Podcamp Toronto 2014 – It’s about the people

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I was asked to provide some training to a client and as it was through the week in a busy city, it was a great opportunity for Moe to tag along for a mini vacation.

Shortly after I booked, we found out that the weekend after I was done was the weekend of PodCamp Toronto (#pcto14). We adjusted our flights and hotel reservations and made a weekend out of it.

Thursday night, we went to a local production of Avenue Q. It was very well done and quite funny.

Once my training was done, we met up many friends who we’d met mostly through Podcasters Across Borders (#PAB). Rob and Katherine met us for dinner on Friday at Beer Bistro and had a wonderful meal paired with some excellent local and imported beers.

One of the unofficial #pcto14 events is a get together at the Imperial Pub on Dundas. After our dinner, Rob & Katherine walked up with us to see that the usual suspects were there: Scarborough Dude, Mark Blevis, Anthony Marco, Danny Rossi, and many others that I met there for the first time. Some I had seen online, others I met for the first time.

Saturday night, many of us set out for dinner, then went to Lou Dawg’s for a party. We found it too loud to socialize and found a quiet spot in the basement where we could chat. It was a much better way to spend an evening.

We decided that we’d stop by the Imperial Pub for one last night cap. How that ended was a completely different story. That is the story as recorded by our good friend Mark Blevis on his trip back home to Ottawa.

I attended sessions at #pcto14 that reinforced many things that I already knew, but needed to hear again. Probably the one that rang truest for me was a presentation by Katharine Stanbridge who rode her bike across Canada. It’s about the people that you meet was one of the key things that she learned on her journey and is something that I’ve found as I travel the world as well.

Things to remember for next time:

Public transit into Toronto
Buy tokens from the money exchange on level G.
Take the number 192 bus (catch it at column R2) to Kipling Station and transfer to the Subway. You don’t need to get a transfer. $2.80 (March/15) per token or ~$39 for a one week pass.

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