Podcamp Toronto 2009 Announced!

We’re back, baby!  Let’s get ready to GIVE’R!

Dates: February 21 & 22, 2009

Place: Rogers Communications Centre at Ryerson University

80 Gould Street, Toronto | Map

Podcamp Toronto is a FREE “unconference” for all those interested in all things podcasting, blogging and new media.  Amateurs, pros, newbies and veterans are all welcome!


Join us for Podcamp Toronto Podcast #14 – Wrap-up Party

We will be recording a wrap-up of Podcamp Toronto live:

Sunday, March 2nd
9:00 p.m. EST
via Talkshoe

We will have organizers on the call and hope to have participants in last weekend’s Podcamp to discuss the highlights and how we can do things even better than last year.

If you haven’t joined us before, you can call in to Talkshoe:
(724) 444-7444
Enter Call ID 14385
If you are  member of Talkshoe, enter your PIN; if you are not, enter as a guest with 1#

Some of us use Skype (at one of the paid levels) and others use ShoePhone. Or you can just call in at your long distance rate.

We hope you will join us.

Podcamp Toronto – One Year Later

How does Podcamp Toronto 2008 differ from Podcamp Toronto 2007? There is definitely a different feel this year, although perhaps not noticeable on first blush.

Ninja, one of the hosts of Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters, said that things seem even more relaxed than last year. Talking with Martin Cleaver, we theorized that it is less about the hype and more about looking maturely as to what we can do with the tools. Technology goes through a sort of “hype cycle” where it becomes popular and hyped, then swings down into a back-lash, and then corrects itself into a more realistic middle plateau (well, he described this better than me and probably could be served by a graphic).

Podcamp Toronto 2008

Photo: by Wayne MacPhail

Regardless, more than half the people here have not been to Podcamp before. But many are arriving with a good level of understanding because they have already been part of the conversation, whether it be from listening to podcasts, reading blogs, watching videos, or otherwise consuming and responding to the new media.

Last year Twitter was the domain of just a few people. This year it seems to be part of almost all conversations–either you are sharing ideas on Twitter or you want to.

This year we have more people discovering the live video stream from the wiki, and sending comments via Twitter to audience members to ask of the presenters. So people like Mitch Joel in Montreal and Andrea Vascellari in Finland can follow along and feel even more engaged.

And this year it is not about “how can I make money off my podcast” (the whole “monetizing” concept that is loathed by many hobbiest independent podcasters), and more about how to use podcasting and social media strategically to fulfill certain goals, whether they be building a personal following, using for business, or for non-profit organizations.

We seem to be talking less at cross-purposes this year, and tend to be listening and learning more from each other.

Which is really what social networking is all about.

The Mentor Lounge Awaits You

What is the mentor lounge?

The lounge has been designed to be a place where people new to the world of new media, and veterans in this space, can come together and make connections. People, by nature, are often too shy to break the ice and say hello to someone random, so we’ve designed the lounge to break down these barriers and allow for an easy forum for Q&A to occur.  Added note: The mentor lounge will be open 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. Saturday. 

Last year’s experts.
Originally uploaded by wsh1266

How can I help out?

If you have knowledge in one of our four topics, and are willing to sit on a panel for 15 minutes to field questions, we’d love to see you sign up! Remember, being a mentor on the panels requires no slides, no presentation and no preparation – just some free time, a willingness to answer questions, and knowledge of the topic.

What topics will be covered?

Join us for audio podcasting, video podcasting, blogging and social networking.

Great! What do I do next?

Visit the Mentor Lounge page on the wiki for more details and to sign up as a mentor. See you there!


The Mentor Lounge is being moderated and organized by Tommy Vallier. If you have any questions, you can e-mail him: tommy [at] tommyvallier [dot] com.

Podcamp Toronto Podcast #11: Making Social Miracles Happen

Listen to Podcamp Toronto Podcast 11

With your hosts Sean McGaughey and Connie Crosby. The contest from Freshbooks and Yahoo! Search Marketing Canada has been officially announced. See the details on our blog and on the Freshbooks website. We discuss which podcasts have promoted PodcampToronto. We compare using Talkshoe with recording ourselves via Skype. Keith Burtis talks about his Social Media Miracle. Where are the sessions by/for educators at this Podcamp? Evening meet-ups Friday and Saturday will be informal. Feel free to use this Podcamp wiki page to help you organize your meetings. Thanks to all of our sponsors who have supported this event. We will be opening up a Mentor Lounge during the last two sessions of the day on Saturday. We will be looking for experts to sign up to give advice (audio, blogging, marketing, etc.) for those who are just starting out. The schedule has been posted, and those presenting are encouraged to post to a time slot of their choice. We discuss some of the sessions, and then wrap up with some tips on what to bring to Podcamp.
Run time: 49 min (approx.)

Show Notes:

Music – “Thematic Waves” by Vergel Evans

On the call:

Keith Burtis
Tommy Vallier

Hipsters in the chat room:

Nich M
Jay Moonah

Thanks to our newest sponsor:

and thank you to all of our sponsors!

