How to Plan and Execute an Event
Here is the schedule and script from the First Annual Artifex, Professional Artist Gala held at the National Gallery of Canada on June 20, 2012.
This shows the level of detail you need to put into planning any event and, even then, things can and will go wrong.
This script and schedule took more than 45 hours to prepare and had input from over ten industry people; two persons (Theresia Scholtes and Bruce Firestone) did most of the writing.
Complete agenda, schedule, script, music and videos for Artifex Professional Artist Gala, June 20, 2012, held at the National Gallery of Canada.
Rob Woodbridge, Master of Ceremonies.
8:00 am – 9:30 am Darryl + Freeman delivery and upload
9:30 am Volunteers arrive
9:45 am Move in
10:00 am Set up registration table with biz card bowl or box
10:15 am Set up Silent Auction table
10:30 am Set up QE Sign and Artifex Sign
11:00 am prototypeD.org/Janak Alford arrive to set up their Brevis Galleries and prep film
Noon All other Brevis Gallery Artists arrive to set up
Noon QEs arrive. QEs wear all WHITE. A professional makeup artist will do QE makeup at the Gallery so just come with clean face.
1:00 pm Musicians and singers arrive to rehearse
3:00 pm Test all videos (except film), slideshows, radio plays, recorded music
3:00 pm Rob Woodbridge arrives
3:05 pm First movie test
4:00 pm Test mikes and retest movie and all tech and sound systems
4:15 pm QEs arrive
4:30 pm Set up food
5:00 pm Rob is mic’d for the evening.
5:05 pm Sound check
5:55 pm Volunteers, Staff and Ushers Ready
5:55 pm Matthew Firestone 613.794.5560 c email@example.com to take care of Jawad Rathore and Vince Petrozza from Fortress Real Capital. Siavosh Noruziaan 613. 276.9009 c firstname.lastname@example.org to take care of His Worship, Mayor of Ottawa Jim Watson. Adam Lambros 613.266.4134 c email@example.com to take care of Scott Devries.
6:00 pm Doors open/QEs are there to silently greet guests
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Registration
6:30 pm Food and beverage service begins
7:15 pm Lights Flicker—Rob introduces himself briefly and asks people to move from Water Court to Theatre.
7:15:38 pm Music videos start (LOUD) in Theatre: *Meet me half way – Black Eyed Peas* [whole song, 4:49 minutes] [Show video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7HahVwYpwo] [Music video is played inside theatre to help draw people into theatre] Guns N Roses – Knocking On Heaven’s Door http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcWTTs8QVRc [4:49 minutes]
7:20 pm Lights Flicker—Rob asks people again to move from Water Court to Theatre. 2 VOLUNTEER USHERS ASK PEOPLE FROM BEHIND THE CROWD TO TAKE THEIR SEATS AND QEs GIVE EVERYONE A PROGRAM AS THEY ENTER THE THEATRE
7:22 pm Lights Flicker—Rob asks people again to move from Water Court to Theatre. 2 VOLUNTEER USHERS ASK PEOPLE TO TAKE THEIR SEATS AND QEs (2 AT ONE DOOR AND 1 AT THE OTHER THEATRE DOOR) GIVE EVERYONE A PROGRAM AS THEY ENTER THE THEATRE
7:25 pm – 7:34 pm Rob introduces himself again: Hi everyone and welcome to the First Annual Artifex Professional Artists Gala presented by Fortress Real Capital. Tonight is a celebration of artpreneurs—people who add so much to our lives. Did you know that the average Canadian artist makes just $22,000 per year? Artifex is a showcase for music, visual art, film, technology, writers, designers, actors and much more. It’s our own South By Southwest but packaged into a few hours instead of eight days!
Artifex is organized by the people at Exploriem.org—which is an Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to mentoring and assisting entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and artpreneurs.
Why artpreneurs? Well firstly they don’t get enough recognition and secondly they add so much to our community.
Each year Artifex will have, in addition to its brevis gallery artists, two featured artists. This year’s featured artists are:
- Filmmaker, Janak Alford. Please stand up, Janak. Janak is an architect, a hacker, an artist, a filmmaker, a father and a former student of Professor Bruce M Firestone. He has his Masters in Architecture. The Committee at his thesis defence gave him the highest mark possible and noted that his was perhaps the best work seen at that level in the history of Carleton’s School of Architecture. His film tonight launches his not-for-profit Ottawa-based studio, prototypeD.org in a new direction—creating original, live action, green screen short films with digital effects that take on the role of a film trailer but not to promote films. Instead they are used to help launch new books, products and services.
