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Top 5 craziest Toronto-based Indiegogo projects

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It’s been roughly a decade of living through new age media platforms such as Facebook and Youtube. The imminent sense of change and shifting power that these platforms dawned,  from the corporate to the consumer, have also long since ossified. With their benefits came accosting ads, things named “vevo”, rights over intellectual property, and often whacko (even if mostly harmless) privacy laws.

However, DIY lessons have been learned: find your audience first. This is a mantra adopted by a small wave of crowd funding websites such as Indiegogo, Kickstarter and more recently Cinecoup, which give you the chance to raise money before you take any other step in your project. The platform is integrated with all you social media outlets, allowing you to turn avatars into dollars; your social capital into real capital. And with this great power comes a great tsunami of hilarious, wild, and sometimes inspirational, project ideas.

Via Indiegogo here are BlogClique’s 5 strangest funding projects:

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5. Canterlot

CANterlot Con hopes to become the first Brony Con in Toronto, but we need your help to do it!

You must have heard of bronies by now. They’re the adult-male fan base of the My Little Pony cartoon series, which, by the masses, cannot help but succumb to the ageless lessons of friendship and magic. See them educate children here.

Goal: $5,000

Raised: $770

Donator Perk: They dropped the ball here. For such a nutty and ambitous get-together there’s not much other than preferred seating, posters, and buttons. What about a costume? Or some sort of public, ritual display of brony praise? THEY JUST GAVE YOU A THOUSAND DOLLARS AFTERALL! #boring.

http://www.indiegogo.com/canterlotcon2013

4. Bear Cop

Or grab an original poster!

Bear Cop is a short surrealist comedy film about a cop who fights bears who do people crimes. During his battle against the bear menace he uncovers an unbelievable conspiracy.

Meet Stephen T. Corston, a Toronto based independent filmmaker with an ambition for grizzly crime movies. And in case it wasn’t already clear, this isn’t an animation. Bear Cop is planned to become a live action, mind-blowing, visual tour de force. But unfortunately, your time to help has already subsided – he’s already $607.00 above his goal.

Goal: $3000

Raised: $3607.00

Donator Perks: Bear Cop delivers. For a single dollar you can get a personal hand-written letter of thanks. Or, for the entire $3000 funding goal, you get the Bear Cop bear suit!

http://www.indiegogo.com/bear-cop

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3. Sexy Shoes

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I`m Queen Eliza, I`m a boss and money and weak men please me. I insist that you send me money to document my pleasures through camera action which will be edited and artistically composed for public scrutiny and acceptance.

I’ll say it again: with access to great power comes a revelation of some wild ideas. Everybody gets a chance with these crowd-funding websites, even the local dominatrix. Queen Eliza needs funding to get her insult-boner video project off of the ground and into your computer screens.

Goal: $10,000

Raised: $0

Donator Perks: For $20.00 you can get a social media bitch slap, where she’ll “tweet you like a bitch”. Or for $1000 you can get a personal picture as well as the clothes worn in said picture! (wicked).

http://www.indiegogo.com/sexyshoes

2. The Black Don 2: Rise to Power

He took what he wanted and rose to the top of a mob empire with a vengeance

Watch the Black Don trailer and there’s little else you need to know. With their first film winning countless totally real awards and receiving a totally real endorsement by President Barak Obama, The Black Don 2: Rise to Power is poising itself to be the greatest crime movie of all time. Don’t miss your chance to support. You’ll remember where you were the day it drops.

Goal: $25,000

Raised: $0

Donator Perks: For $100 you get a chance to go behind the scenes. Amazing. And for $1000 you get to be a fully fledged on-set intern! Holy shit.

http://www.indiegogo.com/theblackdon-risetopower

1. Gravy Train

The Gravy Train is a small restaurant concept designed to cater to the desire for dunking delectable food into delicious dips. Whoa, that was a mouthful – just like our wings!

Topical! Perhaps a silver lining of Mr. Ford’s appeal victory is a renewed sense of relevance for this ambitious restaurant quirk. The project does find itself struggling, at least on Indiegogo. A dip-centered restaurant doesn’t sounds like a bad idea at all, perhaps  it’s just unclear whether the restaurant’s Ford-inspired name manifests itself as an engaging example of the city’s greatest inside joke, or, instead, as an all too appropriate tribute to its most hated person.

Goal: $20,000

Raised: $2,990

Donator Perks: Private tastings and the chance to be photo shopped into an ol’ timey train-based photo!

http://www.indiegogo.com/the-gravy-train

– by John G

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