About Us

Mission Statement

It is our goal to supply top notch party equipment, products, and ideas to our clients to assist in creating unique and memorable ‘Happenings.’ By keeping current with the new trends in the special events industry and by continually educating ourselves, we provide our clients with superior customer service, quality rental inventory, and invaluable party planning knowledge.


Happenings has served the special event market in and around the Georgian Triangle with innovative ideas and events for 18 20 22 24 years. During this time, we have gained the expertise and experience to provide you with exceptional service. You can trust that we have the products, commitment, and energy to make all your events special.

Happenings Party Rentals was the brainchild of Karen Burland, which she started in May 1989 on Stewart Road. After five years, Karen sold half her shares to Mike Carleton (a kid fresh out of Georgian College’s Business Administration program). Armed with a lot of energy and imagination, albeit little experience, they set out to establish their business.

They began by expanding into the tent realm to complement their existing inventory of tables, chairs, dishes, and glassware. With the popularity of outdoor weddings, special events, and festivals that take place in and around the Collingwood area, business was booming! Happenings had to work hard to keep pace with the demands of clients, but that’s exactly what we did.

After 14 years in the industry, Karen decided to pursue a new career path and sold her shares to Mike who to this day is the sole owner of the company. As recognition of Mike’s efforts and achievements, he received the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1999.

Policies & Account Information

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American Rental Association, Rental Association of Canada


Community Involvement
Community Involvement

Happenings has given over $10,000.00 in-kind in equipment rentals and partial sponsorships to the following community events every year.

  • Blood Donor Clinic
  • Collingwood Rotary Dragon Boat Festival
  • Taste of the Town
  • Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Golf Tournament
  • Great Northern Exhibition
  • Dunedin Cancer Walk
  • Titz & Glitz
  • Smaller Sponsorships and Donations

Some of our pictures feature decor by Panache Design Works