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The Rick Mercer Report Stops by The Gentlemen’s Expo

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Hey! Still feeling the aftermath of The Gentlemen’s Expo 2016? We don’t blame you… It’s been a few months now and we still can’t get over how awesome of a weekend it really was.

Luckily, our friends over at The Rick Mercer Report helped us relive the excitement last night on their new episode which features Rick at our annual event.

Check out the video clip below and see what it means to #BeBetter!

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Gentlemen Tips For Starting 2017

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Here we are. It’s 2017. This is your year. Now, how are you starting the year off? Some Gents believe in making resolutions. That’s cool. We support that. On the other hand, some Gents just live their life without committing to any self promises on Jan 1. That’s cool too. We don’t judge.

We are a fan of tips. Tips that make your life better, and easier. Tips that help you kick ass and take names. Tips that help you be a better Gent. Here’s a few we stumbled upon recently…

STEP UP YOUR GROOMING GAME – Truefitt & Hill takes us through what you should be looking for in the perfect Straight Razor Shave.

GET A PROPER FITTING SUIT – Those pointy shoulder pads sticking out are just not cutting it. Get yourself a proper fitting suit and your will look (and act) like a million bucks. The style experts at Surmesur take us through what you should be looking for in a suit:

UPGRADE YOUR WIFI – 2017 is the year that you need to eliminate the lag. No more buffering. Multiple devices need to be connecting while you’re binge watching the latest thing on Netflix. Here’s a vid from our pals at Best Buy Canada with their choice for a proper connection:

MAKE A PROPER COCKTAIL – Here’s a quick video from Johnnie Walker using Blenders’ Batch Red Rye. Why not learn how to make a Manhattan? A Gentleman should know how to make a Manhattan.

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#TGE2016 Attractions

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The Gentlemen’s Expo is back on Nov. 10, 11, and 12 and there is no shortage of experiences for patrons to enjoy! It all takes placeat the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building (222 Bremner Blvd). Audiences will be entertained and educated through interesting and exciting activations as part of the #BeBetter lifestyle. Without further ado, here is what all gentlemen and gentlewomen can expect to see at #TGE2016:

Underground Chef Co. (UCC) Battle

Get ready to experience the biggest, baddest and most epic food battle that Toronto has ever seen! The team at Underground Chef Co. have been hard at work organizing an astonishing line-up of Chefs uccbattle_612x612to create a special edition Chef Battle, exclusively on The Gentlemen’s Expo’s On The Line Culinary Experience. The Chefs battling at this year’s event include Chef Ted Reader and Chef Jeff Dueck. The Chef Battle will be hosted by both Joe Friday (Founder of UCC) and Chef Mike Ward (Formerly Food Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Living). There will also be an incredible panel of judges that is still yet to be announced.

For anyone who has never witnessed a Chef Battle live before, Underground Chef Co., challenges Chefs to create several dishes from secret ingredients in under one-hour and provide audience goers with a real-time experience of life in the kitchen. It’s hot, loud, and it’s messy but this on-stage event will leave you in shock and awe once attendees see what these Chef’s come up with.

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The Yamaha Canada Music Garage Band Experience will WOW attendees with a  fully-built garage that contains a massive selection of instruments to try out, from their product catalog. This is the jam space of any music nerd’s dreams, because they can try everything. Grab a guitar (like the new Revstar) and melt some faces with a solo. Grab those drum sticks and do that part from Phil Collins ‘In The Air Tonight’. Anything is possible! More Info.

The Silver Medal Package Presented By Hockey Hall of Fame

The Gentlemen’s Expo is bringing a true Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF) classic, “The Silver Medal Package.” This area includes the HHOF’s mobile Original Legends Exhibit, an NHL Trophy display and a t100_1235ruly unique interactive hockey component.   In partnership with the premier interactive hockey company, Top Shot Hockey from Guelph, this set-up has traveled from coast-to-coast throughout North America, as well as the world, and has been a popular fan favourite wherever it goes.

Featuring a combination of historical artifacts from the past, present and future of the game, the most prestigious hardware in the world and a selection of interactive games to challenge even the most seasoned hockey veteran; there is a little bit of something that everyone will enjoy. More info.

Openly. On-Stage Discussion

This is a first for The Gentlemen’s Expo main stage; Openly., is a series of talks and videos that showcase some of the most accomplished and influential leaders in the food and beverage, hospitality, entertainment, sports and service industry. They share their stories of professional success, failures and personal triumph as they rise to the top.

