WEIT installed in Hitchens bar

Some time ago I donated an autographed copy of WEIT to the recently opened bar “Hitch” in Toronto. (It is, of course, named after the late Horseman.)  Reader Veronica, a member of the Canadian Athiests, finally convened a group there for libations and the donation. She describes it on the Canadian Atheists website: “Canadian atheists go to Hitch“:

On Thursday, September 5, a bunch of atheists and an Anglican visited Hitch, a bar named after Christopher Hitchens, located in Leslieville (Queen and Leslie) in Toronto, ON.  The crowd went there to drink, talk and have fun and to join me as I donated a copy of Jerry Coyne’s bookWhy Evolution Is True. Jerry Coyne sent me an autographed copy and included a sketch of a cat, which makes it a special gift to the bar.

WEIT for Hitchens 2_2

If this book is not in the bar, it was stolen!! Return it!

(Photographs below by Joe)

Note my warning about not stealing the book!

Here’s part of the CA group: they’d better not comprise all the Toronto Atheists!

Candian atheists

Veronica adds, re the picture below:

When this picture was taken, the “barmaid” was inserting WEIT upside down; she corrected herself and added WEIT to the bookcase to join books by other prominent writers including Christopher Hitchens and Salman Rushdie.

book added to shelf

There’s a positive review of Hitch at blogTO, which praises its “exceedingly strong cocktails” and finishes with a general assessment:

Overall, Hitch is a great place to go for a stiff drink, delicious snacks, and good conversation. This bar truly embodies the idea of a salon. (The use of the word ‘salon’ in public is the first ever application of my liberal arts education. Take that, everyone who said Library Science was a waste!) I will definitely return to Hitch in the near future- but for the sake of the pate, leave the Baby Orajel at home.

h/t: Veronica for describing the bar and handling the book


  1. gbjames
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink


  2. Diana MacPherson
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Sadly, those people *are* the only atheists left in Toronto. You used to see them wander in herds across the city, filling up street cars and subways all reading The Portable Atheist until suddenly they were gone.

    There is great speculation as to why they left: some say they grew nervous when watching Fox News, that the anti-intellectual movement would continue north; others speculate that they developed an odd taste for higher taxation (a rarity in Canadian culture) and moved to Europe (why this dementia set in is not known); still others suspect they never left because they were never really here and that encounters with them were parts of elaborate delusions brought on by exposure to bacteria in the Toronto’s flood waters. Incidentally, these same delusions may also be attributed to Torontonians electing Rob Ford as their mayor.

  3. mordacious1
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    I hope JW Black is the house drink or discounted. Maybe for every one ordered, a small amount could be donated to an atheist cause.

  4. Posted September 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    The only person in the group picture that is part of Canadian Atheist, the website, is the woman with the grey hair and glasses. She does not live in Toronto.

    The others in the picture live and work in Toronto, where there are lots of atheists; however, getting atheists together in one place is, as the cliche says, like herding cats.

    • Posted September 12, 2013 at 6:53 am | Permalink

      I agree. And some of us catz don’t do bars, but if I’d have heard about this summit, I’d have considered it! Fer shure.

      Anyone there going to the Dawkins/Coyne thing in Chicago in Oct?

    • Posted September 12, 2013 at 6:59 am | Permalink

      Oooh, just read the review Prof. C posted… the pate! They got good food! That works for me.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted September 12, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

      getting atheists together in one place is, as the cliche says, like herding cats.

      On the other hand, getting cats to come together at a nomming trough is not so difficult. So perhaps Happy Hour on Sunday lunchtime – to catch the escapees from Xtian church might work. Side order of Happy Hour at Friday sundown (escaped Jews and Muslims).
      Worth a suggestion.

  5. Mel
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    The Hitch bar is a great idea; I gotta think that he would have loved it.

  6. Larry Gay
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Go Toronto, go Veronica, go Canada!

  7. staffordgordon
    Posted September 12, 2013 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    Ah, the sorely missed Christopher Hitchens; yes indeed, I think he would very much appreciate the “Hitch”.

    For once I wish I believed in ghosts and that he could haunt the joint.

  8. Posted September 12, 2013 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Yeah, my hometown has a Hitch bar! Definitely going.

    It’s true Atheism has no public face in Toronto but religion is also weak here.

    Please no comments about Mayor Ford, that’s just hitting below the belt!

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