Happy Hour Review: WSO Toronto

It had been a hell of a day to travel anywhere in the Northeast.

Winter storm Nemo had just dumped 2 and a half feet of snow in the greater Boston area, and only a little less in New York.
I had been planning to visit Toronto for a while to attend a WSO Happy Hour and see the sights, and the weekend of Feburary 9th also happened to be Chinese New Year. Two things to celebrate in one weekend.

It almost didn't happen. Although my connecting flight from Montreal to Toronto went ahead, I ended up sitting on the tarmac for almost 3 hours while the airport people flailed around helplessly trying to figure out what to do about the blizzard...in Toronto, Canada, of all places. I spent more time on the ground than in the air!

Taxis weren't even accepting calls for pickup, buses and shuttles were off, and even a personal offer from someone in WSO to come and pick me up backfired when their car got stuck in a snow drift.

When I finally met my WSO contact at Union Station, I gave her a bone-crushing hug--her friend who was with her was probably disappointed that she only got a handshake.

I landed at 12 noon and rolled into the Happy Hour at Duke of Devon's pub at 7pm, and man, did In The Flesh need a beer. "Boddington's, PLEASE," I begged the waitress as I took my seat.

Despite the fiendish weather, there were between 15-20 people at the event, a testament to Toronto's 2nd-place position in total WSO traffic (New York being the first). Many weeks of excitement and planning came to fruition as I laughed, caroused, and ate with WSO Toronto, a fine bunch of folks if there ever was one.

True to form, I wore a metal band shirt to mark myself for any headbangers in attendance, and sure enough, I ended up talking to one of them for quite a while about a whole range of topics from my Head of Metal project to Roman Catholicism to the overall attractiveness level of the monkeys in attendance (fear not, it was agreed that we were a pretty consistently good-looking group across the board).

I told a bunch of the classic Happy Hour stories from New York, including the Flake Bear Fight Championship and the Three-Piece Incident, and I also recall wowing one of the attendees by correctly guessing that she was from Sri Lanka. This led to a (rather intense) debate over what exactly constituted an island or a continent--which didn't really matter because her description of where she was from was "a tropical island in the Indian Ocean."

I also met a native Australian, a recently engaged couple, and a student who was regaled with my a capella group experience and my fondness for Johnny Cash.

Overall, we were reminded of just how lucky we all were--some of us working, some of us in school, some of us neither--but we all had a great time. As I said multiple times that night, you could tell it was an excellent happy hour by how many people continued to stick around after the official close-of-event time.

Four of us ended the night at Guvernment Club, and if you know me at all personally you can guess my reaction when I stepped inside (I can hear you laughing, AndyLouis). Four of us entered...but only two of us left.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you're on the fence about it, come to a WSO Happy Hour, order yourself a pint of something delicious, shake a few hands and have a few laughs. You won't be sorry!

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Comments (14)

Feb 12, 2013

Pretty accurate. I could feel you cringing inside the Guv from where I was.

See you in NY!

Feb 12, 2013

Native aussie right here, I'd downed quite a few pints by the time you arrived but still remembered to check out Dark tranquility and At the gates. Surprised you guys went to the guv though, there's plenty of better clubs around town!

Feb 13, 2013
cozza:

Native aussie right here, I'd downed quite a few pints by the time you arrived but still remembered to check out Dark tranquility and At the gates. Surprised you guys went to the guv though, there's plenty of better clubs around town!

Hey, I trusted the local expertise and still had a fun time. :) You should change your username to Mr. Samuel Adams...

Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

Feb 12, 2013

ITF, you forgot to mention dimsum part and me :)

Feb 13, 2013
Ms.Interesting:

ITF, you forgot to mention dimsum part and me :)

Just reviewing the happy hour part here--not sure everybody wants to hear about the rest of the weekend! But yes--meeting Ms. Interesting was also a humbling experience, as you rescued my phone from certain destruction.

Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

Feb 12, 2013

Sounds like a good night out on the town, hopefully the next time the WSO Happy Hour makes a stop in Toronto I'll be in the area.

"Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes."

Feb 12, 2013

Should be going but didn't make it this time. I got stuck in the snow and couldn't find the place. Glad to hear you guys had a great time and I WILL NOT miss next event in Toronto.

You know where you are? You know what to do?

Feb 13, 2013

Glad to hear you made it through! You'll promise to share the details over a pint next week in NYC.
- 3 piece for life.

Feb 13, 2013
guerrillagrrl:

Glad to hear you made it through! You'll promise to share the details over a pint next week in NYC.
- 3 piece for life.

ALL OF IT.

Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

Feb 13, 2013

PLEASE do another one in Toronto on any day one after 7 pm this summer!

Feb 18, 2013
Firefox:

PLEASE do another one in Toronto on any day one after 7 pm this summer!

After 7pm, the chances that you'll find us slamming back shots in a club somewhere rise significantly.

Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

Jul 5, 2014

Any word on if there will be a Toronto happy hour this summer?

Jul 6, 2014

Email Andy and ask for the Toronto Happy Hour chair :)

Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

Jul 6, 2014
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