Subscribe to the Podcamp Toronto Castroller Feed

Today, after more than two years of development, podcamper Will Spaetzel has officially launched Castroller, a social media website for aggregating and sharing podcasts and videocasts.  Will has also created a dedicated channel on Castroller containing one feed for all podcasts produced by pcto09 participants.

The following is a guest post by Will Spaetzel explaining the Podcamp Toronto channel and the Castroller launch:

If you’re coming to Podcamp Toronto, you’ll be meeting a lot of podcasters. And you’ll probably want to know something about these people before you coming. Besides checking out their blog or Twitter account, you probably also want to listen to their podcast. Well a Canadian startup, CastRoller just made that very easy.

CastRoller has created a “Channel” of podcasts for Podcamp Toronto attendees. You can see the channel here: A CastRoller channel contains the latest episodes from every podcast in the channel. So you can go to that one page and see the latest from everyone that will be coming to Podcamp Toronto this year. And best of all, there is a Podcast feed for the channel as well. Just add this feed: to iTunes and the latest episodes from all of the attendees will be automatically downloaded to your computer.

CastRoller also has a lot of other features that make it easy to discover new podcasts and enjoy the ones you already subscribe to. You can log into CastRoller and add your own subscriptions without even creating an account at

You can read more about CastRoller over at their blog at

Podcamp Toronto Live Podcast tonight rescheduled.

Sorry for the short notice but unexpected family commitments have come up.  We are postponing tonight’s live recording of the Podcamp Toronto Podcast until Thursday January 29 at 7:00 pm EST.  You will find us Thursday at

New Podcamp Toronto Promos

Today we received two new Podcamp Toronto 2009 Promos from Peter O’Connell and George Motoc. Remember to send your promos in to by February 1 for a chance to win some great prizes courtesy of Griffin Technologies.

Peter O’Connell:

Download Peter O’Connell’s Pcto09 Promo

George Motoc:

Download George Motoc”s Pcto09 Promo

You can find all our promos on our PCTO2009 Promos page. Please Play these promos on your podcasts, or post them to your blog or website.

Podcamp Toronto Podcast 17

Download/Listen to Podcamp Toronto Podcast 17

1) Guests sitting in with the band.  Bill Deys and Keith Burtis
2) New Sponsors this week since last episode.

Gold sponsor:
Silver Edelman Digital:
Friend of PodCamp sponsor.   IABC/Toronto
3) Podcamp Gear Swap.

4) Promo challenge update. Between recording and posting this podcast we received promos by Peter O’Connell and George Motoc for our promo challenge.  Thanks to our friends at Griffin Technologies for providing gift bags valued at $125 each for 4 lucky podcampers who make promos for Podcamp Toronto.

5) Proposed sessions.
6) is about to relaunch on January 27 with a whole new look and some exciting new features.  Will Spaetzel at castroller has set up a Podcamp Toronto channel on Castroller.  You can subscribe to the feed for all podcasts by Podcamp Toronto Participants at
7) A big thank you to everyone who has volunteered! Ask anyone else who would like to volunteer to add their names to the page:
8)  Live talkshoe show for the next episode.  Sunday 25th Jan Evening: 7pm on

An Interview With Danny Brown of the 12for12k Challenge

Danny Brown is the founder of the 12for12k Challenge, a not-for-profit fundraising effort aiming to raise $12,000 for 12 different charities by the end of 2009. I had the chance to ask Danny a few questions about 12for12k, PodCamp Toronto and his approach to social media.

Can you tell me a little about yourself? Name, rank, number… 

My name’s Danny Brown, and I’m the owner of Press Release PR, a boutique agency bringing together traditional PR and social media. I’m also the founder of the 12for12k Challenge, a unique fund-raising initiative using social media for good. Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland and now living in the *sunny* climes of Toronto, Canada.   

You recently launched the 12for12k Challenge. Tell me about it.

The 12for12k Challenge is a social media-led non-profit initiative for 2009. The idea is simple – 12 months, 12 different charities, 1200 people, $12,000 per charity. All it takes is to donate $10 to the chosen charity – not a lot, but an amount that can mean the difference between life and death to millions worldwide, at home and abroad. 

What causes are you supporting through the challenge?

