Food for Thought: Addressing Hunger Amidst Toronto’s Booming Culinary Scene

Photo Courtesy of Second Harvest
Photo Courtesy of Second Harvest

The vibrant food scene in Toronto has cemented itself as a standout culinary destination in North America. From delectable Italian food found in the West End, to the vibrant Kensington Market, you’re bound to stumble across an incredible dining experience wherever you go.

And the fact that 47% of Torontonians speak a different language than the country’s native English or French truly attests to the diverse cuisines and influences found across the

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The Heroes of Gotham: Overcoming Stereotypes in Women’s Roller Derby

Courtesy of Gotham Girls Roller Derby (Youtube)
Courtesy of Gotham Girls Roller Derby (Youtube)

“Fostering and promoting the physical and mental strength, and independent spirit of amateur female athletes.” This is the universal message and mission behind Gotham Girls Roller Derby in New York City.

And it’s not taken lightly by anyone who truly knows roller derby — these players mean business.

Gotham Girls was one of the first leagues to break out of the modern resurgence of roller derby in 2001. Now 200 members strong and with 13 successful

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The Blueprint to Independent Music Festival Success

Standon Calling Festival
Standon Calling Festival, Hertfordshire

Start your own company, manage your own bar, host your own music festival; these are dreams people aspire to achieve but few ever do. Yet, Alex Trenchard, the founder of Standon Calling Music Festival made it possible. Albeit, this was a dream he never even knew about until it happened.

More than ‘Just a Party’

How does one even start a music festival?

For Alex, it began as a barbeque for him and 100 of his closest friends to celebrate his 23rd birthday at his parent’s manor

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Now Accepting Payments in Swiss Francs

Switzerland

As our network grows we’re faced with the realization of operating in a global marketplace.

It is up to us to ensure our product and platform performs everywhere. Our organizers and fans depend on it.

Starting today, organizers using Universe in Switzerland will be able to accept payments and process transactions in Swiss Francs.

Ticket buyers are the first to benefit from localized payments. By setting the event location to any city in Switzerland

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New Brazilian Currency Opens Opportunities In South America

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

In honor of the Rio Carnival, Universe is heading south! We are excited to introduce our latest currency, the Brazilian Real. Event organizers in Brazil now have the ability to transact, process payments, and withdraw funds in their native currency.

Brazil marks the first South American country to be serviced by Universe. In recent years, it has hosted some of the world’s top events including, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Brazil

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Events & Invites: 3 Ways to Land That Meeting

Events & Invites: 3 Ways to Land That Meeting
Events & Invites: 3 Ways to Land That Meeting

In the events world, we have a lot to compete for. Brands are constantly vying for the attention of new clients and fans, which means the floodgates are open for salespeople to seek them out and close deals.

Industry staples such as CES and Dreamforce are consistently growing year over year. Attendance at SXSW this year, for example, grew 11% over 2015, giving brands and tech companies  ample opportunity to insert themselves into conversations around technology and innovation.

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The Unsung Heroes Behind Every NYE Event

The Unsung Heroes Behind Every NYE Event

Many of us build up New Year’s Eve to be that special moment in time, symbolizing change and new beginnings. It’s in our nature to strive for self-betterment as we look forward to a bigger and brighter year ahead. This comes with new resolutions, new goals, and new commitments that we hope to all keep (at the very least until the end of January).

To help ring in the New Year, people look to celebrate with close friends or other like-minded individuals who want

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How to Build an Email Marketing Contact List that Doesn’t Go to Waste

How to Build an Email Marketing Contact List that Doesn’t Go to Waste
How to Build an Email Marketing Contact List that Doesn’t Go to Waste

When it comes to email marketing, the golden rule applies a million-fold. Do unto others as you’d want others to do unto you.

Here’s the story: every morning, hundreds of millions of people activate their smartphones and scroll through emails that have come in. Many of them will click through, engage, comment, and write back for more info. Plenty will leave but remember you. There’s

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The Future of Event Payments

The Future of Event Payments
The Future of Event Payments

Collectively, we are a new kind of generation.

One that discounts the paradox of possessions.

Rather, we cherish the value created by experiences.

We actively pursue experiences; from which we seek connection, lasting memories and a true sense of intrinsic value.

As an organization, our core mission at Universe is to bring people together through live experiences. Everything from our partnerships to our technology is built with this mission in mind. We’re

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Payment Plans Have Arrived

Payment Plans Have Arrived
Payment Plans Have Arrived

People prefer to spend money on experiences.

Recent research tells us the share of the share of consumer spending on live experiences and events relative to total consumer spending in the United States has nearly doubled since the late 80s.

Millennials, in particular, are propelling this growth. When asked, more than three in four would prefer to spend money on an experience over buying a material good.

With live experiences on the rise, we’ve sought

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