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Toronto social media events – fall edition

A few weeks ago, Jay Baer wrote a post recommending some of the social media conferences he’s speaking at during the fall – and it’s a great list (including the PRSA conference Inside PR is attending). Mark Skeffington, a former social media student of mine, asked if there was a similar list for Canada. There isn’t to my knowlege, so I thought I’d put together a subjective overview of the social media conferences and events I’m looking forward to in Toronto over the next several months.

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A brand new PR energi…

Are you ready? I’ve got some really exciting Palette news. On July 1 Palette PR, the agency I co-founded with Louise Armstrong, is merging with Communications MECA to form a brand new agency – energi PR – we’re calling it Canada’s PR and digital/social media powerhouse. And we are jumping up and down thrilled! Today we told staff and clients. We’re posting a news release on our respective sites and on our new site – which really is ‘under construction’ till early July.  And tomorrow morning, we’re live on the wire. So what does this mean?  All Palette and MECA…

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Two Ps in a PodCamp (Toronto)

That’s people and programming. And at PodCamp Toronto 2010, the two are inextricably intertwined. For anyone who hasn’t been, the annual event takes place February 20 and 21 at Toronto’s Ryerson University. It’s an energy-filled, somewhat entropic, fun exchange of social media ideas, applications and conversation – a place where all the Twitter avatars you’ve gotten to know meet IRL. The eclectic line-up of sessions – with more being added every day – ranges from business and mobile case studies, to a walk through social media marketing ecosystem, tips on editing an interview as if it were music, death and…

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When a retweet misleads

If you’re a Torontonian and on Twitter, you would know that Mayor David Miller is an active participant; posting comments, photos of events and his general take on life in the city. I heard him speak about his interest in social media at Mesh conference and was impressed by his passion and candour. You may also know that the Tamil community in Toronto has been staging protests lately to draw attention to the situation in their home country. This weekend a march shut down the Don Valley Parkway. What do these two situations have in common? Well, on Sunday it…

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New Toronto in Old City Hall

I first met Bobby Rotenberg around the time he launched T.O. magazine, an upstart, edgy city publication I had the pleasure of writing for, a long time ago. Since then, I’ve bumped into him from time to time and reconnected when we found out our kids go to the same school. He mentioned that he’d written a novel (his first), slated to come out in early March 2009 and offered to send me a copy. So when Old City Hall arrived, I read it right away. The book is a stylish, witty page-turner. Crime fiction that centre’s on Canada’s best…

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In the dark

Just under two weeks ago, there was a power outage in Toronto that left about 250,000 residents without heat or electricity on one of the coldest days of the year (-19C). I was one of those folks in the dark. When the incident occurred, just after 10 on a Thursday evening, we found the flashlights, lit a few candles and tried to find out what happened. First we turned to our community – looked outside to see if anyone else had lights, called a couple friends… We put a battery in a clock radio and tuned to 680 News only…

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Talk is Cheap; parking, not so much

OK, maybe you won’t have to pay for parking. You might be able to get a spot on the street or, you can always take the TTC… to Talk is Cheap, the second (annual?) ‘social media unconference’, Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at Centennial College in Toronto. If it’s anything like last year, it will be fun and interactive and there are bound to be some scintillating sessions and just plain good talk. The only caveat is you have to sign up by wiki (and I didn’t wreck the registration list this year). I’ll be doing a ‘live recording’ of Inside…

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We’re number four (and that’s reason to be proud)

According to an article in the Toronto Star, our fair metropolis placed fourth in a global ranking of cities that offer people the best cultural experience, after London, Paris and New York. Pretty good company, I’d say. And in the same piece, an A.T. Kearney study ranked us 10th in terms of what it calls ‘global cities’ (below Chicago and Seoul). Again, not too shabby. Now, compare that with a recent Maclean’s magazine cover story ranking ‘smart’ Canadian cities, (i.e. those ‘rich in culture’, among other things), and Toronto didn’t do nearly as well – we only made it to…

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On the sidewalks of New York

I recently returned from a short New York vacation, the opposite of a cottage getaway: you leave to energize and come home to unwind. And walking the streets (not like that) it seems like the best shows really are on Broadway – just not inside. For instance… It feels like there’s a version of everyone you know or could imagine wandering around NY. Just look around and you’ll notice them. The similarities in faces, hair and mannerisms. Call it N-Yapparitions. The City’s sidewalks feature an entrepreneurial bizarre (sic). I saw a grizled old guy handily demonstrating the fine art of…

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My Air Canada mobile e-boarding pass

…was unscanable at security and the gate. But they gave me the benefit of the doubt and let me through both times. I kind of wish they hadn’t. (Posted from my BB post-flight.)

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