I had the great honor of being asked to speak in Toronto Canada last month at the Canadian Disc Jockey Show. First, thanks to everyone who attended my seminar, purchased my DVD and a really big thanks to those responsible for bringing me in.
A big thanks to my traveling partner John Moore of John Moore Weddings. He is such an impressive guy. He started his DJ company just a few short years ago and has been a sponge soaking up information and ideas in the industry. He is the top entertainer in his area of Zanesville Ohio and after having some time to chat with him on our 9 hour trek, I am positive any bride would be lucky to have him as her entertainment on her wedding day.
John and I met up in Columbus about 6:30am and pulled into Niagara Falls at around noon. We would have arrived sooner if not for a flirty border patrol agent with a million questions. Arriving at noon was the plan since I had to get in front of a TV before the NCAA tournament tipped off that Thursday. Here we were just a mile from Niagra Falls and amazingly instead of first taking in the beauty of the falls for the first time in his life, I had John belleyed up in a sports bar. What a trooper!
It was a cool sports bar though. They had over 150 TV’s. They even had TV’s in the restrooms.
I made it up to him though by upgrading our room for the night to a falls view. Here is a picture out our hotel room window.
The next day we drove on toward Toronto checking my speed in kilometers I was going 100!
arriving at the Four Points Sheraton John and I spotted a guy with a tail. I don’t mean a haircut with a tail or like a dark tinted windowed car following him, I mean he had what seemed to be a giant squirrels tail hanging out the back of his pants. We thought it was odd but it was a foreign country so whatever. That was until we opened the doors to the hotel. The entire lobby was full of people wearing animal costumes. Apparently the hotel was also hosting a convention for these folks called Fernal Equinox. As strange as it was to me, it was actually very entertaining. John and I made sure to catch the animal parade through the hallways at 3 o’clock that day.
This picture was taken just before the parade as they all gathered in costume.
So onto the CDJshow and the reason I was there.
The show was very well put together and the content in the seminars was fresh and useful. I really enjoyed Robbie Britton’s Interactive On a Mission seminar. He demonstrated 50 something games in 60 minutes. It was high energy and really focused on using the ideas to create your own similar games for your own unique situations. You can pick up his interactive games DVD on his website!
I received some excellent reviews of my presentation and my DVDs were well received. If you didn’t get one at the show you can buy them online here. The first to buy one was Bill James who later took us out to dinner and really had some great things to say to me about my presentation. Bill is a guy who I really respect in the industry and his words meant the world to me. After our return Robbie posted on Facebook that he thought I was “The next big thing”. That’s pretty cool!
John even manned the table for me and helped me sell a few DVDs.
I was the only Cincinnati Area DJ in attendance which wasn’t a surprise because it was in Canada but there were several friends there who I’ve met through networking over the years. John Tuck better known as JT Vegas was on hand. Alan Dotson was great to talk to in the hallways and his seminar was very good. I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Haibeck for the first official time. We have been at several conferences together before but he is a popular guy and it’s difficult to get a chance to say hello. His books are excellent and I’d highly recommend them to anyone who ever has to use a microphone at a wedding reception. Ben Stowe from NLFX pro who is a regular at these things, dropping knowledge on all of us simple minded DJs was there. He actually traveled south from the US to get to Toronto. We talked it up and shared a meal with a group of DJs.
Mike Buonaccorso, who is a legend in the DJ industry and the producer of The Mobile Beat DJ show in Las Vegas was there promoting his new book. John Moore was nice enough to buy a copy for me in trade for my DVD. If you want a real history of how the mobile DJ came to be then this book, A Different Spin is for you.
After the show, just after we crossed the border into Buffalo, we met up with Mike and Robbie at The Anchor bar home of the original Buffalo chicken wing. Make sure if you are ever traveling through the area you check this place out. It was really good.
I’d highly recommend the CDJ show to any DJ who is serious about their craft. They have already been kind enough to ask me back. I look forward to speaking again there in the future.