What is Techapalooza?
Techapalooza is a concert event that brings together 7 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”…and while rockin’ 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. Techapalooza 2020 will move to the Club Regent Event Centre, which will give us even more space for hosting a great concert.
How does the band thing work?
Maximum of 7 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. (Band and Individual Entries for 2020 is now closed)
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, fill out and submit the Individual Entry Form and our musical director will keep their eyes open for opportunities. (Band and Individual Entries for 2020 is now closed)
What happens the night of Techapalooza?
Each band performs 1 set not more than 25 minutes long. Order of appearance is determined by the Musical Director 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”.
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.
How can I donate? Become a Groupie!
We are targeting to raise $110,000 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. In past years we have raised $20,000 to $45,000 dollars from personal donations to CancerCare.
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 and other promotional items.
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 - Founder/Advisor, Solvera Solutions
Sandra Foster - Sponsor Success Team Lead, Capstone Ridge Group
Carl Strempler - Musical Director, Solvera Solutions
Janice Handford - Venue Logistics, AJ/M Consulting
Rob Wiens - Ticket Logistics, Hyperconverged & Hybrid Cloud Sales, Western Canada at VMware
Michael Aldor - Technology and Sponsor Success Team, MNP
Mike Langedock - Sponsor Success Team
George Semchuk - Treasurer, MNP
Marketing Working Group:
Randy Dutka - Creative/Branding, Scootaround Inc.
Mark Godilano - Photographer, Mark Godliano Photography
Sana Mahboob - Social Media and Marketing
Kirsten Holle – Marketing Coordinator, Student, Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba
Dana Neal - Recruiter, Sierra Systems
How do I become a volunteer?
Techapalooza needs about 30 volunteers for the evening of the event. Volunteers are not required to purchase a ticket. There are a variety of jobs and skills needed.
If you would like to volunteer please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How are expenses covered?
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.
Operating funds are held in a not-for-profit account with the Belgian-Alliance Credit Union, Portage Avenue Branch.