You know summer has officially begun in the city when your 30-minute commute to downtown has painfully doubled in time and you have probably almost hit, or been hit by a cyclist. Amongst the dangers and delays, there are seemingly endless amounts of conferences and festivals going on (G20, anyone?). But there is one event that doesn’t really have an idea of what it is, more so just an idea that it IS one…
IdeaCity is an annual conference that was created by Toronto magnate, Moses Znaimer (creator of CityTV), that brings together the biggest and brightest ideas of extremely intelligent and forward-thinking Canadians and shares them with whomever wants to listen. Apparently the best ideas are the ones that come to fruition in a cocktail haze at the conference’s daily after-parties. Considering Moses is responsible for the TIFF’s exclusive “Schmooze Fest”, one can only assume that these parties are filled with glitz and glam and escort gams. (JK)
Check it out if you have the chance and give your brain a workout. Here’s an excerpt from IdeaCity’s website:
What is ideaCity?
50 Presenters, 3 Legendary Parties, a Ton of Inspiration
IdeaCity, also known as ‘Canada’s Premiere Meeting of the Minds’, is an eclectic gathering of artists, adventurers, authors, cosmologists, doctors, designers, entertainers, filmmakers, inventors, magicians, musicians, scientists and technologists.
Fifty of the planet’s brightest minds converge on Toronto each June to speak to a highly engaged audience. Only 700 are privileged to attend.
Produced and presented by Moses Znaimer, ideaCity is not themed around any one topic, issue or business. There are no scripted speeches or, breakout or parallel sessions. Rather, everyone is in one place and in on the same narrative.
With extra-long schmooze breaks between sessions, and legendary parties each night, attendees have had an unprecedented opportunity to mingle with such notable speakers as Conrad Black, Barbara Gowdy, Michael Ignatieff, Douglas Coupland, Pamela Wallin, Pete Seeger, Robert Kennedy Jr., John Ralston Saul, Daniel Libeskind, Clayton Ruby, Romeo Dallaire and the late Peter Jennings.
For more information check out the site HERE.