Music’s Best Moustaches, presented by the Moustache Growers Union Local 416647

Presented by the Moustache Growers Union Local 416647

We have always been big fans and big supporters of Movember!

This year, thereviewsarein is participating to help raise awareness and funds to support men’s health initiatives as part of the Moustache Growers Union Local 416647… and we’re excited for the rest of the month.

To help celebrate, we’ve got some fun content coming that we’ll share with you all soon. But for today, we’re reaching into the internet archives to shout out 10 amazing moustaches from the world of music.

Many of these mustachioed men are no longer with us – but we remember them, their music, and their facial hair fondly.

We haven’t put them in order, because they’re too good to rank. But we welcome you to leave a comment telling us which moustache you like best!

Jimi Hendrix

The Beatles


Freddie Mercury

Lionel Richie

Jesse Hughes

Alan Jackson

George Michael


Kix Brooks

Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto 2016 #MoChaKaTO

On Thursday, November 17 we are proud to help host Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto with The Moustache Growers Union Local 416647.

Since 2010, in support of Movember and men’s health initiatives, Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto has been a super fun event that has raised thousands of dollars for a great cause. And this year isn’t going to be any different.

pennys-bar-to-logoAt Penny’s (1306 Bloor Street West, Toronto) from 9pm to 2am there will be singing and drinking and prizes and surprises.

If you don’t know how Challenge Karaoke works, it’s like this.

A one-time donation of $5 enters you into the karaoke rotation to sing!

A $20 donation can be made to challenge a singer to perform the song of your choice!

A $30 donation can be made by a singer to reject a challenge!

A $50 donation can be made to challenge a singer to perform a song from Jason Rolland’s banned list. The same $50 donation can be made by a singer to perform a banned song without a challenge.

A $100 donation can be made to challenge a singer to perform a song by Celine Dion. The same $100 donation can be made by a singer to perform Celine without a challenge.

Raffle tickets will also be sold, and random donations of any denomination are welcome!

Prizes to be won at Movember Challenge Karaoke include…

wayhome-for-the-holidays-2016 2 tickets to WayHome for the Holidays (Wednesday, November 23 at The Phoenix, Toronto) featuring performances by Darcys, Bear Mountain, and The Beaches. PLUS, some Darcys vinyl, all donated by our friends at Republic Live.

2 autographed CD prize packs from Warner Music Canada featuring Ed Sheeran, Echosmith, and Jess Glynne.

A 1yr jam subscription from Penny Candy Jam and our friends at Penelope PR.

A music swag prize pack from our pals at MDM Recordings.

2 tickets to see the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Collesium, donated by Mo Bro and event co-host Sean Boulton.

The chance to join Moustache Growers Union Local 416647 members and friends in a private box to watch the Toronto Marlies

left-field-brewery-logo A Left Field Brewery prize basket

Gift Certificates from Mazz Salon

A sweet cooler with built in radio

As well as assorted other prizes including karaoke jumper cards, moustache themed goodies, and more.

There will also be online auction items available, including…

boots-and-hearts-2017-plaid-thumb 2 tickets to Boots & Hearts 2017, donated by our friends at Republic Live.

An autographed print of The Road Hammers created by Scotty Kipfer, donated by our friends at Penelope PR.

And more!

NOW, if you have anything that you would like to donate for raffle prizes or online auction, please feel free to let me know!

And, if you can’t make it to Penny’s on Thursday, November 17th between 9pm and 2am – you can click right here to visit our Movember profile and make a donation for a great cause.

If you are planning to come and you want to sing, come early… it’s going to be busy and awesome!

Thank you to all of the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas and our supporters all around the world for being part of such a great initiative.

1 year ago

Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto – Year 6! #MoChaKaTO

It’s that time of year again – moustaches are sprouting on Mo Bros all over the place, and Mo Sistas are joining the campaign to help raise funds and awareness to support men’s health initiatives.

MoChaKaTO 2012 CrowdHere in Toronto I’ve been lucky enough to have a team of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas for the last 6 years, and together we’ve raised some money, grown our ‘staches, and had some fun along the way. That fun always includes our team’s fundraiser, Movember Challenge Karaoke.

In years 1 through 5 we’ve had some great success, raising a total of $7,526 – and this year we’re looking to add a big number to that total.

The 6th annual #MoChaKaTO goes down on Thursday, November 19th at the Marquis of Granby (418 Church St. Toronto) and we can’t wait to see as many friends, and newcomers as possibly can fit in the bar.

This is year 6, but in case it’s new to you, let’s check out how it works.

#MoChaKaTO Rules

🎤 For $5, you get your name in the rotation to be able to sing
🎤 For $20, someone else gets up for their turn, you can challenge them and make them sing whatever you want
🎤 For $30, you can buy yourself out if you get challenged (just in case the challenge is too horrific for you, or you’re a big ol’ chicken!)
🎤 For $50, you can sing a song off the host’s list of banned songs (Don’t Stop Believin’, Paradise By The Dashboard Light, Clay Aiken, etc.)
🎤 For $100, you can sing a song by Celine Dion.

