Downtown Toronto Pipe Club

October 9th, 2015 by Eric

October Smoker

Our season closer will be hosted in the cozy backyard of DTPC regular and pipe-maker Giovanni!

September 16th, 2015 by Eric

September Smoker

We’ll be moving this meeting out east to The Beach, where the manager of the new Brigham & MORE store has kindly offered up his back patio for our September meeting!

September 14th, 2015 by Eric

2nd Annual BBQ Recap

Despite the fact that the temperature dropped nearly 25 degrees in only a few days (not to mention the wind and rain), nearly 40 people showed up for a most excellent day filled with pipe smoking activities! Thanks to our generous sponsors, everyone walked away with a least a tin of tobacco or a pipe.

Evan, Gio and Mike were a real hit as they gave an informal and very interactive workshop on the craft and art of pipe making.

We had 7 really excellent and interesting entries to our “Canadian” contest, and Nick ended the slow-smoke contest with his 35 minute win. (A certain DTPC prez. fizzled out in less than half that time. For shame.)

Thanks to everyone who came out — it was a pleasure to host the event and see everyone! It was especially rewarding partnering again with the Lakeshore Smokestacks and Mike Parks who worked hard on logistics and garnering such amazing support from the sponsors!

September 12th, 2015 by Eric

2015 Fall BBQ with Michael Parks

Once again we are congregating at the workshop of reknowned Canadian pipemaker Michael Parks for our annual BBQ. This event is jointly hosted by the DTPC and Lakeshore Smokestacks clubs, but people from far-and-wide are welcome (nay, encourgaged) to join us!

Schedule

  • 10am – Event kick off! Coffee will be served; Swap & Sell; Best Canadian Collection, Carver and Shape Contest begins
  • 11:50am – Opening Remarks, Thank Yous and Kick-off of Workshop
  • Noon – Pipe Making Presentation with Michael Parks, Giovanni Placentile and Evan Wiseman
  • 1pm – Catered Lunch
  • 2pm – Best Canadian Contest Close and Prizes Awarded, Raffle Results Awarded
  • 3pm – Slow Smoke Competition
  • 4pm – Event Close

Please see our event page details for more information!

(Note that none of these activities are mandatory. You may also choose to relax, chat, and smoke.)

Sponsors

This event (and the various prizes that will be available) is due in large part to the generosity of our sponsors:

Tickets

There is a charge of $10 that will support the cost of the lunch and a raffle ticket. You can pay your tickets online or at the door. (If you pay at the door but don’t register online, there is a small risk of us not having enough food for you. Registering and paying your tickets online is preferred as it helps us to plan this aspect of the event.)

(We will provide refunds for cancellations made 24 hours prior to the start of the BBQ.)
September 3rd, 2015 by Eric

2015 Fall BBQ* with Michael Parks: Did we mention you should go?

We’re nearly a week away!!

With that extended introduction out of the way, we proceed immediately to business-at-hand:

Rides
Given we are the “downtown” pipe club we should have figured many of you don’t have cars. (Why? Don’t need ’em. Am I right?) So we are helpfully offering a shuttle service** from the Oshawa*** Go Station to the event. If you need a ride, please email info@torontopipeclub.ca to let us know so we can plan appropriately. You would be expected to aim to arrive at the station for 9:30am.

Tickets
We have added the option to purchase tickets at the door for 10 bucks****.
 This for those of you too lazy and/or paranoid to pay online. You can select this “pay at the door” option when you “purchase” your tickets. (You can even just show up without telling us, but we reserve the right to put you at the end of the food line. It just wouldn’t be fair to the people who spent the six seconds to click on the link above and enter their name and email.*****)

Details
In case you have forgotten: the event is Saturday, September 12th, runs from 10am until 4pm, and is jointly hosted by the DTPC and Lakeshore Smokestacks.

There is a litany of events, contests and sponsors. If you are attending (or planning to), please take a look at our special page. No, really. Look at our special page!

* There will be no actual “BBQ” food. But at least one (rusty) grill will be on display for good measure.
** Service provided by whoever among us draws the short straw.
*** I think they make cars there.
**** That’s right. Save an 30 cents by buying in advance! No. Thank you.
***** We love you anyway.

