Search and Social Rank Symposium 5 – a night of ideas!

Please join us for an evening presentation that is quite unlike any other event you will attend this fall.  In this dinner party, alcohol infused symposium, five different web marketing wizards are set to show-and-tell some sharp new ideas in search engine optimization and social media marketing, and… it all promises to be rather fun.  These guys are practacle jokers and this could be the best way to learn new cyber skills to help your website gain more traffic and recognition.  Come hungry, and prepare to laugh and learn as you feed your brain.

Its a fact that Google’s search algorithm is not published anywhere – its top secret.  Business owners and website designers can’t go look up the details anywhere to learn what the most important ranking factors are today…   Even the most exalted experts can only relate what they believe is true, and Search Engine Optimization SEO is always changing.  This craft is not taught in school – it must be learned on the job.

Social Media Marketing SMM on the other hand, is a more artful discipline that traffics in the generosity of friends and complex group dynamics.  But this artform is also very important part of is evolving fast and equally important as it drives consumer behavior… So what happens when you fuse SEO and SMM together?

Search and Social Rank Symposium Number Five celebrates the art and science of optimizing websites to be found first on Google for popular search queries.

The Event Speakers are four different artists and scientists who live and work at the intersection of Search Engine Optimization SEO and Social Media Marketing SMM.  These SMM experts will share their own true stories, tips and tactics for manufacturing findability.

When: Tuesday October 15th 2013 – 6pm to 9:30pm

Where: The Boiler House Loft in The Distillery District, 18 Tankhouse Lane, Toronto, Ontario

Tickets: SOLD OUT!

Moderated by Rob Campbell of Smojoe, Search and Social Rank Symposium Five stars Brian Rotsztein, Jennifer Balogh and Geoff Whitlock.

business storyteller, seo, rob campbell, contest journalism,Rob Campbell will Moderate, and discuss Memeweaving.  Campbell is a renown content marketing for SEO blogger and personality in Toronto who is known for using weird tactics to help clients gain page one rankings.  Rob will start and end the night’s discussions and set Speakers on a course to  explore the tools, tips and tactics found at the intersection of SEO and SMM.

Rob will discuss his latest ebook, Contest Journalism and how to do get a huge SEO lift using web contests, as a contest expert in a fifteen minute presentation entitled, “How to use web contests to rank 1st on Google!”   Rob’s presentation is funny and interesting – he uses real life examples to show how simple matches have helped sponsors build brand recognition on social networks, and rank #1 for common search terms on Google.

Jennifer Balogh, email marketing Jennifer Balogh is an email marketing wizard, and Senior Director, Account Management and Strategy at Vigorate Digital Solutions. She’ll speak on “Email Marketing in a Social World” which is set to explain, humourously or otherwise, why your company’s marketing department should still be using digital marketers and not falling for all this social media baloney. No actually, that’s probably not what she’s going to be talking about. but rather more like  how social media has impacted and improved email marketing systems.  In her eight years on the job, Jennifer has seen email marketing grow in many directions, and yet her vast experience is packed full of secrets and advanced solutions ; when you see the way she does her email newsletters it might change how you execute your next campaign.

eco friendly blog, Nikki FotheringhamNikki Fotheringham writes a popular eco friendly blog Green Moxie and is set to share “Five Secrets To Brand Storytelling”.  Nikki Fotheringham, by being personable and using her God given natural social media marketing super powers, has built quite a following of readers and fans on Facebook and Twitter.  The reason why is simple – she creates high quality content and is an advanced internet storytelling. Nikki is going to take fifteen minutes and present five slides to show us how she grew her little blog into a widely read (green) monster.

Brian Rotsztein is the travel weary President of the Canadian Internet Marketing Association, and CEO of Uniseo Montreal SEO & Internet Marketing Agency serving English and French speaking Quebec as well as a popular blogger at Purposive.  Brian has been engaged in web marketing since 1997.  He has authored the books “SEO for 2012”, and “Content Marketing Ideas: 200+ Tips for Your SEO and Social Media Strategy” which are available at  Brian will be speaking about “How to Use Web Videos to Increase Ranking and Conversions”.  Mr. Rotsztein frequently speaks at large conferences like WordCamp, PodCamp, Social Media Breakfast, and others across Canada and the US.

content marketing agency secretsGeoff Whitlock, CEO of Content Marketing Agency will show a couple of amazing little videos and talk around them – hewill discuss the “Inter dimensional relationship between Paid Media, Owned Media and Earned Media” and share real life examples of how he delivers value to brands by executing or erecting creative scaffolding that become story filled monuments to his three different approaches to digital marketing.  Geoff will share his POEMS, Paid, Earned and Owned Media on the Web.

#SSRS5 on Twitter , follow Rob Campbell @Roberrific and @VigorateDigital @CityEvents, @brianrotsztein @ShepDaddy @GreenMoxie @Geoffness


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Marche Restaurant

September 24, 2013 by  
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If you are looking for a place which offers an original decor and fresh food, for large drop up or planned groups, then your research can stop here we have a suggestion for you!

Located under the famous Calatrava glass rooftop (at 42 Yonge Street), Marche restaurant is operated by a Swiss Company and offers a wide range of international food, freshly prepared in front of the guest. Enjoy a variety of delicious treats such as freshly-caught seafood, sushi, rosti, home-made pizzas and pastas and a large selection of bread and delicious pastries from their natural bakery!