- Next we have Novelist, Bruce M Firestone. Bruce please stand up. Prof Bruce went to McGill at 15 which meant that he graduated as a Civil Engineer before he was legally an adult here in Canada. So he had to move to Sydney, Australia where they had already lowered the age of majority to 18 so he could get a job. There Prof Bruce worked for the New South Wales government doing operations research while adding to his education first at the University of New South Wales (where he got a Masters of Engineering-Science) and then at the Australian National University in Canberra, where he received his PhD in Urban Economics. Seven years later Canada got him back. Since returning he’s been a practicing engineer, a real estate developer, a hockey executive (he is the Founder of our NHL team, the Ottawa Senators and Scotiabank Place), University Prof, a consultant, art collector and benefactor, real estate and mortgage broker, columnist with Ottawa Business Journal which he founded in the 1980s (when it was called Ottawa Business News), blogger and futurist as well as Executive Director of not-for-profit Exploriem.org dedicated to assisting entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and artpreneurs everywhere. Now he is a novelist too with the launch tonight of Book 1 of his new trilogy—Quantum Entity. He is also married and has five kids and one handsome 4-month old grandson as well.
It’ll be a great show I’m sure! This evening we are using hashtags #QE and #Artifex. Feel free to tweet all you like and smartphones are welcome here! The only thing we ask is that you put them on mute or vibrate but feel free to take photos or make videos or tweet as we go along tonight.
We have special guests with us tonight and as I mention your name, can you please rise and wave to everyone?
- First, I would like to welcome his Worship, Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson. Jim please stand up! Jim really needs no introduction since he has probably been to everyone’s home at least once to have tea with you and your family. Suffice it to say that Jim barely squeaked into office in his last election with a margin of just 64,853 votes.
- Next a special thanks to our presenting sponsor Jawad Rathore and Vince Petrozza, Founding Partners of Fortress Real Capital. Fortress is an RSP eligible syndicate mortgage product that allows a consumer to invest directly into the proven market of Canadian real estate by becoming a mortgage lender. In English, that means you get a higher rate of return on your investments but they’re in solid mortgages and not in petro-gold penny stocks on the Vancouver Stock Exchange. Without the incredibly generous assistance of Fortress and our other sponsors, we would not be here in this fabulous place, the National Gallery of Canada, celebrating Artpreneurs at the First Annual Artifex Professional Artist Gala. Jawad and Vince please stand up.
- I would also like to recognize our Silent Auction sponsor, Scott Devries, Founder of Devries Wealth Management. Devries is an independent financial services and wealth management firm founded in 1997. They provide advanced wealth, retirement and estate planning solutions for higher net worth clients and owner/manager businesses and professionals. In English, they show you how to invest your money and not lose it.
- I would also like to recognize that we have with us tonight world-famous, explosive jazz vocalist Diane White. Welcome, Diane.
- Now I would like to welcome all our brevis gallery artists. Please stand as I call out your name:
- Hilde Lambrechts, who does drawings and sculpture plus Hilde is the founder of Figureworks.org, a non-profit organization promoting visual art of the human form.
- Sandra Hawkins is a dynamic contemporary visual and media artist
- Robin Andrew runs unposed photography
- Jean Smith is a visual artist extraordinaire—focused on abstract expressionism
- Sue Perley-Robertson is an international award winning abstract artist
- Chris Manning is a master jeweller at Silver Hand Studios
- Victoria Van Eyk is the tough, hard-driving boss at MAFIA Jewellery, an international jewellery company
- Sue Shuker is a mixed media artist and an inaugural member of Ottawa Mixed Media Artists Association
- Pamela Ravek produces exquisite glass art
- The charming, ever-smiling Carlo Lombard runs shotgun video. He uses a shotgun to entice people into his car where they ride shotgun and record a video while driving around. Only half of that statement is true
- Ryan Conrad is an emerging filmmaker who runs smiling pig productions
- Claudia Salguero is a visual artist who uses a combination between photography, digital art and traditional art
- Bruce Spurr represents a meeting place called AtTheSpace where they transform meetings into meaningful encounters
- Jana Fox is acrylic artist who loves to paint movement
- Joanne Savoie, a voyage from graphic art to full-time painter
- Music is an incredibly important part of our lives, all of our lives. It focuses the mind, relaxes us, inspires us and marks our lives—falling in love for the first time, the birth of a child, a victory on the sports field or in any other field of endeavour, a sense of loss, a feeling of euphoria. Tonight, we are fortunate to have with us wonderful musicians and singers—Carl Bray, Andres del Castillo, Melanie Cloutier and Chris Brydges. Carl is one of Canada’s leading young composers. Andres played with world-famous band Eight Seconds and is Senior Producer at r+d creative which he founded in 2004. He wrote the original hit tune for the Ottawa Senators in 1992 which is still heard today. They are joined by mega talented singer Melanie Cloutier and Red Pine Camp’s own balladeer, Chris Brydges who wrote original music and lyrics for the movie we are all anxious to see tonight, Quantum Entity, We Are All ONE based on the book of the same name written by Prof Bruce.
- Music plays an important role in Book 1 of Quantum Entity—Miss Nell from Palos Verdes, California is a performance artist in their mid-21st Century world. But you won’t have to wait until 2050 to hear her work, you’ll be hearing it tonight! Please join me in welcoming Carl, Andy, Melanie and Chris!
