Toronto #TechKaraoke, #KaraokeTO was so much fun!

Chris Brooker
May 25, 2009

Saturday May23, 2009 at Tequila Sunrise was the amazing night that was Tech Karaoke. If you weren’t there, well, you missed out.

Here’s the setup:

The phenomenon of TechKaraoke is coming from New York to Toronto for one very special edition!

Come out and demonstrate your singing prowess & bear witness to a showdown between some of Canada’s hottest start-ups including sponsors FreshBooks, RedWire & Zoocasa.

Join the NYC team & your Toronto startup community for one evening of complete debauchery.

I got there around 10:30pm-11pm after trying to find parking for about 20mins before conceding and paying $10 at an underground lot. When I walked in I was surprised at how small the venue was but wow, it was filled with energy. Everyone was dancing and singing along! Best Karaoke event I’ve been to and I’ve been to a lot. No sitting quietly at tables, no groups of people afraid to perform. Pure energy!

How could you not have fun with these:

Huge Beer

Ya, that’s a 710ml bottle of Molson Canadian for $7.50

In case you were wondering, yes, I performed. As I got there a little later my name was at the bottom of a large pile. By the time my name was called I had sufficiently lost most of my voice from yelling and signing along. (At least that’s what I’ll tell people)

Here I am performing This Love by Maroon 5

You can also see the party that’s going on!

Random comments from the world of Twitter:

Great time at #techkaraoke last night – thanks @oz & @brett for making the long & arduous trek from NYC – a great time had by all.

Great seeing everyone at #techkaraoke l made it home alive and am off to fav brunch patio. Enjoy your beautiful Sunday!

Public embarassment is not my thing, but #techkaraoke was one step in the right direction #jasonmraz #ftw

P.S. @alterton was the victor, taking home Rock Band 3 donated by my new lovers at @aiderss! He was amazing and they’re amazing! #karaokeTO

Props to the other #karaokeTO finalists who KILLED it last night: @issarged @D_Hock and @photojunkie!

I hope we do it again sometime soon!!

SpinTO – An amazing night

Chris Brooker
May 23, 2009

Last Friday was SpinTO and I had such a great time!

Here is a recap for all the people who missed it when I

a) posted it on Facebook
b) twittered about it
c) told you about it and told you to come in person
d) told you again 2 hours before going

and STILL you didn’t come. But then told you after how awesome it was said, and I’m serious said “why didn’t you tell me about it”. *face palm *

All the info for SpinTO can be found at the SpinTO website. Friday May 15, 2009 was just the kick off party.

The SpinTO Project is a community-led initiative to raise funds and awareness for the Friends for Life Bike Rally to benefit the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation.

The project will combine a major fundraising event called SpinTO on May 15th, together with a community-media project featuring stories of the Bike Rally at

SpinTO has been organized by a team of community contributors, led by Mark Kuznicki and Adam Schwabe, both riders in the 2009 Bike Rally.

Here is a photo recap of an awesome night at the Mod Club! They raised $15,000 friday night! woo!

The last 3 amazing pictures were taken by Rannie Turingan. The other are from the SpinTO Flickr Pool.

Random Lunch Post

Chris Brooker
May 22, 2009

I look like a fancy designer in ladies glasses.

Fancy Frames

Back to the gym – Day 3 – The day after

Chris Brooker
May 22, 2009

Good morning. Last night was my 3rd day back to the gym and wow am I sore. The kind of sore that feels so good 🙂 My shoulders are aching, my abs hurt when I move or laugh and my legs are jello. This is a good start.

I have however, been going to bed late and getting a relatively short amout of sleep. This has been slowing down my recovery and regeneration but hopefully I can catch up this weeked.

That’s my short little recap/update for now. I’ll try and post a video later today.

PS: Feedback is always good and welcome.

Twitter Updates for 2009-05-21

Chris Brooker
May 21, 2009
  • Going to the gym. When I get back we can talk. #You’reLookingForwardToIt #
  • Back from the gym! #
  • working on some websites #
  • @janiceromero the evening is going pretty good. I just wish there were more time in the evening :). What have you been up to? in reply to janiceromero #
  • @janiceromero We’ll have to get you out then. Uptown after work coffee? in reply to janiceromero #
  • heading to bed, goodnight #
  • It’s summer outside today! Oh man do I want to go outside! #
  • @matt416 Happy Birthday!! #
  • Tim Horton’s Chili and free iced coffee yum #
  • Free Iced Coffee at Tim’s, it’s tiny but yummy. #
  • Looks like Rogers 3g is down in the the Bathurst and Wilson Area. Can’t even get a signal right now. #
  • Heading home will be back online shortly. #
  • @dzborovski My service is still up and down. Dropping calls, edge to 3g to edge to no service. #RogersFail in reply to dzborovski #

Victoria Day Turducken

Chris Brooker
May 20, 2009

Some of you may know this, most won’t, but my friends and I have been wanting to try a Turducken for about 1.5 years now. After looking and looking and talking and even looking for one in buffalo, NY. I finally stumbled across one in the Great Canadian Superstore on Wynford! I was totally shocked to see it…. so I immediatly bought it.

This was Jan 2009.

After weekend after weekend trying to find a time when we could all get together to enjoy the abomonation, the stars aligned. It was decided Monday May18, 2009, the Victoria Day long weekend.

Enjoy, we did.

Turducken Part 1 of 3 – Before Cooking

Turducken Part 2 of 3 – After Cooking

Turducken Part 3 of 3 – Carving the meat blob

It was good. It was about 10lbs of solid meat. For $70, I’m not sure I’d buy another but it was an experience.

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