Tanya Hayles

Welcome to Hayles Creative Elements – a full service event planning agency.
The brainchild of Tanya Hayles, accomplished event industry veteran and
noted blogger, Hayles Creative Elements has already made its mark in a
short period of time.

With a thriving client list that includes both private individuals and
corporate entities like NBA All Star Weekend and Blavity, Hayles Creative
Elements is quickly becoming the one stop shop for all things creative.

Whether it’s event planning, hosting or writing – for your next big
project, sit back and enjoy the moment. Take shelter under our umbrella and
let Hayles Creative Elements handle all of the details.

it’s not very often i am a guest at events, my line of work usually has me behind the scenes making sure things go smoothly for the client.

so it was my intention at The Sunday Social TO, to sit back in the rustic venue, enjoy the sunshine and admire the fashion and hair of the women around me.

once Catriona of Coco & Cowe sat down with Grammy-award winning (and Guyanese-bred, Toronto-raised) songstress Melanie Fiona, something told me the voice note app was going to be clutch and i need to make sure i captured the life that was going to be given.

it’s always nice when celebrates who have sung you through long commutes and heartbreaks, are down-to-earth and funny. a snapshot of some of the questions and quotables:

on entrepreneurship:

you need a team. you cannot do it on your own. have a great support system of friends and family around you. build and use your network. objectives and goals are important, know what you what you want to do. don’t be afraid to ask for help. find a team of people who feel like you, same sensibility like you, will protect your integrity and vision for your company like you do.
i believe in the power of intention, the power of what is for you, is for you, tapping into yourself is so important. when you operate from that place – there’s nothing that can stop that. no one. no rut. no downfall that can stop your story. if you are driven by money – you will fail every time.

on social media:

Catriona: instagram is like your life’s greatest hits, how do you deal with the pressure to be perfect?

not being afraid to be imperfect, because there is no perfect. when you are confident in who you are and what you have, that shines through. i have way more twitter follower than instagram followers, which actually makes me happy because people are more interested in what i have to say, rather than what i look like or what have to show them.

on writing and creating:

best time to write – is when i am inspired and isolated. no distractions. i wish i could be a songwriter that says: today, i’m going to write a song. [but] i have to be in a mood. whether that’s angry or in my feelings. my truth comes out from the genuine emotion that comes out of me.

(Melanie swears she’s me!. i can’t blog/post for the sake of. i need to be emotionally moved and motivated to write. the idea of monetizing that in the effort to take this blog to the next level..concerns me though)

her celebrity crush: Will Smith. i admire what’s done career wise and he really loves his wife which is always sexy.

dream collabo: Kanye West

guilty pleasure: eating. including potatoes. (but not really)

unwinding: burning incense and watching cartoons

recent movie: i origins

yours truly was able to kick off the question period by asking if her love of potatoes includes vodka. we had a teachable moment there. #themoreyouknow

on goals outside of music:

singing and music is my gift. but my purpose is evolving to positively affect people which includes starting a foundation this year to include women’s initiatives. labours of love and passion. and maybe do Broadway?!

on getting out of a rut:

i’m inspired by sharing what i go through. being able to tell my truth. my strength comes from my lowest moments: writing, talking, sharing, falling in and out of love. crying. if i cant express myself through words or music, i hit the stage. the exchange of positive energy. oh and eating good food.

on speaking on social issues:

i comment all the time. if people can comment on people’s shoes, i can comment on police killing black men. it’s important because i have a platform, we know celebs with 25 million followers, but stand for nothing but a selfie. even if people are arguing in the comments, at least there’s a conversation happening.

(insert praise break here)

there was so much more to the conversation (part 2 maybe?), but this post would be 5000 words (though full of awesomeness). it’s always awesome ‘meeting’ a celeb and feeling you just spent an hour with a girlfriend. it was uplifting, and powerful. so much of what she spoke on, mirrored how i feel about my progression and growth as a writer.

i’ve always written. it’s something i’ve always been good at. it’s my passion. my purpose. where it will take me – who knows. but i know it’s something i must do. not for fame, or fortune – but to complete my purpose.

people (well ladies based on the gender count in the room) are always on the hunt for elevated events that brings together people from different pockets of the city, walks of life and points of view.

if this edition of The Sunday Social is any indication, i have a feeling it will be here to stay.


