I've been trying all week to jot my thoughts down about an event I attended earlier in the week, but it's been hard. Honestly, it was just such an amazing, balls-out, forward-thinking kind of thing that I've been worried I wouldn't be able to do it justice. Well, here goes nothing: Last Monday evening, I had the privilege of being invited to a pseudo-theatre launch for World Stage, Harbourfront Centre's contemporary performance series in Toronto. Now, the invitation in and of itself is not unusual for me, but this was a pretty special one.
Here, read for yourself:
As a social media influencer we’d like to invite YOU to a private party!
WHAT: A twitter-kegger-party!
Come out from the web-world and schmooze in person with fellow social media’lites and meet the artistic director of World Stage, @tinarasmussen. Get behind the scenes details and information about the programming of this year's season, which starts in February and runs until May, and raise a pint to cheers the 2013 season!
WHEN: Monday, January 28th 7pm, beer and pulled pork (veg option too) 8pm, season presentation
WHERE: Tina's place
This was a special party for a veritable who's who of Toronto Theatre Twitterati (say that 3 times fast). There was food and drink, but as you can see, this didn't take place at the Harbourfront Centre. Nope, we were invited to artistic director Tina Rasmussen's home for an informal get-together to eat, drink and talk theatre. The personal touch did not go unnoticed by everyone in attendance.
Getting to know Tina on this personal level made her passion and enthusiasm for her season that much more engaging. This event let me know about a very wicked upcoming season (and if I was the type of person who could plan ahead, I would buy tickets for every show right now), gave me a wonderful opportunity to catch up with some old pals, meet some online theatre media from Mooney on Theatre, Torontoist and Charlebois Post, and of course, make new like-minded social media friends.
Artistic Directors take note! From my perspective, this was a massive PR success for World Stage Toronto. Not only did it get an 'influencer' like myself who knew nothing about the company to see it (and talk about constantly) in a very positive light, we also managed to get both @WorldStageTO and the event hashtag #theatrekegger trending on Twitter in Toronto.
Since some marketing team from the Canadian Stage where in attendance and saw what a success this type of event can be, I look forward to being invited to a season launch BBQ at Matthew Jocelyn's house in the very near future #fingerscrossed #agirlcandream
Some of my favorite Tweets from the evening - follow the whole discussion at #theatrekegger:
— Rob Kempson (@rob_kempson) January 29, 2013
— M. John Kennedy (@MJohnKennedy) January 29, 2013
I love that Tina talks about our role as a viewer and theatre as a political space. Woman after my own heart. #theatrekegger
— Aislinn Rose (@AislinnTO) January 29, 2013
— Ashley Ballantyne (@ashleybal) January 29, 2013