Toronto Meetup!
posted July 25, 2010 8:48 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat August 14 at 7:00 PM, Local 4
4 Dundonald St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1K2, Canada (Map & Directions)
Come hang out with Torontonians! Board games may happen, drinks and food are a given.
Link to the venue in question. Oh, and at least three MeFites have birthdays within a day of August 14th, so cake may manifest itself in mysterious ways.
posted by Phire to Meetup (50 comments total)

What kind of mysterious ways will cake manifest itself?

Will it appear suddenly with a sparkly transporter effect?

Will it be carried in by a great dane wearing a tutu?

Will the cake be in disguise as an introverted mefite?

I am eager to discover the surprises of the cake manifestations.
posted by typewriter at 6:26 PM on July 25, 2010

Sky cake!
posted by kuujjuarapik at 6:50 PM on July 26, 2010

i like this setup! Metafilter IRL is so great.
posted by gursky at 8:52 AM on July 31, 2010

The coming/maybe list is quite handy.
posted by chunking express at 5:34 AM on August 1, 2010

This is a possibility for me, as I'll be in the area visiting cousins in Missisauga (sp?). Lemme get my plans with them firmed up, and then I'll be able to figure out Saturday. Thanks to typewriter for pointing this out via MeCha.
posted by TrishaLynn at 9:00 AM on August 3, 2010

I'd like to call today or tomorrow and make reservations, since we're going to be a huge group. I'm thinking I'll reserve for 20, but it'd be super helpful if some the maybes could firm up their RSVP? Thanks everyone.

(Cross-posted to MeTa.)
posted by Phire at 9:11 AM on August 3, 2010

Count me as 2. Cheeto is coming too, but I don't think she knows about IRL yet.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 3:33 PM on August 3, 2010

This is looking like more of a reality for me, 'cause my cousin asked me what I wanted to while I was in town next week. I had no idea how to tell him that instead of hanging in Toronto during the week while he's at work, I wanted him to drop me off at the train station on Saturday so I could see some other IRL friends and then meet a bunch of strangers from the Internet for board games before my flight home the next day.

Suggestions? Also, does anyone mind if I bring a deck of Fluxx cards? Or start a 1,000 Blank Cards deck? Ooh... 1,000 Blank MeFi Cards...
posted by TrishaLynn at 8:29 AM on August 4, 2010


Dropping out of this one because I just found out that an older set of Internet-nerd friends are doing their annual TO meeting that weekend and they will have fancy dress and possibly sangria on the porch.

Sorry. :(
posted by TrishaLynn at 9:30 AM on August 4, 2010

Dammit TrishaLynn! We're more important! (Seniority doesn't matter!)

I'm joking. I'm sorry you can't come, but I hope you have a fantastic time with your other gathering. Maybe the Torontonians will crash an NY meetup one of these days.
posted by Phire at 6:10 AM on August 5, 2010

Called and made a reservation for 25... ask for Jenny if you can't spot the nerds. People always drift in and out so we should be good.

If anyone's coming from out of town and nervous about finding the location, feel free to MeMail me for my number.

See you all there!
posted by Phire at 8:35 AM on August 6, 2010 [1 favorite]

Unofficial meet up: 12th at 7:00 at Volo. And by unofficial, I mean, i'll be at the bar at the very least.
posted by chunking express at 9:20 AM on August 6, 2010

I'll be there for the 14th!
posted by Ouisch at 2:51 PM on August 6, 2010

And maybe for the 12th if I am in need of extra beer!
posted by Ouisch at 2:51 PM on August 6, 2010

*Probably* won't be able to make this one. I got a pal riding a bike from Cleveland to Erieau (yes, really) and I'm going to meet him there. So unless somebody's got an Erieau meetup planned (OH HELL YES) I'm going to leave myself as a weak maybe. Maybe, because hey, he might not make it, right?
posted by the dief at 6:33 PM on August 7, 2010

Guys, I have a comedy show coming up on Aug. 18th but for the LIFE of me cannot figure out this IRL Mefi. Can someone help me out and/or if you want to come memail me. I am going to try to make this meetup as well so you can ask me the show deets then too.
posted by SassHat at 10:10 AM on August 8, 2010

there is a slow dance night at the dovercourt--i kind of want to go to, hope to go to this first, and then the dovercourt dance.
posted by PinkMoose at 9:37 PM on August 9, 2010

so i can do this, i will have to leave early, and does anyone know how to tie a tie.
posted by PinkMoose at 1:38 PM on August 11, 2010

I know how to tie a tie!

(Unless it is of the bow variety.)
posted by Sys Rq at 9:05 PM on August 11, 2010

Volo tonight for those who need two meet ups a week, or can't make Saturday. WORD.
posted by chunking express at 9:04 AM on August 12, 2010

Volo update.
posted by chunking express at 1:53 PM on August 12, 2010

If anyone knows what's up with the KW carpool, do you mind MefiMailing me? I think I can tag along (if there's space available)!
posted by thisjax at 10:26 AM on August 14, 2010

Hey, this place is right next to the sacred seed, my brain's favorite refueling station!

In other news I may show up extremely late and drunk because I will be around bathurst and college for a housewarming party and it is fun to wander from venue to downtown venue at night.
posted by tehloki at 10:50 AM on August 14, 2010


So how late are people staying? I have spent the morning trying to wear the new puppy out in Cedarvale Park so my wife and I can come -- we might be as late as 9.45pm. Will people be packing up by then?
posted by randomination at 11:50 AM on August 14, 2010

Most meetups go on quite late, and we're barely warming up by 9:45. But you'll have to bring puppy pictures, OK? (A pic of the puppy puking on Rob Ford's truck would be even better.)