The first charity chosen is War Child Canada, which helps kids in war-torn communities. If you have young children of your own, picture them with a rifle in their hand; picture them clearing minefields with their bare hands; then picture them without limbs because of this. No child should be made a soldier – which is why we support War Child. While I can’t mention others yet due to due diligence reports, I can say that we’ll be supporting animal charities, inner-city slum restoration, cancer research and more – all with both a local and international reach.

How have you gotten the word out about the challenge?

We deliberately set out to use social media for our fund-raising, purely from it having a wider reach and myself and the partners on 12for12k are all active users in the social media scene. We’re using Twitter, Facebook, blogs and video sharing sites to get the message out. We have some of the social media “giants” blogging and making videos. We’re also looking at corporate sponsors and some offline initiatives to help spread the word as far as possible.  

What results have you seen so far?

I’ll be honest, a little mixed so far. We’ve had great interest from the media – CityNews Toronto, local newspapers and web news shows have all got behind us. Donations have been slow off the mark, with us still to break the $1,000 barrier as I write (update: that barrier has now been broken). With just over 2 weeks until the end of January, we’re behind. However, we’ve finally received a PayPal option from War Child which is helping, we’re getting some fresh impetus from some of the social media leaders, we have a ChipIn widget now… People are back to work and paychecks are coming in now, so we’re optimistic the post-holiday lull is over. 

It feels like you personally have exploded onto the social media scene in the last few months. How long have you been into the social media scene?

Thank you. I guess it depends on what we class as social media…  I’ve always been a proponent of online tools and mediums, from old IM chatrooms to forums and more. So, as far as that goes, probably just under 10 years. If we’re talking about today’s definitions (Twitter, Friendfeed, delicious, etc) then I guess closer to 2-3 years. Though it’s only really 2007 that I started blogging seriously from a business standpoint (personal blogging was always “take it or leave it”).

Which tools have you found the most useful since you got into this scene?

I know it probably seems everyone is saying it, but definitely Twitter has to be at the top. The amount of smart and influential connections I’ve made (like with your good self) never fails to amaze me. Anyone not on Twitter yet is seriously missing out. Google Alerts and for monitoring client news. BackType for seeing what’s being said in the blogosphere. Technorati (to a degree), LinkedIn and Flickr (surprisingly effective for presentations) along with SlideShare.

How many PodCamps have you been to?

Am I allowed to say I’m a PodCamp virgin, or will I be castigated?   This one in Toronto will be my first – timescales and locations have worked against me in the past. But I’m really looking forward to breaking my duck and connecting with people that I learn from on a daily basis.

Who’s sessions are you most looking forward to at PodCamp Toronto 2009?

  • Video MicroBlogging from Adele McAlear (looking to introduce video blogging to my own one this year)
  • The Social Media Funnel with Keith Burtis – curious to see Best Buy’s take on social media 
  • State of the Union Discussion with Collin Douma
  • Social Media Monitoring and Analysis by some guy called Dave Fleet… 
  • Government 2.0 with Mike Kujawski

These are some of the ones I don’t want to miss, although there looks to be some great speakers/subjects over the two days.

What are you hoping to get out of PodCamp Toronto this year?

Probably a better understanding of how different industries are using social media. I obviously approach it from a PR/client slant, but I’m interested how it’s being applied by less obvious industries. Also, using existing tools and applications more effectively. Last, but by no means least, making great new connections and friends to add to the superb collection I’m already grateful for having.

Last Minute Warning

Today is your last chance to book a hotel room at our special Podcamp Toronto rates.  After this you may have to book at the going rate.

2009 Hotel information

Two hotels are offering special rates for Podcamp Toronto 2009.  The listed rates are good for the nights of February 20th and 21st.

Please book before January 20th to get these special rates!

Comfort Suites City Centre

200 Dundas Street East

Toronto, Ontario

M5A 4R6

A special PodCamp Toronto rate of $105 is available for a limited number of Executive Suites (single or double occupancy, additional guests can be added at $15 each).

Phone: 416-362-7700

Toll-Free: 1-877-316-9951



This location features:

Novotel Toronto Centre

45 The Esplanade

Toronto, Ontario

M5E 1W2

A special PodCamp Toronto rate of $109 is available for a limited number of rooms with Two Queen beds (single or double occupancy, contact the hotel for additional guest rates).

