Swag 2.0 by @RightSleeve

My Right Sleeve Notebook from Swag 2.0I had the pleasure of attending this event about a week and a half ago. Boy do they know how to throw a party! First thing we get is a wonderful notebook so we can note down all the wonderful swag we would like to purchase. It is definitely one of my favourite styles. Highly recommended for any conference you are attending.

I never knew how cool this business was until I walked in to the event. Everything from notebooks, to rugby shirts to funny shaped usb keys. I know Carolyn Van was admiring a few.

That’s the other cool thing about this event. When Mark asked if I was coming, I told him I wasn’t sure because I wasn’t in a position to buy anything. He said come anyway since it was a great way to meet people and they would love to have me. That’s community! I ran into people that I hadn’t seen in a while and got a chance to hang out with them all at one venue. And the food was enough to keep us around, especially the cupcakes.

It just so happens that Erin Bury’s article on Mashable was released the same day and that Right Sleeve was mentioned therein. The bags shown there are the very same ones we were given at the end of the night as gift bags.

And let me tell you…if you haven’t already heard…is that I’ve used almost everything that they gave us that night. The biggest one being the umbrellas that we needed not only that night to sheild us from the rain, but for many a night thereafter. Here’s me at #TweetGasm sporting the brollie and the bag, thanks to Jonny Bunning (@emaninTdot on Twitter).

Ernie Whitt's AutographAnother little side story is how I met one of the greatest baseball players of all time; Ernie Whitt formerly of the Toronto Blue Jays. I recognized him and the ring on his finger. He didn’t stay long, but long enough for me to snag his autograph. And how apprpriate? I happened to have one of my other Right Sleeve notebooks on hand with their letterhead for him to sign in. Karim Kanji is still jealous to this day. 😉

If you ever have a need of swag (or don’t and like to admire new toys) then you must check them out. They have great products and are wonderful people. You can find Mark Graham and his team here. If you have an idea, I’m quite sure they will have the solution. I know that they will be the first ones that I go to.

Thanks to Mark and his team for putting on such a wonderful event. Hope to see you all very soon.

My Week Ahead – Part 1

Let me tell you kids, it’s gonna be a doozy!

There are so many cool things going on this week, that I thought I should share some of it in case you want to come along for the ride.  It’s just the type of girl I am! There’s so much, I have to break it up into a couple of posts. Here’s the first dose.

Saturday, April 16

9:30 pm – Stupid o’clock in the morning: The Retro Road Show

Remember those video dance parties that you had in junior high/high school from Much Music and the like? Well, you can still enjoy them! DJ Thomas Hall (@djthomashall) spins the tunes like he does every Friday at 5 pm on Boom 97.3. For those of you that used to go to the Joker back in the day, yes, this is the SAME DJ Thomas! Make sure you follow him on Twitter, as well as my girl Gwen who looks after the Twitter and Facebook promotions for the events (@retroroadshow). It’s held at the Dovercourt House, north of Dovercourt and Bloor Street West. It only comes around once a month and in honour of Gwen’s birthday, the theme is Hair Bands. There will be much headbanging! Check out more on the events, including cover here. I don’t miss any if I possibly can.

Monday, April 18

7pm – 10 pm: Tweetgasm

I went to one of these last month when I was invited by Rannie (@photojunkie). It’s an opportunity for a bunch of people with similar interests to get together and have a few drinks, a good conversation in person and listen to some great music. Come down to the Gladstone on a usually boring Monday and end the day off right! Details here.

That should at least keep you going until early next week. In my next post, I’ll talk about Books, Code, Fashion and maybe an Easter Bunny. Stay tuned!