Turning ordinary into EXTRAORDINARY
with great entertainment

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Carol Priest Entertainment

Carol Priest Entertainment has been turning ordinary into EXTRAORDINARY with great entertainment. Our personal attention to the smallest details guarantees you a first class production.

With one of the largest and most diverse talent networks in North America, we’ve explored the emerging, checked-in on the tried and true, and discovered the undiscovered, so that you don’t have to worry about your entertainment choices.

 
Team Member
Carol Priest
@carolpriestent
Founder
Carol Priest is an Entertainment Specialist with a flare for putting the “Wow” into corporate and special events. As Founder and Creative Director of Carol Priest Entertainment (CPE), she has produced hundreds of bold and imaginative entertainments for companies across North America.

Most recently, Carol Priest Entertainment was recognized as The Canadian Special Events 2016 Favourite Entertainment Company. In 2013 she was nominated for the M+IT Hall of Fame as an industry mentor. In 2011, her entertainment savvy was recognized in the book ‘Reflections of a Successful Wallflower‘ by North America’s pre-eminent event producer Andrea Michaels. And in 2003, her special event work for Goldcorp Inc. was featured in Maclean’s Magazine.

She has been the recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant where she studied theatre production with Brian Sewell, who is now Executive Producer for Mirvish Productions.  She further went on to manage the Specialty Entertainment Division of Noble Talent: working on Film, TV & Commercial projects.

In 1987, Carol joined Showmakers Inc.,  where she was mentored by Producer, Taras Shipowick.  She  worked on prestigious events such as ‘The Brazilian Ball‘, The Canadian premiere of ‘The Phantom of the Opera‘, and ‘The 100th anniversary of Maclean Hunter‘.

Team Member
Regan Harney
Talent Coordinator and Social Media Manager
In 2013 Regan graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelors Degree majoring in Music and minoring in Communications. Since then she has worked in a variety of fields from publicity, event coordinating, promoting, booking, and artist management at a record label. Throughout all this diverse experience, working in events with a main focus on entertainment is what has truly attracted her attention.

Regan has been working at Carol Priest Entertainment since 2014 and can’t wait to continue helping and watching the growth of this inspiring company.

Along with music and events, travel and adventure is where Regan’s passion lies. Spending her spare time and weekends running and camping, and using only her two feet and a bicycle to get around Toronto, keeping her active and happy.

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What We Do!

Creating OMG moments when you want them; eliminating them when you don’t.


Whether you need to celebrate a goal, thank a client, impress the partners, gather the troops, share the good news, unveil a new plan, launch a product or honour a winner, our entertainment strategies include:

  • • Customized creative proposals for entertainment and interactive activities
  • • Accurate pricing and detailed technical rider requirements
  • • Coordination of entertainment needs with your event team (venue, AV supplier, decor supplier)
  • • Entertainment and production scheduling
  • • Help with event layout/floorplan suggestions
  • • On-site talent supervision
  • • Thorough written contracts from artist bookings to appropriate corporate invoicing


  • “I am honestly in awe of what you managed to accomplish… The sheer number of people we asked you to provide was a supreme challenge unto itself – that each one of them was fantastic at their assigned task, dressed perfectly to theme and on time for their calls was an amazing accomplishment. But even more stunning, was your skill in managing it all.”

    Author
    Diane Julien
    Director of Event Design & Production Showmakers Inc
  • “ . . . Her priceless advice and endless ideas for entertainment possibilities constituted a most valuable key to the success of our event . . . A person of incredible creative talent and it was a pleasure to listen to her ideas and design suggestions.”

    Author
    Gabriela M. Sanchez
    Assistant to the Chairman & CEO Goldcorp Inc
  • “Your performers completely made the opening day to this high profile event something really special. We received rave reviews from the delegates and staff. Thank you, as always, for going that extra mile.”

    Author
    Marianne Thompson
    CMP, CMM, Director of Special Events and Meetings RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada Inc
  • “Carol Priest Entertainment is the first company we think of when we need to be entertained!”