7:34 pm-8:09 pm [Songs and Music of Quantum Entity performed live by Carl, Andy, Chris and Mel. Videos play in the background sans audio. Talk of Hands video MUST be cued when Carl plays solo. Other videos can follow in any order.]
Carl Bray Solo:
Talks of Hands
[‘Talk of Hands’ video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tx3MmGN-eI) plays in the background when Carl performs his solo]
Andres Del Castillo and Melanie Cloutier (with piano accompaniment by Carl):
People Get Ready
Ring of Fire
[Play other slideshows in background for balance of performance:
‘Damien’s Theme’ video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qouhJmYz6QI)
QE Birth: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrdvpW9pUAg
Play Sponsor Slideshow plays as well]
8:09pm-8:10pm – Wow, thank you for those wonderful, inspirational moments. Could I ask Chris Brydges to the front of the stage?
Chris, I understand that you are Chief Balladeer at Red Pine Camp. What’s Red Pine Camp and what’s a Chief Balladeer?
I also understand that you are a Minister and you are going to say a blessing for us tonight?
[Pause for music]
*People get ready – Curtis Mayfield* [40 seconds] [No video]
8:10pm-8:11pm – Chris Brydges says Blessing
8:11pm-8:12pm – Musicians and singers and Chris Brydges exit
*I’ll Kiss You When its Dangerous – Eight Seconds* [50 seconds] [Show video in background: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO3bPUCgCAk]
8:12pm – Mayor Jim Watson can you please join us on stage?
8:12pm-8:14pm – [Mayor says a few words]
Mayor Watson, please stay with us for a few more minutes.
8:14pm – Can Presenting Sponsor Jawad Rathore and Vince Petrozza from Fortress Real Capital and our Silent Auction Sponsor Scott Devries please join us on stage along with the two people who also really made this whole event possible Ms. Erika Godwin, Manager, and Ms. Theresia Scholtes, Assistant Manager of Exploriem.org, a not-for-profit entrepreneur, intrapreneur and artpreneur network. Can everyone join me in thanking Jawad, Vince, Scott, Erika and Theresia?
8:14pm-8:19pm – I understand Mr. Rathore and Mr. Petrozza you have something for Erika and Exploriem.org.
[Jawad and Vince to say a few words and hands Erika a big cheque]
Now we have a special video for Erika! So Erika I want you to listen to this then I have a few questions for you!
[Rob looks at the audience]
[Elmira College: Song of Simeon Benjamin, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLiELSsz8wU] [Play entire video with audio: 50 seconds]
So Erika I understand that Elmira was the first college on the planet to offer women degrees equivalent to men (that was in 1855!) And you went there, right? But not in 1855!
What was the College like?
Now I understand that Ellen Brooks, one of the heroes in Quantum Entity, We Are All ONE, went to Elmira. Now can you explain how Elmira got into Prof Bruce’s new trilogy?
Now tell me, Erika, was the founder of Elmira, Simeon Benjamin, right when he said: that ‘perfection would be designed if women and books combined?’
If people want to get more involved with Exploriem.org or with Quantum Entity, how do they do that?
If people have any questions, where can they go for answers?
[Erika answers: they can find us on Twitter, @ProfBruce and @Exploriem as well as @Quantum_Entity. And people can engage with us via Facebook by going to: http://www.facebook.com/Exploriem and http://www.facebook.com/QuantumEntityTrilogy
Oh by the way, everyone can send the first four chapters of Quantum Entity to their friends for FREE by pointing them to: http://www.exploriem.org/quantum-entity-subscribe/. So if you really want to impress a client or give something really nice to a friend, you could do this! Like I said it’s free to them but also free to you to give away! So do it everyone!]
Mr. Devries can you please come forward? I see you have an envelope for Exploriem.org?
Scott gives the envelope to Theresia Scholtes.
[Scott says a few words]
So Theresia, how long have you worked at Exploriem?
I hear it’s a boring place to work—you do the same things day after day?
I also learned from a confidential source that you’ve already had an all expenses trip to the Dominican Republic and are planning on going to Austin next March, all expenses paid again, to attend South by Southwest?
Any jobs open up at Exploriem, you’ll have to let me know, OK?
Also, rumor has it that you have a bit part in this film we are going to see tonight. What role did you get to play?
