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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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How to Build a Fire in the Winter

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In basically every culture, the story of how humans discovered fire is enshrined in legend. Greek mythology has it that Prometheus stole fire from the gods. According to the Apache, it was a sly fox that was captured it for us. In Hinduism, Agnihotri Brahmans are still keepers of the sacred flame.

Whatever the case, the point is this: fire is, like, stupid important to humans. The ability to build one is what sets us apart from animals, and basically led to our evolution. For ancient man, it provided warmth, protection from wild predators, and a way to cook food. Most importantly, it kept our forbears alive in the unbearable cold. There’s nothing that taps into your primal instincts quite like going full Revenant and spurring some flames in the harshest of climates. If you’ve never built a winter campfire yet, now’s your chance. Yeah, sure it sounds crazy. Crazy awesome.

Make Your Fire Bed

If you’ve already got a built-in firepit, disregard this part. You’re golden, man. If not, you’ll need to do a little work. Look for a spot that’s protected from the wind. If there’s some snow where you are, shovel it aside so you can light this badboy on solid ground. If there’s too much snow to clear away, pack it down tightly so you have a nice, hard platform to lay your base of logs on.

Get Wood

This will likely be the most challenging part — unless you’ve already got a convenient stack of logs gathered for your fireplace. (But really, that’s no fun. Did Leo have a convenient stack of logs to work with? Hell to the no.) You can search various areas of the surrounding woods for fallen timber. Look for wood that’s as dry as possible. Even if the wood is covered in light, fluffy snow, it may still be dry enough to burn. According to science, the fluffy shit has less moisture content. You can check to see if a stick is dry enough to burn by snapping it in half and listening for the audible crack of breaking wood.

Light That Mother Up

You’ll need some extra help for this, because even slightly damp wood is can be hard to set aflame. So make sure you bring some fire helpers from your local outdoor store — things like fire starter cubes, fire packets, fire paste, cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly, or even some drier lint (preferably slathered in petroleum jelly) can be lifesavers when the weather turns wet and cold. Pine needles, pinecones, and bark can also serve as great sources of kindling. Make sure you light the fire from the windward side — that lets the flames travel through your sticks, engulfing them faster. Also, light the fire low; fire climbs as heat rises, so be sure to have your match or lighter touching the material at the base of the fire lay. Don’t bother lighting it at the top; this isn’t a candle, dummy.

Keep the Flame Alive

There is nothing more depressing than watching your flame die out just after it’s begun (figuratively and literally speaking). Surround the fire with any damp logs you haven’t used — the fire’s heat will dry them out and provide an extra stash as the evening goes on. Also be sure to keep a backup wad of tinder (the dry, dead, fluffy stuff, not the shallow dating app) handy, so that when you’re gone, it will still burn on and on and on and on. (But, all Billy Joel references aside, put the fire out once you’re done.)

Written by: Alex Nino Gheciu

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The Lyrics To Auld Lang Syne. You’re Welcome.

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The song is super popular since everyone sings it on New Year’s Eve, but what are the words? The first line, no problem… but the entire rest of the song… yikes! We need help! Here are the lyrics and below is the legend Rod Stewart singing a pretty decent version…

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
And days of auld lang syne, my dear,
And days of auld lang syne.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?

We twa hae run aboot the braes
And pu’d the gowans fine.
We’ve wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin’ auld lang syne.
Sin’ auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin’ auld lang syne,
We’ve wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin’ auld ang syne.
We twa hae sported i’ the burn,
From morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin’ auld lang syne.
Sin’ auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin’ auld lang syne.
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin’ auld lang syne.

And ther’s a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine;
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

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Top 5 Discoveries at #TGE2016

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One big takeaway from #TGE2016 is that we discover new things. Our audience tells us. Our vendors tell us. Our chefs tell us. Our celebrity guests tell us. It must be true. There are some killer products and awesome experiences that are here every year and we love them. But here’s a quick snapshot of some of the new items and experiences that rose to the top this year:

5) Jord – Wooden watches. Straight outta Missouri, these guys make some pretty badass watches. The wooden bracelets are stunning. Nothing like it. Get on our wrists!!!

