FastLane Successfully Does it Again

Cynthia Cheng

FastLane held its third event of 2009 on April 21.  The event, known being Toronto’s “funnest” after-work networking event, was held at Kultura on King Street East and was focused on community service.  Special guests at the event were from the United Way of Toronto’s GenNext, which offers opportunities for young professionals to make a difference in the community.  Representatives of the division had a table set up with information for all the attendees.

This past event was also the first time FastLane had live entertainment at its events, with performances by musicians represented by Red Room Records, a GTA-based record company located in Brampton.  Red Room Records specializes in a variety of different genres, though their Facebook group seems to be looking for hip hop and R&B at the current time. Another unique guest was that of ibfrank, a mobile grooming service targeting men (they also offer limited services for women).  Ibfrank will go to parties and people’s offices to make sure guys are looking their best.  Services they offer include brow shaping, as well as nail treatments. In addition, their website sells not only skincare products, but accessories, including cuff links and belts, which help make a guy look much more put-together.   Of course, a FastLane event isn’t one without the great guys of HiTech Tattoos there to engrave people’s cell phones and mp3 players, as well as its signature speed networking.

One thing I have to criticize about this month’s event is that the space seemed much smaller than other venues which FastLane has held its events.  The front room was quite narrow, which doesn’t really mix well with open flames.  In addition, since inception, every FastLane event has been on Queen or King Street.  While the next event is going to be in the Yorkville area, I think FastLane should try using a venue in the Annex or on Bayview, between Eglinton and Lawrence as well.  There are plenty of trendy restaurants in the area which would be great for events like FastLane.

Note: The next FastLane event will be held on May 26, 2009.