MoChaKaTO 2013 Man of MovemberNote: Every year we’ve had at least 1 Celine Dion performance, and in the last few years we’ve had more than 1. We’re hoping to see that trend continue this year!

On top of all of that fun we also have a raffle that is full of awesome prizes this year. Check it out…

🎁 Toronto Raptors tickets
🎁 Toronto Marlies tickets
🎁 Toronto Blue Jays jersey
🎁 Crown Royal hockey bag
🎁 Guest List access to multiple Toronto concerts
🎁 Autographed Ed Sheeran CD
🎁 Steam Whistle Brewery tour passes
🎁 Coffee and Gift Certificates from Dineen Coffee Co.
🎁 Gift Certificates from Mazz Salon
🎁 1 year Jumper Cards for Jason Rolland’s karaoke shows
and more…

We love this event – we love the people who continue to come and support this event – and we’re really looking forward to Thursday, November 19th.

If you can make it, awesome!

If you can’t make it this year please feel free to make a donation to our Tilt Campaign that will make our host, Jason Rolland, sing a Celine Dion song for all the world to see.

Happy Movember to you all!

2 years ago

Top 10 Musical Moustaches #Movember

I love Movember. I love the coming together of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to help raise awareness and money to help dudes with physical and mental health needs.

In fact, this is the 6th year in a row that I’m growing my own moustache in support of the cause.

Movember 2015 LogoSo, to celebrate the season, and draw a little more attention to moustaches everywhere – I’ve put together a list of 10 of my favourite moustaches in music.

We’ve got a mix of genres in here and that’s because we like a mix of music.

So let’s have a look at the list and some music – and if you would like to support my Movember campaign you can click this link:

10. Dave Grohl
When you think of Dave you probably think of his glorious beard – but think of the music videos the Foo Fighters have given us over the years and you’ll get some lovely moustache action. We all love Dave, so we’ll count it!

9. Rivers Cuomo
Rivers isn’t well known for his ‘stache – but he’s rocked it, and been comfortable doing so. Weezer has been part of the music I love for a long time, so he’s on the list!

8. Tim McGraw
My favourite Tim McGraw moustache is nearly 20 years old now, when a young Tim was breaking into country music and making a name for himself. His mullet/moustache combo was intense, especially with the cowboy hat thrown in.

7. Brandon Flowers
Brandon Flowers has a moustache that makes him look a little sleazy. I don’t love it. But I don’t hate it. And he’s a great performer and proud wearer of his lip sweater.

6. Jimi Hendrix
If we were judging purely on music, Jimi is higher. But we’re not. His moustache isn’t outstanding, I’ve never admired it for it’s beauty. However, it’s there and consistent and part of who he was – along with those wicked guitar skills.

5. Kix Brooks
One half of Brooks and Dunn has a moustache, and it’s enough moustache for both of them. Kix has had one hell of a career on stage and as a radio host – but he’s on this list because his moustache is a thing of beauty and often matches his hat.

4. John Oates
Such a pretty ‘stache. John Oates is best with Darly Hall, but his moustache stands on its own. Add it to his private eyes and we’re sold!

3. Alan Jackson
I love Alan Jackson, and his epic moustache. He’s had it for as long as I can remember, and I hope it lasts forever. Mr. Jackson has more hits than some baseball players. I’m happy to have him on this list.

2. Lionel Richie
In a long and storied career, Lionel Richie has done it all. And we’ve had the chance to look at his moustache while he’s done it. Welcome to #2 Mr. Richie.

1. Freddie Mercury
I’m not sure what I have to say about this one. Have a look, think about it for a minute. There you go. #1 on the list and in our hearts, Freddie Mercury.

2 years ago

Movember Journal 2014: Day 29 – The Final Wrap

Moustache Union Logo BannerMovember is ending… but don’t be sad. It’s been another great campaign for the Moustache Growers Union Local 416647 and all of the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world.

This year The Union had 5 awesome members and I am proud to have been on the same side as my 4 teammates. Sean, Terri-Leigh, Mike and Michel are all top notch people and (with the exception of Terri-Leigh) grew killer ‘staches this month. I hope that they’re all back on board in 2015, along with old teammates and new ones alike.

This year marked the 5th Movember campaign that Sean and I have worked on together. It also brought us to our 5th Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto event on Thursday the 20th. We had an amazing night with friends and strangers and teammates – and raised a bunch of money. Here’s how the 5 years have broken down…

2010 – $500     2011 – $1116
2012 – $1680    2013 – $2200
2014 – $2030   Total – $7526

Tilt LogoThis year we did things a little differently and are super happy with the result. We need to thank Tilt Canada for their help in setting up the Jason Rolland sings Celine challenge campaign [click to watch the video] and all of the supporters. And we also thank The Marquis of Granby for donating the Guinness Foosball Table we auctioned off on Twitter last night – which was won by Tilt Canada for a bid of $240. We know it will look great in your new Toronto offices.