    Author
    Melanie Thompson
    CMP, CMM CIBC World Markets
  • “You again pulled off another amazing potpourri of entertainment for our Annual Convention. Every function turned out to be better than the previous one, and the delegates were in awe. Needless to say I got all the credit for this outstanding selection of talent.”

    Author
    Barry L. Brown
    General Manager The Utility Contractors’ Association of Ontario
  • “ . . . Working with you on the details for the entertainment made me confident that everything was in order and under control in this area.”

    Author
    Kristen D. Petersen
    Senior Marketing Specialist Smart & Biggar, Intellectual Property and Technology Law
  • “Can’t thank you enough for yet another highly successful event… The entertainment was just fabulous!... You have a wonderful talent for finding us just the right acts to enhance our event. It’s been a pleasure working with you for so many years.”

    Author
    Janis Nelson
    Human Resources Manager
    Janssen-Ortho Inc
  • “Carol Priest Entertainment's contribution to the night celebration proved to be invaluable. The intense five-day program called for a fun evening, where the participants could celebrate their Business Simulation results . . . Your entertainers, from the clowns, caricaturists, balloon art, stilt walker, musician and midway game hosts were thoroughly enjoyed program after program . . . I hope to work with you in the future.”

    Author
    Cynthia Hare
    CMP, Event Manager Institute for Learning Bank of Montreal
  • “Thank you once again for all the time and effort you put into making our 150th anniversary staff celebration such a success. Your attention to detail and knack for fitting the right entertainment to our needs made for another successful event. I love your creative ideas.”

    Author
    Allyson Steedman
    CMP, Community Investment & Events Specialist Toronto Stock Exchange
  • I would not hesitate to work with you for other events and will be in touch next time there is an opportunity. Not only will I be in touch for other entertainers, I will be in touch with you as well since you too were fantastic to work with. I totally understand why you were the winner of a 2016 CSE award!

    Author
    Carolyn Keery
    Specialist, Corporate Events, Corporate Communications Economical Insurance
  • On behalf of the REMAX organization I wanted to express our gratitude for your contribution to our growth and positioning as an industry leader.

    Our events have always been regarded as second to none, first class and leading edge and we could not have achieved this standing without your outstanding work with respect to always finding the very best entertainment. You have had our one hundred present trust in your ability to source and execute whatever we have requested. You have been on site early, stayed late and consistently set a new standard!  You are a part of the REMAX family and we are grateful for all you do.

    Author
    Pamela Alexander
    CEO, North America REMAX

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Frequently Asked Questions

As an Entertainment Specialist, our role is to recommend entertainment options that can be expertly staged so that it works with your budget, audience demographic, and agenda/theme.  We guide the overall strategy to keep your social functions different, fresh and appropriate from year-to-year.

Talent agents are also called booking agents. They are responsible for a specific roster of entertainers and represent only those acts. They differ in that the entertainment specialist provides an unlimited spectrum of possibilities.

An event planner is someone who organizes and coordinates events. They enjoy working with an entertainment specialist, and consider them to be a key member of their team who designs and coordinates all aspects of the entertainment programming.

Thousands of entertainment ideas, from our extensive database. A fresh, creative approach and customized programs that are in-sync with your corporate objectives and budgets.

We present a creative proposal that recommends the best entertainment strategies for your event. Once you’ve made your selection, we move ahead with planning and execution: negotiating expenses, booking performers, reviewing contracts and riders, organizing schedules, dressing rooms, travel arrangements…in short, whatever is required to ensure that your entertainment goes off beautifully.

We see the trends before they are “overdone”. That’s because we are entirely dedicated to entertainment and enviro-tainment. We are committed to this exclusively and understand the industry of events. We are not focusing on the colour of the napkins, or event registration, etc.

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Are you looking to include entertainment in your next event?
Get in touch today for a FREE consultation.


cp@carolpriestentertainment.com

Ossington and Bloor, Toronto, ON

416-778-1102

 

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