COMING RIGHT UP: After Work Drinks Toronto 8 — The Dress for Success Edition

If you want to make the most out of social media, one of the most important things you need to do is meet people. Gone are the days where you can simply exist behind a screen name and expect to change your life — people want a person they can relate to; someone they can understand… and no amount of detail on an online profile ever does this justice.
I met my first online friend back in 2005, and I haven’t stopped since — it’s a massive world out there; how’re you going to know how you fit into it if you don’t start exploring?


After Work Drinks Toronto (or AWDTO) has always been a good place to start doing this. Run by Amanda Blake with help from her boyfriend Graham Rowlands and a cast of friends, AWDTO has always been about enjoying a casual time out with friends (both old and new) over drinks, and preferably on a patio (but definitely not with the weather Toronto’s been having as of late!) I’ve been to a couple so far, and even though I constantly think that I’ve met everyone I could meet on social media in Toronto, I’m always pleasant surprised to come across even more at AWDTO sessions, such as Adeline, who’s a nutritional consultant, brought cupcakes to my birthday party last year and sees me as her “older brother”; and Taylor, who I’d wanted to meet for ages and never got the opportunity to do so!

#AWDTO Movember (166 of 168)

Since the AWDTO Movember edition, AWDTO has given back as a not-for-profit event, and this time is no exception! $5 of every ticket goes back to the Dress for Success charity, which focuses on promoting “the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life” (and coincidentally based out of my church in The Annex!) And if you’re wondering — the rest of the cash goes back to the event and to make sure that future AWDTOs are just as amazing!
This edition of After Work Drinks Toronto will feature:
  • the best of Scotland with an Innis & Gunn sampling;
  • a special pint pricing on Innis & Gunn for AfterWorkDrinksTO guests;
  • a Caribbean getaway with a Special AfterWorkDrinksTO  Mount Gay Rum cocktail prepared by Robin James Wynne @djrobinjames, a Canadian award-winning mixologist and Mount Gay rep;
  • getting fancy with Select Wines for a wine tasting (region TBA);
  • a great selection of canapes to pair with the drinks;
  • live band playing awesome funk and Motown music (dancing encouraged!); and
  • great prize giveaways & swag!

Don’t think for a second that you need to be in downtown Toronto to get in on the AWDTO action — it’s open to anyone, anywhere, who wants a bit of fun, and to sweeten the deal, they’re giving away:

  • a $25 Hailo credit which you could definitely use to get through that rush hour traffic to the event; and
  • 2 tickets to After Work Drinks Toronto (worth $40)!

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter (and feel free to get a few extra entries — you never know when a free taxi ride will come in handy!)

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Also, if you grab your tickets by Sunday, April 14th, you’ll be entered in a draw to win two (2) free Toronto FC tickets valued at $54! So get on it!


So come out. Meet new people. Do something different. After Work Drinks Toronto 8 is $20 in advance (and are no longer being sold at the door — this party’s gotten that live!!!) and at Fynns of Temple Bar on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Find further details at and we’ll definitely see you there!

–case p.

By Casey E. Palmer

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey‘s spent the last few decades in pursuit of creating killer content. From novels as a kid, comics as a teen, to blogs and photos once he could grow a beard, he’ll use whatever’s around him to create amazing stuff.

When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him.

Because a boring life’s not a life worth living!

36 replies on “COMING RIGHT UP: After Work Drinks Toronto 8 — The Dress for Success Edition”

What’re you going to do with your free taxi ride??? – Give it away to any clearly drunk party goers that need a lift home.

“What’re you going to do with your free taxi ride???” I’d use it so I could stay at the event longer. It usually takes me forever to travel to these events as I don’t live in the downtown core. I would definitely take advantage of a free ride 🙂

I would probably use the ride to pop over to Bar Volo. Nice place for fancy beer. Lucky for me I’m already walking distance the the After Work Drinks event.

I’d make sure my gals get home safe–cause I know they love to party!!
Plus they live in Scarberia.

This a great post CP. I’m sort of in that predicament right now too about blogging. I used to blog a long time ago when I was paddling competitively; then stopped. Now, I “need” to blog for my bz but just can’t get it started. It’s like an extended headache serious case of writer’s block or black cloud I have over my ahead. It’s nice to see that your approach is different from what every expert on blogging says.

Thanks for dropping by, Suzanne 🙂 If you think this post really resonates about blogging, I hope you’re ready for what comes next 😀 I have a lot planned to address how we blog, why we blog and how we can do it better — everyone needs to start somewhere, and when you get to the point when you find a rhythm, you’ll figure out what it is you need to do.

But you won’t get there by doing NOTHING, you know? I hope you take the opportunity to just start WRITING and just keep doing it until it’s natural. It’s like flexing a muscle.

It’s not worth it to just stay in the ‘burbs, Alex! You need to come out and spread those social wings every now and then 🙂

I’ve always found the After Work Drinks series a good time — I don’t think this one will be any exception !

I would invite my good friend Kelly out to the bar because I never get to see her now that she lives in Markham and her poor car is sputtering and quickly dying. The lady works hard for her money so I want to treat her right!

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