Toronto Wine and Spirits Festival

Chris Brooker
July 6, 2010

Hey-ho, let’s pretend that I wrote this a few weeks ago. Picture the day June 19, 2010. It was a Thursday, I believe, myself and some friends hit the Wine and Spirits Festival in the historic Distillery District.

Started out with pre drinks in a friend’s back yard.

Some hot dancing girls. 🙂

$1 shots. Things went way down hill from here. Think we did 5 each at this sitting.

This is the Mount Gay rum girl, she was awesome and kept listening to our ridiculous drunken stories while keeping our glasses full. 🙂

The constant mixing of Wine, Beer, and hard liquor was a deadly combination. Let’s just say that someone (that wasn’t me) threw up in the cab. The hallmark of a good night.

Aerobie on the turf

Chris Brooker
July 6, 2010

I haven’t posted in a long time but I’ve been busy. So it’s time to just start dumping back logged stuff on here. Enjoy.

This was back on June 1, 2010. We have a huge turf field out behind our condo which is actually pretty awesome to run around on. Krista and I went out and throw around the Aerobie for a while.

Such amazing posing skills.

PS: those are my get dirty, I don’t care what happens to them shoes.

Notable TV, TwestivalTO, PeekShots and green goo

Chris Brooker
March 29, 2010

The title says it all and is also why I haven’t blogged in days. To be honest, I haven’t had the energy to get on a computer in any way. No twitter, hundreds of unread emails, facebook entries. It’s been bad.

Let’s start at the beginning; Thursday March 25, 2010 I had been sick all the previous week and was finally starting to feel better. I think I had the flu, lots of fevers, aches and a bad cough. I was still on the edge so I decided to take it easy on my body and not drink too much.

Thursday was NotableTV’s Samsung HD 3d TV Pre-launch event. This was the most exclusive NotableTV event to date and we got to be the first group of people outside of Samsung to see their new TVs the day before they were launched.

I rushing home to eat and change then met up with the awesome Sean Ward. We hit the streetcar and grabbed a coffee at McD’s before catching the Queen car all the way to past Jarvis.

Here’s what I wore;

I took this photo after I got home and looking at it now, I already looked half-dead. Rocked a new tie with a full Windsor knot, got lots of compliments.

I got to the Samsung event and grabbed this intro video;

This event was awesome with food and drinks as far as the eye can see. I kind of had a blast over at the section of the bar filled with Hpnotiq vodka shots. Tons of them just lined up on the bar with a beautiful women telling you to have as many as you want. As I was taking it easy on the drinking, I had 3 and grabbed a beer.

Here you can get a sense of the scene and the ambiance;

Delicious cupcakes for the munching. There was a whole pyramid of them;

Sean Ward being a bad boy?

Hung out with the always amazing Casie Stewart and the beautiful Fairlie sisters Carlie-Anne and Kristin. Sean and these 3 ladies made for an awesome time!

We finished up at the NotableTV event and Sean Casie and myself hopped in a cab for Tryst Nightclub and TwestivalTO 2010! You can read about what TwestivalTO is here.

Got there around 10:30 and hit the photo booth manned by the awesome Rosa Park. Yes, the party was already in full swing and most people where sufficiently liquored.

Here I am looking all Presidential, like Stephan Colbert;

Kickin’ it with Casie Stewart;

Humping a chalkboard I turned around backwards for later photoshop fun;

This party wasn’t free but OMG, it was sooo much fun dancing and hanging with all the awesome friends I’ve met in Toronto mostly through the twitter community.

Walked home and hit the sack at about 1:30am. I had an 8:15am meeting the next day.

Woke up like a zombie and got to work in time. Was to tired all day. But Friday night was Peek shots! A friend of mine Andrew Peek has decided to sell all his stuff, leave his job and travel for a few years. Awesome! He was having a get together at the Drake to say goodbye. I couldn’t pass up my chance to chat and say bye and good luck. So Krista and I headed over to the Drake. I was already so tired I couldn’t see straight.

Got there and tons our people had almost taking over the main floor. Drinks and hugs all around. After the music upstairs wasn’t so great, Krista and I decided to try out the Underground and DAMN! I heard the best DJ I heard in a long time play. Her name was DJ Annalyze and only after did I find out she’s a top DJ out of Chicago. We danced and drank way too much until 3am then had pizza and a cab home.

The next morning I woke up with the worst chest and sinus infection with green goo coming out everywhere. So that’s where we are now. Still sick and looking for a Doctor. And first time back on the computer in days.

PR people get ready for BDSM! (SFW)

Chris Brooker
March 25, 2010

or a Big Day in Social Media! See what I did there? I used a sexy headline to get your attention and cause you to visit this page. I used your PR tricks against you! muah ha ha ha.