Switching gears, I would also like to thank everyone who donated to my campaign/ The Union this year at – you are all awesome and appreciated.

Mark Murray (thanks dad)
Scott Armstrong
Jess Johnston
Jason Chan
Amy Buckley
Gunite Construction & Renovations Inc.
Howard Johnston
Jessica Law
Meghan Warby
Michel Niray
and finally, my anonymous donor.

Right now The Union sits $50 short of $3000 for our 2014 campaign – and I can tell you that I am happy with that number and proud to be part of the whole darn thing.

If you would like to help us hit $3000 and more before Movember ends, click this link right here and give what you can.

Made In Movember ButtonBeing part of Movember is something that I look forward to and am proud of every year. The combination of men’s cancers and mental illness hit too many people each and every day in Canada, and if I can help stop that, if we can help stop that, we are doing good.

Thank you again to everyone who supports Movember through their participation, donations, and spreading the word through FB shares, RTs, email, word of mouth and smiles on the street.

You are all awesome.

Now where’s my razor?

3 years ago

Movember Journal 2014: Day 21 – #MoChaKaTO Recap

MoChaKaTO Feature 1Well, it happened… for the 5th year in a row our friends came out in support of a great cause, had a bunch of fun, and wowed me.

Last night’s Movember Challenge Karaoke event was always supposed to be smaller than last year, it had to be – the minute 2013’s event ended we all knew that it had reached a peak for size and participation and $$$. And I think that’s what makes last night so special to me. Because while my realistic expectations had been lowered, and I had told myself that half of what we raised last year would make me happy… something awesome happened.

Between donations to buy into the rotation, awesome challenges, banned songs, raffle tickets and our Tilt campaign (still open, make your donations if you’d like) we raised $1790 for Movember at #MoChaKaTO.

That $1790 brings our 5 year total to nearly $7300 and makes everyone involved (yup, I’m speaking for everyone) very proud.

Note: Check the bottom of the post for pics & the Jason Rolland singing Celine Dion video!

Here’s the part where I say my thank yous.

First, to my teammates Sean, Terri-Leigh, Mike and Michel – you’re all awesome! Thank you for being part of this thing with me again and I hope we’re all able to participate in 2015.

Next to Jason Rolland for hosting our karaoke fundraiser for the 5th year in a row and for being a good pal. And to Sean’s lovely wife Erin who has always helped us with raffle tickets, decorations and the general smooth running of #MoChaKaTO every year.

I also need to thank our raffle prize donors…
Moustache Growers Union Local 416647Dila
Sean & Erin
Michel & momondays
Jay Chan
Jason Rolland
Huely Socks (congrats on the launch of Series 2)
burfurt Art
Woodbine Racetrack
Mazz Salon (5 year sponsor!)
I’m sure I’m forgetting someone and I’m sorry!!!

OH WAIT!!! The Marquis of Granby, our venue hosts for 2014, have donated a bar style, Guinness branded, Foosball table and we will be auctioning that bad boy off on Twitter next week. Keep your eyes on the #MoChaKaTO hashtag for details and bids. The winning bid can make their payment to our Tilt campaign and will be able to either pick the table up themselves or (in the GTA) have Jason Rolland deliver it to you because he’s an awesome guy.

Movember 416647 2014And lastly, I need to thank everyone who came out last night and supported us + everyone who donated to the Tilt campaign + everyone who tweeted best wishes to us + everyone who posted photos and videos and the people who liked them and really I just want to thank everyone!

It is incredibly humbling to be part of something that does good for other people with the help of amazing people that I’m lucky enough to know – and to think that this is the 5th year we’ve pulled this thing off, with an awesome collection of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, makes me very, very happy.

If you’ve got a few minutes take a look at Twitter and Instagram to see how #MoChaKaTO looked and please, if you can, make a donation to Movember and help us change the face of men’s health:

Thank you to everyone one more time. I hope you had as much fun as I did.

Be awesome!

A photo posted by the2scoops (@the2scoops) on

A photo posted by the2scoops (@the2scoops) on

A photo posted by Rachel MacKz (@rachelmackz) on

3 years ago

Movember Journal 2014: Day 15 – Whoa, We’re Halfway There

Movember 2014 Day 15We’ve reached the halfway point of Movember 2014 – and I finally feel like I have a real moustache on my face.

Thanks to my dad and my cousin Scott for their donations so far – here’s hoping that there will be more thank yous to come between now and the end of the month. I believe in you guys!

This week has a been a fun one with more details coming together for Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto.