4) The UCC Chef Battle – The Underground Chef Co do these battles on the regular, but this one was live inside The Gentlemen’s Expo. It’s chef vs chef with a secret ingredient thrown in to spice things up. A panel of culinary stars judge the battle and declare a victor. (For the record Chef Ted Reader won this time) Chef Joe Friday and Chef Mike Ward narrated the whole thing. It was crazy. It was a high energy and welcome addition to #TGE2016 and no doubt will be back next year.

3) Tenfed – This is a clothing company that is trying to make a difference. Kory and the crew offer up high quality tees and toques for a cause. Every Tenfed shirt sold helps feed 10 hungry children. Do you need any other reason to support this project?

2) We Are VR. Watching our audience experience VR for the first time was unreal. Slap on the headset and get transformed to another place. Gaming, movies and experiences are all next level now. The future of playing a game or watching a concert will blow your mind, as it did all weekend long at #TGE2016.

1) Parc City Boot Co. – These boots are unreal. They were flying off the shelves inside #TGE2016. Designed and hand-crafted in Portugal. We’re honoured that Parc City Boot Co were here and that our audience embraced them. Gentlemen of Toronto are savvy consumers and these boots have found a home.

Hope you like this list. What did you discover? Tell us in the comments so we can share the love.

 

 

 

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10 Things You Need To Know About Attending #TGE2016

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Here we are friends. The Gentlemen’s Expo is on and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring it to you. Here are 10 things you need to know about #TGE2016

10) We Welcome Gentlewomen or Gentlemen:

Sure, our show name has ‘Gentlemen’ in it, but our event is for everyone. #TGE2016 is open to anyone who enjoys great experiences, watching engaging speakers and acquiring knowledge.  Seriously, if you like great food, whisky/beer/wine/spirits, sports, tech, style, fashion… then #TGE2016 is for you.

9) Tickets At The Door:

Yes, tickets will be available at door! We are in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building. Tickets are $45 for General Admission and $65 for VIP tickets. Remember the VIP tickets come with an incredible gift bag that features a wide array of products. For real, the VIP bag has so much stuff in it we needed to write a whole blog about it. Find it HERE.

8) Hours & Location:

  • Thursday, Nov 10 – 4pm to 11pm. Last call at 10:30pm.
  • Friday, Nov 11 – 4pm to 11pm. Last call at 10:30pm.
  • Saturday, Nov 12 – Noon to 11pm. Last call at 10:30pm.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building is at 222 Bremner Blvd. The entrance is right across the street from Steam Whistle Brewing, beside the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.

7) See Our Speakers:

We have a stellar line up of speakers that include *takes deep breath* George St-Pierre hosted by Showdown Joe, Jason Grilli of the Toronto Blue Jays, Leafs Legends Wendel Clark & Doug Gilmour, Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, Ewan Currie and Ryan Gullen of The Sheepdogs, Ian Thornley of Big Wreck hosted by Jeff Woods, Gary Roberts, Mark DeMontis of Courage Hockey, Illusionist Robert Testa, and Hypnotist Chris Jones.

6) So Many Attractions:

There is so much to do once you get inside the MTCC. HERE is the full list of attractions. We recommend that you do a ‘once around’ and see what attractions catch your eye. Talk to the people working there. See if you need to book time with them. See if there is an additional cost. Ask them about the experience. We recommend the Bag Jump in support of TenFed where you plunge yourself from a 30 ft platform. It’s nuts… in a good way.

5) Food and Food and Food:

Our #TGE2016 Culinary Programme is out of this world. So many Top Local Chefs, headlined by the Openly Discussion and the Underground Chef Co Battle that sees Chef Ted Reader vs Chef Jeff Dueck, hosted by Joe Friday and Mike Ward. Check the DAILY SCHEDULES for the entire listing of On-The-Line Culinary events!