Currently scheduled to participate in the Openly On-Stage Discussion is Whiskey Chef Matt Jones, Chef Ted Reader, Chef Jeff Dueck, Krista Faist (Editor of Foosdism TO), Kevin Brauch (The Thirsty Traveller), Chef Amanda Ray, Chef Rob Rainford, Chef Marcus Mariathas, and some surprise appearances from some other well known culinary experts in Toronto’s food scene. The discussion will be hosted by Chef Mike Ward, who was formerly Food Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Living (Canada’s #1 food magazine).

OLG PlaySmart Experience

PlaySmart is OLG’s gambling education program dedicated to informing Ontarians about how gambling works to keep it a fun and enjoyable experience for all players. PlaySmart provides facts, tools and advice to help players, new to experienced, develop smart gambling habits that suit their play.rg-playsmart-en PlaySmart has developed a series of interactive activities for participants to experience at The Gentlemen’s Expo while showing fans the fun of randomness in gambling! Drop by the PlaySmart booth to roll a 122-sided die at their Odds Table, grab a snack from their Vending Machine, or pick a card – any card, from their very own magician.
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The Gentlemen’s Expo Fashion Show

Attendees are certainly in for a treat during The Gentlemen’s Expo opening night (Thursday, November 10) because they will have a chance to experience the latest style trends and get advice from some of the most knowledgeable sartorial experts in Toronto. This main-stage event is sponsored by Reiss, Rent Frock Repeat, SHARP, and Concierge Club.

Best Buy He-Shed

The Best Buy He-Shed (#BestBuyHeShed) is the ultimate haven for today’s modern man. Timeless style merged with the latest tech makes for the perfect manly, backyard escape. The Best Buy He-Shed features everything from wireless home audio systems, to virtual reality, the coolest drones and everything in between! Attendees are invited to demo products, seek advice from Geek Squad Agents and experience all that the He-Shed has to offer.

The Dr Oetker-Casa Di Mama Experience

Dr Oetker-Casa Di Mama is the official pizza of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and as such they will create an experience for attendees in which they can sample a fresh slice of the pizza itself AND enter contests to win tickets to the Grey Cup or to the Dr Oetker-Casa Di Mama “viewing party”.

They will do this via a 23 foot trailer with a lowering stage. Consumers will walk up the stage to receive a sample from their lovely Bas, alongside coupons. Dr Oetker-Casa Di Mama will also set up tents where they host engagements and the contests. Everything is CFL and Casa Di Mama branded!

Clinique For Men / Lab Series Gentlemen’s Lounge

labseriesBoth Clinique For Men and Lab Series will be setting up a unique and fun experience that will definitely give the feel of a Gentlemen’s Lounge. Attendees will challenge each other in a video game while receiving a top-of-the-line facial treatment as they compete with one another. Whoever wins in this game will have the bragging rightsover the other and both will leave feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day . They will also leave with an ice-cold beer because after all… this a Gentlemen’s Lounge and we’re all winners here!

Beer, Spirits, Wine, and Cocktail Sampling

The Gentlemen’s Expo will feature an incredible offering of some of the world’s best potent potables. Ranging from scotches, bourbons, whisk(e)ys, beers, wines, cocktails and everything in between.gentlemensexpo_pv_31-2

Attendees will have a chance to sample beverages from the likes of: Jim Beam, Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s, Bowmore, Laphroaig, Highland Park, The Macallan, Mill Street, Goose Island, Stella Artois, Brickworks Ciderhouse, Budweiser, Innis & Gunn, Great Lakes Brewery, Old Tomorrow, Samuel Adams, Amsterdam Brewery, Bulleit Bourbon, CIROC, Johnny Walker, Ketel One Vodka, Tanqueray No. Ten, and so much more!

The Bag Jump In Partnership with 365 Sports and Tenfed

BagJumpThe Gentlemen’s Expo is bringing the infamous Bag Jump back to the event. Attendees will be able to jump off an enormous 30ft scaffold into an inflatable bag. As part of this attraction, The Gentlemen’s Expo has partnered with Tenfed, a company that provides ten meals to feed hungry children around the globe with every item that is sold. They work directly with Kids Against Hunger Canada to make this happen and will be creating a limited edition shirt exclusively for The Gentlemen’s Expo. Attendees can purchase one of their shirts right at The Bag Jump to show  support.

