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Meet CrackBerry Kevin and the new BlackBerry KEYone!

http://www.ogradyschurch.com/

CrackBerry Kevin is back from Barcelona and Mobile World Congress where BlackBerry Mobile unveiled their new BlackBerry KEYone Smartphone to the world.

Kevin has a couple pre-production units in hand, so if you want to get a look at this newest BlackBerry weeks before you can go the store and buy one, this is your chance! If you love BlackBerry, love CrackBerry, and want to meet CBK and the new KEYone, come say hello. Note, this is just a casual evening of BlackBerry fans coming together and not a hosted party -- just come and go as you please -- and you can order your own food or drinks as you desire. Nothing formal or fancy here! What's guaranteed is lots of nerdy tech and BlackBerry talk and you'll get to see and touch the new KEYone yousrelf! [which means it'll be the bestest and funnest night ever!].

UPDATED WITH LOCATION: OK, we have a Location! The casual come and go meetup is going to be at O'Grady's On Church. That's at 518 Church Street.  They have a big parking lot next door, so parking should be easy.  We're going to have the Second Floor completely to ourselves (about 60 people capacity at any given time), and we'll use half of the first floor as overflow capacity.  So as long as people are coming and going through the night a little bit, we should have plenty of room.  http://www.ogradyschurch.com/ for more info on venue.

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  • Simon

    Good to see you

    March 6

  • Spencer

    Tons of fun with a great host and an awesome phone!

    March 6

  • Fabien

    Fun night, thank you!

    March 5

  • Ray N.

    So sorry that I couldn't make it down. Last minute stuff popped up. Wish I had a chance tryout the KEYone a d meet Kevin and group.

    1 · March 4

    • Brother N.

      Remo, you missed a good night. Hope to see you at the next one.

      1 · March 5

    • Ray N.

      I wanted to make it. If you are ever near Vaughn mills pass by the Brewery. #BBMme PIN:D3740FEA http://www.pin.bbm.co...­

      1 · March 5

  • Adam van N.

    My boy brotherneil!! Congrats

    1 · March 5

  • Andrew M.

    Was lots of fun. I wish their was one more phone going around. It was great meeting Kevin and his team in person.

    March 5

  • Kevin M.

    Huge thanks to everyone who attended the CrackBerry meetup last night. The turnout was absolutely fantastic. It was great to meet everyone and I'm so glad you all had a chance to get an early hands-on with the BlackBerry KEYone. Even better was to see that everyone was as enthusiastic about the phone as I am!

    A couple of quick housekeeping items:

    Winner of the IOU for a BlackBerry KEYone: Instead of giving away one IOU, decided to pull two names from the prize draw! The lucky winners are Daniel Rogatsky and Brother Neil!

    Share your Photos & Thoughts in the CrackBerry forums and on Social: In the CrackBerry forums we have a discussion going about the Toronto Meetup. Here's the link: http://forums.crackberry.com/blackberry-keyone-f445/toronto-crackberry-meetup-mar-4th-2017-a-1101752/ It would be great for those who attended to chime in there with your thoughts on the event & your KEYone experiences!

    Awesome time!

    5 · March 5

    • BriniaSona

      Congrats guys, one day I will win something from CB (BriniaSona). Event was great and Kevin and Co were awesome hosts.

      2 · March 5

    • Lorin H

      Woo congrats to the winners! This was a great meetup and is the definite reason I'd be comfortable pre-ordering this phone. It's everything I'd want as an upgrade from the Q10.

      2 · March 5

  • BriniaSona

    Great host, great times and it made me, someone who probably has social anxiety feel welcome. I even spoke to people, which I NEVER do at social events :D Good job guys

    2 · March 5

  • stefano m.

    Congrats to Brother Neil and Daniel R. Crackberry meetup in T.O was so great. Hope we can do this more frequently. Big thanks to Kevin M and Simon for a chill night with the Keyone. And yes it lives up to the expectations, I can not wait. Smarcuzzi

    1 · March 5

  • henry

    Great staff. Both CB and Ogradys
    Food was a great surprise

    1 · March 5

  • Scott B.

    Thanks for organising it! Fun night!

    March 5

  • Micah H.

    Everyone was so friendly and it was so generous of Kevin to hold this event! It was great to meet Kevin and the crew from CrackBerry as well as all the other BlackBerry loyalists. I am really honoured to have been able to go and get to be one of the first to see the new KEYone. Thank you Kevin and friends!!!

    2 · March 5

  • Daniel Eduardo Adarve V.

    Let's do it again soon!

    1 · March 5

  • stefano m.