4) Tokens & Cash

Tokens are the currency on site for all alcohol. Tokens can be purchased from Token Booths. You’ll be able to use Debit/Credit/Cash at pretty much every other vendor. VIP Ticket purchasers get extra tokens, Just sayin’.

  • 1 Token = $1. (Tokens are sold in 10 packs)

3) Share Away!:

Tag your photos, your tweets, your posts, your snaps with #TGE2016 and #BeBetter

2) Directions:

  • TTC

Yonge-University-Spadina Line: Exit at Union station and proceed west on Front Street to the North Building , where you can access the Skywalk to enter the South Building. Or exit to Union train station and follow the Skywalk to either the North or South Building.

Bloor-Danthforth Line: When travelling west or east, you will need to transfer to the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway Line at either Bloor-Yonge Station, St. George Station or Spadina Station. Then continue until you reach Union Station and exit the subway. From Union station you can proceed west on Front Street to the North Building , where you can access the Skywalk to enter the South Building. Or exit to Union train station and follow the Skywalk to either the North or South Building.

Scarborough RT Line: Travel west to Kennedy Station. From Kennedy Station transfer to the Bloor-Yonge Line. Continue on the Bloor-Yonge Line until your reach Union Station and exit the subway. From Union station you can proceed west on Front Street to the North Building , where you can access the Skywalk to enter the South Building. Or exit to Union train station and follow the Skywalk to either the North or South Building.

Sheppard Line: Travel west to the Sheppard-Yonge Station and transfer to the Yonge-University Spadina Line. Travel south until you reach Union Station and exit the subway. From Union station you can proceed west on Front Street to the North Building , where you can access the Skywalk to enter the South Building. Or exit to Union train station and follow the Skywalk to either the North or South Building.

  • GO Transit

From Union station you can proceed west on Front Street to the North Building , where you can access the Skywalk to enter the South Building. Or exit to Union train station and follow the Skywalk to either the North or South Building.

  • UP Express

From the Union Station UP platform, exit and proceed west through the Skywalk corridor. Take the elevator (or staircase) to street level, Lower Simcoe Street. Proceed west on Front Street, and arrive at the MTCC North Building main entrance.

  • Driving Directions & Parking: 

Driving directions can be found HERE. There is pay parking available on site.  Even though we are posting info about driving, we strongly encourage you to take public transit. You see, there is a wide array of spirits, beer and such available on site and we are strongly against drinking & driving.

1) #BeBetter

The entire event revolves around this #BeBetter message. Soak it in. Share your thoughts with friends, with us. There are plenty of things to do and see at #TGE2016 but let’s never lose site of the ultimate goals: To be better human beings.

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#TGE2016 Special Guest: Ian Thornley of Big Wreck

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The Gentlemen’s Expo is proud to announce a series of special guests to help educate and entertain audiences at #TGE2016. Our GENTLEMEN OF MUSIC SERIES will feature discussions with compelling artists, singers, and songwriters.

  • WHO: Ian Thornley of Big Wreck
  • WHAT: In conversation with Ian Thornley. Hosted by Jeff Woods
  • WHEN:
    • Thursday, Nov 10th at 9:15pm
    • Friday, Nov 11th at 6:50pm
    • Saturday, Nov 12th at 8:00pm

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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.


About Ian Thornley:

What does it mean to be a rock and roll band in 2017? When you have a bunch of modern rock radio staples to your credit, earned platinum sales status, and shared stages with music icons, where do you go next? The answer is simple: To be an artist these days, one needs to embrace everything, and have the skill and savvy to put it all together with a clear vision of an end result.

“Musically, I’m still searching for the stuff that turns me on and takes me somewhere,” he says. “You want to be brought to tears or have the hair on your neck stand up, and if the search for that takes you to new territory, then so be it.”

