This Ain’t Your Mama’s Toronto — Getting it On at FNLROM

Going through my draft blog posts, I came across an unpublished piece from my former life!

If you haven’t been, you’re missing out — with the decline of Toronto’s Entertainment District and the condo set looking for safe places to get their party on, the Royal Ontario Museum’s Friday Night Live (or FNLROM) has become an amazing addition to Toronto’s nightlife!

On Fridays from May 2 through June 27, from 7-11:45 PM, you can dance, explore and wander through the Museum until close — galleries are even open ’til 11 PM!

So let’s take a trip back to Spring 2012, when the ROM first started FNLROM and I discovered that the museum offered more than just a bunch of old bones!

WHAT YOU MISSED: PartyPeopleTO’s SauzaSin — Scarily AWESOME!

Casey poing in costume with a number of friends at PartyPeopleTO's SauzaSin
Scorpion and the ladies. Scorpion… WINS.

It was less than a day to the SauzaSin party and I was screwed.

There was a lesson to be learned here — never buy anything for a costume that’s inflatable!

Ghostbusted

I’d mentioned earlier that Halloween’s usually a bit of a fail for me with costumes — I seriously don’t know how anyone in this city manages to find the time to work on awesome costumes — I commend those of you who do!

I’d stopped in at some It’s My Party discount store to pick up a costume, winding up with a Ghostbusters outfit with an inflatable proton pack, thinking it would be a safe and recognizable costume choice.

Recognizable as a hot mess, maybe!

It wasn’t until the night before the party where I decided to check the costume out (dumb move, right?), only to discover that the proton pack had a huge hole in it!

Problem. After getting work out of the way for the day, I was left with less than 2 hours until the party, and was without a costume — I try to never half-ass anything, so I needed to find something that would make a good impression on the crowd.

And at It’s My Party, I saw it. The costume that would sent the tone for the rest of my night….

Y’all Gon’ Make Me Go All Out — Up in Here, Up in Here!!!

Note: No pockets meant no camera, though, so I’m relying on other people’s photos (you down with O.P.P.?!) to tell this story right.

There is no easier way to put this — you don’t know what you missed that night if you weren’t there.

Might sound obvious, but it’s true — PartyPeopleTO knows how to throw down with their parties and there’s no way that Thursday was an exception. These guys just outdo themselves with each new party they throw!

Held at the Stirling Room in Toronto’s Distillery District, SauzaSin was a fine combination of scintillating sounds, savoury Sauza and sumptuous sin! Greeted at the door by Meg herself (the head of this whole PartyPeopleTO deal) in a stunning She-Ra costume, she and the door crew would make sure that we got our drink tickets, welcome shot and that we were good and ready for the night!

I think Shannon was on point when she said

Seriously, it was crazy in there with the amount of effort people put into their costumes! Dressed as Mortal Kombat’s Scorpion, I spent the night meeting new people and making sure to show my martial arts prowess (read: flailing) with lots of battle stances and high kicks!

Me dressed up for SauzaSin in my Scorpion costume
It’s all about staying in character, man!

But let me tell you this — getting your groove on in a full bodysuit and mask? Crazy fun! Not my brightest moment logistically, but I was definitely enjoying myself!

Our drink tickets were good for trying two different drinks — the Witch’s Cauldron and the Diablo’s Curse. People will tell you different, but I thought the odd green-coloured Witch’s Cauldron was the better bet!

But this was all a prelude to who rocked the best costume….

FINISH HIM!!!

Scorpion, a priest and a construction worker battle for the Best Men's Costume with Meg Button on the stage to officiate
“Scorpion, a priest and a construction worker walk into a bar…” — Nate Kogan

definitely have to thank everyone at the party for voting me for Best Male Costume! Though my original choice didn’t work out, I wanted to make sure that I still brought the heat with whatever I chose, and it looks like the crowd agreed with me!

The prize was stellar, too:

  • 1 bottle Sauza Gold tequila
  • Some cinnamon sugar to make Sauza Sin shots (yes — more Sauza Sin shots!)
  • Some Schick Quattro razors (meant to help get a brotha ready for Movember, I’m sure)
  • A $100 MasterCard gift card
  • A $100 Cadillac Fairview gift card

Don’t know what that’s going toward, but I’m very happy to have won it!

But not as much as the next thing…

FLAWLESS VICTORY.

