The Canadian debut of YouTube FanFest takes place in Toronto. The media Junket took place at Airship37 event venue Toronto where media, bloggers, and fans had the opportunity to interview the YouTube crew that have assembled for the media curcuit in Toronto culminating in a live show at Yonge-Dundas Square.

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Jessi Cruickshank was at Airship37 with her stylish take on the events wearing a stunning dress by the fashion label Hayley Elsaesser. Jessi Cruickshank will be a host at the YouTube FanFest stage in Toronto.

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The media event at Airship37 was an opportunity to discuss the business of YouTube. The YouTubers discussed the viability of making a career out of their YouTube channels and how they maintain their passionate views and continue to engage their audiences in the process .

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David Choi, a native Los Angeles, is a singer/songwriter/producer and former Warner Chappell Music staff writer whose songs and tracks have been heard on NBC, FOX, VH1, MTV, A&E, E!, Travel Channel, Style, PBS, Food Network, Disney, as well as retail stores all over the world. On YouTube, David has close to a million subscribers and over 125,000,000 total video views. He has been interviewed by such notables such as Larry King (Larry King Now), Baek Ji Yeon from “People Inside” (Korea), and was recently invited to be a speaker at the prestigious Tedx in Orange County.

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Kina Granis is a musician who will be performing at the YouTube FanFest stage in Toronto. Kina Granis has shared helpful background information about her music and the meaning behind her songs. “Oh Father” is a song about growing up, coming into your own, and exploring the unknown with a sense of bravery and adventure and really embracing your life, not running from it.”

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Youtubers discussed their goals and aspirating for their channels and all their off-shoot projects.

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YouTuber sensations were interviewed by CBC News about their approach, how they got started and where they are going with their YouTube channels. Lily Singh/Superwomanii is on a world tour and describes the journey leading up to this point. Included in this is the humorous moment she told her parents she was going to make YouTube videos. She talks about the fact that despite her continued success and diverse media exploration she wants to always maintain the YouTube platform as she believes so strongly in it. She talks about how important it is to be yourself and be genuine and not put on a front.

Epic Meal Time Youtubers talk about how cooking was something scary for your average guy before they got together as a motley crew and showed how fun cooking was.

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Mike Tompkins talks about how he just hopes he is able to continue to foster a sense of community and feel like he has a connection with his audience and continually reinvent what he does.

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LaurDIY has 1.5 million subscribers. She talks about how its awesome to be able to connect with people who share interests. She says there is a personal element to the people who follow her who like her personality and then there are the subscribers who like the how-to instructional element to her videos. Videos can take anywhere from twenty to forty hours each to create.

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Bethany Moto talks about she fell in love with making content and putting something out there.  She gained an incredible audience who she considers her friends. She has added a lot to her channel and it’s a whole lifestyle, a positive place where people can go and watch content. She talks about how engagement has always been a huge thing to her.  She also discusses how her videos are up from over the past six years, providing an online document of her whole process of growing up.

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Venue: Airship37

Still Photography : Paul McNulty