The Sunday Social presented by Moroccan Oil


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  • Annabelle Cosmetics
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  • Luxelife Toronto
  • Coco & Cowe
  • ReservedX
  • Just For You Events
  • CityXNights


The Boiler House, Distillery District

I live in a great city.

Toronto is home to great food, diverse culture, art, music, entertainment (and did I mention food?)

But one of its downsides, that I would think about before having a child was how financially inaccessible the city can be.

When the Terra Cotta Warriors special exhibit was in town at the Royal Ontario Museum, I remember being slightly annoyed that there were two fees to get in. I wondered to myself – if that’s the cost as a single person – what does a family of 4 do?

I’ve wondered that ever since with very little answers other than – they probably don’t.

So I was excited when I heard about the Children’s Discovery Centre. I was pleased to see the very reasonable price of admission ($13) and happy to make the trek to Liberty Village to check out the space on their grand opening day to the public.

First test: transportation. Is it easy to get to? Will having a stroller be the bane of your existence? The answer is yes and no. Just a short walk from King West, the streetcar stop lets you off on the same side of the street the venue is on. The venue itself is 1 level, wheelchair accessible and stroller friendly. There’s even various parking lots for them. A bright and airy main lobby welcomes you into the space.

After paying for a ticket (which you can also do online) – the fun begins. You don’t know where to start, but that’s half the fun! The centre is broken into various zones, assigned by colour to guide you where you’d like to go!

While tempted to go into the Blue Imagination Station, I was drawn into the hustle and bustle of the Mini City! Bikes, scooters and wagons for all ages available for kids to drive around the streets. There were a few red lights run – but no serious offences. The Mini City was authentic and true to Toronto with a construction zone gravel pit in the middle.

Art Hive – a quiet but great place for budding artists to get messy and have fun. The plexi-easels are probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen and kinda want one for my house.

Campground, by far was my favorite. The forest mural on the wall, the grass and big canoe in the middle, the tent were great touches. But the beaver dam, big enough for the biggest of kids (aka me) is a place I would’ve stayed in all day!

Other areas include:

  • Boom Room: think mixing bowls + spatula (aka keep the kids busy while you prep dinner). Different noise makers from around the world will stimulate all the senses
  • Eat Street: a grocery store, kitchen (complete with the cutest chef hats and aprons) area. It was great to see boys and girls in this space.
  • Make Believe: I envision lots of fairy tale productions in this great theatre space, with a large stage area. Bravo!
  • Pet Vet: shelves of furry creatures (of the stuffed variety), an x-ray wall and the green uniforms lets me know they talked to someone in the business to make this room as authentic as possible!
  • Storyland: if this place existed when I was a child, this would be the place my mom would know where to find me. Cozy nooks to sit and read? CAN I GET ONE OF THOSE IN MY HOUSE PLEASE?

There’s a large party room for what will be a very popular birthday party spot, a huge open space for future exhibitions and clean, wide-door unisex/family friendly bathrooms EVERYWHERE. I especially like that it’s for kids 6 and under. Any parent that has taken their toddlers to a drop-in of any sort – knows the gritted teeth and frozen smiles one puts on as school-age children knocks over the smaller toddlers around them. There are specific baby crawl areas for them to play in to reduce this stress on all parties.

It’s an extremely amazing place, with very engaging and friendly staff. You can tell that it was designed by a parent for other parents. I was able to chat briefly with CEO Jeanhy Shim about the project when on my way out. Surprisingly, it’s only a temporary spot until a permanent place is found. Why that’s exceptionally impressive is because there is nothing that says temporary about the space. There are no unfinished touches to the naked (or event planner/mommy) eye. It’s a grassroots endeavour, generously supported by various corporations and community at large.

There’s a big space for families to sit and enjoy a snack that you can bring from home. This is noteworthy as there are many places that try to restrict outside food (for several valid and IMO not-so-valid reasons). I’d love to see the permanent place (or this one) have healthy snacks for sale.

There are always plenty of things to do in the city if you have kids, but either the cost, location (or both) can be prohibitive. This centre addresses both those things and more. I can see myself going quite a few times before it closes in September.

Welcome to the city CDC, we hope you stay awhile.


