The Modern Woman Show & Expo is fast approaching and it just wouldn't be possible without the major sponsors that make it happen behind the scenes. Today I'm talking about Barndog Productions, SK's largest one-stop shop for audio, video, lighting, stages, and technicans; they are the force behind The Runway fashion show that makes the production so fabulous. (Well, aside from me of course. #hairtoss)
From the lighting to the set design, their attention to detail elevates this fashion show from any run of the mill runway stomp, to something that is a yearly event to attend.
Perhaps I should stop here and disclose: This is my family's company. So while I can sit here and write all kinds of accolades, people may wonder if I'm bias. The answer is probably. My parents, Al and Cheryl Vickaryous, and their hard work have afforded my sister and I many securities in life that most people would take for granted. The thing with growing up in a family of small business owners you learn firsthand what a serious work ethic looks like. While I don't quite breathe, sleep, and eat at my desk like my dad, anyone who knows me knows I've been nose to the grindstone since I could first work. Entrepreneurship doesn't come easy, but its well worth the freedom. And by freedom, I mean we get to choose which 18 hours a day we work, but we don't answer to anyone. Except the government that is. #sigh
So why do we do it? Big shocker, I don't like anyone telling me what to do. In case you didn't know, my way is always the best way. Ha.
Cheryl says she does it for the fame. Al says he does it for the chicks.
But, I digress.
The business was founded in 1987 when owner and then professional musician, Al, decided to come off the road to be with his family. A tour bus isn't really a the best place to raise a kid, although it probably laid the groundwork for how cool I am. He started with one small audio system in our home, renting it out to local bands, growing business organically from there, eventually having his wife, Cheryl, leave her full time job to join him as the business became larger. The most common question... Where did the name come from? It was after our very first family dog, Barney, who sported the nickname "Barndog". That dog also ate the entire interior of our car. #funfact
Since then, they have grown to the only company of its kind in Saskatchewan that can offer all requirements of event production in one place without subcontracting or outsourcing to other businesses. With a community minded mission statement and an actual brick and mortar storefront and warehouse, Barndog is accessible to all customers to come in and discuss their needs with experienced techs, physically see what they are getting, and ensure that all aspects of their rental or event are managed and operated as required.
They handle everything from small rentals like speakers for house parties, weddings, business events, to large music festivals across Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and everything in between; they are truly a one-stop shop for event production. They also provide installations for businesses, churches, arenas, and schools so that clients are able to have their buildings equipped with their own in-house systems. Or, if you are me, a house that can be heard from downtown if necessary. My neighbours may or may not hate my guts.
Their portfolio includes large scale events such as The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, both the Juno Awards and Canadian Country Music Association Awards Fanfare, Dauphin's CountryFest, The Saskatoon Exhibition, Cameco Cares, and Rock The River to smaller community events like Word On The Street, the Police Day BBQ, and many, many more.
In addition to Modern Woman, they are sponsors of the Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation's Festival of Trees, the Children's Discovery Museum, the Saskatoon Royal University Hospital Foundation's Gala, SaskCountry Christmas, the Small But Mighty childhood cancer fundraiser, and of course, they lend their time to many local dog rescues. (I come by my dog lover status honestly.)
Barndog came to be involved with The Modern Woman Show & Expo working in conjunction with me in my position as the co-ordinator of the yearly fashion show, and are proud to support an event that showcases so many driven, hardworking entrepreneurs all in one place.
VIP tickets to the fashion show on April 14, 2018 are available online at www.modernwomansaskatoon.com. Come check out the amazing stage, sound, and lights that make this show a must-see courtesy of Barndog Production's sponsorship.
You can visit them at online at www.barndog.ca or in person at 149 Jessop Avenue in Saskatoon, SK.
Until my next post friends, keep on keepin' on!