The 2K11 24/7 LXXXIV: Twestival Toronto 2011

Last night was INSANE. If you’re not a Twitter user in Toronto, you might not know that last night was Twestival Toronto 2011. To sum it up, that’s equal parts:

  • Prize giveaways;
  • Karaoke contest;
  • Intense dance party;
  • Networking session; and
  • Drunken hook-up-a-thon
Last I heard before I left is that the event had managed to raise more than $16,000 for The Remix Project, which is pretty awesome! I managed to keep up the winning streak for the year with a GelaSkins gift card and getting a Twestival Toronto t-shirt for being one of the first 100 in the house (which I subsequently lost on the dance floor), but eventually I had to cut my losses and leave. Twestival Toronto 2011 taught me some important lessons:
  • I’m not 19 anymore – gallivanting about and dancing like a mad man are going to have effects on my body, no matter how awesome I think I’m doing
  • On that note, I need to stretch before these big tweetup parties. I’m not even kidding.
  • I need to make sure I follow up with the cool people I meet – it was cool to finally meet Judy and get to know a whole set of other people – despite the loud music, I was able to form connections, which is always important to me – I don’t like just knowing people in a superficial fashion
  • PEOPLE ACTUALLY READ MY BLOG! Which is AWESOME. Which means I won’t stop writing anytime soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the encouragement, guys!
  • I owe Justin a shout-out for being the genuinely nice guy that he is
  • Business cards are an awesome way to network when no one can hear each other speak – either due to loud music, or having lost your voice FROM the loud music…
  • It’s a small world, so I’d better make sure to behave myself (my wedding photographers were doing the red carpet photos for the event, unexpectedly!)
  • People are a lot better at wanting to get to know you once they find out you’re engaged and not trying to get into their pants
  • Though I didn’t win at the TwestivalTO Twidol Karaoke Competition, I know I gave the best rendition of Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” that I could have while recovering from a cold
  • Preparation is key. Mine involved:
    • Eating a solid carbohydrate dinner, since I KNEW I’d be burning it off
    • Drinking 2L of water, anticipating how many drinks there might be
    • Changing to the most comfortable dress shoes I own; I would NOT be walking right now if it wasn’t for this
  • Those who want to, do. Those who don’t take photos, videos and tweet about it. Case in point: Thus, I no longer take photos at tweetups since ENOUGH people have it COVERED. One less thing to carry!
  • West Indians can party. Period.

All in all, AWESOME evening, but I’m defintely feeling the effects today! Fun is a good thing, but even then – at this level – it needs to be done in moderation. I think it’s back to writing and sorting life out for a week or two!

If you were at Twestival, I hope you had as good a time as I did! If you didn’t make it, well – this is Twitter. This is Toronto. If there aren’t a whole ton of parties going on throughout the year, something is VERY WRONG.

Until the next one,

–case p.

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  1. It was awesome meeting you in person, Casey! You helped make the night come alive with your kickbutt karaoke. Whoot whoot, if someone has a party, make sure to call/tweet this guy right here.

    Will be sure to take mental note of your tips. The stretching one, yeah, that’s a good winner.

    Cheers! Keep those blog entries coming!


  2. From all the pics and facbook-linked tweets I saw, it looked like a genuine blast! Hopefully I can make it down to the next one, save I won’t be tied up in something ridiculous… wait a second…. where are all of YOUR pics???

  3. Thanks all for the comments and input!

    @The Green Girl: That’s totally thanks to @erinleydon, who was one of my two wedding photographers who I mentioned in the post ๐Ÿ™‚ She suggested that I take some props and just have fun โ€” and this is me we’re talking about. That’s just how I roll ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Nadine: It was IMMENSELY fun. The number of people who had a crappy time were FAR outnumbered by those who really got into the spirit of things and just went crazy ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’ll note my post, I didn’t even take out my camera; there’s no point โ€” I end up using all my energy having a good time and making sure others have a good time, that I wouldn’t take the time to stop and snap a pic. Just the reality of my situation ๐Ÿ™‚ Make it out to some tweetups, yo โ€” they’re INSANELY fun!

    @Judy: As mentioned above, GREAT meeting you and thank you for the compliments ๐Ÿ™‚ I always want to make sure that people are having as good a time as possible โ€” if that happens, you end up with a domino effect that leads to a better party! I’ll be juggling the odd event here and there until the wedding, but in the second half of the year, LOOK OUT! Stretching. SO IMPORTANT.

    Thanks, all!

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