Daily Source Code
with Adam Curry
Nich M
Six Pixels of Separation
Mitch Joel
On the Log
John Meadows
Stuttering is Cool and SpudCastDaniele Rossi
Canadian Podcast BuffetBob Goyetche and Mark Blevis
CC Chapman
Jaffe JuiceJoseph Jaffe
My ooVoo Day
Marketing Over Coffee

Peter O’Connellaudio’connell Voice Over Talentvox marketizingPodcamp Toronto promo
Black ShadowSteve Saylor
Yondercast Yonderman
Deys Cast
– Bill Deys
Keith Burtis’ woodwork and Social Media Miracle
see also write-up on Bargainista

Evening meet-ups page

Chris Brogan
Adele McAlear
Dave Fleet

Z2P = Zero to Podcasting
PAB = Podcasters Across Borders

Send feedback:

ductapeguy @ hotmail.com
conniecrosby @ gmail.com
or leave an audio comment at MyChingo

FreshBooks and Yahoo! Take You to the Good Old Hockey Game

As announced in Podcamp Podcast #10, a contest is brewing to get you to the game!

FreshBooks and Yahoo! Search Marketing Canada have three tickets to the Toronto Marlies vs. the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday, February 24 at 4 PM ET, the Sunday of PodCamp Toronto. We’re giving them away to lucky PodCamp Toronto participants.

Sing the Marlies’ praises, and you could win a ticket!

All you have to do is create a 30-second audio promo to support the Marlies, Toronto’s winningest hockey team. Play your promo during your podcast this week, and then send an e-mail to podcampmarliescontest@gmail.com by Saturday, February 23 at 5 PM ET with a link to the podcast.

A panel of three judges from FreshBooks, Yahoo! Canada, and PodCamp Toronto will award tickets to the top three promos. We’ll announce the winner at the opening of PodCamp Toronto on Sunday, February 24.

Thanks to Sunir over at FreshBooks for getting this together for us!

Podcamp Podcast #10: What Are You Looking Forward to at Podcamp?

Podcamp Toronto Podcast Episode 10

Hosted by Connie Crosby and Sean “ductapeguy” McGaughey. We ask our guests today: What are you looking forward to at Podcamp Toronto? Who do you want to meet? We also talk about what Podcamp is for those who haven’t attended. Friday and Saturday night this year, activities will be informal and can be organized through the wiki (a new Evening Meetups page has been set up for this purpose). People may also use the Google Group and Twitter to organize. We announce a new contest for tickets to the Toronto Marlies versus Hamilton Bulldogs game the afternoon of Sunday, February 24th courtesy of the guys at Freshbooks. More details will be posted shortly on the blog. Connie wonders if there is any interest in a session about wikis (if so, please email Connie directly at conniecrosby (at) gmail.com). We talk about new sessions that have been added since the last episode. Scheduling for the sessions will open up this weekend. For special scheduling considerations, please contact Jay Moonah jay (at) jaymoonah.com.

Run time: 42:23

Show Notes:

Music – “Thematic Waves” by Vergel Evans

Fantastic five callers on this call:

Bill Deys
Sherman Hu
John Piercy
Eden Spodek
Tommy Vallier

Thanks to our new sponsor:


and other sponsors mentioned:

58Ninety Inc.
The Limestone New Media Group

Other mentions during the show:

other PodCamps

see also: taped portion of our session with Joseph Jaffe
and Joseph Jaffe’s write-up over at Jaffe Juice

PAB = Podcasters Across Borders
Northern Voice & MooseCamp

Ryerson University
– we extol their awesome contribution, being home to Podcamp Toronto

see also:
Spence – Podcamp Boston and the LOLsaurs
Chris Brogan – Why LOLsaur is Really Cool

Merlene Paynter
Wayne MacPhail
Don McAllister
Screencasts Online
see also: TechCrunch – Loic Le Meur’s New Startup Launches: Seesmic
CC Chapman
Yahoo! Live
Tod Maffin

Chris Brogan
Pierce “The Punk” Derks
Colin Smillie & Roy Pereira
Mathew Ingram & Keith McArthur of com.motion

Send feedback:

ductapeguy @ hotmail.com
conniecrosby @ gmail.com
or leave an audio comment at MyChingo

Looking for Talkshow Participants – Podcamp Podcast Episode #10

Just to be confusing, we have changed up the day and time from last week.  We are giving Talkshoe another go, and recording Podcamp Podcast Episode #10 at 9 pm tomorrow night, Wednesday February 13, 2008 here on Talkshoe.   The phone lines will open up at about 8:45 to get us set up, so join us then.

It will again be the talkshow format.   Here are the questions we’ll be asking:

  •  What are you looking forward to at Podcamp Toronto?
  • Who would you like to meet at Podcamp Toronto?

Talk to you then!

Tonight – Join us for Podcamp Toronto Podcast Episode #9

We will be recording Episode #9 tonight using Talkshoe and we invite you to join us! You can sign on starting at 8:15 and we should be going live at about 8:30 pm ET. We are looking to find out what you have been up to with podcasting, and what you are looking forward to at Podcamp Toronto.

Phone Number: (724) 444-7444
Call ID: 14385

Some call-in options including Skype are available from this page on Talkshoe.