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.

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.

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/




A coffee break on an amazing sunny weekend in Toronto – March 6, 2010

Chris Brooker
March 13, 2010

This is a little video we took while taking a coffee break from a long walk along Queen St West in Toronto on an amazing sunny, sunny day. Stopped at Steve’s music store and finally bought that cutest little guitar ever that I’ve been eyeing. I was sad as I’ve been in there before and didn’t see it anymore, assuming someone bought it. To my surprise, it reappeared, so I finally snatched it up. Woohoo!

This is actually the guitar that appears in this video Rogers – Who has the touch entry

Rogers – Who has the Touch Contest Entry

Chris Brooker
March 8, 2010

Rogers Canada is having this contest called “Who has the Touch” where 2 people are given an assignment and 48 hours to compete to see who comes up with the best videos. The winner takes home $5000. I figured, hey! I have those skills, so I put in an entry.

The entry video has to be under 1 minute and describe your Coolest idea. Here’s my entry:

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

Let’s hope I make the top 10.

Details

  • 18 years +
  • energetic, funny, with a touch of insanity
  • out of the box thinker
  • have access to a video camera
  • have the means an ability to edit your videos
  • have a competitive spirit that would impress a 60-year-old wrestling coach
  • understand proper conduct – no nudity, swearing, trashing, illegal activity, arrests, or socks with sandals

If so, don’t miss your chance at fame and fortune. There are only 3 steps to making it the real deal:
From March 22nd until April 30th, each week for 5 weeks, you’ll provide the video camera and editing skills. We’ll give you a Rogers Touchphone, $50 and 48 hours to create a 2-minute video based on a fun task chosen by our online voters. Shoot it, edit it, then upload it to Facebook and see how many voters think you have the touch. The coolest part – even the loser WINS CASH.

Nuit D’Azure – Video

Chris Brooker
February 27, 2010

Hey everyone!

Last week I attended an event put on by NotableTV for the launch of the Annex Loft House which was totally amazing. There was food and wine and tons of amazing people both friends and new friends. As usual I shot a bit of video which I’ve been sitting on as I wanted to give it the editing touch. It’s been really busy this last week with me being sick and tons of intense projects at work, so I hadn’t had a chance to go through the footage and produce a video. Well, you can wait no longer…the video’s up!

Thanks to NotableTV for such a great night! I look forward to the next ones!

This is how we do it up at #LoserKaraoke – Feb 18, 2010

Chris Brooker
February 20, 2010

Hey peeps!

It’s been another little while since I’ve posted. Things have been beyond busy but that’s no excuse. I’m sure if you’re in twitter you’ve been hearing the buzz about #LoserKaraoke. It’s a little thing we like to do on Thursdays at at Tequila Sunrise. It started out as TechKaraoke, but has been improved and added a few regulars. This week happened to have a very low turn out, often the place is so packed you can’t move. Not sure why there is such a difference some times.

Here’s a video of one of my performances this week. Enjoy.

Bloodhound Gang – Bad Touch
(You can click through the video and watch in 720p if you wish)

Thanks to @alisaan for the awesome camera work!! You can be my tripod any day :)

Windows 7 Community Event

Looks like I had a productive long weekend editing video :)

A few weeks ago I receive an email from the lovely Chantelle at High Road Communications asking if I would be apart of a Windows 7 community dinner event. I was honoured to be invited and accepted.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I was invited but after I arrived, I was very surprised at what an amazing event the ladies at High Road Communications put together. Thanks Chantelle, Cortney and Isabella (sorry if I missed anyone).

As you can see in the video, I got there late. The event was schedules to start at 5pm but with traffic and having to drive from uptown, I didn’t actually get there until 5:35pm, so I missed most of the presentations. But I did get a chance to run around and talk to almost everyone, even if I didn’t film it.

If there is anyone I missed, or more information that I can use, please drop me a line.

Hope to see you all at the next one.

Here is the video;

Microsoft Canada
High Road Communications
Absolute Software
bumptop

Thanks!!

vblogging – Turkish Festival

Chris Brooker
August 2, 2009

Blam! What’s up babes?

I wake up to find that it’s a beautiful Saturday! After sleeping in a bit 11am, I hit the Danforth with Krista for a wonderful late luch, visit some shops and head downtown.

After walking around a bit in the lovely weather we stumbled upon the Turkish Festival at Yonge and Dundas Square.

I made a little video about it, wanna see it? Here it is;

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