    It was great to be one of the first to see the new BlackBerry Keyone and test it out. Hanging out with CBK and some other CB members also rocked.

    2 · March 5

  • Brother N.

    Best meetup ever! The CrackBerry Team were such gracious hosts and really welcomed everyone with open arms. I was think there might be about 40 people at any one time but we PACKED the house! The venue was also amazing with great food and drinks. Launch for this device could not come soon enough - the excitement and anticipation by all attendees was overwhelming. Thanks for having us Kevin and Simon and the folks from O'Grady's!

    4 · March 5

  • Muhaimin R.

    CB (Kevin + Team), THANK YOU for the awesome event and giving us a chance to meet, mingle and play. It was awesome. I'm just really hoping the production KEYone's don't have the keyboard backlight variance, apart from that I think it's safe to say BB/TCL will hit a home run. I didn't know black hub was possible, shiiiii....I can't wait.

    2 · March 4

    • Jerome M.

      I have dark theme Hub on my Samsung :)

      1 · March 4

    • Muhaimin R.

      Awesome. I'm tempted to install BB apps on my android but I feel like I'll enjoy them more when I finally get my hands on the keyone! lol I'm weird like that.

      March 5

  • Mary Margaret K.

    Great night, great venue! Pretty expensive parking in the lot beside O'Gradys though!

    1 · March 4

  • Smokyogi

    My plus 1 just bailed and so I'm flying solo. So if there is a waiting list that should free up a spot. Looking forward to nerding out over the new device and mingling with y'all!

    March 4

  • Calvin C.

    Anyone in the Richmond Hill/Markham area? Was going to take the GO Bus but it's quite a walk from Union.

    March 2

    • Jerome M.

      But we're talking very little money.

      March 3

    • Nolan H.

      You all could take the 1 line (Yellow line) on the TTC to Wellesley Station and walk from there.

      March 4

  • Muhaimin R.

    LOL, god damn I'll make a business card.

    1 · March 4

    • BriniaSona

      Can you print me one too?

      March 4

    • Muhaimin R.

      lol i have an old business card from my previous job i'm planning on using.

      March 4

  • bvr

    By the way, sorry have to cancel.
    Come to Ottawa for a meet up. Will be there for sure!
    Have a lovely day!

    March 4

  • bvr

    Kevin, thanks for doing this meet up. It is efficient and an innovative idea.
    Keep up the good work!
    We love CrackBerry!!!

    March 4

  • Adam van N.

    I think it should just be a blank one if you don't own one.

    March 4

    • BriniaSona

      Yeah, I don;t have one myself but I just went and made one a few minutes ago. I just have to get it printed.

      March 4

  • Ray N.

    My son was playing with my phone and took me off the list. Now I'm on a waiting. 😂

    March 4

    • Brother N.

      Remo just come. If they don't let you in leave the case of beer at the door for us. Thank you

      March 4

  • BriniaSona

    I don't have a business card right now. I could design one in about 3 minutes (graphic designer) but I have no way to print it. Will there be an option for those who do not have one?

    March 4

  • Cindy R.

    Aww, I don't have a business card :(

    March 4

  • Rob G.

    Kevin I seen your email bout giveaway what if we are unable to wait till the end too see who won?

    March 4

  • Shawn H.

    I had dozens of Passport & Classic cases that are collecting dust in my basement.

    If @CrackBerryKevin is okay with it, I could bring them all, and anyone who'd want a case could grab one :)

    6 · March 2

    • Anthony Y.

      BlackBerry Priv

      2 · March 3

    • Rajeev K.

      Ohhhhhh definitely would like one if you got any extras. See you guys tomorrow!

      March 4

  • Andrew M.

    can I bring a +1?

    March 3

  • Christopher G.

    Have you ever seen a 6'Foot #blackberrykeyone @crackberry @crackberrykevin @bbmobile #blackberrymobile Tomorrow at @OGradysOnChurch 7pm Check out @ChrisGoodwin79 on instagram and twitter for photo...

    4 · March 3

  • Herman C.

    There's a waitlist?! CBK, I want to meet you and check out the KEYone!!! I can't drop by for a bit?

    March 3

  • Cindy R.

    Looking forward to meeting you Kevin! 📱

    March 2

  • Kevin M.

    Hey All! Thanks for RSVP'ing. Still working on location, but will follow up with that as soon as we have it locked in. Stay tuned. Will send out an email to everybody who RSVP'd and update the page here once it's confirmed.

    Look forward to seeing you on Saturday night!

    9 · March 1

    • Phil W.

