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.
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!
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.
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 🙂
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!