For the Toronto-born Thornley, that search began in his youth when his classic rock heroes inspired him picked up the guitar. The original Big Wreck line-up, including Brian Doherty, was formed in the early 1990s while all members were attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. After a few years of honing their sound, the band was signed to Atlantic Records, which released their instantly embraced debut album In Loving Memory Of… in 1997. It proved to be a major homecoming for Thornley, as singles “The Oaf,” “That Song” and “Blown Wide Open” were all Top 10 hits in Canada, boosted by the band’s intense live shows.

Big Wreck chose to go their separate ways following the 2001 follow-up album The Pleasure And The Greed, with Thornley quickly forming a new group bearing his surname, which over time brought Dave McMillan and Paulo Neta into the fold. Although Thornley the band released two commercially successful albums over a nine-year span, Thornley the musician eventually grew disenchanted with the group’s approach, and a rekindling of his friendship with Doherty sparked the notion of a re-born Big Wreck.

It proved to be an astute decision on all fronts, as the “comeback” album Albatross turned in a Top 5 first-week showing on the Canadian Albums Chart, the highest debut of any previous Big Wreck or Thornley release. It would go on to earn a 2013 JUNO nomination for Rock Album of the Year and spawn three Top 10 Canadian Rock Radio singles.

The fresh start invariably led to Thornley’s creative renaissance, with other facets of his life and career eventually following suit. What he’s also come to terms with is allowing Big Wreck to be whatever it wants to be, whether that’s a riff-spewing, multi-guitar beast or a vehicle for sonic boundary pushing. There are no longer any limits.

As Thornley explains, “It’s like when you run into someone on vacation and they ask what you do. When I say I’m a musician, they’ll ask what kind of music I play, and I’ll always just say rock and roll. But within that are so many flavours you can’t even begin to describe.”

Follow Ian Thornley on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and his Website.

About Jeff Woods:

jeff-woods-head-shot-matt-barnes-bw-cropThe most talked about Jeff Woods attribute is his voice. It has been heard on radio and television for decades. Jeff’s life and career has been about creating content and context around music and the promotion of bands and recording artists. Jeff has also programmed radio stations and websites including Q107 Toronto, The FOX and Rock 101 Vancouver, in addition to being on the team that launched the original brand known as The Bear (Edmonton). Canada’s leading vintage rock authority, Woods has been at the centre of conversation and context around music for 30+ years. Jeff has hosted radio programs and series, since 1983.  He was the creator and host of The Legends of Classic Rock, heard internationally over 14 seasons, by a million weekly listeners across Canada and around the world. His many one-on-one interviews include artists like The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, The Band, Pearl Jam, Santana & David Bowie.

Follow Jeff Woods on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and his Website.

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#TGE2016 Special Guest: Jason Grilli of the Toronto Blue Jays

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The Gentlemen’s Expo is proud to announce a series of special guests to help educate and entertain audiences at #TGE2016.

  • WHO: Jason Grilli of the Toronto Blue Jays
  • WHAT: In Conversation with Jason Grilli of the Toronto Blue Jays
  • WHEN: SATURDAY, NOV. 12th
    • 9:15pm –In Conversation with Jason Grilli of the Toronto Blue Jays 
    • 9:45pm – Meet & Greet with Jason Grilli in The Gentlemen’s Den

Buy Tickets Now!

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.

article_a0474241-fd8d-4920-8cf5-94fc57ac553aAbout Jason Grilli:

Jason Grilli is a pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays.  Prior to being signed by the Jays, Jason has also pitched for the Florida MarlinsChicago White SoxDetroit TigersColorado RockiesTexas RangersPittsburgh PiratesLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Atlanta Braves. In 1997, Jason was taken as the fourth overall selection of the MLB draft by the San Francisco Giants, and ranked as was one of the top starting pitcher prospects in all of Minor League Baseball.

