Ignite Sault 6

Ignite 6 videos – Robert Bushnell and Susan Hunter

on December 23, 2012 in Ignite Sault 6 with 1 comment by



Just in time for Christmas, we have two videos for you from Ignite 6. Enjoy Robert Bushnell’s debut talk Our Soul Purpose and The Presley Factor, all about Elvis from Susan Hunter. We’ll be releasing new videos each week, so come back regularly or sign up to our newsletter to not miss anything.

A Look Back at Ignite Sault 6

on December 12, 2012 in Ignite Sault 6 with Comments Off on A Look Back at Ignite Sault 6 by


The Grand Theatre was packed for the third straight Ignite event, and those in attendance were treated to a variety of entertaining presentations, a creative activity, and several gastronomical delights from local vendors.

The Talks – Variety is the Spice of Life

We learned how to publish our own book, the purpose of life, our dark side, traveling across the world to build homes, and that Elvis lives…and he is waiting tables at Giovanni’s!

The topics were diverse, and the crowd warm. One of the things that makes Ignite Sault such a successful community event, is the energy of the crowd. While some of the subject matter of the talks could be considered ‘hands off’ in most circles, the Ignite stage is not prejudicial. That same spirit is evident in the support that every speaker received from those in attendance.

A special HUGE shout out to Susan Hunter and Sherri Donofrio Ubriaco for delivering sensational talks on only a few day’s notice. That’s real love and commitment to the spirit of Ignite.

Business Card Sault Landmarks

Every Ignite begins with a maker team competition of some sort that is both fun and challenging. Armed with just a stack of business cards, tape, and a paper bag, every table constructed something that is iconic to Sault Ste. Marie. It was absolutely amazing to see the amount of creativity expressed in these projects, and in such a short period of time!

A World of Eats

Sushi, cupcakes, Tabbouleh, and more!  Thanks to Tutto Japan, Cupcakez, Personal Fit Meal Catering, and Sherry’s Truffles for the delicious food items.

Sponsor Salute

Once again, we owe a lot to our sponsors, especially to our biggest sponsor, you the passionate supporters of Ignite.

Volunteer Cheer

We appreciate the time these people took out of their lives, and all the big and small things they did to make Ignite Sault 6 a success:

  • Jamie Pyette – photography
  • DJ Seith – music and sound system

We Want YOU to help with Ignite Sault 7?

We’ll begin gearing up for the next event, in just a couple of months! Contact us if you have an idea, or interest in helping.

The Ignite Sault Crew

A mix of veterans and new faces made it all happen:

  • Tom Noland
  • Cindy Ellen Crawford
  • Nathan Smith @CoffeeNate
  • John Clement
  • Gerry Kirk @gerrykirk
  • Marc LaPorte
  • Jacob Zaccaria

Videos and Photos

Everyone wants to know when the videos will be up. We are hoping to have at least one up by the end of this week, and then publishing a new batch every other week. We’ll let you know each time there is something new to check out. For now, check out these awesome photos from the event:

Ignite Sault 7…It’s YOUR Turn!

We have already begun taking submissions for Ignite Sault 7 presentations! Turn that hobby, passion, or family vacation mishap into an engaging and entertaining 5 minute talk. We will be here to help you prepare it, but you have to commit to delivering your best effort. Submit your proposal for Ignite 7!

Limited tickets at the door, watch live here

on November 30, 2012 in Ignite Sault 6 with Comments Off on Limited tickets at the door, watch live here by



We will have a very limited number of tickets at the door, come when doors open at 5 if you want a chance to get one.

Food is available from 5 pm, come early and enjoy!

Didn’t make it in but still want to watch the talks? Come back to the Ignite Sault web site at 6:30 when the live stream starts.

You may also watch via Facebook!

More to love at Ignite 6: more food, karaoke and a REAL after party

on November 20, 2012 in Ignite Sault 6 with Comments Off on More to love at Ignite 6: more food, karaoke and a REAL after party by

New this year – Sherry’s Truffles

Ladies & gentlemen, tickets sales have been stupendous — with now less than 40 tickets, now is THE time to get yours and come to November 30, 2012. Want in free? Read on.

Treats & Eats

Catering your night right

Foodies have more to love this year. From 5-6:30 pmPersonal Fit Meal Catering and Tutto Japan offer:

  • Twisted tabouli: a refreshing, colourful salad made from a delicious assortment of fresh veggies, quinoa and herbs.
  • Spring rolls: Asian salad rolls with a delicious Thai dipping sauce
  • All things sushi

Later on, during the 8 pm break and the after party enjoy delectable cupcakes from Cupcakez and smooth as silk truffles from Sherry’s Truffles.

New: After Talks, the Party Keeps Going!

Meet the presenters, groove to live DJs, tr(eat) yourself

This year we’ll be hosting an after party at The Grand as soon as the talks are done. Mingle with your favourite speakers while listening to 3 local DJs compete for music supremacy. The Grand Theatre’s in-house bar and the dessert vendors will still be open. Plan to stick around.

Ignite Slide Karaoke Returns

Singing experience not required

An exciting game involving three contestants picked from a draw, who compete for supremacy in an impromptu Ignite Talk using a random assortment of slides. The audience votes to choose a winner, and all participants win a cool prize.

