I heard about this thing that Melanie Baker and David Yoon just cooked up late last year called Speakeasy Live. The idea is simply story telling and socializing, so I headed down to k-town on Sunday night to check it out. I also heard they were hosting it at The Bent Elbow (Harold Kroeker’s joint), which was rumoured to have a great beer selection and good food (both true). The TL;DR: all the $10 tix sold and the place was packed, food and drink and service was great, got caught up with friends, and heard six 15-minute stories that entertained us all. High-fives to Melanie and Dave for putting it together: this is what community looks like.
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TBE is just north of Fairway and King. You know, generally near Fairview Mall.
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Snacks! This is the feature grilled cheese, chips, and beer-ketchup. Having had it on a previous visit, I know it rocks. This time around I went for the steak and cheese flatbread: also great.
My brother from the very same mother, Dave White (right), was on the scene…
showing me his latest work in progress that he said was influenced by Joan Miró. I always appreciate when an artist calls out these influences/inspirations. Having studied a fair amount of artists/movements/history, it’s really obvious when somebody is pulling a Francis Bacon or riffing on Lichtenstein, so I appreciate forthright disclosure.
The beer is here. Outstanding selection, small kegs, switching up all the time, so come prepared to explore. I had a Block 3 King St Saison, but I think I’m done with that beer now. Winner of the night was Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale from Toronto’s Left Field Brewery. If this sounds like beer snobbery, be aware: I have no idea what I’m talking about. My simple algorithm is: don’t be tricked into a cider, nothing >8% alcohol or it gets sloppy, and… surprise me.
Melanie Baker, co-host and holder of The List.
David Yoon (co-host) and Melanie.
Julia O. about to melt my camera with laser beam stare before discovering… it’s just me.
Our first speaker, Neal Moogk-Soulis, and Jonathan moving at the speed of sound.
Neal talked about proposing.
Jane Barkley talked about the gift of fear, and really about the possibilities of reinventing yourself.
Aubrey Brawley is a local Krav Maga instructor and talked about visiting an LA prison.
Break! This shoot was tight and I’m not exactly inconspicuous, so this must be what wedding photogs feel like. Light was pretty low and subjects were in motion so… challenge accepted!
Service at the speed of sound.
Dave White muses.
Gear shot for Jonathan.
This looked like a pretty good off-stage story in progress.
Beer and gear.
about her journey to nerdom and the joys of that journey. Always have intended to hit Nerd Nite, and in light of Charlotte’s enthusiasm, I’m all out of excuses.
Dave Dame had us laughing, challenging the notion that people with a physical disability are all “good” and providing hilarious examples of his wicked sense of humour. Awesome.
Nick Benninger, head chef and proprietor along with his wife Natalie of Nick & Nat’s Uptown 21 and also partnered up in Taco Farm, talked about balancing multiple businesses and parenting. I hear you, brother.
Sound guy was happy…
Our fantastic servers, Sheryl and Lisa (right?) were happy and touched, I think. You both did a great job, together serving about 50 people at the same time. Thanks to Harold for the great food, and Melanie and David for the event. I’ll definitely be back for more of everything.