Sonos Year-End Event

By Evan Bergstra - December 10th, 2014


Usually when a brand or PR company throws a little holiday party for media, partners, friends, etc. it’s not worth reporting because that’s not really the point. It’s common for companies to host this sort of thing, not to walk us through new products or announce next year’s releases, but as a simple thank-you to everyone that they work with throughout the year.

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2014 Canadian Video Game Awards
Dorkshelf’s Interview with Victor Lucas

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 5th, 2014


During the 2014 Canadian Videogame Awards, we teamed up with Dorkshelf to increase the amount of coverage that we could attain. So, while I was interviewing some of the voice actors and Evan was photo-documenting the event, Jonathan Ore (Dorkshelf) was chatting it up with the main man himself, Victor Lucas. You can check out the text version of that interview here.

And for the audio version, you can go here (although, you’ll have to dig through the file to find the interview).

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Date Night
Braaaaains Edition
Brain: The Inside Story (Ontario Science Centre)

By Seán O'Sullivan - December 1st, 2014


My wife loves brains. It’s a strange affectation. Mention a brain in casual conversation with her and she’s likely to blurt out that she once held a human brain (referencing her glory days in grad school where she got to prod at cadavers). As soon as I saw the invite for the preview of the new Brain exhibit running at the Ontario Science Centre from now until March 29, 2015, I knew my fate was sealed for that night.

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House of Belkin

By Evan Bergstra - November 30th, 2014

Check out what’s cookin’ at the house of Belkin.

The relationship between your phone and the world around you is evolving, and where the convenience factor of the device was once that you didn’t need access to a computer to send an email, it can now adjust the temperature of your gumbo in real-time from the office; or in the case of the recent House of Belkin event, a very fine chili. A Belkin rep walked us through the latest and greatest the company has to offer in wireless products for your home, and I’ll give you a brief recap of what I learned.

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Season 2, Episode 19
The 2014 Canadian Videogame Awards

By Toronto Thumbs Staff - November 29th, 2014

The 2014 Canadian Videogame Awards. Click the pic to see the interview gallery.

This year’s Canadian Videogame Awards was held on November 21st in Toronto, Ontario. Rather than the typical red carpet procedure, we got to freely mingle and chat with folks in the VIP area. Needless to say, there were a lot of interesting people to talk to – but there was not enough time to chat with everyone. Thankfully, we did manage to find some old friends (and new ones) to chat with. To extend our reach and make the most of our experience, we teamed up with Jonathan Ore from Dork Shelf.

So sit back and listen to our podcast, in which we chat with the likes of: Kate Drummond, Shaun Hatton, Cristina Rosato, Victor Lucas, Jim Watson, Roger Craig Smith, and Mark Meer. For the sake of visual reference, click on the image above to see a gallery containing each of our interview subjects. Most of them are selfies (because that’s what the kids are doing these days), and were evidence of a great time had by all.

Subscribe to our podcast feed to know about new podcasts as soon as they’re published. You can also find us in the iTunes store. Just search for “Toronto Thumbs”, grab your favourite snack and beverage, and give us a listen!

You can check out the full video footage from the Canadian Video Game Awards via EP’s Twitch page here.

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Nintendo Day Interview
A Day of Obligation

By Seán O'Sullivan - November 25th, 2014

All photos lovingly swiped from Nintendo of Canada’s Facebook page.

November 21 was a big day for Nintendo, with the release of their big holiday titles: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for 3DS, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (for Wii U!). Nintendo also launched their new lineup of amiibo figures – collectibles that can be used to interact with some of Nintendo’s key titles.

Nintendo claimed this calendar real-estate as “Nintendo Day”, and hosted a series of in-store events at retail stores across the country to allow the fans a deeper insight into these new products. The night before Nintendo Day, Nintendo took over a sizable chunk of Toronto’s Skywalk, filled it with kiosks playing Super Smash Bros., and then filled in whatever space was left with hundreds of fans who came to get hands on with the game and compete for prizes in 8-way battles on the big-screen.

We had an opportunity to talk with Nintendo of Canada spokesperson Julie Gagnon about what Nintendo Day was all about.

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Coming Soon
2014 Canadian Videogame Awards Coverage

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 22nd, 2014


Well, last night was a blast! Evan and I were joined by Jonathan from Dork Shelf to cover the 2014 Canadian Videogame Awards. In the last few years, the CVAs have been hosted out of Vancouver, and Rituro has made it his business to ensure that we have a presence there. However, this year the event was held in downtown Toronto (at The Carlu).

We have always wanted to work with Dork Shelf on projects, and this is our first real collaboration. So stay tuned, and we will soon be posting photo coverage, some written pieces, and some audio to give you an account of our experiences!


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