#TwestivalTO

#TwestivalTO
The Remix Project

The Remix Project

March 21, 2011 12:01 ET

#TwestivalTO: Toronto Joins Global Twitter Festival Connecting 150 Cities on March 24

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 21, 2011) - The largest Twitter Festival in the world returns to Toronto on Thursday, March 24 for a retweet performance!

More than 600 digital enthusiasts will connect at The Fifth Social Club in downtown Toronto to meet in-person, network and raise money for The Remix Project, a local charity utilizing mentorship, instruction and the power of the arts to inspire disadvantaged youth and help them achieve their dreams.

Through ticket sales and corporate sponsorships, including Creative Niche Inc., Rogers Canada, and Hill & Knowlton, TwestivalTO is already in the top three cities leading Twestival global fundraising totals.

"With 12 Canadian cities and over 150 locations across the world hosting locally organized Twestivals, we're excited to raise the bar for fundraising through Twitter and Facebook," said Shawn Griffiths, co-lead of Twestival Toronto's organizing committee. "Through recent global events we're realizing the true power of social media. TwestivalTO is the latest example of people connecting, sharing information and organizing for social good."

TwestivalTO promises an interactive experience showcasing the best Toronto's digital community has to offer. Highlights include red carpet Twitpics, a QR Code Treasure Hunt, the debut of 'Canadian Twidol' - where audience tweets decide the winner - and musical performances from The Remix Project.

The evening performances will be featured during a 24-hour live stream connecting Twestivals around the world and raising money for Save the Children's Japan Fund. TwestivalTO will also participate in an attempt to set a world record for the 'most international charities participating in a live stream.'

"We're very excited to partner with this year's TwestivalTO," said Gavin Sheppard, co-founder and executive director of The Remix Project and 2010 TED fellow, who will co-host with MuchMusic Host, Lauren Toyota. "All money raised will help creative, young people in Toronto realize and fulfill their dreams. It's going to be truly spectacular."

"All my mentors have been simply amazing," said Ruthie Titus, a Remix Project graduate now working as a professional photographer. "I don't know where I'd be right now without Remix. It's changed my life in so many ways."

About Twestival

Twestival is the largest global grassroots social media fundraising initiative in the world. All events are organized locally by volunteers with 100 per cent of proceeds going directly to charity. Since 2009, volunteers have raised close to $1.2 million dollars for 137 registered non-profits, including more than $35,000 in Toronto.

About The Remix Project

The Remix Project is a non-profit organization created to help marginalized youth aspiring to succeed in creative industries or further their formal education through programs, teachers and facilities. Its mission is to enable talent from across the GTA to find success as they define it on their own terms.

For more information and complete schedule of events, visit http://toronto.twestival.com.

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