Back in the Summer of 2013 when APUG was the place to get your online fix of the analogue photography community, I noticed a post in the Toronto local board that there weren’t enough meetups for the film photography community. Which was at the time partly true, sure there had been a couple of FPP/APUG meetups in the area in the past, I had even helped coordinate one in 2011. But there had not been anything since. So I took it upon myself to plan these events, at least four, in a year. The first one dropped in July 2013, had a decent turnout and even saw the first core membership attend. Since then, we’ve had plenty of amazing events. Of course, in March 2020 the time of plague arrived, and the last meetup for 2020 took place in February. It turned out to be our best-attended event yet; we packed that bar at the end of the long walk from downtown to Liberty Village. And while we aren’t able to meet anytime this year in any great numbers, I decided that we all needed some good vibes to get us through the last few months of 2020. Besides, the Facebook group has been rocking some excellent work throughout the plague.
But if you think that the plague will be the end of the Toronto Film Shooters Meetup? It won’t; we have gone through rain, snow, heat, humidity, and every good bit of weather in between and it hasn’t stopped the group yet! So I and the rest of the admin team along with a few members who have forwarded some useful solutions and we have a plan for 2021! Stay tuned.