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Make Mine A Virgin

by RAYMOND HELKIO - Photo: Brock Hessel is a Toronto artist and actor who loves cats almost as much as his Nana. 

Having spent the last ten years of his life on a steady diet of caffeine, nicotine, and vegetables, Brock Hessel has remained a mocktail mixer virgin, until recently. "At first I had to dispel the thought that the event was lame without alcohol" Brock explains, "Nice, Glad Day wants to show how deliciously transcendent a drink can be even without alcohol. Either that or it was for some kind of speed dating/drinking game night to see who could make the biggest mockery out of who... I initially didn't think it would be a sober event, especially in the village. I usually associate sober events with twelve step organizations who usually only promote within their own communities… I'd grown to accept the fact that I wanted to go out and dance there would be alcohol and possibly some lines in a bathroom stall and that I'd need to pretend like everyone around me was just like me: sober. This time, I didn't have to pretend."

So how does one end up a mixer? For Brock it was a happy accident, "I didn't actually intend to go. I was meeting a friend at Glad Day and the mixer just happened to be going on at the same time. I find that parties with alcohol depend on drunkeness to get people to venture outside their cliques and talk to people they don't know. I enjoyed how the event used games to get people to meet those they wouldn't normally talk to." The next Mocktail Mixer promises DJ Lesbian Menace, a mock-tender mixing up handcrafted goodies, a performance by drag king Billy Black plus games to get you social and free vegetarian appetizers.

MOCKTAIL MIXER - Friday July 21st - The 519 - 7:30PM


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