Follow Jason on Twitter.

Read Jason’s incredible piece in The Players Tribune on Giving Thanks.

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What Comes In The VIP Gift Bag?

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The VIP Ticket for The Gentlemen’s Expo is the way to go. All VIP Tickets come with a VIP Gift Bag. Now… What is in that bag? Well, not only do you get double the sampling tokens when you enter the event (10 in total) you also get a pretty sweet collection of products. Here’s a taste:

Jack Black

Jack Black will feature a mixture of their amazing skincare, and facial treatment samples that will keep you refreshed and rejuvenated so you can leave The Gentlemen’s Expo ready and armed to take on the world as a true gentleman! These samples will include Jack Black’s Beard Lube, Pure Clean, Face Buff, and Turbo Wash all in a 2ml size.

Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss will be giving people a preview of what their BOSS THE SCENT Cologne smells like so you can not only look like a gentleman, but you can smell like one too! Also don’t forget, Christmas is just around the corner so if a new cologne is in your future, this is your chance to take one for a test drive.

SHARP

The iconic Canadian Style Magazine SHARP is offering up complimentary magazines of their November 2016 Issue AND that’s not all… They are also featuring their Book For Men 2016 Issue. So that once you leave the expo you can take home some important literature to keep the #BeBetter lifestyle going .

Prohibition’s Non-Alcoholic Beer

Ever wonder what non-alcoholic beer tastes like? Well now you can find out because Labatt is featuring their new Prohibition (non-alcoholic) beer inside these gift bags! Be warned… You’re going to love it! It actually tastes like real beer with the same, smooth and refreshing taste.

Lab Series and Clinique For Men

To add to this celebration of stepping outside of your comfort zone in spectacular fashion, Lab Series and Clinique for Men will be placing one sample each, pulled from their catalogue of amazing skin care products.

Clinique For Men will be offering attendees samples of their Anti-Age Moisturizer which is an all-day hydrator that combats lines, wrinkles, dullness for a younger, revitalized look. With skin-strengthening and firming ingredients. The best part, is that is absorbs quickly so no greasy feeling once applied.

Lab Series will be offering their All-IN-ONE FACE TREATMENT because busy men demand skincare products that work hard and that work smart. The PRO All-IN-ONE FACE TREATMENT checks multiple items off your daily routine with a single, highly advanced, efficiency expert. One formula with four skin benefits. Get ready to look your best in one step.

Cetaphil

Cetaphil will be offering their Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths + a $2-Off coupon that can be applied to any of their products. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths will leave skin feeling fresh and clean – without drying out or disturbing skin’s natural pH balance.

Innis & Gunn

Our pals at Innis & Gunn will be giving vouchers in all the swag bags to redeem a complimentary beer at any Beer Store location, redeemable only for Innis & Gunn Original in a 330 ml can. THAT’S AMAZING!!!!

AXE Deodorant Body Spray

Remember when we said how important it is to smell your best? Well it’s equally as important to deodorize regularly. That’s why AXE Deodorant Body Spray has stepped up to support their gentlemen in this very cause. You’re living a #BeBetter Lifestyle now and that’s why you need to keep these things in mind.

Mr. Lube

Let’s be honest here… Everyone who drives knows how annoying it can be to get an oil change. It always comes up at the worst time and it lingers in the back of your head for weeks before you reach the kilometre mark. That’s why Mr. Lube is here to make it easier on you. They are offering not one but three $10-OFF vouchers for an oil change, redeemable at any of their locations.  That’s $30 bucks you have now saved to use for other things, like shopping at The Gentlemen’s Expo. Don’t worry brethren you’ve earned it!

KIND’S SIGNATURE SNACKS

KIND’S SIGNATURE SNACKS are perfect to have when your crushing your sartorial journey through The Gentlemen’s Expo. Made from whole nuts, fruits and whole grains these snack bars are not only healthy but their tasty too so you’ll have no problem fueling up when your body is running low of energy from all the excitement you’ll find at the event!

