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  • TEDxToronto Releases the First Round of 2013 Talks


    Photograph by Andrew Williamson

    We are thrilled to announce the release of the first round of videos from our September 26, 2013 Conference held at the Royal Conservatory of Music. With twelve diverse and passionate speakers it was a day full of ‘ideas worth spreading’, we hope that you will be as inspired as we were from these incredible talks.

    Mark Henick: Over the course of Mark’s talk, a deep and resonant silence slowly descended over the room, culminating in an audience brought to tears – and a standing ovation. Listen and watch as Mark Henick broadens our perceptions on the subject of suicide. His TEDxTalk helps us to understand not only the point of someone who has made the decision to die by suicide, but also how we must re-frame our conversations around the subject in order to make change in the world.

    Steph Guthrie: In social media, the contemporary adage “don’t feed the trolls” is the guiding and golden rule of conversation. Steph Guthrie turns the tables on the commonly accepted “rules of engagement” of the internet and delivers a TEDxTalk arguing misogynistic behaviour in social media should be no more acceptable online than its offline equivalent. In fact, she theorizes that social misogyny is not just deserving of a response, but rather demands one, and at the same time articulates how social media has made it much easier to unmask those responsible for it.

    Dr. Steve Mann: Once the stuff of science fiction, in the past several years the digital capture and recording of our everyday lives has evolved from fantasy to novelty to norm. Watch as Dr. Steve Mann, the “father of wearable computing” delivers a TEDxTalk on the social, political and legal implications of this shift, making the case for what he calls “The Veillance Contract: An integrity protocol for the cyborg age,” a principle encouraging the recording of one’s environment in a bid to protect society from corruption from above.


    Stay tuned for more talks from TEDxToronto 2013, which will be going up on our site in the coming days.


    -The TEDxToronto Team

  • TEDxToronto 2013

    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?

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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


  • TEDxToronto After Party – Just a Few Tickets Left


    With just over one week to go, tickets for the Official TEDxToronto After Party are now open to the public and are running out quickly. These tickets sell out every year; don’t  miss out on your chance to attend!

    When and Where: Thursday September 26th, 9:30PM

    When: UNIUN, 473 Adelaide Street West

    PURCHASE: http://tedxtoronto.eventbrite.ca

     Event Description: The TEDxToronto After Party experience continues the theme of our conference “The Choices We Make” and starts with a choice that will determine how your night unfolds.

     Attendees will explore the power of their decisions as the night progresses in a series of dynamic experiences of celebration. Hand picked DJs will unleash their talent on the room. Video, technical, and audio experiences will come together in a night of massive spectacle and inspiration.

    Join TEDxToronto delegates, speakers, sponsors and Torontonians for the most stimulating night of the year. Buy your tickets today to secure a spot in one of the most sought after Toronto parties of 2013.

    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

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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