Techapalooza is a concert event that brings together 5 bands comprised of talented musicians who work in the I.T. sector. The bands will perform in front of an enthusiastic crowd who will vote for their favorite band to be crowned “Fan Favourite”. Meanwhile, 3 celebrity judges will critique the band’s performances and select the “Judges Choice”…and while rockin’ the night away, we’ll be raising money for the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation the night away, we’ll be raising money for the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.
WHEN DID THIS ALL START?
When Techapalooza was first held in 2012, we had a sell-out crowd of 300 and raised $25,000 for CCMF. After another great event in 2013 at McPhillips Station Casino with 500 rocking audience members, raising $35,000, we moved the event to the Hotel Fort Garry, and to date we have reached $360,000.
HOW DOES THE BAND THING WORK?
Maximum of 5 bands
Band members must work in the Information Technology sector; I.T. department of a corporation or government organization, I.T. vendor community, I.T. education, or, belong to an IT association (e.g. ICTAM, CIPS, PMI etc.)
Bands can be comprised of members from different organizations
They do not have to work at the same organization
Each band is allowed 2 “ringers” from outside the I.T. sector
Bands need to apply to participate
Bands will be selected by the Techapalooza selection panel led by the musical director
Bands are strongly encouraged to adopt a distinct musical theme or genre and a fun name that is a play on I.T. terminology
Bands are limited to a 25 minute set
All band members are volunteers, working hard to entertain and raise funds for CancerCare
They receive no remuneration for their performance
HOW ARE THE BANDS SELECTED?
The selection panel is the Techapalooza organizing committee.
Selection criteria include: »» Eligibility (working in the I.T sector with no more than 2 ringers) »» Performance experience level »» Musical style, genre and theme
DON'T HAVE A BAND, BUT WANT TO PLAY TECHAPALOOZA?
If you are interested in performing in a band, please send us some information, and our musical director will keep his eyes open for opportunities.
WHAT HAPPENS THE NIGHT OF TECHAPALOOZA?
Each band performs 1 set not more than 25 minutes long. Order of appearance is through a random draw, determined prior to the event. Audience members will vote for their favourite band of the evening using an app available on the home page of the website. The band receiving most votes will be named “Fan Favourite” Judges will agree on one band as the “Judges Choice”.
WHERE DO THE FUNDS RAISED GO?
100% of the net proceeds for this event go to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, where all funds stay in Manitoba to support cancer research, education and patient support programs.
We are targeting to raise $75,000 from the I.T. community.
One of the key components to our fundraising is the donations made by family, friends, and co-workers to CancerCare directly through our “Groupie” website. Most years we raise over $20,000 in “Groupie” sponsorships!
Facilitated by CancerCare, each company, individual or band member is strongly encouraged to set up a donation page and raise a minimum of $500. It’s easy and fun to do, you can add your own graphics and content to encourage people to donate. Each donor group sets their fundraising goals according to what they can realistically attain and we celebrate together.
HOW CAN I GET MY ORGANIZATION INVOLVED? ...BECOME A CONCERT PROMOTER!
We are looking for volunteers from our sponsors and other organizations to promote Techapalooza to their co-workers.
Concert promoters will have access to: »» Posters »» Admission tickets to sell
If you want to incorporate a Techapalooza event into your next team meeting, we’d be happy to send some committee members out and help you promote!
WHO ARE THE TECHAPALOOZA VOLUNTEERS?
Barb Spurway - Chair, Solvera Solutions Hal Ryckman - Vice-Chair, Solvera Solutions Sandy Foster - Sponsorships, Capstone Ridge Group Greg Boettcher - Stage Production/ Logistics, HP Carl Strempler - Musical Director, Solvera Solutions Janice Handford - Venue and Volunteer Logistics, AJ/M Consulting Janet Kirkpatrick - Ticket Sales, HP (retired) Rob Hall - Secretary Treasurer, RKH Consulting Inc. Kerry Augustine - Community Relations, Government of Manitoba BTT
Marketing Working Group:
Randy Dutka - Creative/Branding, Scootaround Inc. Marny Barnes - Photographer and Marketing, Vivid Intuition Photography Juliet Greenberg - Marketing and Communications, Imaginet Sana Mahboob - Social Media and Marketing, University of Manitoba
Fundraising Working Group:
Debra Hannah - Associate Manager, The Great-West Life Assurance Company Dianne Connor - Project Manager, The Great-West Life Assurance Company
Expenses for sound and lighting equipment, food, marketing and promotion are covered from proceeds of ticket sales, donations of value in kind and auxiliary fundraising methods. After expenses are covered, excess funds go to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation except for a small operating float that is retained by the Techapalooza organizing committee.