OLG PlaySmart

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.

PlaySmart will be offering our lucky VIP ticket holders a new deck of cards in each gift bag, so that once you pass by their booth and learn about what responsible gambling is and how your odds are stacked up when you play, you can then take that knowledge and apply it any gaming that you do after The Gentlemen’s Expo.  You can consider that deck of cards a sign that you have earned your stripes as a responsible player.

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#BEBETTER at The Gentlemen’s Expo. November 10-12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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#TGE2016 Special Guest: Georges St-Pierre

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The Gentlemen’s Expo is proud to announce a series of special guests to help educate and entertain audiences at #TGE2016.

  • WHO: Canadian MMA Icon Georges St-Pierre
  • WHAT: In Conversation with Georges St-Pierre
  • WHEN: FRIDAY, NOV. 11th
    • 9:30pm – In Conversation with Georges St-Pierre hosted by Showdown Joe Ferraro
    • 10:15pm – Meet & Greet with Georges St-Pierre

Buy Tickets Now!

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.

About Georges St-Pierre:

Georges “Rush” St-Pierre, also known as “GSP,” is a Canadian professional mixed martial artist and UFC world champion who holds black belts in both Kyokushin karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Georges was raised in St-Isidore, Quebec, a town of about 2,000 people. As a child he was bullied for years by older schoolmates. His father had introduced him to Kyokushin karate at age 7, “but life isn’t like a movie,” he said. “You can do all the karate you want, when you’re eight or nine-years-old and they’re 12, when you’re alone and there’s three of them, you can’t do anything. That’s the reality.”

Already a 2nd dan Kyokushin karate black belt at 12, Georges dedicated himself to martial arts and training throughout his teen years. After seeing Royce Gracie fight in 1993 at UFC 1, Georges knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life and how he was going to reach those goals: he invested all his energy and all his time at becoming a better version of himself. When he wasn’t training or at school, Georges worked as a doorman in nightclubs, or hung off the back of a garbage truck, hauling in refuse. He discovered a simple truth: never stopping helps reach goals.gsp_fr

He grew as a person and as a fighter. He added fighting disciplines such as boxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to his karate background and competed in his first amateur bout at age 16. He won that match, and continued his steady improvement. In 2006 he became the UFC Welterweight Champion. He lost the title in 2007 but subsequently regained it in front of his hometown fans of Montreal in 2008 and hasn’t lost a single title defense since then.

Recognized as one of the planet’s best pound-for-pound MMA fighter and all around athlete, GSP lives in Montreal but travels around the world to train with the best coaches and training partners in all disciplines.

Follow GSP on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.

GSP in facts and figures

  • Born in St-Isidore, Québec, on May 19, 1981
  • 5 ft 10 inches, 170 lbs
  • Fighting style: Kyokushin karate (3rd dan black belt), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt), Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling

Record

Championship 

  • Two-time Welterweight Champion of the World – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
  • All-time most consecutive welterweight title defenses (9)

Awards

  • Canadian Athlete of the Year 2008, 2009, 2010 – Rogers Sportsnet
  • 2010-2011 No.2 Pound-for-pound fighter in the world – ESPN
  • Fighter of the Year 2009 – Sports Illustrated, World MMA Awards, MMAPayout, Inside MMA, MMAJunkie
  • Finalist – Best Fighter 2008, 2010, 2011 – ESPY Awards
  • Most Dangerous Man of the year 2010 – Spike Guys Choice Awards
  • 2008 MMA Fighter of the Year – Black Belt Magazine

 

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Hockey Hall Of Fame at #TGE2016

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Puck fans unite! The Gentlemen’s Expo is bringing a true Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF) experience to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from November 10-12.

