Vancouver Twestival Digs A Big Well

Vancouver Twestival

Last night, Twestival took place in nearly 200 cities around the world. The event brought together Twitter users for a night of fun, networking and money raising for charity:water. The Vancouver Twestival, known on YVRTwestival, was organized by the face of Vancouver social media. Hat tip to Miss604 and her volunteers, Raul, Tanya, Jenn, Rachael, Lorraine, and Greg for putting on a really nice event.

Vancouver Twestival was held at the Opus Hotel in good luck finding parking Yaletown. While the Opus is a nice hotel, the venue was a little too small to hold the 200+ attendees. It was really packed in there. Then again, it’s better to have a packed house than an empty one. Opus was nice enough to donate 6% of all drink proceeds to chartiy:water. The free finger food was OK but the food you had to pay for was pretty bad. We went for dinner at Cactus Club after.

In addition to networking and putting a face to the Twitter name, there was a lot of twittering going on. A live Twitter board was set up for people to check the feed. I gave away three Market Leverage “I’m Blogging This” T Shirts by sending a tweet to the board and asking people to find me among the sea of attendees. It was amazing how fast they found me.

Not counting the drink sales from the Opus, Vancouver’s Twestival raised $4,011 for charity:water. That’s enough to built one well to provide clean drinking water for an entire village. A fun event that helps people too. What can be better than that?

Vancouver Twestival

Vancouver Twestival

Vancouver Twestival

39 thoughts on “Vancouver Twestival Digs A Big Well”

  1. Sounds like you had fun, Michael looks more than just a little bit ‘refreshed’ in the picture! He he, “Im blogging this”, no your not. . Your blogging the parts you remember 🙂

    1. LOL Too funny

      Glad to see these Twestivals turned out well on such short notice!

      1. Ben Pei says:

        Yeah you are right … glad to see that success.

        1. That mini burger looks good. How many did you have?

          1. John Chow says:

            Just one. The food supply was extremely lacking.

          2. I am quite surprised that they weren’t able to manage the food that well. Not expected from something as big as Twitter.

    2. Guess the burger its like that small space to tweet only 140

    3. You look like a giant compared to that slider burger, lol.


  2. Nice pictures, I love the T shirt

  3. mike b. says:

    Its looks like a good turn out and you seemed to enjoy yourself. Nice photo too (the first one).

  4. sounds like a great time for a good cause. It would have been an amazing networking platform for anyone attending…hopefully can make the next one!

  5. Great Stuff John, you are funny and very cheeky!

  6. Pheak Tol says:

    I wish we had one around my way in Jersey! Love the picture of you holding up the drink and bite sized burger haha

  7. Jake Stone says:

    I had no idea you were a cider man.

    1. John Chow says:

      I’m not. It’s all they had.

  8. Steve says:

    How often will they hold a Twestival? I would like to go next time and help raise money.


    1. John Chow says:

      Once per year, I think.

  9. SEO Tips says:

    Looks to be lots of people there, looks excellent really does I have to get myself to do one of those.

  10. I missed the one in my area cuz I was sick. It looks like it was fun!

  11. I believe that might be the smallest burger I’ve ever seen. It looks like they added all the essentials though!

  12. Looks like lots of fun mingling and sharing just from the looks of the photos. Oh how I wished I was one of the 3 lucky persons who got your T-Shirts. Oh well.

    Peter Lee

    1. Yes it was, such good luck for those people with your T-shirt.

    2. Yeah, I also wanted one. They look cool.

  13. I unfortunately could not make it, a bit disappointing. Did anyone go to the Tampa? If so how was it?

  14. Wow! I big congrats goes out for raising $4,011! That’s so awesome, and who said we are in a recession. Thanks so much Mr. Chow for helping out with Vancouver’s Twestival and raising that much money for such a great cause as charity:water.

  15. Looks like you’re packed in like sardines and that burger was made using an Easy Bake Oven. Don’t get me wrong, I would still like to eat one, or 12.

  16. Silvia says:

    Good video. I think the company had a good time and realized all their plans.

  17. WOW! The Vancouver Twestival looks crazy and huge man!!

  18. Ben Pei says:

    Nice photos I love them.

  19. Raul says:

    Great to see you John again!

  20. Ben Pei says:

    John you get blood shot eyes when you drink?

  21. Ben Pei says:

    Dang sounds like a big load of fun over there.. Wish I had such events in Singappore

    1. That makes the two of us Ben….We are definitely missing a lot here in Singapore.

      Peter Lee

  22. Had some good time in Mumbai too at twestival!

  23. raincoaster says:

    I think the food service was set by someone expecting 200 Yaletowners, and as we all know they don’t eat, or at least don’t eat any more than Kate Bosworth on a hunger strike. But other than that it was a really good event that I’m proud to be a part of.

    It must be said that I volunteered to help, but Miss604 did the vast majority of the work herself, and the event was incredibly well-organized. It ran like a top, and the raffle prizes were amazing. Did you win the silent auction vacation?

    1. John Chow says:

      No, I didn’t win but I help pushed the bid from $350 to $800! 😛

  24. Guess the burger its like that small space to tweet only 140

  25. Pahn says:

    ohh,, I just hope there will be a party like that here in our country… meeting those you met online is always awesome!!!

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