The social event of the year that inspires the IT community to work together to beat cancer

What is Techapalooza?

This concert event brings together 5 to 7 bands comprised of talented musicians who work in the I.T. sector. Bands perform for an enthusiastic crowd that votes for their favourite band to be crowned “Fan Favourite.” …all while rockin’ the night away to raise money for CancerCare Manitoba Foundation (CCMF).

When did this all start?

When Techapalooza was first held in 2012, we had a sell-out crowd of over 300 and raised $25,000 for CCMF. Due to the global pandemic, Techapalooza 2021, was held online in a March Madness style bracket tournament! Bands had their favourite 2020 tracks pitted against each other, and winners (determined through ‘Groupie’ donations) moved to the next round.. We enjoyed 6 weeks of band battles, and we raised $54,000 for CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. Now that we have a roarin’ return to live entertainment, we are targeting to raise $110,000 to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

When and where is this event being held?

Saturday, September 10, 2022
Club Regent Event Centre

The Layovers, 2020 Fan Favourite
1st Annual Techapalooza, Feb. 16, 2012, The Park Theatre

What happens the night of Techapalooza?

Each band performs 1 set not more than 25 minutes long. Order of appearance is determined by the Musical Director. Audience members will vote for their favourite band of the evening using an app available on the home page of the website. The band receiving most votes will be named “Fan Favourite”.

Basket-Case Sensitive, 2020 Techapalooza
Great West Life Top-Secret Rosies, Techapalooza 2019
TH!NK P!NK, Techapalooza 2016

How does the band thing work?

  • We can only accept a maximum of 6 bands
  • Band members must work in the Information
  • Technology sector:
    • the I.T. department of a corporation or government organization
    • the I.T. vendor community
    • I.T. education
    • Or belong to an IT association (e.g., ICTAM, CIPS, PMI, etc.)
  • Bands can be comprised of members from different organizations.
  • Each band is allowed 2 “ringers” from outside the I.T. sector
  • Bands need to apply to participate
  • Bands will be selected by the Techapalooza selection panel led by the musical director
  • Bands are strongly encouraged to adopt a distinct musical theme or genre and a fun name that is a play on I.T. terminology
  • Bands are limited to a 25-minute set

All band members are volunteers, working hard to entertain and raise funds for CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. They receive no remuneration for their performance.

How are the bands selected?

Bands must apply to participate no later than October 31, 2021.

Band and Individual Application forms can be filled out and submitted at techapalooza.ca.

The selection panel is the Techapalooza organizing committee led by the Musical Director.

Selection criteria include:

  • Eligibility (working in the I.T sector with no more than 2 ringers)
  • Performance experience level
  • Musical style, genre, and theme
Super Geek, Techapalooza 2014

Where do the funds raised go?

100% of the net proceeds for this event go to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation where all funds stay in Manitoba to support cancer research, education, and patient support programs.

NOTE: Ticket sales cover event expenses such as venue, AV, food, marketing and promotion.

Where can I get tickets?

Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased online at techapalooza.ca.

Each ticket provides you with entry to the event, great food, great entertainment and 1 vote for your favourite band. Refreshments are available for purchase.

How do I become a sponsor?

Complete the sponsorship application form available here.

Questions? Email: Michael.Aldor@techapalooza.ca

How do I become a volunteer?

Techapalooza needs over 30 volunteers for the evening of the event. Volunteers are not required to purchase a ticket. There are a variety of jobs and skills needed.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at info@techapalooza.ca.

How can I donate? Become a Groupie!

Click Here for details

How do I get more information about the event?

Revisit techapalooza.ca for future updates about the event or send your questions to info@techapalooza.ca.

  • LIKE us on our www.facebook.com/Techapalooza
  • Follow us on www.instagram.com/Techpalooza
  • Find our page on LinkedIn

How can I get my organization involved? Become a concert promoter!

We are looking for volunteers from our sponsors and other organizations to promote Techapalooza to their co-workers.
Concert promoter will have access to posters and admission tickets to sell.

If you want to incorporate a Techapalooza event into your next team meeting, we’d be happy to send some committee members out and help you promote!

Who are the Techapalooza volunteers?

The Techapalooza committee is comprised of volunteers who receive no remuneration for the efforts. This year’s volunteers are:

Techapalooza Board:
Carl Strempler: Chair, Solvera Solutions
Michael Aldor: Fundraising, MNP
Debbie Riendeau: Charity Liaison, Solvera Solutions
Dana Neal: Pre-Production, Luxoft
Chelsea O’Dell: Assistant Event Producer, Wawanesa Insurance
Lindsay Sinclair: Front of House, Pinnacle
Ian McLeod: Support for Front of House, BeachHead
Rob Weins: Event Support, Vmware
Laura Hofmeister: Marketing and Communications, Solvera Solutions
Sana Mahboob: Social Media, Prairies Economic Development Canada
Stephanie Lambert: Content Editor, Rossbrook House Foundation
Randy Dutka: Creative, Scootaround
Mark Godliano: Photographer, Mark Godliano Photography
Marissa LeSire: Finance and Legal, MNP
Dan Major: Technical Support, Priceline Partner Network