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  • Introducing Our 2014 Conference Host: Drew Dudley

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    With only three days remaining until TEDxToronto 2014, we are thrilled to introduce you to our conference host, Drew Dudley.

    Drew Dudley was submitted as a community nomination to speak at TEDxToronto in 2010. Pacing back and forth, backstage, Drew was visibly nervous and the TEDxToronto team were concerned he might faint before his talk. What followed was nothing short of remarkable. Drew delivered his now famous “Lollipop Moments” talk to an audience of 300 people at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio. The talk was an instant success, and he was signed by the Lavin Agency to join their elite speaker roster the very next day.

    Drew’s TEDxToronto talk was selected to appear on TED.com, where it has been voted “one of the 20 most inspirational TED talks of all time”,  and has now been seen by more than 2 million people worldwide. He has since given nine different TEDx talks across North America, and he co-hosted TEDxToronto 2012. Drew is a testament to this year’s theme of Relentless Pursuits and exemplifies the TEDxToronto community as an individual who has inspired others through the power of ideas worth spreading.

    We are honoured to have Drew back with us on stage for TEDxToronto 2014. See him alongside our fabulous speakers and performers by tuning into TEDxToronto.com on Thursday beginning at 11AM for our live stream.

    **Reminder***

    If you haven’t bought your ticket to the official TEDxToronto After Party at CUBE Nightclub, get yours here now before they sell out! Don’t miss the chance to connect with all of our fantastic speakers, performers, partners and delegates, as we enjoy a vibrant night of music and surprises.

  • Details for the TEDxToronto After Party Revealed

    AFTER PARTY 2014

    With just over a week remaining until October 2nd, now is the time to purchase your ticket to The Pursuit of Greatness, the official TEDxToronto After Party!

    After an exciting day of talks and performances at TEDxToronto 2014, we hope that you’ll join us for an evening to remember at CUBE Nightclub. Not only will you get the chance to connect with all of our fantastic speakers, performers, partners and delegates, you’ll also get to experience a vibrant night of music and surprises.

    As you arrive at CUBE, you’ll be greeted by the Sidewalk Crusaders. The seven-piece busking band creates unique covers of popular tunes, putting their own jazz-inspired spin on songs.

    Upon entering CUBE, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back to the 1920s, as our decor and entertainment will be influenced by The Great Gatsby.

    From 9 to 11 p.m., you’ll hear live music from Shugga, one of Toronto’s best known funk and R&B cover bands, while you enjoy cocktails and networking. We’ll also have complimentary snacks available from Poutini’s, Maynards, Bad Monkey, Cadbury and Trident.

    Later on at 11 p.m., we’ll amp up the party on the dance floor with the musical stylings of DJ Divsa. A well-respected Toronto DJ, he spins many genres, including hip hop, R&B, house, electro, reggae, soca, mash-up, top 40 and dance. Divsa has also performed alongside such musicians as Nas, Usher, Pharrell Williams and Steve Aoki.

    After Party tickets are now available for public purchase at a cost of $30 each. If you’re attending TEDxToronto during the day, please note that your conference ticket does NOT include admittance to the After Party — tickets to this event must be purchased separately.

    Buy your official TEDxToronto After Party ticket, here

    We hope to see you at The Pursuit of Greatness, where we’ll celebrate the magic of TEDxToronto 2014.

    Please note that our After Party is a 19+ event. Valid government-issued photo I.D. and a copy of your ticket will be required for entry into CUBE (314 Queen Street West). Cash bars will be available. Please drink responsibly, and do not drink and drive.

     

  • Announcing Our Final Round of Speakers, After Party and Satellite Event Details

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    We are pleased to introduce our final round of speakers and performers for TEDxToronto 2014, and to share details about the official TEDxToronto After Party and Satellite viewing event.

    Our final group of speakers and performers includes a critically acclaimed musician, a visionary from the Canadian Film Centre, a reproductive biologist who works at the Toronto Zoo and the co-founder of Synbiota, an open-science platform.

    Maylee Todd

    Performer

    Ana Serrano

    Chief Digital Officer, Canadian Film Centre

    Gabriela Mastromonaco

    Curator of Reproductive Programs and Research, Toronto Zoo

    Pantea Razzaghi

    Co-founder, Synbiota

    In addition to the main conference event at Koerner Hall on October 2nd, there are a number of ways for you to engage with these incredible speakers and performers at TEDxToronto 2014.