Children’s Discovery Centre

45 Strachan Ave, Toronto

Open daily – 9:30am-4:30pm


Note: this is not a sponsored post. the opinions and review is entirely because i wanted to write about it! i promise the kiddo having fun was the primary goal for going 🙂

How She Hustles is a growing and dynamic network of over 5000 diverse
women. Founded by Emily Mills, each How She Hustles event is part
networking, part therapy and full celebration of women hustling their way
through life. Whether as CEOs or stay at home moms – How She Hustles
allows women to experience how our differences are more similar than we

Tribute to Our Mothers was an emotionally charged event. Women, panelists,
celebs and table hosts paid tribute to their mothers (and their mothers).
From the make-up artists pampering moms, to the gorgeous photo booth area
to the floral arrangements and the touching artistic salutes – Hayles
Creative Elements was a proud event consultant and table host for the

250 diverse women.
25 incredible table hosts.
4 inspiring panelists.
2 weeks before Mother’s Day.
1 event that moved women to tears!

Mom & Me photo booth
Caribbean-inspired canapes & dessert bar
Door prizes including a hotel staycation
Wisdom From My Mother quotes
Artistic tributes to mothers we love & mothers we’ve lost

When Toronto was awarded it’s first ever NBA All Star game, we knew we had
to bring something different to the table. In partnership with Shelley’s
Catering & Special Events, official NBA All Star Weekend vendor, we threw
the most unique and creative event of the weekend.

Using the basis that the game was created by a Canadian, a welcome home
party was the foundation for the event theme. A fraternity house was the
perfect backdrop to the house party that we all remember attending in our
youth days. 2 floors, 2 DJs, food and a dessert table made it worth braving
the frigid temperatures outside.

What’s a basketball themed party without a slam dunk competition? Toronto
influencers and celebs acted as our slam-dunk judges. Special thanks to
Canadian companies Amsterdam Brewery and Screech Rum sponsors.

Blavity, a media website for Black millennials and culture, threw its
first large-scale event in May 2016. EmpowerHer was created to connect
bloggers, influencers, techies and entrepreneurs from across the continent.
Taking the statistics that Black women are the fast growing group of
entrepreneur and leading the charge in various other fields and industries
– the full day event was about learning, sharing and building.

The day kicked off with a branding keynote from the award-winning blogger
and author Luvvie, touched on the important topics of self-care with
Editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth, influencer and model
Gabifresh and other influencers. From venture capital funding to getting
ones travel on, the hilariously honest fireside chat with activist Netta
and Blavity CEO Morgan Debaun and ending the day with lessons on how to use
the internet to impact change, it was an inspiring day with impact that
will last a lot longer.

Milestone events mark significant times in our lives. Weddings, birthdays, community events— there’s always something worth celebrating. For momentous dates like these, a well versed event planner is fundamental in bringing your vision to life.

Our work is specifically tailored for each event and client. Like living breathing organisms, no two events are alike.  Your first consultation allows us to understand both your vision and your needs.

There is a plethora of planners out there, so what sets us apart from the rest? It’s not about time or money – but the fit. You must be able to freely communicate, ask questions, and voice your concerns with any and all of your vendors. With Hayles Creative Elements we will convey your story craftily and be attentive, flexible and available to assist with your creative needs.

Your event, our working relationship, and our personal and business integrity is of utmost importance. We will work with your budget to ensure that you keep on track of meeting all your goals.

At Hayles Creative Elements we will be your planner, your advisor, your advocate, your cheerleader, your coach and confidant.

With over 15 years of event planning experience – we can help you with many of the following event components including:

  • Venue
  • Staffing
  • Rentals
  • A/V
  • Budget
  • Marketing/Social Media
  • Specialty Items

Types of events


There is no truer cliché than your wedding day being the most important day of your life. It’s imperative to have your day in the hands of people who care about you, your family, and your guests from sunrise to the last toast.


Hiring a wedding and event planner is a great investment. A planner grants you the peace of mind needed knowing that the small – and some of the big – details are handled by someone else. All you have to worry about is arriving to the ceremony and getting married! The serenity, support and assurance is well worth it.

From the ceremony to the end of the reception, to the florists, invitations, caterer and all other  event vendors, we will guide you through your wonderful journey. In order to tie all the pieces together, your planning could start from the engagement announcement or a few months before you say I do!

We believe the process should be as fun, memorable and stress-free as the day itself!


When it comes to event coordination, we run the gamut and guarantee to bring your vision to life. From birthday parties for the little ones to adults who are still young at heart. Or perhaps you just want to celebrate —just because! Regardless of the event, it means alot to you and will mean even more to us.


You have a brand and a purpose.  Let us take care of your event planning needs to help you put your best foot forward. From product and business launches, to industry conferences or employee retention events, you can trust your company in our hands.

