“Last night was mad real.”
–Kanye West, “No Church in the Wild”, Watch the Throne, 2011
Anyone who wants to tell me that Toronto’s a boring city obviously isn’t looking hard enough.
There was once a time where I’d spend a lot of time home at a loss for things to do (read: when I lived in Mississauga), but Twitter broke those floodgates wide open, bringing a ridiculous number of opportunities to — as OutKast would put it — “Git up, git out and git somethin'” out of Toronto.
And Wednesday, October 17 was a perfect example of this.
Meats, Greets and Shufflin’ Feet: CanyonOnFront
To paraphrase Justin Baisden, CanyonOnFront was what a tweetup is supposed to be like.
I felt the love as soon as I got there, with Tiff (one of my favourite Tweeps) holding it down at the front entrance, making sure we were covered for free beers and appetizers, and Kate (one of my favourite Tweeps I’ve met lately) ushering us to the back of the room, I was expecting the event to be dope, and it did not disappoint.
The back of the room was totally where it was at. With a gathering of a good number of my favourite people I’ve ever met on Twitter, some of the sickest beats ever laid by Kayson Stone (seriously — the man could not play a lame song once, it was ridiculous!!!) and the delicious steak that Canyon Creek always has to offer, what more could you ask for?
Turns out we didn’t have to ask; they had a lot more to give! Take a look at this list of things we got for the glorious price of free:
- Two Steamwhistle beers
- Seeing tons of awesome Tweeps all in the same place
- Kayson Stone keeping the dance floor vibin’ with just about every song on my Top 500 Most Played iTunes playlist
- CFL and NHL celebs mingling with us common folk and having a great time
- Being thanked for our patronage with a hand-written card, $20 Canyon Creek gift card and voucher for a free Steamwhistle Brewery tour
A Top-Class Tweetup
What made this Tweetup stand out from so many others that I’ve been to these past few years was the attention to every little detail that defined the guests’ experience. Giving them discount and freebies they could actually use — and immediately. Creating an amazing atmosphere where you could meet new people and have tons of fun with some you already knew. Making guests feel appreciated with hand-written “thank you” cards on the way out. All this and not having to pay a dime unless you wanted to just blows my mind!
Justin said that CanyonOnFront easily ranks in his Top 5 tweetups of all time, and I’d find it really hard to disagree with him on this one.
Big ups to Tiff and Kate who obviously know a thing or two about throwing one bad-ass party!
Two very different events. One very awesome night. The next time you want to say that your city is boring, you might want to take a look around — there’s a lot of people doing a lot of amazing things.
And who wouldn’t want to be part of the action???