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My Top 5 Toronto Events July 26-28, 2013
Kristina Chau - Friday, July 26, 2013
Happy Friday party people!


Here is my list of the top five fun events to check out in the city this weekend:


1.  Toronto's Festival of Beer - The 19th annual Toronto's Festival of Beer kicks off today at 4:30pm and goes through until Sunday.  This festival is a celebration of Canada's rich brewing history and features over 200 brands on site for sampling, an array of delicious food vendors, various attractions like their Brewmaster's Series and musical acts at the Main Stage.  Can you say Eye Know like De La Soul?  Tickets are still available for Sunday afternoon but you can be sure to find those selling last minute tickets on Craigslist.  Cheers!


2.  Critical Mass Toronto - Perhaps you're more into fitness than beer then you'll want to check out the Critical Mass Bike Ride happening tonight. These free and friendly bike rides occur on the last Friday of every month. Cyclists meet at the corner of Spadina and Bloor at 6 pm and take off at 6:30 pm.  If you plan on participating, remember to be safe.  Ensure your bike is tuned and road-ready and don't forget your helmet!  Happy riding :)



3.  Live Green Toronto - This Saturday between 11am - 9pm, Yonge Street will be closed from Queen until Dundas for the largest outdoor celebration of all things green. There will be a Green Street Market featuring all eco-friendly products, a Kids' Zone, Beer Garden where $2 of each Steam Whistle purchased goes towards Live Green Toronto programming, & free yoga!  Be sure to also check out the main stage at Yonge and Dundas Square for performances by Treble Charger, Kardinal Offishall, and Shawn Desman. Go green!




4.  Beaches International Jazz Festival - It's the closing weekend of this festival's 25th anniversary celebrating jazz culture and music so there's sure to be a great number of fun things to check out.  Take a look at the venue listings for Woodbine Park, Kew Gardens, the Beach Boardwalk Stages & Streetfest to find out what shows are happening so you can plan your trip accordingly!  Insert "jazz hands" here :p




5.  Toronto Burlesque Festival - The 6th annual Burlesque Festival kicked off last night and continues all through this weekend.  Check out the schedule for events happening at the various venues in the city.  My personal favourite is the Burlesque Brunch on Sunday at the Cadillac Lounge on Queen Street in Parkdale. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and gets you entry to one of Toronto's sexiest morning shows! Food and beverages aren't included with this ticket price but that just means you can satisfy your taste buds with whatever tickles your fancy while satisfying other needs ;)




Well there you have it.  We live in such an awesome city so I hope you get out there and enjoy it!

Oh - and one more thing.  I need to do a  shameless shout out to one of my best friend's and roommate Jennifer of Fit Squad Training as we'll be celebrating her birthday on Saturday.  Happy birthday girl!

For the life of the party,


 


Do Your Thing
Kristina Chau - Monday, July 22, 2013

Hey there party people,

I know it's been a long time since I've written but I'm excited to be back and writing once again! The reason I've been MIA is that over the past year, I took on a contract through Not Your Average Party to help launch a brand new event venue in the city called the Beer Academy.

Nestled in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Beer Academy features a small-batch craft brewery, and a tasting room/retail store where guests can relax with their favourite pint. The venue also features an experiential event space that includes a sensory tasting bar, a beer-lover’s library, which was my domain.

 
 
Launching an event venue is no easy task.  There are many things to consider when doing so, but the main items I assisted with were:

 Consulting on and establishing best practices for running a successful event venue.

 Conducting an RFP process to decide on the best-suited vendors to partner with – i.e. caterers, staffing company, rentals, etc.

 Creating a sales and marketing package to distribute to potential clients. You can check out the final event package here.

 Advising on social media plans, promotional events and identifying advertising platforms to help market the space.

 And overall managing the day-to-day event operations and bookings.


This position started out as a 3 month contract and was extended to almost a full year which is why I've been more than a little pre-occupied and had to shift my main focus away from Not Your Average Party, but I never lost sight of what's most important, and that is always doing what I love.

My time at the Beer Academy was a great experience as I have learned a lot and have a great addition to my portfolio.  I was also fortunate to work with an amazing team there and have built further relationships and partnerships that I know will only help me on my continued exciting and fulfilling journey of being an entrepreneur!

So remember party people, always "Do Your Thing" no matter what that is because:



And in that vain, here's my song of the day: 


Have a great week and stay tuned for my next edition where I feature some of the great vendors I got to work with during my time at the Beer Academy.

