Third Tuesday

Toronto Meet-Ups and Greet-Ups

Third Tuesday TO via LexnGer If you're part of the PR, tech, communications or social media community in Toronto you can pretty much fill up your entire week (and sometimes weekend) with different industry events. There are so many of them that it's sometimes hard to keep track, and even harder to know which ones are worthwhile. As September begins, bringing with it cooler weather and an end to the summer vacation mindset, Toronto's networking community is back in full swing. Here are some regular events to check out this fall:

1. Third Tuesday: Organized by Thornley Fallis, Third Tuesday is a long running social media event featuring discussions and presentations by industry professionals. Past guests have included Steve Rubel, Jeremy Wright, Mathew Ingram and Amber Mac. Third Tuesdays are a good venue for anyone just getting into the industry as well as self-proclaimed veterans. The networking at Third Tuesdays always adds value. I have made many great connections by simply attending and engaging in pre- and post-presentation discussions.

Cost: $10.00

2. SproutUpTO (formerly Wired Wednesday TO): Sprouter's SproutUp events are geared towards the tech, online and geek communities. They bring together start-ups and entrepreneurs as well as some PR and communications professionals. Recent events have seen presentations by Saul Colt and Stuart MacDonald. I find the networking at these events to be really top notch and have met great people and learned something valuable every time.

Cost: Free

3. Toronto Geek Girl Dinners: I wrote about these in a recent blog post on Toronto Uncovered. Food, girls and geek talk. Need I say more?

Cost: $10.00 (to hold your spot), plus cost of your dinner

4. GenYTO: Less formal events held at different watering holes throughout the city. These meet-ups are for young professionals working within the tech, communications and social media fields. Upcoming events and news/dialogue are streamed through their Facebook page.

Cost: Free

Thirsty Thursday Toronto5. Thirsty Thursdays: Similar to GenYTO, Thirsty Thursdays are usually held once a month, or once every couple of months at different bars in and around Toronto. This is a more intimate event, where you can count on a good mix of professional and not-so-professional topics of conversation. They're always a lot of fun, and a good way to meet people in the industry.

Cost: Free

February 17: Third Tuesday Toronto With Carol Leaman of AideRSS

Although I won't be able to attend this edition of the always-popular Third Tuesday Toronto (I'll be on vacation), I'm looking forward to following everyone's Tweets about it. Carol Leaman, CEO of AideRSS/PostRank will be there to discuss her work at PostRank and how they've managed to stay successful.

From Joe Thornley's post about the event:

How does a social media startup not just survive, but continue to grow in the current economic conditions? Carol Leaman, the CEO of AideRSS, the company behind PostRank, will tell us how when she appears at Third Tuesday Toronto on February 17.

As usual, it takes place at Fionn McCool's on University Ave and my employer, CNW Group, is the sponsor.

Sign up for the event here.

Autumn In Toronto and Ottawa

Since it's Friday, you're probably getting things tidied up for the weekend and looking at your schedule for next week. If you're in Toronto not doing anything on Tuesday, September 16 then stop by Fionn McCool's to hear from the people behind AideRSS. Ilya Grigorik, Co-founder and Chief Technology Office, Jim Murphy, VP Development, and Melanie Baker, AideRSS' Community Manager will all be present.

This is the first Third Tuesday Toronto event of the new year, and it should be a good one.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend as I will be in Ottawa speaking about Social Media Releases at the Social Media for Government conference.

I'll be in the nations capital from the 15-19 of September if you're there and want to grab a beer and talk about how little I care about the rivalry between the Sens and the Leafs.


What's Going On, Toronto?

On November 29th at 7pm, join Toronto's finest young PR folk at the Green Room as we discuss trends in the industry have beers and a good time. Sign up on Facebook here, or just show up! It'll be a great chance to meet Jess, the newest BlogCampaigning team member! Read her first post here. And in December, Richard Binhammer will be speaking at Third Tuesday Toronto. He is, as Joe Thornley says (and I love the phrase), one of Dell's key social media architects. I'm pretty excited to meet him and hear what he has to say, because I know he's been really involved in the community and responds to posts about Dell whenever possible. He even commented here at BlogCampaigning!

Disclosure: I work for CNW Group, a sponsor for the Third Tuesday events.