Review: Say Kimchi Halloween K-pop Party

Evans and I just before the party started - any guesses who I am?

Sorry this is so late 🙁 I love writing reviews – and reviewing events and festivals is one of my special favourites. I would like to think that the organizer of the events and festivals read my reviews but since I’ve only ever had a few organizers make comments (either on my blog or in person) I don’t know if that’s true. Regardless, it’s fun to attend them and write about them. I also strive to give my honest opinion – regardless of if I paid for the ticket or not – which sometimes means I have to say I didn’t enjoy the event but usually just results in pointing both the good and bad (or “needs improvement”) elements. So in an attempt to be fair, I’m going to review my event too. Full disclosure: I was one of the organizers and promoters of the following event. 

Some decorations

Say Kimchi Halloween K-pop Party Review

On Thursday, October 27th, my language exchange group – Say Kimchi – hosted a Halloween K-pop party at Clinton’s Bar (Bloor & Christie) in Toronto. This was our second annual Halloween party and we tried to work out some of the kinks from last year. Basically, it was a regular Halloween party in a bar that catered to those who like K-pop. We decided to go beyond just Say Kimchi members and promoted it on Twitter and Facebook, as well as to some Korean culture student clubs at University of Toronto and York University. We encouraged everyone to dress up in costume and most did. Some of the costumes were simply amazing like Brian’s “death”. Lots of fun was had all night dancing to the great K-pop, top-40 and other music that DJ Elit and DJ Jaybe played. I know I loved being able to dance to Big Bang again 🙂 All in all, it was a great night! 

DJ Elit and DJ Jaybe

What we did well:

  • Had people pay in advance – we wanted to know what the numbers would be like so we asked our members to pay in advance and gave them an early bird price if they did
  • Charge a higher at-the-door price – this both rewarded those who signed up beforehand with a cheaper price and gave us more profit (which means a better Christmas party)
  • Promote to other Korean culture groups – this both gave us a larger pool of people to draw from and allowed us to advertise our Korean-English language exchange group.
  • Have two great DJs – they played both separately and together, and rocked the dance floor all night long!
  • Candy at the door and costume prizes – people really seemed to like the little bag of Halloween candy we gave them at the door (and I’m not just saying that because it was my idea) and they were genuinely happy to win one of the prizes. 

    The dance floor

What we could improve on:

  • Bring more change – I didn’t bring enough and Clinton’s saved our asses on this point by exchanging some of our $20 bills for $5, $2 and $1. Thanks Clinton’s!!
  • Bring a hand stamp – people like to leave to use the washroom, go for a smoke or just to grab some fresh air and it`s good to know who paid. We ended up using a Sharpie 🙂 

    Brian, Evans and Chris

Rating: 4/5 Everyone had fun but there were some minor problems that could have been much bigger if the bar hadn’t been so helpful. I would definitely recommend holding an event at Clinton’s and would go back myself in a heartbeat! 

Brian winning the first prize for his costume (with Evans & I)
Jihye winning second prize (with Evans & I)
Steve winning third prize (with Evans and I)
Jason winning fourth prize (with Evans & I)

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

2 thoughts on “Review: Say Kimchi Halloween K-pop Party

  • November 18, 2011 at 12:20 am

    That party was fantastic! I think it was a big Improvement from last year! Cant wait for the Christmas Party!!! 😀

    • November 18, 2011 at 9:58 am

      Yay! Thanks!! The Christmas party is gonna rock too 🙂

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