15th anniversary in the GTA
posted June 26, 2014 1:55 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat July 19 at 8:00 PM, Jason George
100 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1E1, Canada (Map & Directions)
The venue has changed! We are now meeting at the Jason George on Front St.

So hey, Metafilter turns 15 in July and we should take this excuse to get together on a patio somewhere and drink and eat food, especially since our last meetup was in March. We're going to meet at 8 PM at the Jason George on July 19th. Join us!
posted by Phire to Meetup (71 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

I could do the 19th.
posted by grouse at 3:22 PM on June 26, 2014


19th is better for me as well.
posted by quaking fajita at 6:03 PM on June 26, 2014


I think I can do the 19th as well.
posted by chunking express at 7:29 PM on June 26, 2014


The 19th works for me.
posted by routergirl at 8:27 PM on June 26, 2014


I'm in like Flynn for the 19th!
Good initiative Phire, thank you.
Other cities put us to shame... Toronto we gotta do better!
posted by cranberrymonger at 8:53 PM on June 26, 2014


I'm interested to hear more.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 4:02 AM on June 27, 2014


One more vote for the 19th. Would be nice to see everyone again.
posted by eric1halfb at 4:14 AM on June 27, 2014


Hey, I might be in Toronto from the 10th to the 14th, any chance of doing it on the 12th? I promise to wear pants and act mostly civil.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:28 AM on June 27, 2014 [1 favorite]


Or even the 11th if that would work for people occupied on the 12th?
posted by gman at 5:41 AM on June 27, 2014


Any night except the 6th works for me. I happen to live near the Jason George which has a great patio.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 6:11 AM on June 27, 2014 [1 favorite]


I am still new-ish to mefi and have never been to a meetup but I suppose the 15th anniversary might be a good time to start. But is anyone else going to be a newbie or will you guys all know each other already?
posted by mr. manager at 7:17 AM on June 27, 2014


There's always a mix of people at meetups, some who know each other fairly well and some people that are meeting for the first time. No need to worry that we'll all be sitting around talking about stuff that happened at the last meetup.

(Though, if Maudlin shows up, I imagine there will be at least some discussion of how things went, when she had her stitches out, etc.)

(Stitches resulting from a Metafilter meetup are atypical and not to be expected.)
posted by jacquilynne at 8:11 AM on June 27, 2014 [1 favorite]


mr. manager: We just say "Manager." And the first meet-up I ever went to was the 10th anniversary meetup! It was a pretty big group that time and everyone was extremely friendly and no one was in a clique or anything. You should go. :)
posted by cranberrymonger at 8:39 AM on June 27, 2014 [1 favorite]


I can make either the 12th or the 19th (though the 12th is still the Fringe Festival), and so can the fiance. He and MeFi share a birthday, so this will be especially fun!
posted by ilana at 8:53 AM on June 27, 2014


I've moved to the city and meant to organize a meetup when I came, but then my anxiety got the best of me. I'm in for either!

And Mr. Manager, I've been to exactly one meetup in late 2012, and everyone was delightful and welcoming. Don't think twice about it.
posted by Lemurrhea at 9:29 AM on June 27, 2014


I make it a point to be a jerk to anyone I don't know.
posted by chunking express at 10:03 AM on June 27, 2014 [2 favorites]


You know, there's no reason we can't have two meetups, one on the 19th for the anniversary and one for Brandon when he comes to Toronto. (The 11th would work better for me personally.) Does that work?
posted by Phire at 10:32 AM on June 27, 2014 [2 favorites]


I've only ever been to one meetup and I've never managed to get to a second one. Surely to heaven if two are being planned I could make it to one or the other. Brandon, are you actually for sure coming to Toronto or is this still at the "maybe could be " stage?
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 5:49 PM on June 27, 2014


I can do the 11th too I am pretty sure.
posted by chunking express at 6:28 PM on June 27, 2014


I pretty sure if there's a meet up on 11 or 12th I could be there. The 19th is almost certainly out of the question for me.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:32 PM on June 27, 2014


Naturally, after having written the above, it looks like plans fell through, so carry on without me.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:27 AM on June 28, 2014


Dang, I literally signed onto MeFi just now so I could post another meetup for you, Brandon. You sure you can't swing it?
posted by Phire at 8:45 AM on June 28, 2014


Pretty sure, let's just kill it for now.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:50 PM on June 28, 2014


Dude, I was just joking, I won't be a jerk to you.
posted by chunking express at 3:15 PM on June 28, 2014 [1 favorite]


To be fair, chunking express is well known for his intimidating stature.

