Client: DHX Media
Venue: Amsterdam Brewhouse On The Lake, Toronto
Program: Play With the Band
It is great to get out of town, visit a new place, see the country, see the world. But it is really really great to visit a venue that lets you see your home town from a new and different perspective. This was the first time we had been at the Amsterdam Brewhouse On The Lake and the experience was fantastic. To begin, it sits on a pier jutting out into Lake Ontario, sandwiched between the harbour and the glass cliffs of the city. It is a brewery, a restaurant and an event space – all at the same time. Huge brewing vessels are behind a glass wall on one side. Flat screen TVs are hung high on another side, to not obstruct the view of the lake. The event space features a wrap around balcony and the best view of the harbour. It is only separated from the restaurant by curtains but the vastness of the space makes the areas feel distinct.
In short, it was a great venue for this holiday party for DHX Media which featured our Play With the Band program. Nothing brings a party to life faster than co-workers gathered around microphones, belting out great tunes backed by a world class band.
And it was these performances that really made the evening special. This group had some great singers and performers. Those that were a little more shy formed into groups for comfort and solidarity. The perfect songs were picked. We had perennial pub favourites like “Home for a Rest” and “Don’t Stop Believing”. We had rock anthems like “Eye of the Tiger” and “Living on a Prayer”. We heard new pop classics like “Royals” and “Rolling in the Deep”, performed with a surprising amount of muscle. We heard “Billie Jean” followed by “Rebel Yell” followed by “Mr Brightside” followed by “Wannabe” followed by “Lean on Me”. Basically, this group picked and sang our band’s favourite songs.
This was our fourth annual holiday event for the great people at DHX Media and we hope this tradition carries on for a very long time. Happy New Year to all!