For the life of the party,




Let's Party Like It's 2011
Kristina Chau - Saturday, December 31, 2011
 Hey party peeps,

It's been way too long since I've posted about the happenings in this party guru's world, so my apologies.  With having said that, I promise I haven't been lazy without reason.  It's been a great and busy year and I feel blessed for all of my clients that I've had the opportunity to work with.  To celebrate the year that was, here's a photo re-cap of of my highlights in 2011: 

 

June 6, 2011

Once again I was part of the fabulous annual simply divas fundraiser in support of Family Association of Mental Health Everywhere at The Berkeley Church. From fabulous chef tasting stations and sipping on divatinis, to a grand silent auction, and of course enjoying the star-filled show, it was an afternoon not to be missed!

 

June 8, 2011

It was so great to work with an amazing organization such as SKETCH, who provide working arts for street involved youth, on their Capital Campaign Launch "Home is Where the Art Is".  We raised $46,000 towards funding for their new exciting space that will open in 2013.   It was a great evening of performances and a live auction that was supported by such friends as former mayor David Miller, pictured above.

 

 

June 9 - 13, 2011

As Road Manager for the Endbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer in support of Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, I was part of an incredible execution team that supported the amazing 4,610 riders who rode over 200 kilometers to help raise $17.5 million dollars!  Talk about inspirational!

 

June 25, 2011

I was so touched when the groom-to-be, Tommy Blodgett inquired about my services for his upcoming wedding to the beautiful Kristina Nicholson.  They had a lovely brunch wedding at the Boiler House in the Distillery District on a beautiful summer day.  Photo credit:  Marianne Rothbauer Photography

 

 

July 16, 2011

Planning this vintage style Mad Men themed wedding for Jane & Luis at the Gladstone Hotel was such fun!  I loved being able to shop at vintage stores for the various decor pieces and arranging for fun details such as getting them a jukebox and that Mercury Monterey pictured with them above.  Photo credit:  Jessica Lin Photography


July 21, 2011

The 2011 Franklin Templeton Investment Forum gave a rare opportunity for investors and advisors to hear from top investment experts in one of Toronto's finest concert halls,  Roy Thompson Hall. Having worked with the Franklin Templeton Investment team previously, it was great to come on board once again to help the execution of this annual event.


September 2 - 5, 2011

Helping to produce The Hot & Spicy Food Festival at Harbourfront Centre was a definite highlight as I was back on my old stomping grounds working with familiar faces and helping to plan a great festival that combines some of my biggest passions - music and food!  From hosting an international Iron Chef competition to breaking a Guinness World Record for the longest consecutive barbecuing, there was no shortage of excitement during this Labour Day weekend.


 

September 8 - 12, 2011

The 2011 Shopper's Drug Mart Weekend to End Women's Cancers saw 4013 participants walk a 60km route over two days who raised 9.4 million dollars for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.  Once again joining the incredible execution team, we worked tirelessly for five days straight to produce the opening, overnight camp, and closing ceremony sites to celebrate these dedicated walkers and cancer survivors.

 

September 25 - October 8, 2011

Global Village Program through Habitat for Humanity in Braga, Portugal 

While this one isn't exactly part of my party guru world, it was definitely a highlight of 2011.  I participated alongside 10 other dedicated Canadians to help rebuild a family's home in need.  I truly believe in the importance of volunteerism and giving back and have to say that this was one of the most rewarding and inspiring experiences of my life.

 



November 6, 2011

Having served at Salt Wine Bar before, I was honoured to help them out with their 1st anniversary event, Salt Speakeasy.  This event theme was a cheeky play on their early days when Salt wasn't able to acquire a liquor license due to the moratorium placed on Ossington restaurants and bars.  It was a fun evening that featured prohibition-style cocktails, flapper girls, a jazz band and raised funds in support of Nazareth House,



December 31, 2011

What a better way to ring in the new year by celebrating the marriage of my two friends, Laura and Dave!  This definitely "not your average" wedding was held at 99 Sudbury in the open space of the Glass Factory.  The event truly reflected this couple's personalities and their sense of style, as they are both designers. Laura of Uno Nove, helped with my branding and Dave of Big Spin Media, designed my website.  Everything from the decor, to the aerialist performer, to having the bride's sister Clara Lofaro sing their procession and first dance songs, all of the details had a personal touch and were so much fun for all of the guests to enjoy.  Congrats Lau & Dave!


So there you have it!  This is just a sampling of the amazing events I feel so lucky to have been a part of this year.  As you can see, it was quite busy so I want to thank all of you for your continued support.  I look forward to partying with you more this year!

For the life of the party,



not your average party