressed in quirky purple suit at CSAE Holiday Luncheon

Happy Holidays!

From all of us at Bespoke Audio Visual, wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year!

Bespoke Audio Visual Team
Bespoke Audio Visual warehouse team
Bespoke Audio Visual Ottawa team

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