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The Gentlemen’s Expo will feature demonstrations from some of Toronto’s top Chefs, including: Chef Patrick McMurray, Chef Tonia Wilson, Cheese Master Afrim Pristine, Chef Albert Ponzo, Chef Rob Rainford, Chef Lindsey Greflund, Chef Ted Reader, Whiskey Chef Matt Jones, Bourbon Ambassador Jamie Johnson and so much more!

The Gentlemen’s Den

foosballThe Gentlemen’s Den will be the centre area of The Gentlemen’s Expo and have some of the most popular bar games housed within one massive area for attendees to enjoy. Play ping pong, pool, foosball and even watch sports highlights on screens placed within this area. Attendees can even watch our local Toronto sports teams broadcasted live on game day.

Retail Shopping

With the holiday season just around the corner, attendees can shop amongst some of the most popular international and local men’s retailers. With nearly endless options available, gentlemensexpo_pv_28-2The Gentlemen’s Expo will bring top fashion retailers, men’s accessories, and men’s grooming products. It’s a sure bet that attendees will pick up some great gift ideas and who knows… They may also pick something up for themselves while they are there.

A little more about #TGE2016:

The Gentlemen’s Expo is the premium event for emerging and established men’s lifestyle products, integrated consumer experiences and on-stage programming that will entertain and educate men.  It all happens November 10-12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building. Oh, and tickets are on sale right now. (AND YOU CAN SAVE $5 OFF GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS BY USING PROMO CODE: FIVEOFF) 

Come to #TGE2016 if you are interested in: style, tech, music, sports, cars, alcohol, grooming, sex, food, entrepreneurship, whiskey, beer, spirits, gaming, DIY, wellness, health and more.  Come to#TGE2016 if you want to see great speakers and compelling ATTRACTIONS. Come to #TGE2016 if you want to #BeBetter.

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Three Haircuts to Consider This Fall

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You’ve been rocking that high-and-tight side-part for a few years now, and let’s face it: it’s gotten a little stale. Next time you’re at the barbershop, ask for one of these of-the-moment cuts to freshen up your look. Thanks to our friends at Sharp Magazine for this piece…

The Pompadour

One easy way to give your current cut a little more edge: Add volume. The classic pompadour was the defining haircut of the 1950s, and the pomade-heavy, swept-high look still turns heads.

See: James Dean remains the gold standard, but John Cho rocks a great contemporary version.

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The Modern Buzz

There’s more to a great buzz cut than simply taking clippers to your head. Ask your barber for a #3 or #4 up top, with a clean fade using a #1 or #2 down the sides. The variations in length will look great kept short, but will also be a big help if and when you eventually decide to grow you hair back out.

See: Ryan Reynolds is a big proponent of this look, as is Chris Evans.

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The Well-Kempt Shag

Thinking about growing your hair long, but don’t want to look like such a, well, long hair? Don’t worry, it’s possible to sport a longer ‘do that still works in the boardroom. The trick is to continue seeing your barber as regularly as you would for short hair: with cleaned-up sideburns and a little layering, your mop will be just as manageable and presentable as it’s ever been.

See: Bradley Cooper and Kit Harrington both maintain handsome length.

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Get more Fall Style Tips and inspirations by checking out SHARP Magazine.

See SHARP’s top style experts and other sartorial aficionados from the likes of Rent Frock Repeat, Reiss, and Concierge Club, live at The Gentlemen’s Expo 2016 Fashion Show. It all starts at 8:15pm on Thursday, November 10 at #TGE2016.

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Use code FIVEOFF to save $5 off General Admission tickets. #BEBETTER at The Gentlemen’s Expo. November 10-12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Special guest contributor: Yang-Yi Goh.

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#TGE2016 Tickets Now On Sale!

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The Gentlemen’s Expo is back! It’s the premium event for emerging and established men’s lifestyle products, integrated consumer experiences and on-stage programming that will entertain and educate men. Returning to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building, Nov. 10-12, tickets are now on sale. (and you can save $5 off General Admission tickets by using promo code FIVEOFF) 

Gentlemen and gentlewomen can take notice of the #BeBetter movement kicking off this month. It’s an idea fostered by The Gentlemen’s Expo: to encourage men simply to be better men and revitalize chivalry through gestures big and small. The campaign ties in the educational aspect of the event through which audiences gain tips and information geared toward self-improvement, as part of the overall #TGE2016 experience.