“You are all unwelcome to Sin City
Yet the population still increases its density
And that increases its intensity
Which increases the propensity”

–Malik Yusuf, “Sin City”, Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer

Winning the Men’s Best Costume was good, but it would still leave me completely unprepared for what was to come next!

What may have been one of the most unexpected parts of SauzaSin was the top prize of the night — an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas for 2!!!!

So you could imagine that this tweet would completely floor me the next afternoon:

My mind was blown.

A picture taken right after I'd won the prize for Best Men's Costume :)
VICTORY. SCORPION — WINS!!!

Sarah couldn’t believe her ears when I told her that we’d managed to win the trip — we’d been hoping to go to Vegas sometime soon anyway (to coincide with a hopeful trip to Bloggers in Sin City in May), but this was totally some very delicious Sauza icing on the cake!

I have to thank PartyPeopleTO and PRAXIS PR for the awesome party they put together and the amazing opportunity for Sarah and I to explore Las Vegas together! I really look forward to seeing what comes next!

As any good party of Tweeples, though, PartyPeopleTO made sure that no one would be leaving empty-handed and that the Sauza Sin shots would keep flowing well after the end of the party:

The thank you gift given to all #SauzaSin attendees — a carry-home bottle of Sauza gold tequila and cinnamon sugar!
And one for the road….

You can catch more of PartyPeopleTO’s photos from the party in their Facebook album.

Great people, great venue, amazing times. If you managed to score an invite — what’s your excuse for missing out???

Until next time…

Me in my Scorpion costume, mask up
Tryin’ to outdo me and my costume??? #CmonSon

–case p.

COMIN’ RIGHT UP: Ghouls, Fools and Booze — SauzaSin!!!

I kind of suck at Halloween.

It’s the time of the year where the crazy outfits come out, dentists make a killing Sure, I could always go to a store and buy a Batman costume or something, but this is only an indicator of a pattern that haunts me every year:

  1. I have an amazing idea for a Halloween costume. Past examples include Link from the Legend of Zelda series, King Bowser Koopa from the Super Mario Bros. series or a dark Medieval knight clad in some bad-ass armour. I’d win every costume competition and have every head in the room to see how awesome I looked!
  2. I realize that somehow it’s already late September or early October and there’s no way I’ll be able to put an awesome Halloween costume together in time.
  3. Get through Halloween with some mediocre store-bought costume, vowing that I’ll have something way more awesome next year.
  4. Spend the year doing everything but sort out a wicked costume idea.
  5. Repeat from Step 1.

So while this year saw no deviation from my annual ritual (as Justin would say, “Stay free to lofty ambitions”), there’s fortunately no shortage of Halloween parties that’ll have me anyway.

SauzaSin Will Do Us In

The best of the lot is an invite-only party hosted by everyone’s favourite party planners at PartyPeopleTO! That’s right — the deets are on the down-low and you’ve gotta get your invite to come party hearty and dress to impress in your Halloween finest!

While I might not have the finest costume to wear to the ball, PartyPeopleTO was cool enough to send me a SauzaSin gift pack to prepare for the madness that’s going to go down — everything I’d need to make my SauzaSin shots (cinnamon sugar and oranges instead of salt and lemons)!

But I’m all about sharing the wealth — so they also gave me another pack to give away, so you too can get your SauzaSin on in the comfort of your own home! (That is, unless your home is uncomfortable, which might make you need even more SauzaSin to be honest!)

How to Win

I love me some Internet — it makes things so much easier! All you need to do is fill out the simple entry form below to get your chance to win — and yes, I put some extra points in for commenting, promoting and liking some of the cool stuff I’ve been working on lately, so go forth and maximize your chances!

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So hopefully you’ll get down with the reason for the season and join us for some bone-chilling fun as we party with some of the coolest kids that Toronto has to offer!

Or… are you too chicken?

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–case p.

WHAT YOU MISSED: PartyPeopleTO’s Cheval — August 17, 2012

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Pro Tip: It’s equally as important to do well in FRONT of the camera as you do BEHIND it.

I’ve been taking photos for the better part of a decade but it was always just a hobby that I dabbled in, taking photos of whatever struck my fancy.

But do something long enough, and your approach to it begins to change!

The more photos I took, the better the composition. The better the attention to detail. The better the equipment.

So, PartyPeopleTO marked my first foray into taking a hobby and starting to make it a profession!

