Category Archives: Community

Daily Dose: Toronto Board Meeting

This past Saturday, September the 8th was this year’s Toronto Board meeting. What is this board meeting about you may ask? Not unlike Kollaboration, it is an annual event in which a group of people that share a passion for what they do, come together and display their love for their lifestyle.  Now what is it they do you may be wondering? Roughly a thousand people (mostly from Ontario) ride long boards through the streets of Toronto dressed up in dress shirts and ties (get it? Board Meeting). Long boards if you haven’t seen them around are essentially long skateboards. The biggest functional difference is that they’re much more effective for getting around. Especially in the downtown area, long boards have become much more common and have been growing in popularity.  Last year there were just over 900 long boarders but this year, despite the rain, a total of 1003 people made it out.

On that note, if you like seeing talented people battle it out, come out to the show because it’s going to happen rain or shine this Saturday September 15th!

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Kollaboration Shoutouts

Kollaboration Toronto receives support from various artists in the community.

Here’s a recap of some supporters this season:

Check out the finalists one more time!

Buy your tickets at:  http://bit.ly/PcEDmw

Online ticket sales up and running on TicketMaster!

Kollaboration Toronto is 20 days away! Don’t miss your chance to see Joseph Vincent, Dumbfoundead, KRNFX, and our top finalists live on September 15th at Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Our ticket platform is now available through TicketMaster.

Purchase online tickets at: http://bit.ly/PcEDmw

You can also save 10% on online processing fees by purchasing tickets from a staff member or volunteer. The ticket also gets you into the afterparty for FREE before 11:30PM!

Hope to see you there!

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Daily Dose: Trucks roll into TIFF – Eat. St. Style

TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) annually celebrates the art of filmmaking. This ten day film festival features movie screenings, festivals, workshops, and more. The industries’ high profile and independent movie makers come together. There might even be a chance to catch a glimpse of a celebrity.

This year, the public will see more than film and red carpets rolling at the festival. That’s right, trucks. FOOD TRUCKS. 

On September 6-16, a variety of food trucks will gather together. The public will decide on which truck satisfies their taste buds.

According to TorontoFoodTrucks.ca, an official schedule alotting times and locations is to be announced.

You can follow Toronto Food Trucks and TIFF on Twitter for updates.

 

 

 

Daily Dose: CNE

To many people in the GTA, the Canadian National Exhibition is an annual experience to be experienced. Taking place at Exhibition place in Toronto for 18 days each year, roughly 5.3 million people visit the CNE, and roughly 1600,000 out-of-town visitors travel to Canada for the fair. It is Canada’s largest fair, and North America’s seventh largest. The first CNE took place in 1879, mostly to promote Canada’s agriculture and technology in Canada. Over time, the CNE has come to showcase a broader spectrum of the work and talent of this nation, reflecting growth in diversity and innovation. In order to make CNE what it is each year, the equivalent of  579 full-year jobs are created in the region. The CNE puts a lot of emphasis on creating and executing new environmental initiatives, and is an important cultural and community tradition for attendees.

While the CNE might have seemed like a fun fair to enjoy, it has a lot more purposes than to entertain. Likewise, while Kollaboration seems like just a talent show, our purpose is to empower youth through entertainment, and to reach out to the community as much as we can.

We hope to see you all at our show on September 15th! Buy your tickets online here, or contact a staff member 🙂

Daily Dose: Toronto Tempo

Videographer and Time-Lapse Photographer, Ryan Emond compiled thousands of photos to commemorate the city of Toronto.

Time lapse photography creates illusions of movement where minutes, seconds, or even months into seconds of elapsed time (shot per frame).

Check out Ryan’s time-lapse gallery here.

KOLLABORATION TORONTO 2012

 

 

 

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the event you’ve been waiting for! Months and months of hard work have gone into this. That’s right – TD presents Kollaboration Toronto 2012 – featuring the very best local Asian-Canadian talent in singing, dancing, and other performing arts! This show will feature some stunning guest performers, 6 groups of very talented finalists and more!

 

As indicated, we are proud to announce our guest performers: Joseph Vincent, Dumbfoundead and Dj Zo!
Check out our event page for more information, and our twitter for quick updates.

In case you’ve forgotten the faces of our finalists –

Come show them some love on September 15th!

Daily Dose: Fun Fact

Not knowing why today is a holiday, I did some googling, and found out that the Toronto city council thought we could use another “day of relaxation” in the summer. This was in the late 1800’s, and it resulted in today’s holiday. However, they named it Simcoe day after John Simcoe, who founded what is now the City of Toronto, and supported legislation to ban slavery, which stood as an example for the entire country. Simcoe’s decisions have helped shape Canada into what it is today.

Enjoy your day off!

 

 

Kollaboration KoffeeHouse Kickoff!

On Friday, August 3rd, Kollaboration Toronto Koffeehouse guests, performers, staff and volunteers enjoyed a night of music, refreshments, and lasting memories on a private floor of the Black Swan Tavern.

This year, Kollaboration Toronto implemented Independant Volunteer Projects (IVP’s) to spread awareness, give back to the community, and raise money. A successful Blood Donation IVP took place in June. This Koffeehouse IVP was lead by HR Associate, Michelle, and her group: Brian, Jess, Elizabeth, Hamy, Cindy, Stephanie, Gabe, and Julian.

The event celebrated, “Empowerment through Entertainment” as fresh, local talent hit the stage. The venue quickly filled up with 100+ guests, comforted in leather seats, as Marketing Director, Chris, introduced the performers.

  • Rachel Jong opened the night with an acoustic rendition of  “Love on Top” by Beyonce.
  • The hip-hop duo, Fly, mixed rap, vocals, and live instrumentals for an up-beat performance.
  • Kenneth Yeung impressed the crowd with his unique acapella beats and vocals with his loop machine.
  • Ryan Flores shared soothing original songs and a special medley.
  • Markham’s Got Talent winner, April-Joyce Bulangcao effortlesly powered through an Adele cover.
  • Daniel Oh pleased the audience with his unique renditions.
  • Kollaboration Toronto 2011 runner up, Pat Simeon, ended off the night with a stellar performance.

The Koffeehouse-A night full of music, chatter, and laughter-segways into Kollaboration Toronto‘s show on September 15th at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Don’t forget to purchase your early bird tickets here. 

Kollaboration Toronto sincerely appreciates all the performers, guests, staff, and volunteers who continue to support!

Composer and Vocalist: Kenneth Yeung

Meet Kenneth Yeung, a vocalist and composer who brings a unique, authentic spin on acapella arrangements. See him live at the Kollaboration Koffeehouse – only a few days away!

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Kenneth Yeung, I’m a singer from Toronto.  I’ve been singing and composing for various local jazz and R&B groups for many years now.  These days I’m creating acapella arrangements live, using just my voice, a microphone and a loop machine.”

2) What inspired you to become a singer?
I grew up listening to groups like Boyz II Men, and jazz greats like Bobby McFerrin and Take 6.  They inspire my music.  But my biggest inspiration is my high school music teacher.  She taught me what it means to work hard at something and about the importance of being yourself.”

3) Define success.
To me, success simply means finding something that you’re passionate about, something you love doing, and being able to use that to have a positive influence on other people.”

4) Do you have any advice for API (Asian and Pacific Islanders) youth aspiring to become artists?
My advice is the same for anyone: don’t worry about everyone else and just focus on what you do best.  Be the best at being you.”

5) Favourite song of all-time?
Too many to list!”

Enjoy drinks, food, and live music this Friday, August 3rd!

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