@JeffaCubed here .: I’m quite sure, almost certain, that every Canadian has at one point in time *wished* that there was a viable alternative to the traditional, contract-laden telecommunications packages being pedaled to Canadians. Throw in the rampant customer-dis-service that the vast majority of Canadians have been subject to via a traditional telecommunications provider – and well, you have the perfect storm for something wonderfully disruptive. Well, that positive disruption is rapidly coming into view folks , and that beacon of light on the “big-audio-pipe” communication landscape can be found in a San Francisco based cloud-communication startup called Twilio. As a Canadian Entrepreneur | Dot.:Connector | Musician who has spent a sizeable amount of time consulting + working (and racking up outrageous cellular roaming minutes…) throughout the US + Canada, I’ve been searching/hacking/imaginating (a word_ish) a point-in-time where I could co-create/hack/build a reliable, global telecommunications platform that fit our needs, not necessarily the needs of the traditional communications industry. Amazing services like SkypeOut complete part of that global communication puzzle – unfortunately we Canadians are at present blocked from leasing a SkypeIn number for Canadian area codes (i.e 604, 514, 416, etc…). My close friends, family and virtual-colleagues can attest to my recent unbounded-enthusiasm in harnessing these cloud-based communication tools that Twilio has made available (cloud API’s, OpenVBX, mobile + browser integration) to *finally* build + test + implement a modern web 3.0 communication platform specific to my own business and personal needs. The near-future communication possibilities are stunningly diverse + positively disruptive, particularly the potential that Twilio Client opens up for communication integration (in a  few simple line of code) within/between/across mobile apps. I could go on, but instead I re-wrote + -re-mixed + produced a YouTube version of a recent song I wrote entitled “Chanson Pour Vous – Twilio Canuck Version”, just for the creative folks at Twilio.

Freelance Camp Vancouver 2011 Afternoon sessions *note*  Many+ thanks to Raul Pacheco-Vega (@Hummingbird604) for co-organizing this years 604 FreelanceCamp in concert with the wonderful folks at The Network Hub.

I had a tonne (Cdn-metric-tonne) of fun recording/editing/mixing this project, and hope this unique + creative entry snags me the Twilio prize of a trip down to their developer conference, being held in San Fransciso between September 20 – 22, 2011.  If you like this song/video/project, please feel to share it across the interwebs. Twitter hashtag for the upcoming Twilio conference = #twiliocon. The image of the “red Twilio Chucks” in the multimedia-box (upper-right-corner) is live-linked to the Twilio Flickr Photostream.

I originally wrote “Chanson Pour Vous” (title translation from French = Song For You) for a friend (named Stanley) down in Houston, Texas. The song eventually dove-tailed with a series of lyrics in anticipation of game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals between The Vancouver Canucks & The Boston Bruins ~ June of 2011. As of late, “Chanson Pour Vous” is dedicated to whoever it needs to be dedicated to at any given time. This version was re-written specifically for the cool-cloud-based-communication folks “Twilio” down in San Francisco. Their cloud based communication API + OpenVBX project makes up the final piece in a IP communication puzzle I’ve been working on for quite some time – to genuinely build an open + web 3.0 communication platform (voice/sms/telephony) that works for Canadians. Kinda like GoogleVoice + SkypeIn .: for Canadians. “Chanson Pour Vous – Twilio Canuck Version” lyrics are:

The frequencies are getting clear,

Your IP call is ringing here.

“Chanson Pour Vous, Chanson Pour Vous”

We can’t get no Google Voice,

CRTC restricts our choice.

“Chanson Pour Vous, Chanson Pour Vous”

No SkypeIn – yes it’s a drag,

The great white north, just pack your bags.

“Chanson Pour Vous, Twilio For You”

We engineer – in reverse,

Your API is routing first.

“Chanson Pour Vous, Twilio For You”

Just when you think it’s in the bag,

You know that luck and calls can lag.

“Chanson Pour Vous, Twilio For You”

The frequencies are getting clear,

Your API is routing here.

“Chanson Pour Vous, Twilio For You”

“Chanson Pour Vous – Twilio Canuck Version” (original song + lyrics + images by Jeff Arsenault [aka @JeffaCubed] Summer/Fall 2011).

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