Derek Powazek and Heather Champ, two people who’ve had a great influence on the social side of the web (in ways that probably affect you), passed through Accordion City last weekend. They stayed at the Gladstone and asked for a local to help them find a place in the neighbourhood to have a little meet-up, and I arranged for one at the ever-reliable Rhino. After following their work for ages — I was reading Derek’s The Fray since the ’90s and have tried (and failed) to make it to the legendary Fray Cafe event at South by Southwest each of the three times I’ve been, I check out JPG regularly, and Heather’s work as Flickr’s community manager and now at Findery is well known — I was glad to finally meet them in person! My friends Katie Hrycak and Andrew Louis also dropped by.
Fun fact: Heather’s Canadian! She’s from Ottawa and went to Guelph for university.
The only disappointment was the Rhino’s bourbon selection (I promised Derek that I’d find a place that served it), which is limited to Maker’s Mark and one other that I’ve forgotten. I know that their strength is their wonderful beer selection, but it’d be nice if they stocked some Woodford or Bulleit.