Phone: 416-367-8900



This location features:

Other hotel options within walking distance of Ryerson:

Here’s a Podcamp Toronto promo for you all.

Ductapeguy’s Podcamp Toronto Promo  Download/Listen Here

I couldn’t keep myself out of the fun, so I produced a promo for Podcamp Toronto.  You may have heard it tacked onto the end of Podcamp Toronto Podcast 16.   Feel free to play it on your own podcast, or add it to your blogsite.

As an organizer, I will not me entering my name into the draw for the wonderful gift packages from Griffin Technology.  That does not prevent you wonderful people from creating promos for Podcamp Toronto and maybe winning a wonderful gift bag from Griffin Technology.  I’ve heard a great idea for a promo from a prominent member of the Montreal podcasting elite, and I can’t wait to share the completed promo.

Podcamp Toronto Podcast 16: 39 Days until #pcto09

Podcamp Toronto Podcast 16:  Download/Listen Here (29:56)

1. Co-hosts:  Tommy Vallier-
and Sean McGaughey: For the Sake of the Song, Catholic New Media Roundup

2. Podcamp Toronto  details:

3.  Podcamp Toronto Online:



Subscribe to Podcamp Toronto Podcast

Podcamp Toronto on Twitter or @PodcampToronto

Brand new: Facebook fan page:  ShortURL:

tag for twitter, flickr, blogposts, etc  :    pcto09

4. Hotel Rooms

Help us by Producing Promos for Podcamp Toronto Please

The lovely and talented Jay Moonah has arranged conference rates for Podcamp Toronto attendees at 2 hotels.
2009 Hotel information
Two hotels are offering special rates for Podcamp Toronto 2009.  The listed rates are good for the nights of February 20th and 21st.
Please book before January 20th to get these special rates!
Comfort Suites City Centre
Novotel Toronto Centre

6. Spam on the wiki:  Manchester United is coming to Podcamp Toronto:  Please help us monitor the wiki for spam.

7. Sponsors–   Check out our Podcamp 2009 Sponsors
8. The promo challenge.

Help us by Producing Promos for Podcamp Toronto Please

We welcome any contribution of audio promos for podcamp Toronto.  We will publish all contributions on our website at  On February 2, we will make 4 random drawings from all the promo  contributions we have received and the lucky producers will win a goody bag valued at $125 courtesy of Griffin Technologies.

Help us by Producing Promos for Podcamp Toronto Please

Response to Podcamp Toronto 2009 has been tremendous.  In less than 24 hours of after announcement on October 5, more than 100 people registered for Podcamp Toronto 2009 on our wiki.  Since then, people throughout the social
media community have been talking about Podcamp Toronto on blogs, social networking sites, twitter and on podcasts.

We have also found it quite useful in the past to have an audio promo for the event that people can play on their podcasts (and possibly traditional media such as radio programs).  Since we are a community of wildly creative
producers of new media, we are once again inviting members of the podcamp community to submit audio promos for Podcamp Toronto 2009.  And this year, the good folks at Griffin Technology have offered some lovely goody bags
(valued at $125 each) as incentives for people producing promos for podcamp.  So here’s the drill:

We welcome any contribution of audio promos for podcamp Toronto.  We will publish all contributions on our website at  Since we are encouraging other podcasters to use and share these promos, we suggest
that they be licensed under a Creative Commons – Attribution, Share Alike license.

Content Guidlines:
We need to have all the pertinent information about Podcamp Toronto in the promo
What: Podcamp Toronto 2009
When:February 21 and 22, 2009
Where: Rogers Communications Centre at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: Free
“PodCamp Toronto is made possible by the generous contributions of our sponsors, please visit for more information and  Free Registration.”

Technical Guidlines:
1 to 2 minutes in length seems to be the sweet spot for audio promos.
Please encode your submission as a 128kbs mp3.

ID3 Tags:
Artist:  Your Name  (and url if you wish)
Title: Podcamp Toronto 2009 Promo February 21-22, 2009

Send your promos to

Although we have most need of an audio promo, we would also welcome video promos, cartoons, tattoos, sonnets or Vogon poetry.  Podcamp Toronto is an unconference organized entirely by the community it serves, so we are asking
the community to help with the promos.

On February 2, we will make 4 random drawings from all the promo  contributions we have received and the lucky producers will win a goody bag valued at $125 courtesy of Griffin Technologies.