Held the same night as Anita Chauhan’s birthday bash and a system-wide TTC stoppage, it was one of the craziest nights of the year so far!

Bottle service, wicked tunes and branded stickers abounded, setting PartyPeopleTO’s party within the party apart from the other club-goers! (Especially when a brawl broke out somewhere around 1:40 in the morning!)

My advice? The next time a PartyPeopleTO event is going down, make sure you sign up because Meg Button and her crew know how to throw down!!!

Find photos from the event below (or by clicking these words right here):

 

–case p.

DoomzDay

Well, DoomzDay turned out to be doomsday… for one of us.

DoomzDay was… QUITE the party.

I’m pretty sure it was the point where I wound up ejecting the contents of my stomach all over a table where I realised — “Hey! This night did not go as I’d planned it!”

sigh, You’d think that by 29 you’d learn how to tell people to shut the heck up when they offer you shots, but noooo.

Anyway, it was a good party overall — despite what many may think, I do happen to remember much of went down last night, and for the most part what I recall is having a lot of friends around as I celebrated another birthday. Other than how it ended, I appreciate how many people came out and hope that everyone had a good time.

I need to thank:

  • Marcel and Troy for taking photos in my stead
  • Rami for being my best man, best friend and getting the phone I left behind
  • The Pilot for being gracious hosts
  • Adeline, Niya and Kaori for the delicious treats I didn’t get to try but I know were likely amazing
  • And everyone for coming out to show support!

But for now… yeah. On to the next one.

Thanks, everyone,

–case p.

DefineTO Wrap-Up Post

Blogging and trying to do it well takes time. At first, I was thinking that I’d be able to do my series on Africa over the course of a week, breaking down the trip into individual stories, but when I sat down and tried to express everything I’d experienced in words — I realized that my stories were far grander and embedded deeper within me than I’d originally thought.

So, much like they had us climbing Kilimanjaro, I’m blogging about the trip “pole pole” — Swahili for “slowly, slowly”; making sure I write everything I want to and making sure that I’m using the right photos and videos from my collection that really help to tell the story.

But just because I’m taking my time doesn’t mean that the world will stop revolving on its axis — case in point, last night I was at DefineTO, the event that succeeded last year’s Twestival Toronto. While definitely a lot less packed than last year (personally, I suspect that it was due to the name change and few people knowing that it had formerly been called Twestival), it was still a good event with great organizers!

While my primary focus was preparing to rock the crowd at the #Twidol karaoke competition, there were lots of other things going down that evening, like:

  • Meeting Fahima, the event organizer, and scoring an early T-shirt for helping open a box
  • Throwing down on the dance floor with the likes of Corey Herscu
  • SweetGIF.com: A creation by Matt Read (who I’ve indirectly blogged about before) that takes 12 snapshots of you and makes an instant animated GIF file — awesome fun!

    An animated picture of Casey acting a damn fool!
    Strut your stuff. Show it off. Repeat ad infinitum.
  • Performances by June Ballentyne, Marie Coyle and SepTo on The Remix Project, and Ryan Creelman

I’d love to see it grow next year, with even more word-of-mouth and getting #DefineTO in people’s mouths where Twestival used to be.

As for #Twidol, despite an early lead in the competition, my buddy Jaemeel revealed that he had a genius self-marketing strategy put in place days before the event, and we all simply fell victim to it. It’s all good — he needed a new phone anyway.

Until next year, DefineTO; I’ve got me some blog posts to write!

(You can also see mi amiga Reggy’s breakdown of the night’s events on her blog post here!)

–case p.

The #ReGiftTO Unwrap-Up

If you missed it, Thursday night was ReGiftTO, hosted by @clickflickca and @morningmoe. It was a good party held for the heckuvit and filled with cool tweeples (i.e. people who know each other primarily through Twitter), bangin’ beats and awesome prizes! It was conveniently located at Our House on Ossington JUST south of Dundas. 

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Unfortunately for me and my overconfident self, I thought it was at Ossington and COLLEGE. So, for you non-Torontonians out there, when you get off of a streetcar knowing you have to get to 214 College, but the house in front of you is 493, and you know the house numbers differ by 2 between them (and it’s snowing and cold and you have to walk uphill to school and then uphill again back home while being chased by rabid mountain goats) – you know you have quite the walk ahead of you.