Twestival Local 2009

It’s been roughly seven months since our last Twestival in Edmonton. In February, Twestival attendees helped raise over $1000 for Charity:Water, a non-profit organization that helps ensure clean water is accessible in developing nations. While the majority of attendees were users of Twitter, it definitely wasn’t a prerequisite to take part in the event.

This time around, Twestival is set up for participating cities to choose their own cause. After an online vote, it was decided that the Youth Emergency Shelter Society will be the charity of choice. The details of the event are as follows:

WHAT: Twestival Local 2009
WHEN: Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 6:00pm
WHERE: Original Joe’s Varsity Row, 8404 109 Street, Edmonton, AB (map)
WHY: To support the Youth Emergency Shelter Society

We’re asking for a minimum donation of $20, but feel free to donate more! You can buy tickets online here, or donate at the door.

Hope to see you there!

Edmonton Twestival was a success!

Thanks to everyone who came out to Edmonton Twestival tonight! Mack and I were hoping 50 people would come out, and we came pretty close with a final tally of 45. Best of all, we managed to raise a total of $1000 for charity:water – definitely a great showing from the city for a great cause.

Following the #yeg hashtag live

This was actually my first time at Vintage Lounge (formerly Mangiamos), and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Jenn, the Event Coordinator for Vintage was great – accommodating (allowing us to set up a projector and screen at the front of the space), and made sure to check in with us throughout the night to make sure we were well taken care of.

My Passion of Brazil Cocktail

We ended up ordering some small plates to share, as we didn’t get a chance to have dinner before heading out to set up, and I was pretty happy with the food. The Grilled Cheese Bites ($10), made with provolone, havarti and cheddar were fantastic, and paired with the roasted tomato soup was a comforting bite on a cold day. The Duck Spring Rolls ($14) were a little less successful, probably because I”m used to vermicelli in my spring rolls. The house plum sauce was also a tad too spicy for my taste. When we went to pay our bill, however, it turned out that 5-8pm was happy hour, so all of the food and drink we ordered was actually 50% off – a steal!

Grilled Cheese Bites

Duck Spring Rolls

I think Edmonton Twestival was a great success – thanks to Mack for spearheading the Edmonton event! Thanks also to everyone who donated door prizes: @sassycakes, @transcendcoffee, @bruceclarke, @NAIT, @thechadj, @Out_Inc, @cmscritic, and @tonyratcliffe. I’m not sure which was the most coveted prize, but the car starter and cupcakes seemed pretty popular!

We did our best to try and take photos throughout, but they didn’t turn out as nice as @bruceclarke’s (of Moments in Digital)!

Chatting (photo by momentsindigital)

Mack trying to convert Eric and Amanda to Twitter (photo by momentsindigital)

Waiting for the door prizes to be drawn (photo by momentsindigital)

It was good to see some familiar faces, and some new ones as well. Onto the next Tweetup!

Edmonton Twestival – February 12, 2009

The first time Mack organized a Tweetup (or, meet-up of Twitter users) back in the summer, I was reluctant to attend, as I didn’t know quite what to expect. Since that time, I’ve been to several formal and informal gatherings with Edmonton Twitter users, and I’ve found a community that is not only passionate about the city but also engaged in local issues.

Mack asked for some support in organizing an Edmonton version of Twestival, and I was more than happy to oblige. Twestival is a Twitter festival taking place simultaneously in over 100 cities worldwide on February 12, in order to spread awareness and raise money for charity: water.

charity: water is a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We give 100% of the money raised to direct project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need.

We will be collecting $20 online prior to the event or accepting cash at the door for charity: water. And in an effort of pan-Albertan solidarity, we have connected with the Twestival Calgary folks with a unified goal in mind of raising $4000 between the two cities – enough to drill one well in a developing country.

We scouted out a few venues for the event, and ended up selecting Vintage Lounge (10124 124 Street) in the High Street area – they are a fairly new lounge (having converted the space that housed Mangiamos), and were willing to accommodate the needs of our group.

Mack has also been able to secure a few door prizes for those who register for the event in advance on-line. Sassy Cakes, a new home-based cupcakes business, has donated gift certificates and cupcakes, and Transcend Coffee has provided some freshly-roasted beans to give away (EDIT: NAIT has also come through and donated a gift certificate to Ernest’s!).

To recap:

WHAT: Edmonton Twestival 2009
WHEN: Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 6:30pm
WHERE: Vintage Lounge, 10124 – 124th Street – map
WHY: To have some fun while supporting a great cause! Click here to register online.

You definitely do not have to be a Twitter-user to attend Twestival – all are welcome. I hope to see you there!