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Yonge St’s take on Global Ignite Week

A bit of a delayed post (it’s been a long few months… ;)

This is an absolutely kickass video put together by Rose Bianchini of Yonge St of Ignite! Toronto’s event during Global Ignite Week. She totally captured the spirit of Ignite, and we’re super proud of all the amazing speakers who worked their butts off to bring us such great talks. Thanks so much!

PS – the next Ignite is taking place September 2 – if you’re interested in presenting, let us know!

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GameON: Finance is just around the corner

***UPDATE¬† we’re looking for a few volunteers to help out with day and evening – for registrations, OneXOne meetings, etc. please drop me a line if you’re interested – 4-4.5 hrs at a time, and all volunteers get a free pass to the conference – michele {at} interactive ontario {.} com.

whew – what a week ahead! we’re just pulling together the final odds and ends for io‘s GameON: Finance, the games industry investment forum i’ve been working on the past few months. it happens january 17 and 18 at the grand banking hall of one king west. this building is gorgeous – definitely an echo of the old financial institutional era with soaring ceilings and marble everything – a lovely venue.

as for the event itself, woo! GameON: Finance is designed to bring together members of the games industry, the investment community, educators and policymakers -with a strong focus on the financing and business development of games. we’re hoping to facilitate some fantastic conversations and connect people for future opportunities.

as for the speakers…

eric zimmerman, cofounder and chief design executive at nyc’s gamelab will be kicking off the evening keynote reception on january 17th. i caught eric’s talk at ocad’s mobile nation conference in the spring of 2007 – his energy and brains will bring a great dynamic to the conference. on january 18th, our morning keynote will be the fabulous richard iwaniuk, director of finance at bioware, maybe canada’s only firm that can say they’ve raised capital from bono (or at least his private equity firm ;). richard’s keynote definitely raises the bar for the rest of the day!

the panels throughout the day range from monetizing tech IP, case studies, models for growth in emerging channels, negotiating funds, what both ides of the table are looking for, positioning products, the effects of public policy and the drivers of innovation. our speakers range from investors, policy specialists, publishers, studios and analysts – a great lineup of people for some great conversation. register here, and our early bird price expires at midnight tomorrow! hope to see you there!

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studio n seeks new studiomate!

please pass it along! many thanks, michele

Studio N Seeks New StudioMate

Studio N is a shared studio of independent jewellery/metal/craft artists with varying careers and schedules. The studio itself is located at 44 Dovercourt, south of Queen St, and is approximately 750 sq ft, with a wall of south-facing windows. It comes equipped with a small kitchen, bathroom, a reception area and some storage.

This is a shared studio with 5 bench areas (one area is shared by 2 part time people). We each bring in and are responsible for our own benches, hand tools, torches, materials, hardware, etc, and contribute to larger items/ machinery/ tools where possible. The pickle pot is shared, as are vise grips, a shear, ultrasonic, polisher, hydraulic press, etc.

As a caveat, Studio N is not a residency, mentoring or educational facility – it’s a professional collective of individuals developing their studio practice and business. We don’t provide access to materials, clients or exhibitions, but are definitely about supporting each other when we can. Our works vary from the traditional to the conceptual, with lots of messy territory in between. We do hold open house exhibitions 2+ times a year, involvement is not mandatory, and some of us teach small classes.

What we’re looking for:

You’re friendly, reliable, professional and used to working in a shared, respectful, studio environment. You’re safe and savvy around tools, chemicals, materials and processes. You’ve got some learning in you regarding jewellery and metals, whether it’s through school, apprenticeship, etc, and you have a professional commitment to your practice, whatever that might entail. You’re in possession of tools, and are not averse to contributing when you can!

  • Rent: $200/month inclusive, last month deposit req’d, one year+ commitment preferred.
  • Other: a shared phone line at about $9/month plus any long distance; a $5/month kitty for baking soda, pickle, dish soap, garbage bags, etc.
  • Available: February 1st, 2008
  • Access: 24 hours. close proximity to Queen and King streetcar, Dufferin bus, Gladstone Hotel poutine.

Who we are:

  • Fiona MacIntyre
  • Lara McQuay
  • Michele Perras
  • Carolyn Scandiffio
  • Anneke Van Bommel

Please contact Michele at 416-805-8661, michele {.} perras {@} gmail {.} com

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scotchcamp tonite!

95524589_b04adf2594.jpgphoto by asmunder

the torcamp scotchcamp holiday social will be happening tonight at allen’s on the danforth, from 8pm onwards. stop in to warm up from the cold, and share a bit of cheer. as well, allen’s has a fine selection of over 160 scotches, whiskies and bourbons, and plenty of other options for those whose palate marches to a different drum. and also there’s great food! see you there!

  • when: december 17, 8pm
  • where: allen’s on the danforth, 143 danforth ave (just east of broadview, south side)

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around the neck @ prime gallery


this group show opens next saturday, stop by if you’re around!

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media lab toronto is born!


casecamp6 took place last tuesday at the century room, and was a really incredible night full of awesome cases, announcements and people. eli has really raised level of conversation and built a fantastic community around casecamp, which has now partnered with achilles media (the producers of nextMedia). congrats to all – and looking forward to the future. tom has some great notes on the evening as well!

media lab toronto also presented their inaugural project – TXTris, an interactive SMS projection where text messages sink down from the sky onto a hilarious toronto skyline made of tim horton’s boxes. congrats to patrick, gabe, michael and dory, and i can’t wait to see where this will go!!

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change is afoot


oof. the past month has been busy, more so than usual. i spent a couple of days in nyc, started teaching at ocad, had a bit of holiday and tried to wrap up the summertime loose ends before the season changed.

the biggest change of all, though, is that i’m no longer with the beal institute for strategic creativity. after 2 years of fun, great people and absolutely lifechanging work, it was time for something a little different. the sweet spot had shifted, so to speak. i’m sad to be moving on, but am looking forward to future collaborations with the brilliant minds there, as well as having the time to pursue other projects.

in the present, though, i’m pleased to say that i’ll be working part-time with interactive ontario, as project manager and content developer. they’re a great bunch of people, and i’m happy to be a part of their team, getting to know them over the next while. to new things! :)

*to commemorate yesterday being international talk like a pirate day. yar.

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