Volunteers needed

Get in free, be part of an awesome event

Last but not least, we’ve got an important call out to volunteers. We need 2 more ticket handlers and 2 photographers. In return get free admission. Photographers will be promoted at the event, on the site and can watermark their photos.

If you’re interested in helping out, please email us at email@ignitesault.ca before all spots are taken.

Ignite #Sault 6 Speaker Lineup, Ticket Sales

on November 6, 2012 in Ignite Sault 6 with Comments Off on Ignite #Sault 6 Speaker Lineup, Ticket Sales by


The Ignite Sault crew is proud to present this year’s speaker lineup!

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The response this year for potential speakers was phenomenal — a whopping 20 people responded, interested in presenting their thoughts and stories to you. Of course, that’s an unprecedented number of speakers, and so we’ve had to make a decision to have 18 speakers move forward this year, with the other potential Igniter’s lined-up for consideration next year.

We bring you the following exciting speakers & talks:

  • Dawna Kinnunen — Being You, the Real You: Yes You Can!
  • Elizabeth MacMillan — Edible Gardening in Elementary Schools
  • Tim Kelly — How I Wet my Big New Bed
  • Melissa Ouimette — Shy Girl
  • Winston Sullivan — Normal: How Youth Can Use Their Voice to Change Attitudes and Open Minds
  • Candy Burns — Search for Wild Mushrooms
  • Andre Riopel — I Love Rain on my Face and Slush in my Boots
  • Linda Brauner — Let’s Shine a Light on the Sault!
  • Robert Bushnell — Our Soul Purpose
  • Tammy Paterson — Travel With a Purpose
  • Charlene Wilson — Come Away with Me
  • Jussi Paloniemi — Shedding Light on Our Dark Side
  • Nevin Buconjic — Self-Publishing: Freeing the Author in All of Us!
  • Michael DiAngelo — Capitalism with a Conscious
  • Dave Chartrand — The Happy Skeptic
  • James Nolan — Rapid Expressions: A Journey Down the Artistic River
  • Jessica Mooney — Blowing Things Up: How Electronic Devices Hate Me
  • Rob Running — The Next Generation Power Grid

These are our 18 nominees and speakers for this year’s Ignite Sault Ste. Marie! So much variety, this will definitely be a night to remember for years to come.

And so we come to our next order of business:

Ticket Sales are Open!

That’s right! Tickets are now available for purchase online at:

Last year we had many people step up and become a micro sponsor of Ignite, and we’re bringing that back this year. Become an Igniter for $20 and get some special gifts as a thank-you for helping offset the event costs.

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You’ll notice that there’s an interesting twist to purchases this year: from now til November 11 — one week — a limited number of tickets are available for $5. This batch of early-bird tickets gives you access to some cool door prizes!

After November 11, between November 11 and 18, tickets will be available for one week at $7 — you still have access to door prizes, but for a slightly higher price. Again, these are limited in number, so don’t miss out.

If you have not bought your tickets by November 18, there’s still hope: for $10 you can get what we call the “Deadline Dash” batch; you don’t have access to door prizes, but you have a chance to see some amazing Ignite presentations! These tickets are limited, and any not sold by the event date — November 30 — will be available at the door.

Don’t delay, act now!

Remember the Date:

Friday November 30, doors open at 5 PM

Ignite Sault Ste. Marie 6 @ The Grand Theatre

More great information to come about fantastic local food vendors, competitions and an after party you’ll want to hang around for.

– The Ignite Crew

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Ignite #Sault 6 :: Now Seeking Speaker Proposals

on October 20, 2012 in Ignite Sault 6, Talk Submissions with Comments Off on Ignite #Sault 6 :: Now Seeking Speaker Proposals by


Ignite Sault 6 :: We Want You!

It’s hard to believe that there have already been 5 Ignite events in Sault Ste. Marie!  What began in an intimate setting, has now exploded into consecutive sold out events.  Ignite Sault 6 is poised to be an instant sellout, with Ignite Sault 4  and 5 filling every seat in the Grand Theater! The time to submit your talk proposal is right now!  The Ignite stage is where you can share your passions, dreams, and experiences with a supportive and receptive audience. Only a limited number of proposals will be invited to present at Ignite Sault 6, so you are encouraged to get you submission in ASAP. Ignite talks are 5 minutes in length, and include 20 slides.

Liquid Courage Promotion!

>>>If your submission is one of the first 3 to be accepted, you will receive a FREE DRINK at Ignite Sault 6!<<<


Questions you may have…

I’m not sure how to plan my presentation. A: No worries, the Ignite Sault team will help you through the entire process.

What if I Have a question about submitting a talk? A: Simply contact us.

I have a friend who would be a PERFECT speaker for Ignite! A: We encourage you to speak to them, and share this post with them!

When do tickets go on sale? A: Tickets for Ignite Sault 6 will be sold at a later date (approximately 30 days prior), and you will be notified by email.

The Ignite Sault stage is not a platform for pitching your business or selling your product, so all proposals of this nature will be respectfully rejected.

Save the Date

What: Ignite Sault 6
When: Friday, November 30th, 2012
Where: The Grand Theater

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