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Arsenal FX: A New Company with Strong Community Connections

November 1st, 2015

By Theresa Wells

Those with a long memory of performing artists in the Wood Buffalo region may recall the name Trevor Watson. Watson was a popular fixture on the local entertainment scene for some time, known for an engaging magic and comedy act and his keen interest in the performing arts. Watson may have hung up the black top hat of a magician, but he is back in Fort McMurray with a new team and enterprise: ArsenalFX.

ArsenalFX is a full-service event production company. From the basics of event decor to the intricacies of event lighting and audio, Arsenal FX is making a splash in the region as they deliver top-notch events, large and small, to the community. While the team at ArsenalFX are driven to make their business succeed, they also serve as a community partner using every opportunity to give back – including using their collective expertise to help local youth groups like the Justin Slade Youth Foundation.

When the Justin Slade Youth Foundation (JSYF) began planning the No Limits Youth Empowerment Day held at the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre in Fort McMurray in February, 2015, Arsenal FX agreed to provide the audio equipment necessary to support an event that involved a variety of speakers and almost 800 Grade-8 students from both the Fort McMurray Public School District and Fort McMurray Catholic School District.

Says Watson of the experience: “It was such a great day. There was an RCMP officer that came in and spoke to the kids and they had a number of different speakers. We pitched in by helping out with some audio systems and some portable staging – it was awesome to see the kids get involved and listen to the stories. You could almost see in their eyes themselves climbing Mount Everest like the guy telling the story. It was non-stop ideas coming to us about how we can work with JSYF to build the event and make it even bigger and better the next year.”

ArsenalFX has also supported events such as the Justin Slade Youth Foundation Hollywood Night, an evening for local youth to enjoy interaction with their peers in a safe, encouraging and supportive setting. With the help of the ArsenalFX team the youth involved were able to enjoy a true party atmosphere, complete with professional quality sound.

Many event attendees in the region will likely have enjoyed the results of the work of ArsenalFX without even realizing it. At the 2014 Northern Lights Health Foundation Festival of Trees Arsenal FX provided all decor as well as audio and lighting, which included the challenges of several quick changes from a venue for viewing the decorated trees during the day into one capable of hosting hundreds of event attendees at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party and the Festival of Trees gala in the evening. In March of this year ArsenalFX provided the event production for the Northern Lights Health Foundation Spring Fling, marking the first gala event held in the new Shell Place Grand Ballroom at MacDonald Island Park.

Watson and the ArsenalFX team are poised and ready to continue to deliver quality, professional calibre events, while continuing to partner with local social profit organizations such as the Justin Slade Youth Foundation. Over the past two years, Arsenal FX has donated over $100,000 in services to local community events.

Says Watson: “Any way that we can support and get behind the youth of this community we are more than happy to do so.”

ArsenalFX continues to expand and develop as a company, embracing new opportunities to enable local event planners, venues, organizations and corporations to “keep it local” by using a Fort McMurray company for their next event experience. In turn, Arsenal FX will continue to give back to the community, seeking ways to enrich and enhance the quality of life for residents of the Wood Buffalo region.

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