This year, The Gentlemen’s Expo is offering even more relevant and engaging content to it’s attendees and it all starts with the Culinary Programme. The event will bring top Chefs like: Chef Ted Reader, Chef Rob Rainford, Chef Tonia Williams, and more, alongside a hand-curated roster of food purveyors. True to tradition, the event will bring back a wide variety of popular cocktails and alcohol brands for attendees to pair with these food options.

Tickets to The Gentlemen’s Expo are ON SALE NOW and start at $35, which include five sampling tokens that are good for any combination of beer, wine, spirits or food. VIP passes to the event are also on-sale which cost $50 and include five additional sampling tokens (10 tokens in total), a complimentary gift bag, and express access in to the event. Additional tokens can be purchased on the show floor.

Headlining talent and attractions will be announced over the coming weeks and will continue leading up to November. To stay on top of the event’s on-going announcements, patrons are encouraged to join The Gentlemen’s Expo Mailing List. Tickets can be purchased at: www.gentlemensexpo.com.

 

Website: GentlemensExpo.com

Facebook: The Gentlemen’s Expo

Instagram: @GentlemensExpo

Twitter: @GentlemensExpo; #TGE2016 #BeBetter

 

About The Gentlemen’s Expo

The Gentlemen’s Expo is an annual event that entertains and educates men and women in topics related to men’s lifestyle through brand experience areas and interesting products while encouraging men to #BeBetter. It is the re-invention of the consumer show, putting experience, content and entertainment at the forefront.

This year, The Gentlemen’s Expo 2016 is happening on November 10 to 12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building (222 Bremner Blvd).

Hours:

Thursday, November 10th – 4pm to 11p

Friday, November 11th – 4pm to 11pm

Saturday, November 12th – Noon to 11pm

 

For further information, please contact:

Davide De Laurentiis, INTELIVENTS, at dav@intelivents.com

Jon Sinden, INTELIVENTS, at jon@intelivents.com

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Getting Your First Professional Shave

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Mention that you’re thinking about getting a shave with a straight razor to one of your buddies, and they’re likely to ask why. After all, those kinds of shaves are simply an old-fashioned method that’s been made obsolete by safety razors, right?

It’s true that straight razor shaves are no longer the norm, and that most of us never acquired the skill to do it ourselves. But getting a professional straight razor shave is a uniquely male experience that still has great value in this day and age. In fact, even if you’re confident that you’re getting a great shave at home with your high-tech triple blade safety razor, there are still plenty of reasons to get a professional shave at least once in your life.

It’s a One of a Kind Experience. Chances are when you shave at home it’s a completely functional experience, more akin to a chore rather than something to be savored and enjoyed. But go to a professional for a shave and you’ll get a lot more than just a clean face. You’ll likely start off with a hot towel and perhaps a skin moisturizer to prepare your skin for the shave. Next your barber will apply warm lather, perhaps with a badger hair brush. (You can bet that your shaving lotion at home feels nothing like this.) The totality of a professional shave is a manly experience that for the most part has been forgotten in today’s world. Don’t underestimate how much you might appreciate being able to experience this lost art.

It May be the Best Shave You’ll Ever Get. Your safety razor is certainly safe and easy to use, but that comes at the expense of a close shave. No safety razor will ever be able to match the smooth shave you’ll get from a straight razor that’s drawn across your skin at just the right angle with just the right pressure.

It’s a Treat. “Treating yourself” means different things to different people, and certainly different between men and women. Even if you don’t think you like being pampered, you still might want to consider getting a professional shave – it’s the perfect match of indulgent luxury and unquestioned manliness. And believe it or not, even though you have someone dragging a very sharp piece of metal across your neck and face, then entire procedure can be surprisingly relaxing.

Thankfully, even in an age when businesses are cutting back and refusing to perform any services that might be considered (whether that’s fair or not) the least bit dangerous, you can still find barbers and other professionals will give you a straight razor shave. With affordable and high quality safety razors and that fact that we’re probably in the habit of doing it ourselves, you might ask yourself why bother? The short answer is it’ll probably be the best shave you’ll ever get.

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