But seriously, today is a big day for social media. Today is the second annual Twestival (3rd TwestivalTO). At a high level Twestival is an amazing time to meet all the people you talk to on Twitter everday IRL. Put people to avatar pics. Plus you get to drink to excess and dance to great music! What more could you want on a Thursday (other than Karaoke)?

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Here are the official details:

What is Twestival?

On Thursday 25 March 2010, people in hundreds of cities around the world will come together offline to rally around the important cause of Education by hosting local events to have fun and create awareness.  Twestival™ (or Twitter Festival) uses social media for social good.  All of the local events are organized 100% by volunteers and 100% of all ticket sales and donations go direct to projects.  If you would like to get involved, please Register your City, Register your School, or Volunteer and we will get in touch.  Organizers will be given a handbook and invitation to our collaboration workspace.  Follow @twestival for updates.

“This year’s Twestival Toronto festivities will be held at Tryst Nightclub on Thursday, March 25th 2010…and I know you’re free because it’s a Thursday night! Tickets are still available and can be purchased on the Twestival Toronto site. Like any good event there will be fun hosts, loud music, cash bar, great company (ahem yours truly will be there!!) and more!  (Am hearing there may be some big raffles as well so bring a little extra with you!). All in all, it will be a great party with great people for a great cause.” – Aleksandra Stalmach

All the details can be found here: http://toronto.twestival.com/

Here is a great post by Aleks (@alisaan) about the top 11 reasons to come to Twestival!

http://alisaan.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/twestivalto-have-fun-do-good/

Her post is probably a little more articulate than mine. But I would have added;

#12 – I’ll be there!! Here is me at TwestivalTO in the summer. The theme was old school Hollywood glamour.
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There is me with the infamous Joallore (@clickflicka) and his cousin.

So get on Twitter and beg to find someone selling a ticket and get your ass there!

Toronto Blog Stars – Rock the market

Chris Brooker
March 19, 2010

Yesterday, I woke up feelign totally shitty. Not shitty as in hung over, like the majority of people, but shitty as in sick. I wanted to call in sick to work but had just way much to do so I decided to compromise, I worked from home. Even though I was feeling shitty I still wanted to attend the Toronto Blog Stars event I had signed up for. For the knowledge and to support my friends.

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The Toronto Blog Star event was;

This is the ultimate how-to with the Toronto Blog Stars, followed by a Meet the Blog Stars cocktail reception.

You will learn everything you need to know about living the Blog Star lifestyle using blogging, Twitter, Facebook, and social networking, including:

  • how to get – and keep – the attention of movers and shakers in your industry
  • how to turn your everyday life into compelling content
  • how to brand yourself online
  • what programs and applications to use to host your site, keep track of your statistics, and promote yourself & your blog

Featuring:

Raymi Lauren of Raymi the Minx – A trendsetter and award-winning blogger, Raymi is a pioneer in the online world, having started her blog in 2000.  Her voyeuristic approach to blogging has gained her international readers and recognition and she has been featured in major news outlets, both on camera and in print.  Raymi is an aspiring actor and an accomplished writer and artist.

Sean Ward of seanward.net and Sean Ward’s Super Party – Sean set out to create his own entertainment empire with original underground cinema screenings and a comic book series.  He was a writer and cast member on Ed the Sock, a featured speaker, and master of ceremonies.

Casie Stewart of This Is My Life – a daily blogger with a passion for social media, Casie Stewart has been involved in many social media campaigns to raise money for charity as well as blogging about products & services for major brands. She started her blog in 2006 as a way to keep more memories and today, it’s a daily publication of her life, events, inspiration and photos.

Put together by the Fairlie Agency.

Here I am in my seat, it was a full house;

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Here is Casie Stewart;

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Raymi The Minx;

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Sean Ward;

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Here is a great video I took of the panel talking about what twitter is and why it’s not banal;

httpvhd://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cC0Pn1xgWJs

Thanks guys for a great event.

Top of the Morning to you – Shamrocks and Shillalies

Chris Brooker
March 18, 2010

Yesterday was St Patricks day aka. Green beer day! I was starting to feel some sickness coming on all day with my throat hurting so I decided to take it easy. I got home from work and headed on over to the Adelaide St Pub where I was meeting a number of great friends!

Big props goto: @Renee3 @unbrelievable @alisaan @JonGauthier @joncrowley @casiestewart @rochlatinsky @DaveColeman @smichm @randeepk

You best believe I got lei’ed, son!

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Apparently I don’t smile anymore but I can assure you a another good time had by all! Was home before 10pm, fell asleep on the couch before 11pm. Woke up with full on sickness. I think I would have prefered a hangover.

