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!
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
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;
- a 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!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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 http://afterworkdrinksto.eventbrite.com/ and we’ll definitely see you there!