8:19pm-8:20pm [Mayor shakes hands and thanks Jawad Rathore, Vince Petrozza, Scott Devries, Erika and Theresia]
8:20pm-8:21pm [Jawad Rathore/Vince Petrozza/Scott Devries/Erika Godwin/Theresia Scholtes/Mayor Exit Stage]
*Ride of the Valkyries – Richard Wagner* [40 seconds]
8:21pm – 8:22pm Remember we are using the hashtag #QE and #Artifex tonight. Also, don’t forget we have incredible silent auction items you can bid on. Proceeds from the evening go to benefit not-for-profit Ottawa-based filmmaker prototypeD.org based right here in Ottawa in the Glebe—their studio is literally underground—and Exploriem.org. Items include:
• A one-hour live performance by International Jazz Vocalist Diane White and her accompanist at your home or small event
• Business Adventure Package from Pirate Adventures
• An elegant Three Tier Wedding Cake from Desserts First
• Two Half Suites at a 2012-2013 Ottawa Senators Game
• A One Year Health Club Membership from Executive Fitness Leaders at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier
• 40% off a Shotgun Show Video from Carlo Lombard’s The Shotgun Show
• Two Items from the Ottawa Food Bank, with 50% of the proceeds going to the Ottawa Food Bank
• Two Diagnostic Consultations from McNian Management Business Services
• Two Scholarships to attend an Institute Of Entrepreneurs course
• One Team Entry at the 2012 H.O.P.E. Volleyball Summerfest
• $200 Discount on a 4-Day Digital Art Workshop from Claudia Salguero
• $300 Discount on a 20 x 16 inch Commissioned Portrait from Claudia Salguero
Also if you forgot to add your biz card to the bowl at the registration desk, there will be time to do that later so you will still be eligible for some great door prizes!
8:22pm-8:23pm Now it is my great pleasure to introduce the Director of film we have all been waiting for: Quantum Entity | We Are All ONE. Janak Alford and his Ottawa-based not-for-profit film studio prototypD.org produced this short film based on the book of the same name by Bruce M Firestone. Janak can you please join us onstage and tell us a little bit about the adventure you are about to take us on?
*Oh Ellin – Gob* [29 seconds]
8:23pm-8:26pm Hello everyone, my name is Janak Alford. I met Prof Bruce many years ago when I was a student of his at Carleton’s School of Architecture. More recently, about eight months ago actually, Bruce shared with me an early version of his manuscript which became the novel Quantum Entity | We Are All ONE that is being released here tonight along with my film based on it.
I was captivated by the world he created of a near term future that is both wondrous and dangerous. One Sunday afternoon, I invited Prof Bruce to our not-for-profit Ottawa-based, underground studio, prototypeD.org—it’s in the Glebe on Bank Street—and I asked him, “Do people ever create original, live action, green screen short films with digital effects that take on the role of a film trailer but not to promote films—instead to help launch new books, products and services?” His immediate reaction was enthusiastic and so we decided to make a film trailer for his book. But somehow a 4 to 5 minute trailer has become a 22 minute long short film which you will see in a few moments.
You are soon going to meet young Damien Bell, perhaps the greatest physicist of his day. He has created Quantum Entities, artificially intelligent creatures that bond with their human counterparts—they are more like familiars than pets and they are very, very clever.
One of the central questions of the novel is at what point do artificially intelligent creatures acquire consciousness, at what point do they or should they acquire human rights? In the book, there is a struggle before the Supreme Court of the United States to make this determination in a case that closely reflects the earlier civil rights struggle there as well as the efforts by women to acquire the vote and cease being property. It is a problem that our society is only too likely to face and perhaps it won’t take to mid-century before it is upon us.
Damien also faces implacable opposition from established US-based industry whose economic interests are damaged by this upstart, ultra fast growing, globe spanning tech company he and Ellen Brooks have founded—Quantum Computing Corp. He has many interesting experiences in his journey through life not least of which is that he is loved by two women—performance artist Miss Nell from Palos Verdes, California and the fabulous Ellen Brooks from upstate New York. Damien’s family is partly based in Rochester, New York and Toronto.
The book that Prof Bruce wrote moves in one direction and this film is a cross-section of it—we call it Generation Q because it is our artistic interpretation of parts of his novel—it’s a ride and I very much hope you will enjoy it.
Darryl, can we roll film?
8:26pm-8:48pm [View Short Film—Darryl cue movie + sound]
8:48pm-8:49pm – Wow! I want to see the full length movie now! Can I ask Director Janak Alford, Author Bruce Firestone, Editor Murray McGregor and Lead Actors—Jess Edwards, Julien Nolin and Theresia Scholtes to come onstage please. Can our QEs join us onstage too please?
*Lose yourself – Eminem* [1 minute 18 seconds]
[Rob and all the cast and QEs rock a bit and dance around a bit to Eminem—They dance and walk to the music like Ellen DeGeneres does on her show]
[THEN EVERYONE SITS INCLUDING ROB ON CHAIRS ON STAGE PROVIDED FOR THEM.]
[The QEs sit in front of their people. Su7e sits in front of Nell (Jess), Pet3r in front of Ellen (Theresia) and Ash3r in front of Damien (Julien).]
8:49pm-8:59 pm [Q & A – Inside Actors Studio with Janak Alford, Bruce Firestone, Murray McGregor and Lead Actors—Jess Edwards, Theresia Scholtes and Julien Nolin]
Wow. What a wild ride! Thanks Janak.
Q1: So Janak, how are you feeling right now?
Q2: I’m told that you put twice as much work into this as you did your Masters. So do you think they ought to give you your PhD now?
Q3. As the song says, do you feel like you only have one chance, one opportunity so don’t blow it?
Q4. Janak, why did you call this version of Quantum Entity, the ‘Q Edition’, what’s the meaning of that?
