In 2010, mindyourmind took on the task of hosting their first ever International Youth Day celebration. And in 2011 the goal was to make the event even bigger and make it so that all of London would know why people should be celebrating youth in our communities. International Youth Day as set out by the UN is on August 12th of every year, and mindyourmind's International Youth Day Mash Up is dedicated to celebrating what youth can do in an evening of showcasing talent.
A huge thank you to the IYD Youth Street Team... Ashlynn, Amanda, Paige, Jason, Mitch, Brandon and Max! They helped plan and organize the entire event! And special thanks to Brandon for MCing!
We couldn't have done it without all of you!Heather, mindyourmind IYD coordinator
Thank you to the IYD guest judges: Natalie Pooran, 106.9 the X, Joe DePace, Wreckless Crew Productions, Brandon Eedy, SummerCamp Productions, Max Specht, mindyourmind's Youth Outreach Assistant, and pop singer Darrelle London! Judges based the performances on Natural Ability, Stage Presence, Audience Rapport and Quality of Performance.
The five finalist acts were chosen from almost 30 different music and dance videos that auditioned on mindyourmind.ca. The submissions that had the highest number of votes via Facebook and Twitter were chosen as the finalists to compete for the grand prize. Competing at IYD were: Taylor Holden (musician), The Entertainers (dance troupe), Ill at Will (breakdancing group), Cori and Samantha (dancers), and Ashley Weisbeck (singer). Each finalist received $50 cash and a gift from local law firm Harrison Pensa!
First Place Ill at Will
Awarded a promotional music video from Wreckless Crew Productions and $500 cash!
Second Place The Entertainers
Awarded a photography shoot from Rtraction and $200 cash!
Third Place Cori and Samantha
Awarded a $250 online shopping spree at luello.com and $75 cash!
"It was a pleasure and an honour for us to have been involved with this Youth Day Mash Up, giving us a chance to shine and inspire many more kids to get their faces out there and follow their passion."Jim Han, Ill at Will,winners of mindyourmind's International Youth Day Mash Up 2011
Gareth Bush (musician) Won the OIART Choice Award of a studio recording session!
Sea and City (band) Won a Palasad Bowling and Pizza Party!
Special performances during the International Youth Day Mash Up Celebration included Jo Read School of Dance, spoken word by Michael Kimber, music by Mitch, mindyourmind youth, the Dynamic Dozen dance group and pop singer Darrelle London.
Special thanks to the different companies who helped to donate more than $10,000 worth of prizes to International Youth Day. From yogurt bars to artists to headphone companies, everything went towards making this event as memorable as possible! Hundreds of prizes were handed out during the event when audience members were acknowledged for their participation. Everyone also received a swag bag filled with gift cards, CDs, coupons and other giveaways. Two pairs of Munitio headphones were given out via Facebook contest prior to the event and Twitter contest during the event.
MC Brandon, the Honourable Deb Matthews, and Maria Luisa, mindyourmind founder
The great companies who sponsored this event and helped make it as great as it was:
Citi Plaza - rtraction - The Beat Magazine - OIART - 106.9 The X - Cora Restaurant - New Era Grafix - DeVog - Jo Read School of Dance - Luello - Harrison Pensa - Wreckless Crew Productions - Palasad - Munitio - 94.9 CHRW - Downtown London - Heroes Comics - The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro - Temple Lifestyle - Free Gums - Alex Bottles - Passion 4 Beauty - East Park - Goodlife Fitness - Moksha Yoga - Druxy's - Grooves Record Store - Smoke's Poutinerie - NEBS - Molla Space - Apliiq - Kantina Cafe & Restaurant - The Comic Book Collector - Ardene - Booster Juice - Sisters of St. Joseph - Libro Financial Group - 7 Eleven - Profound Aesthetic - 379 Collective - Uber Cool Stuff - The Odd Luminary - Kiwi Kraze - Renaissance Spa - Dominos - Popeyes
Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winners JFX & LOEBZ; Ill at Will!
This is their performance...
CONGRATULATIONS to all of our performers! Everyone did a great job! Thank you to the judges and all the mindyourmind youth volunteers - what an exciting night!
Here are some photos of the big event...