We can now announce that we have raffle prizes from ->
⋆ Huely Socks
⋆ eOne Entertainment Canada
⋆ our friend Dila who is donating a sweet You Gotta Eat Here prize pack
 Mazz Salon who has been great to us every year
 Woodbine Racetrack and…
 Jason Rolland who will be donating VIP jumper cards for the hardcore #LoserKaraoke enthusiasts in the crowd

If you want to be part of #MoChaKaTO but can’t make it out to the Marquis of Granby on Thursday the 20th – I’ve got good news! We’ve got a Tilt campaign set up so you can donate to challenge host, Jason Rolland to sing Celine Dion (which he will hate) for a good cause. Click the link to donate and make everyone (but Jason) smile: 

I’ve also been lucky to have some Movember fun at the office with a campaign there and some photos from around the office.

Blade Creative Branding Movember 2014I’d also like to take a second to thank my Moustache Growers Union Local 416647 teammates, Sean, Terri-Leigh, Michel, and Mike for being awesome. They are doing a great job of supporting the cause and changing the face of men’s health!

Check them all out and give them high-fives, either in real life or virtually.

If you would like to donate to my moustache, I would totally be okay with that – and you can do so by click this link -> <- it’s that easy!

3 years ago

Movember Journal 2014: Day 8 – Cowboy Up!

Cowboy MovemberIt’s been a big week for country music news in this neck of the woods – and it’s also been a big week for my face. My bare cheeks have been subject to the cold winds for the first time in a year and my moustache has been doing its best to sprout for Movember.

So today, on morning 8 of Movember 2014, I’ve got a journal entry that pays tribute to some country music cowboys.

#MoChaKaTO Update! 
Super excited to tell you that we have prizes for the Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto raffle coming in from Huely Socks, Woodbine Racetrack, eOne Entertainment Canada and more! Keep up to date on the #MoChaKaTO happenings and RSVP for the event here: Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto – the 5-time, 5-time, 5-time, 5-time, 5-time edition!

Okay, let’s look at some ‘staches!

Alan Jackson MovemberAlan Jackson
Alan Jackson’s golden moustache has been part of country music for more than 2 decades and is revered wherever steel guitars are played. Look at it sitting there perfectly on his upper lip, shielded by the brim of his white hat and looking magnificent!

Mr. Jackson, you sure do know how to grow a Mo.

Kix Brooks MovemberKix Brooks
Formally of Brooks and Dunn, and now award winning radio host, Kix Brooks’ moustache has been thrilling fans for a long time. Whether his microphone is on stage or in studio, he’s a voice that country music fans know and love – and a moustache that is perfectly recognizable under that sweet black hat.

Usually the bad guys wear black hats, and this is one bad ass moustache – but we’re pretty sure Kix Brooks is a good Mo Bro!

Tim McGraw MovemberTim McGraw 
We had to go back to the mid-90s to find this moustachioed photo of a young Tim McGraw… but it was worth it. Look at that ‘stache creeping down the sides of Tim’s mouth like a wild vine. He may not have kept it, but remember this – he had that moustache when he landed Faith Hill!

Tim, if you’re reading this, bring back the ‘stache!

Brad Paisley MovemberBrad Paisley
Now it’s clear to see that this Brad Paisley moustache is a fake. In fact, Paisley is doing his Ron Burgandy in this pic… but we don’t care. Look at that dark hair residing under that white hat, it’s glorious. Hopefully Brad has seen how great he looks and has decided that it’s time to ditch the goatee and go with the ‘Mo.

Good luck in your moustache growing efforts Mr. Paisley. Can’t wait to see you at Boots & Hearts 2015!

Joshua Cowboy Movember Day 8 2014Joshua Murray
Okay, so I’m no cowboy country singer… but I sure would like to be. And for the 6th year in a row I’m growing in my moustache to raise some money for Movember Canada. 8 days in I’m pretty happy with how my ‘mo is growing and I’m optimistic that by the end of next week I’ll have a real moustache to show off to the world.

If you would like to donate to my face and help change the face of men’s health, visit my Mo Space page at and give whatever you can. Every dollar is appreciated and helps a good cause.

Thanks to everyone who is supporting Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world!

Be awesome!

3 years ago

Movember Journal 2014: Day 3 – Movember Challenge Karaoke is Coming!

MoChaKaTO 2014Movember is here, I have a little stubble above my upper lip, and I have good news!

The Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto event page has been officially created and you are very invited!

On Thursday, Movember 20th at 9pm we will start the party at the Marquis of Granby (418 Church St.) and we’ll keep things going until 1am… or maybe even 2am.

#MoChaKaTO 2010. @sboulton & @phjoshua

#MoChaKaTO 2010. @sboulton & @phjoshua

If #MoChaKaTO is new to you, let me explain a little. In 2010, Sean and I were sitting at karaoke thinking about ways we could raise money for our first Movember campaign together. Out of that conversation came the idea for challenge karaoke. A night where people could pay to see their friends sing the songs that they picked for them. That 1st MoChaKaTO was held on a cold and rainy Tuesday, November 30th at Tequila Sunrise and we raised $500. We were super happy. And every year since then, we’ve grown!

In 2011 we raised $1116. In 2012 we raised $1680. And in 2013 we raised $2200.
Our 4 year total sits at nearly $5500, which makes us even happier than we were with $500 in our hands in year 1.

With the history out of the way, here’s how Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto works.

When you walk into the Marquis of Granby you will want to go immediately to see karaoke host Jason Rolland to put your name in the rotation. If you wait to do that, you’ll be waiting longer for your chance to sing!

When Mr. Rolland calls your name for your turn to sing, make your way to the microphone in a timely manner with your $5 donation ready to put in the bucket.

Now the fun part… Challenges.

You’ve arrived at the bar, you’ve grabbed a drink, you’ve put your name in the rotation (or you haven’t, we’re not pushy) and you’ve found somewhere to be comfortable – awesome! Now the singing has started and one of your friends gets their name called, so what do you do? You yell CHALLENGE!

Our #MoChaKaTO 2013 Man of Movember, @photojunkie

Our #MoChaKaTO 2013 Man of Movember, @photojunkie

For a donation of $20 you can challenge your friend (or a stranger) to sing any song in the Jason Rolland library that you want (banned songs excepted, we’ll get to those in a minute) to hear. The key to a great challenge is picking a song that works with the singer. A song that they probably know (at least a little) and that they can sing (maybe) and that they can have fun with (definitely) is the way to go.

However, if the singer decides they don’t want to sing your challenge song, they can get themselves off the hook with a donation of $30. If this happens, you will get your $20 back to save for another challenge!


Jason Rolland has a list of banned songs and artists that includes Paradise By The Dashboard Light, Clay Aiken, Josh Groban and Celine Dion.

If you would like to sing one of these songs, or you would like to challenge someone else to sing them, the donation is $50.

If the banned song you want to sing/challenge is Celine… that donation is $100.

Every year we’ve had 1 singer bust out Celine Dion – this year we’re hoping for 2.

And please don’t let the $100 scare you away, you can pool your money together with friends to make the challenge happen. We are big believers in team work!

In addition to the singing, we will have a raffle that always includes a ton of fun prizes. And we’re working on another surprise that we think will be a ton of fun (and a good reason to donate your money) as well.

November 20th is just a couple weeks away – so check your calendar, clear your schedule, and put aside some cash because this is always one of the best karaoke nights of the year!

We can’t wait to see you. And we can’t wait for you to see our ‘staches!

Be awesome!

Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto 2012!

3 years ago

Movember Journal 2014: Day 1

Movember 2014 headerIt’s here again. That wonderful time of year when we give up our faces for a better cause than a good looking beard. Welcome back to Movember.

This is my 6th Movember, and every year my moustache has grown in a little differently, so believe me when I say that I have some nerves about how I’m going to look over the next month. However, I have no nerves about Movember being something I want to be involved in.

I’ve been lucky to team up with some awesome Mo Bros and Mo Sistas over the years – and this year is no different. We already have 5 team members signed up to the Moustache Growers Union Local 416647, and we’re looking for more!

Joshua Fresh Face Movember 1 2014Thanks to Sean, Terri Leigh, Mike, and Michel for jumping on board so quickly again in 2014.

Note: That is my Movember 1st face right now as I type this post. So smooth, so cold, so odd.

This Movember we will also be celebrating the 5th annual Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto fundraiser!

If you’ve never been to, or never heard of our little shindig, I’m telling you right now that it’s a party you don’t want to miss. Every year we have more fun than the last – and every year we raise more money as well. So look for more info to come but save THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20 from 9PM to 2AM to meet us at the MARQUIS OF GRANBY on Church Street in Toronto.

I’ll be inviting all of you that I know on Facebook, and I know the rest of the team will be doing so as well. And I’ll be talking more about the event and sharing links as we get closer to the date.

Note: Sean and I are still flabbergasted when we think about the fact that this will be the 5th #MoChaKaTO event. When we started this thing we didn’t even know if it would work – and now it’s one of my favourite nights of the year. Special thanks to Jason Rolland for hosting us for the last 5 years.

Moustache Growers Union Local 416647Now, for the important part. The reason that I’m doing this again in 2014, the reason that all the members of the Moustache Growers Union Local 416647 are Mo’ing it up this month is to raise awareness and funds to support Men’s Health initiatives in Canada and around the world.

Not a single man is immune to prostate cancer, testicular cancer or mental health issues. That means that your dad, your brother, your cousin, your boyfriend, your husband your best friend – they are all vulnerable. And because of that, we fight to find new ways to protect and treat and support every man who has to go through those fights.

If you would like to support my moustache you can click this link:
Or you can visit the Moustache Growers Union Local 416647 page:

If you’ve participating in Movember as a Mo Bro or Mo Sista, leave your name and page link in the comment section so everyone can follow your progress and donate. We’re all in this thing together!

Be awesome!


3 years ago

Movember 2013 – Looking Back

Movember 2013 Banner

I love Movember. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, or if you’ve known me for more than the last 4 months, you know this already.

But what I really, really love is being able to be proud of the guys and girls that I work with every year to grow staches, raise money and increase awareness for men’s health initiatives.

I am also proud of the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas that aren’t on my team. This isn’t about who raises the most money, it’s about all of us working together to raise a ton of money for a great cause. I am proud of each and every person who participates, spreads the word, donates and cares about Movember.

Movember Thank You CardAnd it’s easy to be proud when you see the numbers that are in the infographic below these words. Movember sent out an email today to look back on Movember 2013 and how we did as 1 global team of fundraisers. The numbers are amazing. It’s proof positive that the work we are all committed to doing is paying off in the right way. It makes me incredibly happy.

I would also like to take a second to shout out the Toronto Movember team who helped us with exposure and freebies for #MoChaKaTO last November. And they didn’t stop there. Recently I wrote a blog post at work about the great branding work that Movember is doing year round.

Also, they sent me an awesome thank you card that had signatures from the entire office and a sweet message. Thanks to them. They are awesome.

So, take a minute to check out the truly amazing statistics that are in the infographic and click RIGHT HERE to see what’s going on with Movember right now.

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4 years ago

What and Who Inspired Me in 2013

Inspiration Banner2013 was a year. Just like every other one.

My 2013 came with ups and downs. Just like everyone else’s.

The thing about ups and downs is, there’s another up coming… and sometimes you just need a little inspiration to help you go out and find it.

I’m lucky (how many times have I said that?) to have had people and moments in my 2013 that helped me realize that I’ve got lots of ups to come and that I deserve to enjoy and celebrate them. I hope that you have those same things in your life, I’m sure you do. Just take a minute to look around for them.

Ashley Gibson: Life is Sweet, Even in February - Poster 2013Early in the year I was inspired by my friend Ashley Gibson who put on the 1st of her 2 cabaret shows at the Flying Beaver Pubaret in 2013. Even though I missed the “Life Is Sweet, Even in February” show I was amazed at her strength and determination in preparing this show with the memory of her mother in mind and the proceeds of the show being donated to the CAMH Foundation to support mental health programs right here in Toronto. I’m also thankful for my friends and family who raised $115 at my birthday to donate to the cause.

If you know Ashley, you know her infectious smile and laugh. And you know that she works hard every day to see the beauty and promise that life has. She truly is inspiring.

Going back to my birthday… having so many friends show up to Lou Dawgs for karaoke with hugs and handshakes and to sing country songs for me was amazing. I have some amazing people in my life and I appreciate every single one of them.

You are all awesome and thinking back to that night is a great reminder that I live a charmed life when maybe I’m not feeling it so much in the moment.

Dave Grohl SXSW Keynote 2013In March of this year at South by Southwest, Dave Grohl gave a keynote address. Now, I love Dave Grohl. I think he’s talented and smart and charming and handsome and wonderful. However, I am not a musician and the keynote address was clearly directed at artists and those in the music industry.

But for some reason, maybe because Dave is my spirit animal, I have found that listening to that keynote address has inspired me to keep pushing and working and trying to do my best. I have played the 49 minute YouTube video at least half a dozen times when I felt that I was dragging creatively. And I know that I will do it again.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that you watch it, even if you just listen to the audio while you do other things.

Gramp FeatureIn April  my family said goodbye to my grandfather. He was a good man and we all miss him very much. At his funeral I was honoured to be asked to speak about him and my memories in front of friends and family and people who I had never met. Every word was hard to get out and it was the most difficult speaking engagement of my life.

That same day though I was inspired by the strength and love and emotion that my family showed. Aunts and uncles and cousins that I don’t see very much all came together to support each other. But the most inspiring moments came when my cousin Kevin stood up to remember my gramp. He was funny and sweet and said everything that was in his heart. We were all fortunate to be able to hear him speak that day. Good job bud.

No Longer Available NowThis spring I was also on the job hunt which was long and hard for me. I had a lot of moments I felt sorry for myself and questioned my abilities and skill set. I interviewed at a few places unsuccessfully before finding a new gig in June.

And through it all I was inspired to keep trying, not by my shrinking bank account balance, but by my friends who continued to send me links to job postings and spread the word that I was looking and encouraged me along the way. The support and kind words and love helped me push and keep trying instead of giving up and taking something I didn’t want. Thank you all for that.

Blade Creative Branding LogoAt the new job I have been inspired by the creative freedom that has been given to me. Yes, I have to keep client goals and boundaries in mind. But for the most part I have been given the opportunity to create the content that I think will get the job done and writing the pieces that I am interested in.

I love what I do as a community manager/content creator/planner/strategist – and part of that love comes from being able to let my ideas dictate my work. Being able to turn my ideas into finished products inspires me to keep pushing new ideas out on a daily basis. I sincerely hope that those opportunities keep coming my way.

Let’s skip ahead to November and something that inspires me every single year… Movember.

MoChaKaTO FeatureFor a fourth year in a row I was fortunate enough to be joined by great friends and dedicated fundraisers in an effort to support men’s health initiatives. And for a fourth year in a row we hosted Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto as our biggest push to raise money for the cause.

This year was our biggest and best yet with more members than ever on our team, more participation than ever in the event and more money donated at karaoke than ever before. The night end total of $2280 surpassed all of my expectations – and brought our 4 year total to over $5500. I don’t yet know how we’re going to be able to make 2014 more successful, but I trust that our team and friends and families will help us do just that.

The participation and dedication and love that we were all showed this Movember is inspiring to me. As a community we came together and reached a goal. That makes us awesome.

This year I was also inspired by my mom as she became a licensed Lay Minister in the United Church of Canada, my dad who told me of his long awaited retirement plan and my friends who continue to work hard, support awesome charity programs and play a major part in their communities in cities all over the world.

I know that inspiration comes in different forms for different people. And I believe that there are times when we all need to be inspired so that we can do the work that we love and believe in, even if we don’t believe in ourselves.

I’ve been lucky enough to find a lot of examples of inspiration in 2013 – and I believe that I will be able to find more examples again in 2014.

I hope you do too.

ps. here’s the video of Dave Grohl’s SXSW Keynote, you can press play and listen right now!

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Movember Journal 2013: Day 30

Moustache Banner Day 30Alas, the month is coming to and end and tomorrow moustaches will disappear from the faces of men all over the world.

But it was worth it!

The Moustache Growers Union Local 416647 have had an amazing month if I do say so myself. As of right now our team has $4508 in donations submitted and I know that there is still more that will trickle in. In fact, there is an outside chance that we could get to $5000 which is far above any goal I set in my head when we started 2013…

To be honest with you, I’m a little emotional thinking about it. I am teamed up with 11 people who have fundraised and shared facts and spread the word and done a great job helping to raise awareness of Men’s Health initiatives. And while there are a couple members on our roster that I only know a very little bit, I love them all right now. That’s how I feel.

Side Note: I am also extremely proud of all of the 172,757 Canadian Mo Bros and Mo Sistas who have raised over 26 MILLION dollars this month!

As you all probably know, we hosted our 4th annual Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto event on Thursday at The Winchester Kitchen & Bar. It was an absolute success.

We had a great turn out. Friends were in the room an hour before the show started. Jason Rolland (our friend and host and deserver of special thanks) started early and stayed late giving us 5+ hours of singing and money raising time. The bar staff were accommodating and friendly and fantastic. The challenges were flying, banned songs were sung and a very very special friend donated $100 just so make sure that nobody would sing Lady Gaga all night.

There were a lot of highlights and I know that everyone will take their own favourite moments from the show… but here’s mine.

Sean Boulton #MoChaKaTOAll of this started in 2010 (which seems like a lifetime ago) with Sean and I sitting at Tequila Sunrise talking about Movember and karaoke and money ideas. Which is why my favourite part of the 2013 event at The Winchester was at about 1:30am when Rannie paid $100 to sing Celine Dion and put us over the $2000 mark for the evening. It’s a number I couldn’t have imagined in 2010. Sean and I looked at each other, shook hands and knew that we did good.

All said, with challenges, raffle tickets and other donations we came in at $2200 for the night. And for that I am thankful and proud.

Thank you again to all of our raffle prize donors: DE’BA Designs, Emily, Caplansky’s, Gluckstein Home, The Winchester, Jason Rolland, Fresh Collective, Mazz Salon, Rock Fitness, Jess, Rannie, Sean and more, more, more.

In 2010 we raised about $500, in 2011 we raised $1116, in 2012 we raised $1680 and now and in 2013 we raised $2200 to bring us to a 4 year total of almost $5500.

I’m blown away and kind of emotional thinking about it. We are part of a community that has come together and grown and shown kindness and generosity. Thank you all.

I can’t wait to start planning for 2014 and the anxiety and brain cramps that come with trying to find a way to raise even more money than we did this time. And I know that we will.

I love you all.

Happy Movember!
Jay Chan StacheRannie Man of MovemberMoChaKaTO Team 1

4 years ago

Movember Journal 2013: Day 23

Moustache Banner Day 23It’s the 23rd of Movember and that means that we are now in the home stretch…

It’s been a great month so far, with moustaches all over the city of Toronto… and the world.

The last week has been pretty darn good to me. Last Saturday I hit the Marlies game with friends and saw some pretty alright hometown hockey. Sunday I hit the CFL Eastern Conference Final, and while the Tiger-Cats broke my heart with their 2nd half performance against the Argos, I’m glad that I was there.