Whether your guests are stakeholders, employees or customers, we will uphold your brand to the highest standards and work to ensure all components exceed your expectations.


Here at Hayles Creative Elements, we know firsthand the importance that events have on an organization’s ability to carry out their mission and fulfill their purpose.This is why volunteering for and working with charitable events and organizations continues to be a key part of the business. The benefit here is to see events from all possible perspectives. It means creating better events for you, the client, and ultimately the community you serve.

Some events include:

  • Luminato Art + Creativity Festival
  • Harry Jerome Awards
  • Light of Hope Fundraising Gala
  • Brazilian Carnival Ball
  • Heart of Fashion
  • Canadian Cancer Society Toast to Spring
  • United Way Rouge Gala
  • Ronald McDonald House ‘House Party’
We will work with you on achieving your fund and awareness raising goals while keeping your donors in mind. Having worked for non-profit and charitable organizations means we speak your language.

Work for your charitable event can include:

  • Chairing event committee meetings
  • Setting and maintaining critical path and event budget
  • Sponsorship/in-kind/donation packages
  • Media/PR/Marketing
  • Ticket sales
  • Event décor/catering/bar
  • Silent Auction or raffle
  • Volunteer management
  • Donor stewardship

Blog writing started out as a passion project, which developed into a side hustle. Freelancing content for websites or media outlets can include opinion or investigative pieces on pop culture and social issues, sponsored brand campaigns or event reports.

Her article honestly and genuinely represented our company
Her article honestly and genuinely represented our company, and did so with an understated humor that was refreshing. We were so grateful for her initiative to reach out to us and, in the spirit of journalism, be one of the first writers to produce an article about Tru-Colour.
Wesley Braden IV
VP of Business Development / Tru-Colour Bandages


While new to the speaking circuit, Tanya has been honing microphone skills for years behind the scenes. With over 15 years in the event industry, we would be able to speak on your podcast, radio program, TV segment (recorded or live), conference on any aspect of event planning.

Additional topics/audiences:


While any new business owner, or those thinking about taking the leap, would like to hear about  the success stories, many would also like to hear from those who are walking the same path in entrepreneurship that they are. Let “The Accidental Entrepreneur” share the good, bad and ugly with your audience.

Audience: entrepreneur, employment, career development events, young start-ups


Motherhood comes in all shapes and sizes, but single mothers rarely get an opportunity to share their unique challenges in  parenthood. Find out how Tanya Hayles navigates being a business owner, mother and woman – a true mompreneur.

Audience: parent/motherhood events, baby & toddler show, new mom workshops


While Google can answer your question: “How do I start a blog?”, sometimes having a real person walk you through the process is helpful. Let us provide support to your audience of budding bloggers by discussing the the tips and tricks to creating their online space. Additionally, we can also speak on blogging under an alias and dealing with online harassment.

Audience: blogger events and workshops, students

So between attending Blogging While Brown, BlogHer and assorted webinars and various other moves – it’s safe to say that one of my goals for this year is to monetize my writing. i’ve already written about how i’ve changed gears in where i see my future going. i went from knowing and being an event planner, to wanting to pursue writing.

So when Secrets of a Side Hustler decided to have an entire week of local and online events – i knew that i needed to attend. SoaSH is a business and community whose objective is to empower and support those who are working full-time while trying to develop their side hustle. this is done via weekly Twitter chats, mentorship and networking events.

Sunday was the official kick off event, held in a cool new downtown venue. the hook to this event? each guest was to bring a book that inspires them to add to the book swap pool. so let’s recap: a chance to support an awesome and growing community/business, a new event space and a book? of course!

What i loved was the opportunity to catch up with old friends, chat with people from various walks of life and make new friends and connections as well. there was a gentleman who will take care of the accounting while you take care of building, someone who has a marketing and branding company, a couple of authors, event planners and so many from different walks of life!

For me – i sometime feel like I’m behind and going backwards in regards to actually turning writing into a business. so it was nice to chat with people who managed to turn their side hustle into a full-time thing. and while my leaps and risks have to be measured and small for now as to not negatively impact my son – i feel they will pay off in the end.

Tonight the learning and side hustle continues – and im excited to learn more and grow.

Some tickets for some events are still available, visit here for more details.


What’s your word? Do you have a side hustle? Are side hustles only for people unhappy with their full-time jobs? Do you think it’ll become something full time? What’s stopping you? Hustle over to the comments!

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