Hey, tehloki! Do stagger on in!
posted by maudlin at 12:59 PM on August 14, 2010

Thisjax, I can get you if the KW krew can't.
posted by saucysault at 1:07 PM on August 14, 2010

Saucysault, I think we've got things figured out. Thanks so much, though!
posted by thisjax at 1:55 PM on August 14, 2010

Yarg, stuck on the road! Might not make it.
posted by generichuman at 2:14 PM on August 14, 2010

I apologize in advance for the tightness of my jeans.
posted by Ouisch at 3:16 PM on August 14, 2010

Thanks maudlin, we will bring pictures.

When the Saudi delegation passed us by on a walk before the G20, we tried to get the dog to do a poo, but no dice. NEEDS MORE TRAINING
posted by randomination at 3:34 PM on August 14, 2010

Darn, I'm not going to make it to this meetup after all. I got sick on Monday, but thought for sure I would be better by today. But no, whatever I got is really hanging on. Have an extra slice of cake for me!
posted by FishBike at 4:05 PM on August 14, 2010

I just finished my laundry and have some reading to do before the dance, so sadly, nopesters
posted by PinkMoose at 4:29 PM on August 14, 2010

Unexpected company at my place...sorry. :( I hope there are pictures of Ouisch's pants.
posted by Hildegarde at 5:39 PM on August 14, 2010

posted by randomination at 6:26 PM on August 14, 2010

I made it after all! Hooray for coincidences! And thanks to Wendy for driving me back to Mississauga.
posted by TrishaLynn at 9:19 PM on August 14, 2010

Conversation overheard outside Local 4 as I departed:

Raucous applause and yelling from within. Without, a Mefite returning to the subway encounters a roaming pack of hipsters.
Hipster in skinny jeans: So what do you guys wanna do?
Hipster in retro hat: I dunno. It's early, though.
Hipster in skinny jeans: Yeah.
Hipster in ugly shirt: We gotta go somewhere.
More raucous applause and yelling from within.
Hipster in retro hat: We should check out what's happening in there.
Hipster in ugly shirt: Sounds like a party.
Hipster in skinny jeans: May as well.

I hope y'all enjoyed the hipsters. And that hipsters like Jenga.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:20 PM on August 14, 2010

I own skinny jeans, retro hats, and ugly thirst. God damn it.

Pictures (or it didn't happen).
posted by chunking express at 6:35 AM on August 15, 2010

I wasn't there either. (Again.)

I neglected to pop my dexys and was consequently in snoozeville most of the day.

Well, at least I know to tighten up my trousers for next time.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:44 AM on August 15, 2010

I missed the Jenga because my internal socializer times out at around 3 hours. So I left just as the fun was getting started. But I hope there was awesome game playing!
posted by Ouisch at 3:32 PM on August 15, 2010

I missed Jenga? And hipsters? Oh well, at least I got in on some hot cupcake action!

It was fantastic to meet everyone, and thanks to Wendy and flex for rides to-and-fro.
posted by thisjax at 3:56 PM on August 15, 2010

OK, that was a really good meetup. It was an awfully muggy night, and some people *cough* ended up draped over the free-standing air-conditioning unit and proposing marriage, but except for a couple of tables on the patio, we had the place to ourselves and were able to talk, eat, drink, and play games just about anywhere we wanted. And once again, we closed the place.

The only thing that sucked was that we were missing a few of you. Next time!

MeFi Meetup Local 4 August 4, 2010

We had absolutely lovely cupcakes, courtesy of the absolutely lovely gursky.

A single, blurry shoutout to FishBike (feel better soon!) I think either Phire or typewriter may have better shots.

The Saga of the Jenga (parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and the final video).
posted by maudlin at 5:52 PM on August 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

Aww, thanks maudlin!
posted by FishBike at 6:11 PM on August 15, 2010

Here's my version of the shout-out, which isn't much better.
posted by Phire at 6:42 PM on August 15, 2010

I'm really sorry to have to say this, but.. That looks more like Bicycle Fish than FishBike.
posted by Chuckles at 12:21 AM on August 16, 2010

My shot of the Bicycle Fish FishBike shoutout. Plus other random shots from the night up as well. Tag yourselves, please!
posted by typewriter at 8:11 AM on August 16, 2010

Ew. The Yahooification of flickr has commenced, I see.

(P.S. I'm glad I'm not the only one for whom Jenga quickly devolves into "fuck it, let's just build stuff.")
posted by Sys Rq at 8:21 AM on August 16, 2010

Ahh! typewriter's shot of the napkin is archival quality!
posted by maudlin at 8:35 AM on August 16, 2010

I really enjoyed this venue - we could actually hear each other talk! Group Jenga was hilarious; Apples to Apples closing out the night was fantastic. Met some great new (to me) people. AAA++++ VERY GOOD TIME WILL MEET UP AGAIN
posted by flex at 9:02 AM on August 16, 2010

I stayed till 11 pm and missed stuff? Man, note to self: TO-folk don't start carousing till late.
posted by TrishaLynn at 2:06 PM on August 16, 2010

Argh, we missed Apples to Apples? I had even brought my copy along but it seemed there were no boardgames in the offing, so it stayed in the bag.

Anyway, Wendy and I had a blast -- nice to see so many fine folks, even f the temperature and humidity were more like a Brazilian rainforest than Toronto.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:48 AM on August 17, 2010

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