    Official TEDxToronto After Party

    We hope that you’ll join us for The Pursuit of Greatness, the official TEDxToronto After Party. In addition to the opportunity to connect with our incredible speakers, performers and demonstrators after the conference, guests can expect an evening filled with live entertainment and surprises largely influenced by the 1920s and The Great Gatsby.

    The After Party will take place at CUBE Nightclub, beginning at 9 p.m.  A limited number of early-bird tickets are now available, here, for $30 each.

    Satellite Viewing Event

    Our Satellite event will take place at the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI Annex) in the Bloor and Bathurst area of downtown Toronto. The event offers the opportunity to watch TEDxToronto 2014 via live stream on October 2nd with others who are just as passionate about ideas worth sharing.

    In addition to watching the conference, you’ll get to meet a panel of past TEDxToronto speakers who will lead discussions about the day’s events. There is no cost to attend. More information and Satellite event registration can be found, here

    Live stream

    Those who wish to watch the conference from home or the office can do so by viewing the live stream on October 2nd on our homepage, TEDxToronto.com.

    We hope that you join us, and participate in the magic of TEDxToronto 2014.

    Sincerely,
    The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee

     

  • Announcing Our Third Round of Speakers and After Party Details

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    With only five weeks remaining until TEDxToronto 2014, we are thrilled to unveil another round of speakers for our sixth annual conference, and to share details about the official TEDxToronto After Party.

    This group of speakers includes a cosmologist who spent a year operating the South Pole Telescope; an entrepreneur who is changing the way the hearing impaired relate to the world; a female comedian who is using humour to reframe the way we approach diversity; and a twenty-six-year-old activist changing the way at-risk communities interact with police.

    Keith Vanderlinde
    Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto

    Tarik Sayeed
    Founder, BabyTaxi

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    Jamil Jivani
    Founder, Policing Literacy Initiative

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    Sabrina Jalees
    Comedian

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    This diverse group of speakers and demonstrators will take the stage on October 2, 2014, along with Rachel Parent, Dr. Margot Taylor, John Cruickshank, Nav Bhatia, David Fleet, Adam van Koeverden, Colin Boyd Shafer, Choir! Choir! Choir! and others, who will be announced shortly.

    If you’d like to participate in the magic of TEDxToronto 2014, join us as a member of our audience by applying here before September 4, at 11:59 p.m. ET. You only have a week left to get your applications in, so please make sure you do so today!

    We are also very excited to share details about the official TEDxToronto After Party — “The Pursuit of Greatness” — which will take place following the conference on October 2. In addition to the opportunity to connect with our incredible speakers, performers and demonstrators, guests can expect an evening filled with entertainment and surprises influenced by The Great Gatsby.

    Our official After Party will take place at CUBE, located near Queen St. W. and Spadina Ave. We hope that you’ll join us to celebrate an unforgettable TEDxToronto experience. More After Party details will be available in the coming weeks.

    We hope to see you at TEDxToronto 2014!

    All the best,
    The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee

  • TEDxToronto Street Team at Regent Park Film Festival

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    It’s been a busy summer thus far for the TEDxToronto Street Team! They’ve been spreading the word at events in every corner of the city, encouraging people to apply to attend our 2014 conference before September 4th.

    Tomorrow evening, members of our Street Team will be onsite at Under The Stars, Regent Park Film Festival’s outdoor screening series. Join us as we watch Made in America, a full-length documentary starring Jay-Z and Ron Howard.

    Tomorrow marks the final Under The Stars event of the summer, and we’re excited to be a part of the celebration! Make sure you arrive early to meet the TEDxToronto Street Team and to hear some great tunes courtesy of DJ L’Oqenz before the film.

    In addition to handing out stickers and info cards at this event, our Street Team will be screening a brief video from one of our amazing TEDxToronto 2014 speakers before the film.

    Applications to attend our 2014 conference (taking place on October 2nd) will close on September 4th, so make sure you get yours in as soon as possible!

    We hope that you’ll join us tomorrow evening for a movie under the stars in Regent Park! Join the TEDxToronto Street Team and say hello.

    Under The Stars Details

    When: Wednesday, August 20th. DJ L’Oqenz will be spinning at 7:30 and the film will start at sundown around 9PM.

    Where: Regent Park, directly across from Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. East).

    Rain Plan: In the event that it rains before or during Under The Stars, the event will move into Ada Slaight Hall on the main floor of Daniels Spectrum.

    Refreshments: Popcorn & pop will be sold. All proceeds go towards ensuring that Regent Park Film Festival remains free.

    Bring: Sweaters and blankets.

    Cost: Free to attend!