      I know you put a cap on this @ 160, but I REALLY want to meet you (and see the KEYone of course-but the reality is I can wait to see the phone-when am I ever gonna get the chance to meet The Kevin!?!?!)

      1 · March 2

    • Kevin M.

      I raised the cap... since it's a come and go event, we can hopefully accommodate lots of people throughout the evening.

      2 · March 2

  • BriniaSona

    If anyone from Hamilton is going and can provide a ride. PM me or reply here. I might have a ride, but I want to get a for sure yes/no

    March 1

    • BriniaSona

      @Mary: Actually, here. BBM Pin is penguin. I hope I don't get spammed :P

      Is there a BBM channel for this group yet?

      1 · March 2

    • BriniaSona

      Or message me on CrackBerry, I'm BriniaSona there

      March 2

  • Kevin M.

    We have a location!! O'Grady's On Church - 518 Church Street. See update in description above.

    6 · March 2

    • Christopher G.

      Great news. My wife and I will be there. Can't wait to see the KEYone.

      March 2

    • Ray N.

      Looking forward to it. Do we need to print out a ticket

      March 2

  • Hootan Torabi G.

    Sorry Kevin! I don't like the place for meetup. I won't attend and will stick to photos. Thanks BTW

    March 2

  • Ann-Louise

    Great location! Lol can we fit all of us there in a Saturday or are we locking the place up?

    1 · March 2

  • Adam R.

    Can't wait for this event. Have you guys looked at real sports bar? Or maybe something in the esplanade area? There are lots of little spots there.

    March 2

  • Ray N.

    I'm available if it's not too deep not the city. If there is going to be alcohol let me know. I can donate a case from our local brewery in Vaughan.

    3 · March 1

    • Spencer

      Love your guys beer. We have it at WWTO Meetups!

      1 · March 2

    • Ray N.

      Thanks spencer, next meet up is end of March

      March 2

  • Kevin M.

    AMAZING response! I was thinking we'd have 15 people RSVP to show up, and now we're like TEN TIMES that.

    Still hunting for appropriate venues given the amount of people who want to come. Aiming to have venue locked in by end of day Thursday and will update everybody Thursday night or Friday morning worst case. I put a cap now on the RSVPs at 160 people, just so the list doesn't keep growing too big. If you have RSVP'd and can't attend, please update to not-attending just so the spots open up for others.

    Talk soon!

    3 · March 2

    • Allan D.

      Please pick a place with parking.

      1 · March 2

    • Ray N.

      Kevin I would have offered my Craft Brewery Lake Wilcox Brewing up in Vaughan Saturday night but we rented out the space for an event.

      March 2

  • Andrew M.

    Can't wait to see this phone

    1 · March 2

  • Tires On Toro R.

    Kevin, CB team doing a draft-pick between all attendant's dropped in their name signed for a chance to win some CB store giftcard or goodies later to be announced on crackberry.com? (just a thought, I think it would be a great idea to attract new people (at the pub) to join the CB community & therefore further raise awareness and promote the upcoming release of the KeyOne that most will be CB Store customers purchasing off website i assume 85% of the chance

    2 · March 1

    • Tires On Toro R.

      Maybe even a chance to win KeyOne from Crackberry store upon release as #1GRAND PRIZE from CBstore... just a thought - dont kill me lol

      5 · March 1

    • Rajeev K.

      LOL I like the way you think :)

      March 2

  • Rajesh K.

    Firking on King maybe in the basement? Tons of space there. Just a thought.

    2 · March 1

    • Brother N.

      Not really walking distance from Union

      March 1

    • Rajesh K.

      It's not that far. like 15-20 minute walk or so.

      March 1

  • J. Warren F.

    Cant wait

    March 1

  • Lorin H

    I'd recommend https://www.facebook.com/raidersesportscentre/ as a great venue :)

    1 · March 1

  • Websurfworld

    Where is the meetup going to be

    March 1

  • Rajeev K.

    Excited to see it annd CB team!

    ... *secretly swaps Google Pixel customized to work like a Blackberry with old PRIV"

    March 1

    • Lorin H

      If BB could add swipe functions like on OS10 to switch between apps and get to the Hub I would have been using the Priv already :p

      1 · March 1

  • Joseph Jf F.

    Highly anticipated evening
    ..

    March 1

  • Ann-Louise

    Looking forward to this KEYone preview!! I'll bring my Passport to compare.

    March 1

  • Spencer

    I'm excited but I've got a restaurant preview at 6 so I'll be late. Unless we want to push the start time to 8pm...

    March 1

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