TEDxToronto 2013


  • TEDxToronto 2013

    • September 27, 2013
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    Thank you to our presenters, delegates, volunteers, and supporters


    Photograph by Andrew Williamson

    On September 26th 2013, over a dozen speakers and performers joined together onstage at TEDxToronto to deliver powerful and inspiring talks on the theme The Choices We Make. Our over 900 delegates – a unique group of Canada’s brightest leaders, innovators, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, artists, students, journalists, professors and executives, amongst others – shared in an unforgettable experience.

    Year over year, TEDxToronto continues to be a platform for exceptional ideas; our fifth year was no exception. From the father of wearable computing, Dr. Steve Mann, to Ipsos CEO Darrell Bricker to Architect Rodolphe el-Khoury to Feminist Advocate and Community Manager Steph Guthrie, the audience’s understanding of the world today was stretched. Speakers like Sick Kids Social Worker Deborah S. Berlin-Romalis and Mental Health Case Manager Mark Henick had the audience occasionally in laughter but mostly in tears, with Mark’s Talk on suicide eliciting a standing ovation.

    Our first few Talks will be available early next week and over the next four weeks, the Talks will continue to roll out here at TEDxToronto.com. Thank you to our video partner, Biz Media, for capturing these enlightening and moving Talks on film.

    We’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the enthusiasm and commitment of the countless TEDxToronto 2013 Volunteers who have been – and continue to be – so generous with their time. Without each and every one of you, we could not have brought TEDxToronto 2013 to life. Thank you for making today the impossible, possible. Please note 2014 Committee and Volunteer Applications are open here.

    As well, it goes without saying (but we’ll say it regardless!) that we are so are grateful for the extraordinary contributions of our 2013 Partners, Sponsors and Supporters for their provision of services, their patronage and their assistance in bringing our Conference to life. These generous businesses are as follows: Biz Media, Shopify, The Working Group, Metro News, Pilot PMR, The Printing House, Mosaic, AusCan, Astro Marketing, Ceridian, Samsung, PayPal, ING Direct Canada, University of Toronto, HATCH Research Intelligence Inc., Sheridan College, Cisco, Barberian’s Steak House, Microsoft and Waterfront International Inc. If you work with a company, patron or organization that may by interested in helping to support TEDxToronto 2014, we would love to get in touch.

    Please know that 2014 delegate applications will open in mid-2014. Please join and follow or subscribe to our email newsletter to be the first to know once applications have opened.

    We hope that the Talks from the day have or will encourage you to start conversations and relationships with other Torontonians and passionate thinkers around the world. We are so proud to have been a part of such an amazing conference and the ideas it brought to the world.


    The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee

  • On the night of Sept 26th, where will your choices take you?

    • September 24, 2013
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    Toronto, our TEDxToronto theme this is year is “The Choices We Make.” The collective choice we all make as a city is to live here – we choose to live, work, and play in Toronto.

    In true TEDxToronto fashion, Toronto’s most innovative event planners are putting together installations for this year’s After Party that will push the boundaries of live experiences in technology, entertainment, and design.

    When you arrive at the TEDxToronto After Party, you will immediately face a choice: enter the party through the red path or enter through the white path? Which will you choose? And depending on your choice, how will the night unfold?

    You’ll explore UNIUN and discover massive installations of art and technology that await you inside, including a life size “Ask the 8 Ball,” a forest of paper fortune tellers, and a ceiling installation that lives and breathes, just to name a few.

    Even the music will be chosen by you throughout the night on tablets, with our official DJs, DJ Deuce and DJ Romeo, performing a live mashup of the songs at the peak of the party.

    Be prepared for great drinks, inspiring installations, and a night to remember in our favourite city.

    Get your tickets here: http://tedxtoronto.eventbrite.ca/

    When: Thursday September 26th, 9:30PM

    Where: UNIUN, 473 Adelaide Street West

    If you’re attending TEDxToronto: please remember your ticket is NOT the same as an After Party ticket. If you haven’t already bought an After Party ticket, don’t miss your chance for you and your friends to attend!

    Please note this is a 19+ event. Valid government issued photo I.D. and a copy of your ticket will be required at the door for entry. Please drink responsibly and please do not drink and drive.


    The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee


  • Announcing TEDxToronto 2013 Hosts and Satellite Event

    • September 12, 2013
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    Just released today, TEDxToronto is proud to announce our hosts for our 2013 conference, consisting of a man with a moustache and a self-described “tidal-wave feminist.” Our hosts are:

    Jeff Lohnes  | @jefflohnes
    Grassroots Engagement Manager, Movember Canada

    Jeff is a passionate supporter of idea sharing and storytelling whose passion has guided much of his life as an event promoter, a speaker agent for many high profile Canadian speakers, and his 4 years on TEDxToronto’s programming team helping select and coach the event’s speakers. Today, Jeff is an Engagement Manager for Movember Canada.

    Vasiliki (Vass) Bednar  | @VassB
    TEDxToronto 2012 Speaker and Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Education, the Hon. Liz Sandals

    Vass Bednar is a Policy Advisor at Queen’s Park and an Action Canada Fellow, but don’t let her Master of Public Policy (MPP) fool you. Vass’ spirited playfulness is her edge in the policy world, where she uses humour to make complicated ideas more accessible. She opened the 2012 TEDxToronto show with a jam on Making Public Policy More Fun.