Since July 19th seems like it works for most people, let's do that weekend. Jason George was floated as an idea for a venue; I also rather like the Amsterdam Brewhouse by the waterfront (plus they are gigantic). Does anyone have any preferences or other suggestions?
posted by Phire at 4:06 PM on June 28, 2014 [2 favorites]


Well I can't make any of the dates mentioned. Therefore you are all jerks, including and particularly chunking express.
posted by Brockles at 5:09 PM on June 28, 2014


Google maps tells me that either of the suggested venues are about 10 minutes from my house. Therefore, I'm in.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 6:17 PM on June 28, 2014


I would vote for the Brewhouse if only for their delicious beer (Why yes, I did move 5 minutes away from their retail location and know everyone there by sight already), but am good with whatever.
posted by Lemurrhea at 6:28 PM on June 28, 2014


Yeah both are fine with me. I have a slight preference to the Jason George but I'd go to either.
posted by cranberrymonger at 6:30 PM on June 28, 2014


I haven't been to the new Amsterdamn place, and I like their beer. I am easy if people like her other place more.
posted by chunking express at 6:50 PM on June 29, 2014


I'm inclined to push for the Amsterdam in case we get a large turnout, since the Jason George looks smallish and we'd probably wind up taking over their patio. Would people be okay with that? Next meetup at the Jason George?
posted by Phire at 7:55 AM on June 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


So only one meetup? On the 19th? At Amsterdam?
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 1:27 PM on June 30, 2014


Unless someone else strenuously objects!
posted by Phire at 2:08 PM on June 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


I strenuously agree! If I can afford it, derp.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 3:06 PM on June 30, 2014


posting here so that i will be kept in the loop about this. i'd love to come.
posted by oog at 7:08 PM on June 30, 2014


I strenuously agree also. :)
posted by cranberrymonger at 8:57 PM on June 30, 2014


I like the Amsterdam place. It's a good choice.
posted by grouse at 3:24 AM on July 1, 2014


Awesome, I've changed the event to confirmed with the date and venue listed. If people could update whether or not they can make it in the sidebar, I'll try to call in a reservation closer to the date.

Excite!
posted by Phire at 11:05 AM on July 1, 2014 [1 favorite]


Thanks for organizing everything!
posted by Lemurrhea at 5:33 PM on July 1, 2014 [1 favorite]


If anyone gets nervous about going to the meetup, just pipe up in the thread. I am willing to cajole, encourage, or even show up at your doorstep and drag you out by your hair. In a nice way.
posted by cranberrymonger at 5:32 PM on July 4, 2014


I am out of town the weekend of the 19th! Booooo! It's ok tho cause you guys are great and you'll have lots of fun anyway!
posted by SassHat at 12:51 PM on July 8, 2014


nobeagle and I would really like to come! Are any of you available to babysit for us that night? Oh. Wait. Sigh.
posted by VioletU at 4:09 PM on July 10, 2014


The 15th anniversary seems like as good an occasion as any for my first MeFi meetup. Having talked myself out of coming out before, though, I wouldn't be averse to a bit of cajoling.
posted by kilo hertz at 4:12 PM on July 10, 2014


Quick reminder that the meetup is this Saturday, and it shall be awesome! Can I get people to update their RSVP status if it has changed in the past few weeks, so I have a more accurate idea of headcount before I call the Brewhouse? Thaaaank you.
posted by Phire at 7:19 AM on July 15, 2014


I'm afraid I must drop out. Sorry.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 7:42 AM on July 15, 2014


Noooooo fffm noooooooo
posted by Phire at 11:14 AM on July 15, 2014


I'm still a YES.
posted by chunking express at 7:16 PM on July 15, 2014


Still yes!
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 7:26 PM on July 15, 2014


Sorry, Phire, but finances do not permit. And before anyone says it, I have enough debt sitting on my shoulders (both financial and social) to want to add any more.

