Twestival Toronto: A Night to Remember
On March 24, 2011, Toronto once again joined Twestival
, the largest “Twitter Festival” in the world connecting more than 150 cities and raising over $500,000
(and counting!) for local charities.
A quick look back at the #TwestivalTO stream
and you’ll see that Torontonians know how to have a blast for a good cause. Toronto’s digital community once again showcased its generosity to the world: our city raised the most money out of the 12 participating Canadian cities, and ranked 5th (yes, #5!) out of all the cities around the world.
As a result of incredible support from sponsors, volunteers, performers, staff at The Fifth
and a lively crowd of nearly 600 people, $18,000 was raised for The Remix Project
, a local Toronto charity that utilizes mentorship, instruction and the power of the arts to inspire at-risk youth and help them achieve their dreams.
Funds raised will be used to expand the reach and impact of The Remix Project, including their six-month educational programs in subjects that include Media Arts, Creative Arts and Business/Entrepreneurship.
It all adds up to creating personal success stories and a building a stronger community on and offline.
"I don't know where I'd be right now without Remix," said Ruthie Titus, a Remix Project graduate now working as a professional photographer. “It’s changed my life in so many ways.”
"Our level of engagement with the Toronto community has been projected to a whole new level through the use of social media," said Gavin Sheppard, co-founder and executive director of The Remix Project. "TwestivalTO has helped expand our message to thousands of Torontonians, and together we made a profound difference on lives in our community."
For more details on what your support and money raised means to The Remix Project, click here.
Thank You for Making TwestivalTO a HUGE Success!
Thank you, sponsors!
This event would not have been possible without your generous support.
Thank you, volunteers!
Everyone went over and above the call of duty. Your time, efforts and professional expertise were superb and crucial to a successful event.
Thank you, main stage hosts!
Dream team: Much Music host and co-founder of The Remix Project. Enough said. You were great!
Thank you, live stream/Twidol hosts and film crew!
, your great hosting skills provided laughs and entertainment throughout the evening! You two were on fire! Special thanks to your film crew and BNOTIONS
for their time and efforts. The Twitter voting system for Twidol was truly awesome.
Thank you, performers!
Your time and talents were much appreciated by everyone!
Thank you to event photographers!
How many photos did you take?? Crazy - we loved them all!
Thank you, Twidol contestants!
(aka #Twidol5) took home most tweets, but all contestants sang their hearts to the delight of a captive audience and on the global live stream!
Thank you Xbox Kinect dance-off hosts!
The dancing started with you and did not stop until 2 a.m.!
Thank you Xbox Kinect dance-off contestants!
took top spot with moves that could not be touched! Others also danced up a storm, taking their moves onto the dance floor well into the night!
Thank you, iPad & EightShit avatar sketchers!
You created smiles and more than one hundred awesome new Twitter avatars and Facebook profile pics for attendees! Amazing sketching skills.
Thank you, staff at The Fifth
THANK YOU, attendees!
We organized the entire event
with you in mind. The more people in the door, the more money raised for charity. We hope you had a great time!
And last but not least, thank you to everyone for all the support on Twitter, plus great blog posts, photos and videos!
If we missed anyone, please let us know! We’ll include your name, link to your Twitter profile and ensure you receive the recognition you deserve! If you posted anything we did not capture above, please pass along!
2011 was a huge success. We’re still amazed by the support from Toronto’s digital community!
After a thorough post-event wrap up, we’ll move our sights towards TwestivalTO 2012. If you thought this year was fun, brace yourself. In 2012, we’re going bigger, better and have our sights set on raising the most money of all Twestivals in the world.
Lastly, don’t forget you can still DONATE HERE
to support The Remix Project
until March 31. It only takes a few minutes and a few dollars to help make a difference.
See you next year!
Twestival Toronto 2011 Organizing Committee
Email us: team@TwestivalTO.com