Q5. So Janak, what’s next for the studio?
Q6. Murray, I’ve heard that the answer to the question, ‘What makes a great writer?’ is ‘A great editor!’ How much editing did you have to do of Prof Bruce’s novel? Just how many rewrites did this thing go through?
Q7. Murray, you suggested to Bruce that he launch Book 2 in the trilogy next March in Austin at South by Southwest. What’s weird about that is that you suggested it without knowing that Prof Bruce had already written Chapter 1 of Book 2 and it’s set entirely at and around the University of Texas at Austin. Is it possible that you guys having worked together for a long time can now read each others minds?
Q8. So ladies and Julien? What do you think of the film now that it’s all come together?
Q9. So I only have one question for you, Julien—who does Damien end up with? Is it Ellen (pointing at Theresia) or Nell (pointing at Jess)?
Q10. I understand that you, Jess, are the only professional actor in the film. What was it like working with this cast and crew?
Q11. Janak, where can people go to see your film?
[Janak answers: They can visit our YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/quantumentitytrilogy]
OK, thanks for that. Now do we have another video we want to show? I think we do. This one shows the very first sighting of the very first Quantum Entity—his name is Pet3r. Can we run that now?
8:59pm-9:01 pm [Watch two minute Pet3r movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqSSM5d1e9w]
[PET3R - The First Quantum Entity]
9:01 pm-9:09 pm [Q+A continues]
Q9. So those guys don’t look too scary. What’s all the fuss about, Bruce?
[Prof Bruce answers]
Q12. What on earth prompted you to write Quantum Entity, Bruce? How long is this trilogy thing going to be anyway?
[Prof Bruce answers]
Q13. Janak, how did you make Pet3r move like that and tell us about the whole creative process behind bringing a #QE to life!?
OK, let’s take a few questions from the floor. There are two volunteers going around with mikes. If you want to ask a question, put up your hand and we will try to get to you.
[QEs start to move around, leave the stage, move around in the audience, then they are still for a few moments, then move again, then they are still again. They will be called back to the stage by the MC, coming to sit back with their human counterparts as the radio plays begin.]
Saad Rashid’s Question:
I got a chance to read an early version of Quantum Entity and it made me a more effective leader—I respond to challenges in my own life in ways I have never been able to do before. I wanted to ask Prof Bruce—did you intend to make your trilogy a learning experience or was it just for entertainment?
[Prof Bruce answers]
Chris Beaudoin’s Question:
I have a question for Julien. Damien Bell, QE’s main protagonist, is an attractive character—he embodies the spirit and drive of top tech entrepreneurs but still he’s pretty humble while he faces a lot of tough challenges. How do you think you would do if you faced some of those hard times yourself?
Isack Galib’s Question:
I want to say my favorite character in the book is Nell. So my question is for Jess. But first I want to say that I think you captured Nell perfectly. How do you channel a character like her when she’s from California and you’re from Ottawa? How do you talk in front of a green screen to something that’s not even there?
OK, we have time for just two or three more questions?
9:08 – 9:09 pm Gifts are given to Jess Edwards, Theresia Scholtes and Julien Nolin on stage as well as Janak Alford.
9:09 to 9:20 pm Intermission
9:20pm – 9:22pm Alright, time to move on!
Some of the cast of the film came together at prototypeD.org to record two scenes from Book 1 as radio plays. In Scene 1, you’ll hear superstar performance artist Nell reporting to business dynamo, the fabulous Ellen Brooks, that CEO, Damien Bell, leader of their upstart, globe-spanning tech company, Quantum Computing Corporation, has been kidnapped by persons unknown. Next Ellen, assisted by Quantum Entities, Pet3r, Ash3r and Su7e, have to figure out what’s going on and then decide what to do about it.
In Scene 2, we will listen to an exchange between Damien and his captor.
Before we cue the radio plays, can our QEs please rejoin us onstage?
[*Play Habenera while QEs come back on stage looking a bit shamefaced: https://www.dropbox.com/home/Radio%20Show/Audio, Habanera.mp3*] [30 seconds]
9:22pm-9:41 pm [Cue and play Quantum Entity We Are All ONE Radio Plays (HD): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab_ukkl4m5U]
9:41 pm – 9:42 pm Thank you to our cast and QEs, Prof Bruce and Janak. Please take your seats!
9:42pm-9:43pm Now I would like to ask Scott Williams to join me on stage. Scott is the President and founder of EyeVero Marketing Communications Group. The company specializes in behavioral science-based marketing methodology and marketing process management.
EyeVero’s portfolio includes many of the largest companies in the world including OpenText Corporation, Hewlett Packard and Symantec. EyeVero also manages the marketing and communications efforts for many of Ottawa’s premier companies including bluArc, Nitro IT Business Solutions, RjR Innovations and StoneShare.
EyeVero is the company that created the dramatic cover art for Prof Bruce’s new novel, as well as built the trilogy’s website www.brucemfirestone.com. They also did an extraordinary rebrand for Exploriem.org last year.