More than great food, this is also the beauty of the place which catch the eye. The place is light, huge and modern thanks the glass rooftop, the inside reminds the atmosphere of the markets, lively, with great smells and the view of all those fresh products. Also, as this is a Swiss company, you can seat in a Swiss chalet decor, or in French restaurant ‘decor. With Marche restaurant no need to take the plane to travel and taste new specialties!

Marche Restaurant is the perfect place for group events and a popular Toronto event venue, with its large space it can welcome more than 500 guests throughout decorated dining room, including signature private areas and 2 indoors patios! Moreover, it ideally situated, close to many touristic attractions such as the Hockey Hall of Fame, Sony Centre, Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre, and more.

The restaurant is one of a small few open 365 days a year.  From breakfast 7:30 am until 11:00 pm, and until 1:00 am the Friday & Saturday, and was voted Best Group Function Restaurant in 2012.

Get more information on their website, like their Facebook page and follow them @Marche_TO


On Monday August 12th, CityEvents was invited to participate to a media preview of a brand new culinary and entertaining partnership and cool new Toronto food stop.

The culinary adventure experience & Cheesewerks join forces to create an innovative culinary program all about cheese. The partnership is all about bringing food and cheese lovers together for a series of food experiences.

About the 2 companies:

Cheesewerks is Canada’s only restaurant that place cheese and artisan product at the centre of  every meal.

The Culinary Adventure Company is the only Toronto’s only chef owned and operate food tour and gourmet experience company. Awarded Ontario Culinary Tourism Experience Award from the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance in 2012.

The signature event coming out of this partnership is called FLIX + PIX+ PLATES. A new food, film photography and digital media experience to enjoy a unique night featuring films films food photography and others food sources.

Launching September 17th, Chef Scott Savoie (The Culinary Adventure Company) and Big Cheese Kevin Durkee (Cheesewerks) are designing a full event night around “Fried Green Tomatoes”.

Once a month (Every 3rd Thursday) the 2 chefs will be pairing food and drinks around classic movies to end up with a 5 course meal and drink for $65 + HST per person (or $120 per couple). Hosted at Cheesewers the guest will enjoy food around Ghostbuster in October and JFK in November.

This new creative event is not the only venture coming out of the reunion of the 2 companies. The created a full calendar of unique cheese inspired culinary experiences featuring Canadian cheese and local Torontonian producers.

Cheese + cheers ( Sunday School Series)

A 3 hour afternoon class to learn how to pair and appreciate the best Artisan cheese, craft beer, wine, spirit and drinks. $49 + HST per person On September 22

Urban Ale + Cheese Trail

A full day of discovery across the GTA hop on a bus to go meet craft brew master and cheese producers and end the day at Cheesewerks for a dinning and tasting experience. $125 + HST per person. Date TBD.

Melt the Market

Discover Canadian cheese in the #1 Food market in the world: Saint Lawrence Market. Go shop with Chef Scott (The culinary adventure company) and meet up with Big Cheese Kevin (Cheesewerks) to learn how to melt your purchase into Fondue, Raclette…  Sept 27.

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Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2013

September 11, 2013 by  
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Toronto’s Festival of Beer will return to the CNE grounds from July 26-28. The 19th instalment of the festival will provide all attendees from amateur beer drinkers to beer aficionados with the unique opportunity to sample some of the 200+ brands that will be onsite. Regarded, as Canada’s premier beer celebration festival-goers will be able to take part in a variety of attractions that will be on hand through the course of the festival. These attractions include the Grilling Tent, which will feature Chef Ted Reader & Friends who will provide instruction and tips for your next BBQ. The main stage will be bumpin’ throughout the three-day festival with acts like Escort, De La Soul, Spin Doctors, Easy Star All-Stars and Big Sugar with special guest Willi Williams to keep the party going. Beyond attractions a number of food exhibitors will be present in case you feel famished from the strenuous task of lifting your mug. Some of the many food exhibitors will include Oyster Boy, Smoke’s Poutinerie, MELT Grilled Cheese, Pimento and South St. Burger Company. Be sure to buy your ticket soon to enjoy a great event.


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St James Cathedral

September 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Event Venues, Ontario, Toronto, Uncategorized

Situated in the downtown of Toronto as one of then newest event venues, it is hard not to notice the St James Cathedral amongst all the modern towers. The parish was established in 1797 and is one of the oldest in the country, the Cathedral for its part, was built in 1853. With its bell tower and its arrow of 93 meters, the cathedral was the biggest building of Toronto at one time. Its stained glasses tell the story of the most important Anglican families in Toronto or show us pictures of the colonial and territorial wars.

No need to be religious to admire the beauty of this venue, often lighted by the colors of the stained glasses. Nowadays, the Cathedral holds various events, such as jazz concerts, recitals, meetings, conference, launches, fashion shows or group events. The Cathedral is also neighbours to the lovely St James Park built in a Victorian style and which host’s music concerts in summer and used by newlyweds to take memorable photos.

The St James Cathedral is the perfect place for a wedding reception, meeting or a concert thanks to its incredible gothic revival architecture and its magnificent stained glass. It is a venue that will make your event unique for sure!

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