Cinq à sept–your KW social connection

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On Thursday nights after work around 5’ish, I often head over to The Bauer Kitchen for a drink with an eclectic and dynamic social group of interesting people.  Cinq à sept (Québécois for “five to seven”) in its KW manifestation, is the brain-child of our very own Hilary Abel of RQ Magazine.  I dug up evidence of the first meetup on RQ, dated Jan 2010, so 5à7 (or CaS, or #cinqasept) is well into its second year of social success.

At #cinqasept, I’ve met: an artist, a doctor, a student, a train conductor, a photographer, a singer, a musician, a real estate agent, a graphic designer, a brand specialist, a software developer, a politician, a yoga instructor, an architect,…  you get the idea.

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People usually roll in around 5:30pm and head out by 7:30pm.  It’s never the same crowd twice.  I’ve been there when the crowd was as small as 2 and as big as 20.  I kind of like the uncertainty of it.  No invite required.  Just show up and introduce yourself.

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It starts off small early on.  Bryan Izzard, left, with Alex Williams, Ben Brown, and Dave White.  This stand-up bar, right inside the door, is…

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reserved for us to mill around, in front of this…

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awesome bar, where…

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Kim pulls…

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beer for us.

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Hilary Abel, our fearless leader arrived with the red-shirted Paul McGough of the band Vacuity.

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The Bauer Kitchen is a really funky place at a great central location.  This cork wall features corks, adorned by customers, from the bottles of wine consumed here.

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Great light in…

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Lisa MacDonald of The Sign Depot stopped by for a quick hello.

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More chatting…

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Through that window lies the brick oven that makes great pizza.

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Floor lights: great details abound.

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There’s the fast-moving Christian on the right who is another of our favourite servers here.

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These are on the bar because…

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TBK generously provides complimentary snacks for our crew if we draw a big enough crowd.

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Amy Vandenberg (centre) of CuteGecko dropped in, and we then discovered that Paul (left)…

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may be an undercover male model, which made us all…

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Second round, seldom more.

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Alex wanted a picture of…

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these unique lights.

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Also in the house was Neal Moogk-Soulis (left), writer and co-conspirator on the amazing Steel Rails event last year (you may recall him in the conductor’s uniform).  Neal’s the Community Relations and Retail Sales Manager for the Waterloo Central Railway.

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What is H. trying to tell me here?

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Steve Scott, fellow security guy from RIM, chattin’ with H and…

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Dave White.

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Janette along with Evan Thor were talking to…

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Ramy Nassar (left).

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And then we peak and go on to our other stuff of the evening.  I’m often asked how do you know if cinq à sept is “on” this week.  I suggest searching the #cinqasept hashtag on twitter and see what the buzz is.  Then make the leap to meet some really cool new people.

Happy making,


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7 Responses to Cinq à sept–your KW social connection

  1. Alex W says:

    Great summary, Darin!

    And thanks for the pictures of the lights! I’ve had a thing for unique / vintage style light fixtures ever since we saw those awesome lights in that shop on Valencia, just before Maker Faire.

    Actually, I just love all the interior design at TBK. Have you seen the bathroom? It’s a masterpiece!

  2. Ben says:

    Always good times at #cinqasept! Awesome photo montage.

  3. H. says:

    I will now point people here when they ask me: WTF is Cinq à sept?

    Happy Making indeed.

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  5. A great event that helped me get entangled in all sorts of amazing things. Be brave and go.

  6. We are indeed lucky people.
    Great post D, see you shortly!


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