VANCOUVER! I’m doing NINJA TED again to benefit the food bank! April 19th.
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VANCOUVER!!! It’s been a second.
YAAAAY Exciting news:
i just sent a mailer as well so feel free to ignore if you got the info there BUT
I’ll be in Vancouver for the TED conference in April, so….WE ARE BACK with the 4th EDITION OF NINJATED, and as usual ALL PROFITS WILL GO TO THE GREATER VANCOUVER FOOD BANK.
If you aren’t familiar with NinjaTED… I first started doing these thrown-together variety concerts back in 2014, when I was attending the TED conference. I tweeted around to local theaters to see if anyone wanted to host a salon of random TED speakers and local performers, so that the community of Vancouver could share in the talent and brains that TED brings to town, without having to pay a gazillion dollars to get into the conference itself.
Within 48 hours, the Vogue Theatre offered to loan us their theater FOR FREE, a bunch of my local friends, TED speakers, and performers joined us on stage, and we passed the hat around the audience to raise money for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. It was total chaos and a total blast, (as you can see from this article in the local paper).
I had so much fun that I did it again the next year, and then again, and it’s become a kinda tradition.
The guests that first year included musician Imogen Heap, Canadian astronaut-hero Chris Hadfield playing guitar, my local pacific northwest sister Jason Webley, a football player named Chris Kluwe talking about empathy, social scientist Amy Cuddy sharing her wisdom, and Del Harvey, from the “spam and abuse” department of twitter. That’s the sort of variety and guestage you can expect….. but also it might be absolutely nothing like that.
(Me and Chris Hadfield, an actual Astronaut)
Other guests over the years have included Adam Savage from Mythbusters, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actor/rapper Riz Ahmed, internet pioneer Jaron Lanier (author of “Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now” ), all-female Latin alternative band LADAMA, slam poet Sarah Kay, writer Maria Popova and many, many more creators from around the globe.
There’s some great photos (and captions etc) here:
YOU GET THE VIBE.
Usually I don’t even know who’ll be performing at the show until that week; sometimes literally the day before or the day OF the show. It’s a chaotic and wonderful surprise for us all, and anyone’s who’s been can attest to the electric energy in the room!
If you want a little audio taste of NinjaTED…
Back in 2018, we used money from Patreon to RECORD THE WHOLE GIG, and then in 2019 released it as a digital album to the world, for a minimum cost of $5 (again to benefit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank):
It’s a great listen.
This year’s NinjaTED will be happening
Wednesday April 19th
at The Vogue Theatre
918 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L2, Canada
Tickets – with all profits going to the Vancouver Food Bank – are a mere $20 and are on sale NOW:
Guest-list level patrons: please, since this is a benefit, BUY TICKETS! If you miss the bait and this sells out fast, I’ll try to help you out if i can. Just email.
Don’t forget I’ll be touring SOLO for three other shows…
BOSTON AND POUGHKEEPSIE are very nearly sold out,
and I need help spreading the word about TACOMA, which has sold over 1,200 tickets but is a MASSIVE theater to fill – so please help me spread the word about that one.
TICKETS for ALL THREE SOLO SHOWS HERE:
(NinjaTED 2024 poster design by Andrew Nelson, photo by Allan Amato)