Will try to make it to the next TO meetup if possible.

Have fun everybunny! Happy Birthday cat-scan.com MeFi!
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 9:38 PM on July 15, 2014


Still yes for sure!
posted by Lemurrhea at 4:38 AM on July 16, 2014


Argh. I am flying out of the island airport that afternoon. My regards to you all.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:29 AM on July 16, 2014


Update! So apparently all of Toronto wants to drink at the Amsterdam Brewhouse. Which I guess is not entirely surprising. They absolutely would not make a reservation (I even tried cajoling their events coordinator), and told me that we'd be waiting a pretty long time to be seated even if I showed up early and put my name down on a waiting list.

So I made a reservation for 20 people at the Jason George for 8 PM instead - ask for Jenny. They're happy to do separate checks and it sounds like they're fine with flexible numbers if (hint hint) some of our Maybes join us.

Super grateful to feckless fecal fear mongering for having recommended this place earlier so I had a back-up I could call instead of running around like a headless chicken :) Happy to buy you a drink at the next meetup!

See you all Saturday!
posted by Phire at 11:22 AM on July 17, 2014 [1 favorite]


Wheeeee!
posted by typewriter at 3:18 PM on July 18, 2014


Yayayayayayayayaya!
posted by cranberrymonger at 4:37 PM on July 18, 2014


If it's not too late to RSVP, I'm going to try to get there tonight.
posted by sardonyx at 1:15 PM on July 19, 2014


Never too late! The more the merrier...and I'm sure the bar wouldn't say no to more patrons, either.
posted by Phire at 2:22 PM on July 19, 2014


Four of us are here and we are in the second room (on the right-hand side)! Join us!
posted by Phire at 5:04 PM on July 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


Now there are nine!!!
posted by cranberrymonger at 5:13 PM on July 19, 2014


Unlucky thirteen. Someone else -- OK 15 now. We're safe.
posted by maudlin at 5:32 PM on July 19, 2014


Coming!
posted by typewriter at 5:46 PM on July 19, 2014


Great to see everyone! Such a nice turnout. There were over twenty people there when I left. Happy 15th Metafilter!
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 8:21 PM on July 19, 2014


It was nice to meet you all! Hopefully I can make it out to some future meetups.
posted by cozenedindigo at 8:34 PM on July 19, 2014


It was great to see/meet the gang.

I took some photos (not good, not many) and here is the Flickr link.
posted by cranberrymonger at 10:46 PM on July 19, 2014


I should say the contents of the photos are lovely :)
posted by cranberrymonger at 10:48 PM on July 19, 2014


It was amazing. Sorry I didn't speak to a third of you—at least. I didn't get out of my chair for most of the night, I'm so lazy.
posted by chunking express at 11:19 PM on July 19, 2014


That was great! Sorry we had to leave early - our silly friends got engaged and decided to have their party the same night - but it was really nice to see everyone!
posted by ilana at 11:22 PM on July 19, 2014


Definitely a great time! And it wasn't even raining for the bike ride home.
posted by Lemurrhea at 11:58 PM on July 19, 2014


Thank you so much Phire for organizing this. We had a great time meeting a nice bunch of people. Coming to another meet-up is definitely on the agenda. And thanks also to cranberrymonger for the pictures. You do take really good selfies.
posted by sardonyx at 7:48 AM on July 20, 2014


I had such a lovely time! Thanks to everyone who braved the rain and made it out. The Jason George is a fantastic venue.

Here's the posting for the board game meetup if people want to chime in on that. Let's make this thing happen!
posted by Phire at 10:33 AM on July 20, 2014


Sorry I missed it -- I decided to go camping instead, which in damp hindsight may have been the wrong call.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 3:06 PM on July 20, 2014


I'll echo the sentiments that a great time was had. I'm looking forward to the next one already!
posted by kilo hertz at 12:40 PM on July 21, 2014



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