*John Lennon- Give Peace A Chance* [38 seconds]
9:43pm-9:45pm Great Scott! So how did you get involved with Exploriem.org, prototypeD.org and Prof Bruce’s new trilogy?
So you are here to officially launch all the platforms where people can go to download the e-book or get a paperback copy of Prof Bruce’s new book and also launch the film live on YouTube, right?
Can you tell us how much is it for an e-copy of the book?
[Scott answers: $9.95]
And for a paperback?
[Scott answers: depending on where you go, it’s under $20]
And where can people get a copy?
[Scott says: well they can get a copy here tonight signed by the Professor. And they can always go to: www.brucemfirestone.com too.]
Well thanks for that, Scott. Now I heard that you brought a friend along to help you with the launch. Correct?
[Scott answers. He congratulates prototypeD.org, Exploriem.org and Prof Bruce on Artifex, the movie and the book.]
9:45pm-9:46pm Scott Williams says, “Pet3r come here, I need you.” Pet3r pushes button on screen and launches book and all videos, live.
[Run video and audio of Pet3r pushing the live button.]
9:46pm – 9:56pm – Thank you Scott! Nice job Pet3r! I have to get me one of those to help me with untether.TV! Prof Bruce, can you rejoin me on stage? I know you wanted to say a few words.
*Travelin’ Soldier – Dixie Chicks* [38 seconds]
[Run Sponsor Slideshow in background]
[Prof Bruce thanks all sponsors and attendees, congratulates Brevis gallery artists and Janak and cast and crew]
Prof Bruce: Wowza, what a show.
First I want to thank Rob Woodbridge for a great job tonight.
Here’s a thought experiment for everyone to try tonight, in fact right now!
People, close your eyes for a moment, come on, close your eyes. Trust me, nothing bad will happen.
Now go to your Happy Place. See it in your mind’s eye. The place where you are happiest. Is everyone there yet? OK.
Now ask yourself: What would that place feel like, what would it be like without any sunshine, music, water, books, gentle breezes, friends, games to play, dancing, beautiful gardens, waves, smells, fabulous paintings, flowers, bird song, poetry, humor, singing, family or photos to remember it all?
[Pause, 10 seconds of silence]
OK, you can open your eyes now.
Your happy place just became your unhappy place—a horrible, horrible mess. And that’s life without Art and Artpreneurs.
I mean how diverse, sustainable, interesting and vibrant a place would Ottawa be or any city if every one of our artists went on an Atlas Shrugged-inspired strike forever?
So I wanted to personally thank each of you for coming here tonight—brevis gallery artists, sponsors, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, artpreneurs, all our guests. It is marvelous that you came.
Not everyone though believes that artpreneurs are important but everyone here believes it just by being here, you’ve shown that.
I asked a lot of people to help and I got turned down a lot—many people said to me: Well, the arts just aren’t important enough to warrant my support. I got that a lot.
Then I’d ask ‘em: Do you like music?
Oh, sure I got some great tunes on my iPod.
How about films, I’d ask?
Yeah, my girlfriend and I love going to the movies.
You ever go out for dinner?
Sure, sure, they’d answer.
Do you that those incredible meals you eat—someone actually had to go to culinary school and apprentice for YEARS to learn how to do that. Really?
How about the jewellery you gave your girlfriend for her birthday? Did they self design?
Naw, I got ‘em from an auction house in Montreal in an estate sale—heck of a deal.
But even after all that, many would still turn me down cuz the arts aren’t important. So to those that didn’t, to our sponsors and partners and all our guests here tonight, who made an unbelievable commitment of time and money, wow, thanks. It took a lot of courage to step out and do this with us.
[Pause. Hold hand up in black power salute. Applause.]
You can see our sponsor names on the slideshow running behind me but I wanted to take a few moments to name them individually:
Artifex sponsors include:
Fortress Real Capital, Devries Financial Group, Eagle Professional Resources Inc, Alterna Savings and Credit Union, BTI Systems Networking Company, Claridge Homes, Connelly Group of Companies, Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network, FaveQuest, Footeworks Inc, GGFL Chartered Accountants, Granite Networks, Investors Group Financial Services, KPMG, Let It Shine Cleaning Services, Mold Busters, Nelligan O’brien Payne LLP, Nitro IT Business Solutions, North Innovation Fund, Ontario Centres of Excellence, University of Ottawa – Faculty of Engineering, PCL Construction Leaders, PODS Moving & Storage, The Regional Group, Renaissance Repair and Supply Ltd, Richard Chmiel Architect & Associates, Ross Video, Rumidifier Home Comforts Inc, Tindr Software Outsourcing, Vittorio Motors, Embrylin Estates Limited/Terlin Construction Ltd, Pirate Adventures, HLD.ca, StumpsBeGone.ca, Magenta Mortgage Corporation, David St-Jean & Associates Inc, Westin Health Club/Fairmont Chateau Laurier Health Club, Chide.it, Glenview, Century 21 Explorer Realty, Empire Deck and Fence, Royal Bank of Canada, the Properties Group, KWC Architects Inc, VerTerra, PwC, prototypeD.org, qrankcase.com, Mixed Media Group, Digital Folios, EyeVero, Cyberwitch Press, Kettleman’s Orleans, Grype Solutions, Ottawa General Contractors, Broccolini Construction, UNTETHER.tv, Grandor Group, Tripp Photography, Signs To Go, Deserts First, Fudge Face, McNian Management, Shotgun Show, Ottawa BuzzTV, Ottawa Food Bank, Founder (Ottawa Senators), Institute of Entrepreneurs, Claudia Salguero, Diane White, Developpement DRB, Back Lane Cafe
If I forgot anyone, 1,001 apologies.
