Want some Beer4Breakfast?
London Community News
By Mallory Clarkson/London Community News/Twitter: @MalloryClarkson
One group is looking to put an end to the longstanding argument of which university or college town throws the best house parties. Through a filmed competition, Beer4Breakfast will be going to cities across Canada — including London — in an effort to reward the students who can throw the craziest party.
“We basically want to put an end to the debate and figure out which school throws the best house party with beautiful videography and captivating hosts, we hope to deliver a product that everyone can enjoy,” said Michael McCrudden, host, creator and producer of Beer4Breakfast.
The concept behind the show is to have active hosts evaluate the parties with the A, B, C marking system and will be based on the students’ performance in a number of categories, including party tricks, originality, team morale, accommodations and shock factor.
Once a season is finished, members of the top party house will win a trip.
While a bartender, DJ and photographers, as well as things like a fog machine and laser lights, will be provided by the Beer4Breakfast team, the students have to up their game by providing exciting and unique entertainment for the hosts and guests.
“That’s what we’ve put up to them — what makes you original?” McCrudden said. “But these things just can’t just have 20 friends over and play Twister — that’s not really going to suffice.
“That’s part of casting too, if their ideas are just mundane and regular, well they probably won’t make it on the show.”
McCrudden explained Beer4Breakfast is looking for “the cool kids in town” through its casting process.
“A whole house of girls is fine, a co-ed house or a bunch of guys, either or, as long they’ve got strong personalities, a lot of confidence and a bit of a reputation in town for throwing good parties,” he said, adding there’s no cost associated with the casting call or having the show filmed at your house.
But when it comes to London, McCrudden stressed both Fanshawe College and Western University students have a fair shot at being named the house with the best house parties; it just depends on who comes forward with the best ideas. He added the show has no affiliation with any post-secondary institution.
What set the McMaster University-attending party throwers apart during the casting call for the pilot episode, McCrudden explained was the fact they managed to put a pool in their house and had wrestling competitions. That episode will be launched Sept. 26.
As with throwing any house party, hosts run the risk of having police officers show up on their front door at any time for things like noise complaints. Considering the nuisance bylaw that was implemented in the wake of the Fleming Drive riots earlier this year, that risk could increase.
McCrudden stressed the show covers off all of its bases by having everyone sign waivers, making sure there’s no underage drinking, enforcing rules like all partiers must arrive at the house in a sober state, which are enforced by a security team.
As for being shut down by the police, McCrudden said the Beer4Breakfast team will keep things as professional as possible.
“I’ll have to research these bylaws, but we keep things as contained indoors as possible,” he said, adding that’s something the security team will take care of. “If there’s a bunch of people loitering in the street outside, that’s what’s going to get things shut down.
“So we’ll have a game-plan in place, take the necessary precautions and if speaking with the police ahead of time is something we’ll have to do, of course we’ll do that.”
Casting for the London edition of Beer4Breakfast has already opened and will close towards the school year in March.
For more information on the show or to view the trailer, visit http://beer4breakfast.ca.
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