August 12th, 2015 by Eric

August Smoker

TB-Map

We will be meeting in the middle of Trinity-Bellwoods Park – a very large, very busy, and well-lit urban park – it will be so full of people that we don’t stand out in the slightest. The arrow in the picture points to the general location that we will be setting up our (metaphorical) tent: Once you find the giant crayons sticking in the ground you know you are in the right area; just look for the pipe smokers. (More specifically – the ones smoking pipe tobacco.) If we’re very lucky we may even be able to grab a nearby picnic table.

You are strongly encouraged to bring a lawn chair or two. (This is what I will be doing.) I will bring some snacks, but you are asked to provide your own refreshments. On that note: TB park has been renowned for its tolerance of casual imbibing in the park.

July 15th, 2015 by Eric

July Smoker

TB-Map

We will be meeting in the middle of Trinity-Bellwoods Park – a very large, very busy, and well-lit urban park – it will be so full of people that we don’t stand out in the slightest. The arrow in the picture points to the general location that we will be setting up our (metaphorical) tent: Once you find the giant crayons sticking in the ground you know you are in the right area; just look for the pipe smokers. (More specifically – the ones smoking pipe tobacco.) If we’re very lucky we may even be able to grab a nearby picnic table.

You are strongly encouraged to bring a lawn chair or two. (This is what I will be doing.) I will bring some snacks, but you are asked to provide your own refreshments. On that note: TB park has been renowned for its tolerance of casual imbibing in the park. However, in the last year there were general complaints so the police have shown an increased presence so please be discrete depending on your choice of beverage.

June 17th, 2015 by Eric

June Smoker

I’m pleased to announce the date and location for our upcoming Smoker: Wednesday, June 17th. It will be hosted in the cozy backyard of DTPC regular and pipe-maker Giovanni!

When: Wednesday, June 17th beginning at 7:30pm
Where11 Alpine Ave. (Dundas and Dupont)
What to bring: Yourself, your combustibles, and libations. DTPC will be providing pizza and other snacks.

As with all Smokers – please check your inbox and/or this web-site on the day of in the event of inclement weather and a rescheduling is necessary.

May 29th, 2015 by Eric

June Smoker

I’m pleased to announce the date and location for our upcoming Smoker: Wednesday, June 17th. It will be hosted in the cozy backyard of DTPC regular and pipe-maker Giovanni!

When: Wednesday, June 17th beginning at 7:30pm
Where: 11 Alpine Ave. (Dundas and Dupont)
What to bring: Yourself, your combustibles, and libations. DTPC will be providing pizza and other snacks.

As with all Smokers – please check your inbox and/or this web-site on the day of in the event of inclement weather and a rescheduling is necessary.

May 11th, 2015 by Eric

Spring Opener

I’m pleased to say that it’s finally time for our Spring Opener! (Sorry for the radio silence up until now; I was out of the country for the second half of April.) It will be on Wednesday, May 20th beginning at 8:00pm.

Given that patio smoking is now illegal in the great province of Ontario it has necessitated a change of venue: We will be meeting in the middle of Trinity-Bellwoods Park, just a few blocks further West on Queen St. than our previous locale. To those of you who are not familiar with this area the choice of venue may sound a little strange. However, TB is a very large, very busy, and well-lit urban park – it will be so full of people that we won’t stand out in the slightest. The arrow in the map below points to the general location that we will be setting up our (metaphorical) tent: Once you find the giant crayons sticking in the ground you know you are in the right area; just look for the pipe smokers. (More specifically – the ones smoking pipe tobacco.) If we’re very lucky we may even be able to grab a nearby picnic table.

You are strongly encouraged to bring a lawn chair or two. (This is what I will be doing.) I will bring some snacks, but you are asked to provide your own refreshments. On that note: TB park has been renowned for its tolerance of casual imbibing in the park. However, in the last year there were general complaints so the police have shown an increased presence so please be discrete depending on your choice of beverage.

Spring is a temperamental season, and last year despite even sunny forecasts it seemed to rain before pretty much every planned smoker. If the forecast calls for rain or it’s too cold then I will reschedule the event. Please check this website and/or our Facebook page before you head out.

TB-Map