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  • 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

  • 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