Through the Wardrobe

Winner of a 2018 Canadian Event Industry Award for Best Event for an Association, Through the Wardrobe: The Vancouver Event Industry Holiday Party for ILEA Vancouver, MPI BC and PCMA Canada West was the 2nd installation of this collaboration between these local associations that share many overlapping members.

Produced by Alex Bickers and Heather Sharpe and Presented by the JW Marriott PARQ Vancouver, Into the Wardrobe was a blockbuster success.

Inspired by CS. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and the epic quest of the Pevensie children, Through The Wardrobe: transported over 450 guests directly
into the wonderful world of Narnia.

The Pre-function took place in the “attic” before the towering wardrobe, recreated from the movie design by Production Canada. Upon reveal, an ice Queen and King opened the magical doors inviting guests through the wardrobe complete with accents like faux fur coats and mothballs to recreate the true experience.

Guests entered the winter wonderland and were immediately greeted by the iconic lamp post complete with an actual snowstorm. The brilliant winter design was created by
Elizabeth Stanley Event Design with lighting and sound effects provided by Innovation Lighting and Showkraft Production Services.

A 12-foot-high LED wall by SW Event Technology, towered over DJ Goodspin with mapping by GO2 Productions of Both Aslan, The White Witch and a winter wonderland to complete the look.

The venue, one of the city’s newest and gorgeous event spaces treated guests to the ultimate in luxury catering with winter feast inspired dishes like roast lamb, forbidden rice risotto and Turkish delight.

The Vancouver Event Industry Holiday Party for ILEA Vancouver is an opportunity for the Vancouver event industry to come together in the spirit of collaboration to support emerging Vancouver event professionals through funding each associations’ scholarship programs individually.

“I am absolutely thrilled to once again be involved with the ILEA Vancouver, MPl BC Chapter and PCMA Canada West Holiday party in support of our city’s emerging event
professionals. I firmly believe it is our responsibility to leave a legacy and support and mentor those that will come after us. What a fantastic time to bring the Vancouver event industry together to celebrate our mutual success.”

–Alex Bickers, SW Event Technology


Innovation, Lighting, Showkraft Production Services, GO2 Productions, Production Canada and Elizabeth Stanley Event Design


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