MTV Fora Magazine Launch – Part 2: The Launch Party; Theme: The Prom!

Chris Brooker
March 18, 2010

Please check out MTV Fora Magazine Launch – Part 1: The After Show if you are just coming along to this post.

Fora is a new online magazine that MTV is launching in April that will focus on beauty and trends. The difference here is that Fora will be made up of articles contributed by the top bloggers and experts in Canada. It’s going to social, geared towards the current young, hip, connected lifestyle, which will make this a very unique magazine to watch.

The Launch Party for the magazine started with Dan Levy and Jessi Cruickshank introducing the magazine and showing the first promo. They’re both featured in the first issue, The theme for the spring issue and the theme of the party are/was The Prom.

Here’s the video;

Here are some of the hottest top blogger ladies in some kick ass Peach Berserk dresses all ready for prom. Can you guess who is who?

(left to right: Lisa Charleyboy, Raymi Lauren, Carly-Anne Fairlie, Don’t know but if you do tel me :), Casie Stewart, Breanna Hughes)

While at the party I got a chance to have a quick chat with Joy McCarthy (Joyous Health Blog) one of the magazine’s contributors. Also some stylings by Sean Ward. (Sorry for the poor lighting)

The party was tons of fun and I got to chat with lots of kewl people, including Dan Levy about life and how much work him and Jessi put into all their shows. I would have liked to take more video but as you can see by the last clip there just wasn’t the light for it and I don’t have a pro setup. Mics, lights, a steady camera man (steady as in holding the camera, not as in dating), etc. We spent a good 1.5 hours munching on tons of cheese and drinking wine, chatting with people and on our way out hit the Prom themed photobooth. I’ll post my photos once I receive them.

Here you can see the smoking hot actress Kristin Fairlie working it for the camera!

Sean and I just chatting about the venue, Jessi Cruickshank hanging out in the back. This is the teaser video I used the other day.

Once I’m able to score more photos from the Event I’ll update this post. So the take away here is MTV, Fora, get excited, when it goes live, check it out!!

Anyone interested in a Part 3 – The After Party? Also, I’m going to put together a single all encompassing video of all the footage I took, stay tuned!

MTV Fora launch – Teaser Video 1

Chris Brooker
March 16, 2010

I haven’t had a chance to edit any of the footage I took yesterday yet, but here’s a little taste of things to come. This is a raw unedited clip from the MTV Fora launch event party featuring Sean Ward and myself. With a cameo in the background by Jessi Cruickshank.

To add to the awesomeness here is a video from Sean Ward discussing the full flavour of beer.

MTV Fora Magazine Launch – Part 1: The After Show

Chris Brooker
March 16, 2010

Monday turned out to be one of the best Monday’s ever.

I was invited to the launch of a new MTV magazine called Fora. It hasn’t actually been launched to the public yet but when it does it’s going to be huge. They’ve enlisted an amazing group of writers from the Toronto blogging and twitter community, some really smart people who I got a chance to speak with at the event. I’m really looking forward to this magazine launching.

The event started at the Masonic Temple on Yonge St with a live-to-tape filming of the After Show with Jess and Dan with special guest Kelly Cutrone. A fashion icon (People’s Revolution), star of The Hills and author of a new book If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You. Which from what I understand is almost a how-to guide on breaking into the fashion industry.

(Thanks to Stephanie (@TOFashionTrends) at the Toronto Fashion Trends Examiner for the pics, the iPhone 3GS camera sucks.)






As far as I remember this was my first show taping, crazy eh?

After the filming we were escorted out a different entrance and into some old school elevators to another floor where the Fora launch party was setup. The theme; Prom!

I have tons of video and more photos of the Fora party that I will post as I get them edited and processed. Watch for a new blog post with those! It features some, if not all, of the top bloggers in Toronto.

CanLIT 2010 – Toronto SXSW Pre Party

Chris Brooker
March 15, 2010

This is a little late in being posted here, I know. But it’s been on YouTube and twitter for a week :). Not sure why I forgot to post it here but I’m going to say it’s because I didn’t like the way my blog looked. Well, that’s all fixed now! New look baby!

March 5, 2010 – The awesome Toronto GenYTO community descended onto the Fair Trade Jewelry Co for a rukous party to prepare our livers for the epic party that is SXSW.

“As you know, much of the success of last year’s event was being able to introduce the GenYTO cru to the SXSW veterans. Once again we’ll be joining forces with GenYTO to bring the best and brightest minds of all ages together for this liver training event.”

Here’s an awesome video I made of the night (you might be in there, I filmed so many people);

Here are some great photos by Rannie Turingan (@photojunkie)
The full set can been seen at http://www.rannieturingan.com/events/canadian-livers-in-training-canlit-2010/




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