By the way, I wanted to mention to everyone here tonight that I dedicated the trilogy to all of my students but especially Gen Y. It’s these kids aged 19 to 32 who are building not only great enterprises, some of them world-spanning, global-altering ones like the one I describe in my trilogy, Quantum Computing Corp, but they’re also contributing to building better communities through vision, talent, focus and hard work as well as finding innovative ways of giving back to society. It’s peculiar that entrepreneurs today, who are in it only for the money, have none while those that are building insanely great products and services while contributing back to their communities, have it all.
Gen Y could be the real successors to perhaps the greatest Generation who ever lived—my father’s generation who in the period from 1914 to 1969 took us from buggies to planes and then to the Moon, who faced down two World Wars, a Great Depression, the Nazi menace and the long Cold War. They gave us the integrated circuit and the Internet. Gen Y, it’s your turn now.
I would be remiss if I did not personally thank the staff at Exploriem.org and our Board of Directors for their perseverance, dedication, hard work and just flat-out guts. Can these folks please stand up:
Erika Godwin, Theresia Scholtes, Matthew Firestone, Alex Wolfe, Siavosh Noruziaan, Peter Hauderowicz, Larry Poirier, Todd Jamieson and Matt Davis—come on, please stand up!
[Our three QEs silently come on stage and stand around me, a little behind me in a semi circle. Janak Alford also comes on stage and stands next to me.]
There are four other thank yous I have to add:
First to my gentleman editor, Murray McGregor and my filmmaker partner, Janak Alford—Bravo.
Second, to my family, Cora, Dawn, Andrew, Rachel, Mimi, Matt, Jessica, Yulia and Godric, Peter and Catherine, and my later father, Professor OJ Firestone, thank you for caring for me and about me—it’s way more than I deserve.
Thirdly to the musicians heard tonight, Carl Bray, Andres del Castillo, Melanie Cloutier and Chris Brydges—Bravo!
Lastly, to entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and artpreneurs everywhere, remember brothers and sisters: PRESS ON!
There are many symbols that we use in our world. We have gestures which express a variety of things—peace, victory, anger, liar, come near, go away, OK, even die.
[Janak hand signals: V, V, clenched fist, BS symbol, hand motion—come here, waving motion—go away, thumb and index finger in an ‘O’, throat slitting]
We clap our hands to encourage, we salute to respect. But Prof Bruce’s book expresses a moral truth that many great minds from many different backgrounds have expressed before—that we are all one. He raises the question—that gets argued before the Supreme Court of the United Stares in the book—when do artificially intelligent creatures acquire human rights? It is an argument similar to the ones raised in the fight for civil rights by black people or the fight by women to get the vote and to cease being property. It is one that we are only too likely to face and soon…
So we need a symbol for this. We’ve reached back 1700 years to the Roman Hand of Constantine I who was the first to use it.
Ellen describes it this way, “The Hand Signal of Constantine I is subtly different from the ‘I’m No. 1’ or ‘We’re No. 1’ hand signal that you might see from a NBA player or team. The thumb is in support of the index finger not wrapped around your middle finger. You actually have to practice it a bit.
[Janak demos the ‘We’re No. 1’ hand signal then transitions to Constantine’s version then back again then back again.]
Ellen continues, “To us, it expresses the support that our Quantum partners give us and we give them—that we are moving forward together to reach a common destiny, whatever that might be. “
And now I would ask everyone to rise, come on please rise, everyone, and do it with us:
WE ARE ALL ONE!
[QEs, Janak Alford and Prof Bruce raise their hands and we look around the audience and point at people everywhere.
Darryl raises the lights in the theatre a little (not full on) so we can pick out people a little easier. After I leave the stage with the QEs, Darryl turns them down again.]
[Prof Bruce and co. use the Constantine I salute as does Erika, Theresia, Matthew, Sia, Alex, CJ, Saad, Isack, Murray, volunteers, QEs and anyone else who feels like it.]
[Prof Bruce, QEs and Janak leave the stage waving to the crowd and to thunderous applause—]
9:56 pm – 10:00 pm [Rob speaks] Ms. Scholtes can you please rejoin me onstage? May we ask Diane White to join us as well? You can help us with our door prize draw!
