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  • TEDxToronto Announces Conference Performers and Demos


    As part of their programming, many TEDx events often intersperse TEDxTalks with stage performances and technical demonstrations, or “demos.” For our 2013 conference, we believe TEDxToronto has selected performers and demos that not only complement the stellar lineup of speakers we have secured, but that will hope will be just as inspiring for our delegates and viewers, provoking discussion and action.

    They consist of “The Godfather of Canadian Hip Hop,” an award-winning indigenous dance performance company, a rock icon, mechatronic engineers, and the man who performed the first long distance telementoring neurosurgery in the world.

    Regarding the three performers booked in for the event, Afshin Mousavian, chair and co-organizer of TEDxToronto, says that “performances like the ones you’ll see at TEDxToronto 2013 are another way to generate an emotional reaction, stimulating conversation and potentially acting as a catalyst for change.”
    Afshin went on to say: “the kinds of technical demos we’ll see on stage offer a bit of a sneak peek at technologies of the future that are being realized today. We’re proud that some of the world’s best and brightest are from Canada, and we’re thrilled that these change makers have chosen to join us for TEDxToronto 2013.” The performers and demos are:

    Performer: Maestro Fresh Wes  
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    Actor, Author, Rapper

    Performer: Red Sky
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    Red Sky Performance

    Performer: Matthew Good 
    Matthew Good

    Demo: Thalmic Labs
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    Thalmic Labs will be represented by Stephen Lake, Matthew Bailey, and Aaron Grant

    Demo: Dr. Ivar M. Mendez
    Fred H. Wigmore Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery – University of Saskatchewan

    As well, the TEDxToronto Official After Party Ticket Sales are NOW OPEN. It will, as always, be one Toronto’s key social events of the season, extending a day of conversation into an evening of inspiration. Where delegates, speakers and the public will mingle with the city’s most dynamic individuals, create new connections, and experience the awe inspiring night TEDxToronto has in store.

    Please note we encourage you to buy your ticket as soon as possible as they do sell out quickly.

    Finally, stay tuned to TEDxToronto.com and also to social channels over the next few weeks for more information on live streaming and our Satellite event.

    The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee

  • TEDxToronto 2013 Official After Party Tickets NOW AVAILABLE

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    Eventbrite - TEDxToronto After Party
    TEDxToronto is thrilled to announce their venue for the TEDxToronto 2013 Official After Party. It will, as always, be one Toronto’s key social events of the season, extending a day of conversation into an evening of inspiration.

    On the night of September 26th, at Uniun, attendees will walk down a clandestine alley before entering an otherworldly experience handcrafted for the occasion. Building on the conference theme – The Choices We Make – guests will experience the energy of TEDxToronto transformed into an amazing evening event. Actively mingle with the city’s most dynamic individuals, chose to create new connections, and decide to experience the awe inspiring night TEDxToronto has in store.

    Tickets have just now been opened to the public. We encourage you to buy your ticket as soon as possible as they do sell out quickly.

    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.

    Regarding the day of the conference, delegate acceptances have begun to roll out and will continue to do so until September 10th. All delegate applicants will be notified of the status of their application once acceptances are complete. Further event details, such as the exact schedule for the day, will be sent via email and posted to the TEDxToronto website closer to the event date.

    As well, please note we will be live streaming the event for free at www.tedxtoronto.com and will be hosting a Satellite event, as well. The Satellite event will offer the opportunity to watch the TEDxToronto Talks LIVE with others who are just as passionate about ideas worth sharing. More details will come over the next week regarding this satellite event via email and also in our social channels.

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

    Eventbrite - TEDxToronto After Party
    The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee


  • Social Change Through Individual Choice: TEDxToronto Shares Final Set of Speakers


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    TEDxToronto 2013 pleased to bring together 12 engaging speakers to deliver on the idea that we are who we are today because of the choices we have made in the days that precede it. Our conference, taking place on September 26, 2013 at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, will focus on the theme “The Choices We Make”.

    Our third and final group of speakers announced today is a diverse one, showing quite literally how the choices we make can carve out unique paths for our society as a whole. This impressive group includes a professor dubbed “the modern-day da Vinci”, a preservationist and conscientious eater who is changing our approach to food, a feminist advocate combatting sexism and misogyny, and the CEO of the world’s leading social research firm.

    “With our group of speakers for this year’s TEDxToronto officially complete, I’m excited to witness the thought-provoking TEDxTalks that each one will offer,” said Afshin Mousavian, chair and co-organizer of TEDxToronto. “The final four speakers announced today will undoubtedly offer delegates new ideas for evoking meaningful change in their lives.” Our third set of speakers includes:

    Dr. Steve Mann
    Professor, University of Toronto

    Joel MacCharles
    Co-Founder-WellPreserved.ca, Writer, Cook

    Steph Guthrie
    Feminist Advocate and Community Manager

    Darrell Bricker
    CEO, Ipsos Global Public Affairs

    Stay tuned to this site and also to social channels over the next few weeks for more information on livestreaming, our Satellite event, and the Official After Party. www.tedxtoronto.com.


  • Shedding Light on New Design Frontiers: TEDxToronto Hosts Salon Featuring Brad Hindson

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    Salons are intimate gatherings where hand-selected speakers talk about “ideas worth spreading.” These events aren’t lectures where people file in and then file out with notes in hand; rather they’re structured in the form of “old school” Salons — 1700s style. They consist of groups of intellectuals brought together by a host in an intimate setting to educate and spark discussion on issues of interest to the community.

    Brad Hindson will be focusing on the subject of lighting design – and how lighting needs to be considered as a material, not just a utility. His talk is the third in our 2013 Salon Series with Mark Surman of the Mozilla Foundation having kicked off the series in June around Technology and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) having spoken in July.

    Brad Hindson is an intern architect with Diamond Schmitt Architects, a lighting designer and artist who has notched extensive experience working with Canada’s top design firms while creating interactive art installations. As a global thought leader based out of Toronto, Brad has contributed to the design of numerous high-profile buildings internationally and has served as project architect on prominent public art installations. Brad’s work with Studio F Minus partner Mitchell F Chan is as varied as it is intriguing, from a sound-responsive, environmentally themed sculpture to nine, two-storey-tall robotic windsocks.

    Join us on Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at Toronto’s new Shopify Office, 241 Spadina Avenue, 3rd floor. Seating is limited and only those with advance tickets will be admitted. Select TED.com videos will be screened and Brad Hindson’s talk will be followed by breakout discussions.

    Beverages are being provided by Budweiser and food will be provided as well. We thank our generous partners, supporters and sponsors who help to make these kinds of events possible.

    Tickets can be purchased online: http://www.tedxtoronto.com/tedxtoronto-salon-series/



    Delegate Applications - TEDxToronto

    Due to public demand, TEDxToronto is extending our 2013 conference application deadline until SUNDAY AUGUST 11th at 11:59PM.

    If you are a curious individual who is passionate about ideas worth sharing, you have only a few short days to APPLY to attend Canada’s leading ideas conference — and one of the world’s premiere TEDx events.

    Eight of the twelve speakers joining us to deliver TEDxTalks on the theme of The Choices We Make have already been announced; their preview videos can be found here.

    Year over year, TEDxToronto continues to be a platform for the sharing of exceptional ideas. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the day – we look forward to seeing you there.


    The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee