The annual ideas conference is streaming live, and there are some promising speakers on this year's slate.
Getting underway right now: the TEDx Toronto conference. Inspired by the TED conference, which brings an eclectic collection of thinkers together to discuss their work in ways that are accessible to a general audience, TEDx Toronto is independently organized but working in the same vein. They are also livestreaming the conference so those not able to attend in person can follow along. Speakers are experts in everything from nanotechnology to sexual education, and if previous years are any indication the results will also be mixed.
A few we speakers we particularly have our eyes on: Brandon Hay (speaking at 11:05 a.m.), founder of the Black Daddies Club; Joshna Maharaj (3:40 p.m.), who is currently working on reinventing hospital food and making it something you’d actually want to eat—as well as fresh, healthy, and locally sourced; and closer David Miller (5:30 p.m.), who has been a bit more forthcoming lately with his views on his mayoral successor.
One programming note: Jeff Melanson, executive director of the National Ballet School and until recently the arts advisor to Mayor Ford, will not be speaking as scheduled.