At work I got some interesting news regarding staffing, new projects and an unexpected monetary show of appreciation for my work.

And on the blog there has been a bunch of traffic from the Green Arrow fangirls who really, really, really want Oliver and Felicity to be together on CW’s Arrow.

On the Movember front, The Moustache Growers Union Local 416647 has had a run, our current fundraising total is $1517. 5 of our members have cracked the $100 mark – and Rannie has topped the $600 barrier in his 1st year as a Mo Bro.

AND there’s still more to come!

• On Monday night at Yonge Dundas Square, Rannie will be hosting #Avatarcamp, Movember Edition to raise more funds. Come down to the square and have your photo taken to use where ever and how ever you want. A donation of $10 is suggested. Check the event page for more info: #Avatarcamp Movember Edition.

• Also on Monday, Mo Bro Michel will be hosting MoMonday at The Pilot with a portion of the proceeds going to his campaign and the team. MoMondays is where people come to get inspired, entertained and transformed by other people’s stories. It’s the perfect blend of heart, humour and happiness! And just for Movember, they’ve got a great line-up of speakers just itching to shave — I mean ‘share’ — their story with you!

• On Thursday at the Winchester Kitchen & Bar we will be hosting Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto #MoChaKaTO for the 4th year. I know that I’ve told you all about it already, so today I’ll just tell you some of the things we’re giving away in the raffle.

Yes To The Mo☞ 2, $50 gift certificates from the Winchester.
☞ 3 personal training sessions with Dallas Price and Rock Fitness.
☞ A “Night In” pack with gift cards for free pizza and beer.
☞ Gift cards for free hair update and maintenance services from Mazz Salon.
☞ Some sassy artsy awesome cross stitch from our good friend Emily.
☞ Fresh baked tasty goods from Mo Sista Jess.
☞ A José Bautista autographed baseball.
☞ 3 VIP cards from Jason Rolland that will give the winner front-of-the-line access to the karaoke rotation for a year.
☞ An original Movember themed print from our new friend D’Andhra and DE’BA Designs.

Raffle tickets will be on sale right from the start of the night – 3 for $5, 7 for $10 OR any person in the bar’s arm length for $15 – so when you get to the Winchester, start looking for the person with the longest arms. You don’t even have to know them to use them!

I’m excited and nervous for Thursday. Every year we have a great turn out and an amazing night. But every year I’m anxious and nauseated until the first few people arrive. And then the first 2 or 3 challenges are issued and people start to buy raffle tickets… and then I start to feel better. So please, come early and make that happen for me!

If you have any other fundraising ideas, prize donations or other awesome things that you think can help The Moustache Growers Union Local 416647 in our Movember fundraising efforts, please let me know!

And if you would like to make a donation to my moustache, you can do that by clicking right here:

Stay Awesome!

4 years ago

Movember Journal 2013: Day 15

Moustache Banner Day 15Movember is now halfway over. That means that those of you who do not love the look of men all over the place walking around with various stages of moustaches can start counting down to the end.

And it means that all of you who support Movember as a cause that raises money for Men’s Health initiatives have half a month left to spread to word, donate and encourage those Mo Bros and Mo Sistas who have registered and are trying to do good.

It also means that we’re now only 13 days away from #MoChaKaTO! That’s less than 2 weeks. It’s quite exciting and nerve-racking for me… because while we have success every year, I’m still a bundle of anxiety until people are through the doors, the 2nd challenge is called and raffle tickets are selling.

Speaking of the raffle, I can tell you that we’re going to have personal training appointments, beer, a signed Jose Bautista baseball, 3 Jason Rolland (year-long) VIP cards, baked goods from Jess and much, much more available.

Movember Point and Thumbs UpNow, to continue a long standing tradition of photo updates throughout the month of Movember, I present to you my 15 day ‘stache.

And because is still one of my favourite toys on the entire internet, I made a moving pictures to entertain and show off my mid-month cookie duster.

Note: I really do love It’s such a fun little site and if you’re putting on an event and want something a little more special than a regular old photobooth, you should really be contacting them -> Contact Sweetgif

With regards to my moustache, I’m trying. I can tell you that I’m glad it hasn’t come in grey… because I’m finding enough of that in my hair and I shaved a bunch of it out of my beard at the start of the month. Movember Point and Thumbs Up 2

I’d also like to take a second to thank my donors so far this month…

☞ Scott Armstrong

☞ Trish Cassling

☞ Mark Murray (thanks dad!)

And a huge thumbs up to the Moustache Growers Union Local 416647 members who have raised $1095 to date.

That’s a pretty great start considering we always come on strong in the 2nd half of the month and the Movember Challenge Karaoke fundraiser is our biggest push.

If you would like to make a donation to my personal Movember campaign you can clickity-click on this linkity-link. Every dollar counts and every dollar is appreciated.

Thank you very, very, very much.

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