WooTO, HoHoTO and Electric Xmas 2

A Trifecta of Twitter Tweetups

Last updated on March 20th, 2021 at 12:13 pm

Tweetup. Definition: An event where people come together to meet and have fun, often knowing nothing about each other save the fact that all attendees are Twitter users. This December had three of them that were all fun for their own reasons:

  • WooTO: December 14th;
  • HoHoTO: December 16th;
  • Electric Christmas 2: December 20th.

Christmas is always a busy season: buying gifts, going to parties, planning out where you need to be—this year was exceptionally busy as I started to get my tweet on. There’s so much going on in the T-Dot that I never knew about before I started hitting up tweetups and getting better in touch with my digital side. Been a great couple of months 😊

Let me tell you what you missed if you didn’t get a chance to drop in!

Tweetup #1: WooTO @ Woo Restaurant

Casey Palmer having fun at WooTO.

#WooTO was a tweetup at Woo organized by Joallore Alon. I was personally excited for it because there were friends I’d been speaking to online for quite some time who I’d never met in the flesh who would be there, and I was rolling with my friends Kev and Allie, so it was all good times. Not the biggest fan of Woo’s food, personally, but I still had a great time talking, joking, singing and just doing what I usually do. Didn’t hurt that they gave us free sushi and cocktails to boot 😊 I met a lot of awesome people there who regularly tweet and make for great conversation!

Also, with sponsors like Cineplex, Dentyne Canada and Roadrunner Records, there were plenty of giveaways for those who made it out!

Tweetup #2: HoHoTO 2010 @ The Mod Club

An overhead shot of the crowd at HoHoTO 2010 held at The Mod Club.
HoHoTO was standing room only. Which is good, because there was plenty of dancing to do!

Next up came #HoHoTO, aka the Toronto Twitter party of the year (at least as far as I know)!

Man, what a night. What a night. This is why I love the tweetup scene. This is why I try to keep posting quality content! If you missed it it’s a shame, but the third annual #HoHoTO—a party-sized tweetup to support the Daily Bread Food Bank—was off the chain 😊

Despite the fact that the event started at 7, I showed up fashionably late and flying solo due to some other important business I had to attend to. But when I got in, the party was already bumpin’!

I didn’t take too many pictures this time around as I was too busy dancing, but it did allow me to get enough experiences for the night to write a rap out of it 😊.

A shot of the DJs at HoHoTO 2010.
You used #HoHoTODJ to request songs from the DJs!

HoHoTO Highlights

  • Winning an Eco Prize Pack ($250 value)—shout-out to Lucy for donating the beast of a prize!

The basket:

The Bullfrog Power Prize Pack I won at the HoHoTO 2010 raffle

And what was inside:

  • 1: a spiffy notebook
  • 2: new Honeywell thermostat!
  • 3: Rocky Mountain soap products (shout-out to Melinda!)
  • 4: a Brita filter jug (which will be used at work as soon as we figure out why our water is coming out so NASTY…)
  • 5: an electric timer, which I was going to go buy since… I often fall asleep with the light on 😕
  • 6: a water bottle
  • 7: the most comfortable Mountain Equipment Co-op sling bag I’ve ever worn
  • 8-10: dishwashing and laundry products
  • 11 & 14: his and hers Bullfrog t-shirts
  • 12: Burt’s Bees Beeswax lip balm
  • 13: natural nut-based soap nuts for laundry (given to a friend from church since we didn’t know whether or not it worked with high-efficiency laundry machines)
A shot taken of Casey Palmer at the HoHoTO 2010 photobooth.
  • Taking a glamour shot on the second floor, but I’d assume I look more goofy than glamorous with the hat on
  • The taxi ride home—which had me giving some light legal and social action advice to my cabbie, an East African man battling with his housing corporation and a loan company on paying back money that he doesn’t have and barely makes (let’s add a sick daughter to the mix…)

All in all, one of the more interesting nights that I’ve had as of late!

Tweetup #3: Electric Christmas 2 @ The Horseshoe Tavern

#electricxmas2 was a cool event, with proceeds going to War Child Canada. I think we were helping Christine Estima’s bid to become their ambassador for a competition she was participating in? I was unclear on this, but still—support is support. It was a good night hanging with the likes of Kevin and Lucy (and yes, you too, Jazzy), while meeting new folks like Lauren O’Nizzle and Nate Kogan (albeit briefly).

Sean Ward was up to bat as the MC, with talents such as Reggy and Kat Langdon lending their vocals to move the crowd 😊 The Cellular Guru was celebrating his birthday as well and gave away a ton of phones—I’m not even playing: Blackberrys, Samsung Tablets and whatever else—I think there was an iPhone 4 in the mix, too! I didn’t get one, but it was impressive enough to see the telecommunications industry donating all of these prizes to an event that was pay what you can admission and getting a gift that was $5 or less to participate in the exchange. In-sanity.

All in all, I’ve been closing out 2010 on a good note and laying some foundations for what I think will be a ridiculously awesome 2011. Thanks as always for keeping an eye out on the madness I’m up to—I may have an awesome announcement for mid-next week, but gotta see how it’ll pan out first 😊

Have a Merry Christmas one and all, and don’t get trampled in the Boxing Day sales tomorrow, my fellow Canadians!

Peace,

The second logo for Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad

By Casey E. Palmer

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey‘s spent the last few decades in pursuit of creating killer content. From novels as a kid, comics as a teen, to blogs and photos once he could grow a beard, he’ll use whatever’s around him to create amazing stuff.

When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him.

Because a boring life’s not a life worth living!

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