Events


Upcoming Events
TOJam 2014

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 23rd, 2014

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This weekend, the Toronto Independent Game Jam (TOJam) once again invites game makers to get together and create magic over the course of 3 days. The object of this annual event is to allow this interesting mIx of people to flex their imaginations and coding muscles to create good games. TOJam is open to the public and is a fun time for all – especially afterwards when all of the games are showcased at the TOJam Open House (which happens on the Sunday evening).

Game creation is not a straightforward process, though many wish it was. Having such a short deadline adds an interesting dynamic to the mix, providing motivation and inspiring participants to examine their choices closely. The organizers want participants to make intelligent design choices and come up with a good product, not phone it in with something not really worth playing. It might sound harsh, but I think it’s a great objective.

What cool games will come out of TOJam this year? Probably lots. Check it out here!


Dx3 Canada 2014
Microsoft Advertising Xbox Challenge
Kids Help Phone Interview

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 19th, 2014

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At the end of February, we posted a bit about an event at Dx3 (Canada’s largest conference and tradeshow dedicated to digital marketing, bringing together a pile of people for two days of education and networking opportunities) about the Microsoft Advertising Xbox Challenge with Kinds Help Phone as the client. Well, the winning campaign was Grip Limited. We were fortunate enough to post a few questions about the event to Lynne Clarke, Marketing Director at Microsoft.

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TIFF Kids International Film Festival 2014
Film Impressions
Knight Rusty (Ritter Rost)

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 8th, 2014

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This German film, directed by Thomas Bodenstein, is about a self-absorbed robot from Scrapland named Rusty who is made entirely out of old parts. In fact, almost everything in Scrapland is made out of old, re-purposed junk. Rusty is not the biggest or the most shiny knight in the Kingdom of Scrapland, but he definitely has dreams; dreams that he’s willing to risk everything for – including his best friend’s prized possession.

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TIFF Kids International Film Festival 2014
Film Impressions
Twins In Bakery

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 6th, 2014

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Twins In Bakery, directed by Mari Miyazawa, is a bit of a Shoemaker’s Elves kind of story that takes place in a bakery rather than in a shoemaker’s shop. When the baker takes off for the evening, a pair of food-based twins (it looks like they are made out of sausages) conjure up some culinary wizardry, and re-arrange all of the food in the whole shop with dazzling (and tasty) results!

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TIFF Kids International Film Festival 2014
Film Impressions
The Magic Ferret

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 4th, 2014

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The Magic Ferret is a live-action Canadian short film directed by Alison Parker that tells the story of a day in the life of boy in an orphanage. Sam, a six year old, and his pet ferret named Booger, put on a once-in-a-lifetime magic show that will change their lives forever.

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Upcoming Events
Level Up Showcase

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 2nd, 2014

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This Friday (April 04), at the Design Exchange in downtown Toronto (243 Bay St), the Level Up Showcase is taking place. Level Up showcases some pretty outstanding work by students in various design, animation, and computer science programs from colleges and universities across Ontario. This is the fourth Level Up Showcase (you may remember Ricky’s coverage from last year), and runs from 5PM until 10PM and will allow you to see some fantastic and creative projects by great people. Also, there will be some relevant vendors and institutions present, so hobnobbing and elbow-rubbing will be a very real possibility if you want to make more friends in “the biz”.


TIFF Kids International Film Festival 2014
Film Impressions
Sarah and Duck: Lots of Shallots

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 31st, 2014

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Sarah and Duck: Lots of Shallots is a film (about 7 minutes) from the UK about a girl and her pet duck, and their adventures in gardening. This short is directed by Tim O’Sullivan, and follows Sarah and Duck’s discovery of a packet of seeds in their local newspaper – and what happens after they plant them.

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