*Play Moanin from http://www.dianewhite.com/ as Theresia and Diane come onstage: 20 seconds*
[Theresia brings up box or bowl with all biz cards in them. Diane does the draw]
It’s not too late to add your biz card for the draw! Just hold up your card and pass it along to the end of the row and one of our volunteers will collect it. But be quick!
[Collect biz cards]
[Diane draws name and reads it out]
[Winners come on stage to collect their prizes]
[Continue until all prizes are won]
10:00pm – 10:08pm OK, we’re almost at the end of the formal show. But not the end of the party! Stick around! We’re going to continue to rock for awhile yet! Also, remember the silent auction ends at 10:30 pm. So get your bids in! Also visit each of our Brevis Gallery Artists and support them too. And don’t forget to get your Goodie bag when you do (eventually) leave this beautiful place.
For myself I just wanted to say what a privilege it’s been to be here and serve as your MC. I believe in what we are dong here tonight—creativity and design is not something you can outsource or offshore and we need more artpreneurs not fewer.
OK, we have asked our balladeer to end our show tonight. Can we have Chris Brydges back onstage please?
Chris is going to play a beautiful melody he composed and wrote; it’s called The Successors also known as Nell’s Folly. By the way, Book 3 in the Quantum Entity trilogy is named ‘The Successors’.
Chris, can you tell us a little bit about the song? Why does it have two names?
[Chris answers: Well, one of Miss Nell’s teachings is that if you are going to change the world—if you are going to have a revolution—you are not really the successor, it’s your successors you should worry about—how you pass whatever you have created on to the people who will come after you. As to why it is also called Nell’s folly, well, you’ll just have to read the books.]
Chris Brydges performs Nell’s Folly
[Nell’s Folly slideshow playing in background: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Kh_SijPmCo sans audio]
10:10 pm [LIGHTS COME ON/SHOW IS OVER/EVERYONE EXITS]
MUSIC STARTS PLAYING IN WATER COURT STARTING WITH:
Imagine John Lennon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxLnIRVVwIM
My Girl: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltRwmgYEUr8
Hey Soul Sister – Train (full song): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YudKHla9LUY
Edith Piaf – Non, Je ne regrette rien: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3Kvu6Kgp88
Here is the playlist for the rest of the evening and private after party:
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on Letterman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb9jY8yAxgs&feature=BFa&list=FLzB8I_CVb2dhVKR6kvEmbpA
The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbNlMtqrYS0
Kiss You When It’s Dangerous, Eight Seconds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO3bPUCgCAk
Urami Bushi – Meiko Kaji: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqgewUvgdz0
Katy Perry – California Gurls ft. Snoop Dogg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F57P9C4SAW4
Lay all your love on me – Mamma Mia soundtrack from ABBA + lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQKk1nkDa8U
Johnny Cash/Willie Nelson Ring of Fire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99CT3wQmiFU
Coldplay – Yellow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MwjX4dG72s
Mumford and Sons – Little Lion Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLJf9qJHR3E
BO Death Proof: Joe Tex – The Love You Save(May Be Your Own): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZio8rJP-mA
Rolling in the deep – Adele: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYEDA3JcQqw
Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest/You Never Can Tell – Pulp Fiction Theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEXqr0jhXg0
Laura Nyro, “Up on the Roof”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVYqR0bnoqQ
BO Death Proof: Eddie Beram – Riot In Thunder Alley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-31s46jYNQ
Van Morrison – Gloria – live:
Vanilla Fudge You Keep Me Hanging On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFabNBveHOk
Barry McGuire – Eve of Destruction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntLsElbW9Xo
BO Death Proof: Pacific Gas & Electric – Staggolee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J07UDPLLbU
The Band, The Weight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjCw3-YTffo
Taper jean girl- Kings of Leon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w38hpcABQWE
Joan Baez – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnS9M03F-fA&feature=BFa&list=FLzB8I_CVb2dhVKR6kvEmbpA
Unchained Melody: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiiyq2xrSI0
Make Your Own Kind of Music (Mama Cass Elliott ): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEQxEJ5_5zA
Jackson 5 – ABC (Full song): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOXG8wtxx_w
Honey, Honey – Mamma Mia! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwac8FeG5VQ
Evolution of Dance – By Judson Laipply: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMH0bHeiRNg&feature=BFa&list=FLzB8I_CVb2dhVKR6kvEmbpA
10:10 pm 10:45pm [Dessert, Silent Auction, Art Exhibition]
10:40 pm Silent Auction closes
10:55 pm MC says goodnight to everyone. [Lights come on/music stops]
11:00 pm to midnight [Private Party begins in theatre]
11:05 pm [more wine] [more food]
Movie from Janak’s channel:
PET3R – The First Quantum Entity
Bruce M. Firestone on Exploriem, Entrepreneurs and the Ottawa Senators
Quantum Entity, First of 3 Sci-Fi Novels by Bruce Firestone
Talk of Hands
The Successors—Nell’s Folly
Quantum Entity We Are All ONE Radio Plays (HD)
MIDNIGHT—CINDERELLA GOES HOME!
GOODBYE, GOODNIGHT AND GOOD LUCK!