    Satellite Event at The Centre for Social Innovation

    At the same time, we are also thrilled to announce that our Satellite Event will take place at the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI Annex) in the Bloor and Bathurst area of downtown Toronto. At the Satellite, the conference is livestreamed to the viewing party location — and is 100 percent free.

    We’re thrilled to be able to host this event at CSI – a beautiful space and a brilliant Toronto organization doing great work within the community. As well, Italian Restaurant Destingo will be providing light fare for attendees. The details are:

    Location:  CSI Annex –720 Bathurst Street

    Time: 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Applicants can choose the full day, morning, or afternoon sessions

    Tickets: Only 100 tickets are available. They are free of charge. 

    Register by: Friday, September 20th at 5:00 p.m.

    Register here: http://www.tedxtoronto.com/conference/tedxtoronto-satellite-viewing-rsvp/


    Those who wish to watch the conference from home or the office can do so by joining the livestream on conference day on the homepage of TEDxToronto.com.

    Tickets are also available now for the TEDxToronto After Party at UNIUN – a must-attend event that sells out quickly.


    Thank you again for your interest in TEDxToronto 2013.  We hope that on September 26th, 2013, you join, listen, and are inspired.

    -The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee

  • Thanks for Making TEDxToronto 2012 Unforgettable

    • October 27, 2012
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    With a full day of talks and ideas worth spreading, TEDxToronto 2012 was an enormous success. The day began with a bang and the energy and intellectual alchemy continued late into the evening. We are thrilled with how the event came together and we’d like to recognize the many people who worked hard to make this year’s conference our best yet.

    Photography by Lana Khakham, Parasol Photo

    We’d like to express our heartfelt thanks to…

    Our Committee Members

    Afshin Mousavian
    Darius Bashar

    Jodi Brown, Director
    Robyn Payne
    Lisa Pozhke
    Siri Agrell
    Stephanie Brown
    Gloria Chik
    Anita Li

    Darius Bashar, Director
    Jeff Lohnes
    Emma Brooks
    Jen Polyzotis
    Mo Bot
    Chris Tindal
    Andrew Peek
    Samantha Wright
    Russell Sakauye
    Cathy Sobocan
    Amanda K. Dawson

    Arati Sharma, Director
    Caroline DuWors
    Mariella Irivarren
    Bernadette Le-Quang
    Rachel Kucharzuk
    Simone Wright
    Valerie Bruce
    Jill Eisnor
    Melanie Woodward

    James Gen Meers, Director
    Anjuli Solanki
    Nekhat Ahmed
    Linda Theron
    Howard Tam
    Dumitru Onceanu
    Ainka Jess

    Melody Khodaverdian, Director
    Shazya Ladak
    Ben Zayandehroudi
    Rachit Chakerwarti

    Kerry McKibbin
    Satish Kanwar
    Dan Jacob
    Elizabeth Caley

    …And a huge shout-out to our conference and After Party volunteers 

    Photography by Chris Krikorian

    As well as our Partners and Sponsors – we couldn’t do it without you! 

    TEDxToronto 2012 was made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners and sponsors: Biz Media, Jet Cooper, The Working Group, Metro News, Rethink, Pilot PMR, AusCan, Andrew Richard Designs, Samsung, PayPal, Barberian’s Steak House, Marketwire, Sheridan College and The Printing House.

     Photography by Lana Khakham, Parasol Photo

    To continue creating ALCHEMY after the conference and beyond, follow our blog, subscribe to our email updates, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Talks from TEDxToronto will be going online soon, so keep posted!





  • Open Roof Festival + TEDxToronto

    • August 22, 2012
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    Movies are great. Being outside is great. Beer is great.

    The only thing better would be to put all these elements together in one cool downtown location. You know: alchemy!

    TEDxToronto has been thrilled to partner with Open Roof, an outdoor music and film festival that gives Toronto movie lovers a summer experience like no other, highlighting independent filmmakers and artists from Canada and around the world.

    Held at the Amsterdam Brewing Company, where films are screened against the stunning backdrop of the city skyline, The Open Roof Festival is a non-profit event, just like TEDxToronto. All the money raised from ticket sales supports Canada’s independent film production community.

    On August 9, we co-presented the screening of Indie Game, where we were lucky enough to offer the big-screen debut of our speaker video for SlutWalk founders Heather Jarvis and Sonya JF Barnett.

    On August 16 we co-presented Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, Open Roof’s biggest night ever, with approximately 800 people in attendance. It was a gorgeous summer night and the TEDxToronto team was there in full effect, whooping it up for our featured speaker, urbanist Shawn Micallef.

    Tomorrow night is the final screening of the season at Open Roof, the much-buzzed-about film Beasts of the Southern Wild. If the weather looks nice they’ll release more online tickets starting at 10am. Additional tickets should be available at the door.

    We want to thank the entire Open Roof team for a wonderful season, great films and awesome outdoor fun (did we mention there was beer?). We hope to work with them again next year!