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Brian Gatien
05-26-2008, 05:08 PM
Since it seems that the last effort for a social in the centre of the Canadian cosmos did not come to fruition, I am going to wade in from the north.

As we know, Nicole Boenig McGrade will be in Toronto on the 18, 19 June. I suggest getting together on Thursday, 18 June or Friday, 19 June to welcome her to Canada. After, of course, the natural light dims.

An alternative, or additional date, is 28 June, the day before Les McLean Day on 29 June. That may have to be moved to the end of the day on the 29th since he has some difficulty with Canadian beverages and he should be at least semi-conscious during his workshop (full or not-so-full bladder notwithstanding).

Time and location to follow depending on response. The likely neighbourhood will be Eglinton and Yonge, Mount Pleasant, Bayview or thereabouts.

Any takers?


05-26-2008, 05:22 PM
I would like that

Les McLean
05-26-2008, 05:24 PM
Brian, I'm in Toronto from 14th June until 3rd July but I do have committments with the Pride Workshop from 26th to 29th June, also a visit to White Pines to do some scouting for the Cornish Workshop in October. Why not try to arrange a time that both Nicole and myself can be at the shindig. I'll keep an eye on this thread during the next two weeks.

Do try to drum up some enthusiasm for the wonderful amber falling down water Brian. The folks who might attend the evening you are trying to arrange here would surely enjoy seeing you in the condition you were in when we were all at White Pines in February. :)

05-26-2008, 05:40 PM
Oooh... count me in! I am going to Toronto from the 16th to the 19th or 20th, to meet Nicole and others. Keeping an eye on this thread!

Bob Carnie
05-26-2008, 05:43 PM
Ok .. so I suggest a bbq in honour of the Austrailian gal, we can throw on some shrimps to make her feel at home.
As well we will have some brew to please Les and Brian,, the bushmills are their problem.

I am thinking the Fri 20th evening after Nicoles workshop so Les will be present as well,, My humble home can be the location for the bbq,for those staying at the Roe Hampton it is a 3min walk... small back yard but comfortable.
So all APUGers are welcome and workshop attendees,, bring your stuff to eat or we will supply hamburgers and dogs..
If you want to attend pm me and I will provide the address.


David William White
05-26-2008, 05:46 PM
That sounds great! I can finally meet some APUG people in real life!

Bob Carnie
05-26-2008, 05:49 PM
Great Suzzane it will be wonderful to meet you again,
Springfield is about a 9 hour drive..
We do have people coming from New Haven , Waterford Conneticut area as well as Northern Ontario and Michigan for Nicoles workshop, so this will truly be a international event.

Also ,,, news fresh off the airwaves.....

Nicole workshop is almost completely full, we are now booking for the Mon and Tues the following week to do a repeat.

Looks like lots of people are looking forward to seeing you... No pressure now.

Brian Gatien
05-26-2008, 08:52 PM
Great that you have donated your backyard. So it is definitely the 20th June at Carnie's place. I will get the first three or four rounds. Just make sure that there are no flammable materials and a firepit if McLean is going to be there. I will gladly sacrifice my brain to drinking his Bushmills for his promise not to keep adding wood and stoking the fire.
Les, I will bring some very nice sipping whiskey from the Niagara Peninsula and, of course, some room-temperature Guiness. And if you promise to keep talking, I will promise to keep drinking.
Carnie, the Appleton Estates rum for you. And, of course, some nice chardonnay for Laura.

Suzanne, I am really glad that you are coming north and I am looking forward to meeting you. What is your beverage of choice? I am sure that I can find a Canadian option that will be a treat.

20 June, Bob's place.

We will talk about 29 June, Les, and the Pride Parade later and elsewhere.


05-27-2008, 12:01 AM
I'll be passing through Toronto that weekend on my way home from a course in the US. I was planning to attend the parade. Will Les be an honorary member of the Dykes on Bikes?

05-27-2008, 05:33 AM
No pressure now.

Righteo..... Thanks Bob! :)

I'm so looking forward to meeting you all!!! It looks like it'll be a great place to hang out for a while. Not much longer to go.

I'll bring the stubby holders.

Brian Gatien
05-27-2008, 08:49 AM
More likely the Iron Maidens.

I have seen some of those stubby holders from Oz; they may get seized at Customs.


05-27-2008, 08:56 AM
I have seen some of those stubby holders from Oz; they may get seized at Customs.

Naahh! :D

Uncle Bill
06-03-2008, 04:57 PM
This is cool, I am free on the 20th.

06-04-2008, 11:12 AM
I really wish I could be there for this one. I would be, but this is a particularly busy summer for me. I just returned from a one-week back-country canoe trip in the central interior of Algonquin Park. My nephew is an Environmental Biologist who organizes a trip like this every spring. There were five people in our group. As 'adventures' go, this one was a real "character builder" . It was cold and rainy and windy for almost the entire time. We even woke to snow one morning. As opportunities for some great landscape photographs, it was ... not great. I dragged that 4x5 outfit in a Pelican case, and tripod, and a whole lot camping and canoeing gear for the whole trip. On Day 1, we did the longest portage in the park: 5.3 kms. In the end, I only exposed 7 frames, even though I had brought 48 loaded. Of those 7, I really think I could have gotten the same or similar without being in the remote "back-country". Anyway, right now, I am in Winnipeg on my way to look for pictures in the Badlands of Southern Alberta. I plan to take pictures of 'everything' between there and Mississauga by the end of August. I have even brought chemicals and trays with me to develop negatives in hotel bathrooms occasionally. Anyway, when you guys get together, hoist one or two for me. I am sorry that I won't get to meet Nicole this time around. Hopefully, next year we will all have a chance to get together again.

Mike Wilde
06-05-2008, 09:36 AM
I also may get there early enough to take in shots near the fence of the scrap yard down the street before the security dogs are out like they seem to be once the sun goes down.

The visual experience I get from my place in suburbia is pretty uniform, and I find it mostly bland. So all of the varied industrial sites within easy striking distance of Bob's lab easily get me visually interested in shooting.

06-20-2008, 06:40 PM
I was in Toronto earlier this week, and it was great to meet Nicole, see Bob, Dinesh, Les, and a few others. I'm sorry I wasn't able to stay for this big shindig tonight, and hope you all have fun, especially after all the very difficult work that went into this past week.

Best wishes to everyone.

df cardwell
06-21-2008, 10:12 AM
Best wishes to everyone.

Me too.

Dinesh took this snap of Suzanne with my d*g*c*m at the the Granite. Les couldn't stop him.

I think he was trying to watch the Celtics game.


06-21-2008, 04:48 PM
Man, he must have the post-surgery jitters.

Uncle Bill
06-21-2008, 05:51 PM
It was wonderful to meet Nicole in person along with Brian, David William White and to see Les Maclean again.

For some reason the photos of Dinesh did not turn out.

David William White
06-21-2008, 08:26 PM
Excellent conversation, food, and drinks. Made new friends and met an old one. Thanks to Bob for hosting and giving me a chance to meet Les and Nicole.