This area includes the HHOF’s mobile Original Legends Exhibit, an NHL Trophy display and a truly unique interactive hockey component.   In partnership with the premier interactive hockey company, Top Shot Hockey from Guelph, Ontario, the package  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.

Check out the FULL LIST of  #TGE2016 ATTRACTIONS.

NHL Trophy Display:

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Interactive Experience:

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Original Legends Exhibit:

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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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#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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#TGE2016 Special Guests: Doug Gilmour & Wendel Clark

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The Gentlemen’s Expo is proud to announce a series of special guests to help educate and entertain audiences at #TGE2016.

  • WHO: Leafs Legends Doug Gilmour & Wendel Clark.
  • WHAT: In Conversation with Doug Gilmour & Wendel Clark.
  • WHEN: SATURDAY, NOV. 12th
    • 5:00pm-5:45pm – In Conversation with Leafs Legends Doug Gilmour & Wendel Clark
    • 6:00pm-7:00pm –  Mix & Mingle on #TGE2016 Show floor.
  • BUY TICKETS: Tickets are ON SALE NOW. 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.

gilmourandclark_shareCouple of beauties right here , I tell ya. How cool is this… Leafs Legends and two former Leafs captains will be joining us on Saturday, Nov 12 at #TGE2016. Joey Vendetta will host the ‘In Conversation’ segment plus both Legends will be available to mix and mingle and snap a couple pics with the crowd. See below for some memories from these two dynamic players…

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23 Oct 1997: Doug Gilmour #93 of the New Jersey Devils looks on during a game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Canadiens 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport
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If there is a player who inspires near-hysteria among the Leafs Nation, it is Doug Gilmour.  Selected by St. Louis in the seventh round, he eventually started in 1983 when the Blues’ depleted roster required a call-up.  Nicknamed ‘Killer’ for his intensity, Gilmour played like a man much larger. After five seasons and the 1987 Canada Cup tournament, the Blues traded Gilmour to Calgary.  That year, he was a star in the playoffs (22 points in 22 games) and the Flames won their sole Stanley Cup.  After three more seasons, he was traded to Toronto in the biggest deal in league history.  In his first full season, he earned 127 points, a Maple Leaf franchise record and still won the Frank Selke trophy for best defensive forward!  The Leafs made him captain in 1994, which he remained until he was traded to New Jersey in 1997.  He then bounced between Chicago, Buffalo and Montreal before returning to Toronto.  In 1656 games, he finished with 510 goals and 1092 assists for 1602 points.  Doug is currently the General Manager of the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs.

Wendel Clark

Clark was drafted First overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft after spending his Junior career with his home Province Saskatoon Blades on the WHL.  Clark represented Canada in wendel-headshot-2the ’85 World Juniors winning Gold.  In his rookie season with the Leafs, Wendel made an immediate impact in the league and with Leafs Nation.  He scored 34 goals for 45 points and took on all comers racking up 227 penalty minutes.  His physical style of play and offensive talent built the foundation of a great career and later leading to Clark becoming the Captain of the storied Maple Leafs.  He led by example and was the one working the hardest, scoring the big goals and doing whatever was needed to win.  This style of play took its toll and at the young age of 33 he was forced into retirement due to back injuries.  In 793 career NHL games Clark recorded 564 points and 1690 Penalty Minutes playing for Toronto, Quebec, NY Islanders, Tampa Bay, Detroit & Chicago.  He currently resides with his family in Toronto and keeps busy as an Ambassador with the Leafs plus various charitable causes and has a restaurant chain and Meineke Car Care Centres.

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#TGE2016 Special Guest: Illusionist Robert Testa

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The Gentlemen’s Expo is proud to announce a series of special guests to help educate and entertain audiences at #TGE2016.

  • WHO: Illusionist Robert Testa
  • WHAT: Illusions & Magic with Robert Testa
  • WHEN:
    • Friday, Nov 11th at 7:40pm and 8:50pm
    • Saturday, Nov 12th at 3:35pm and 5:45pm

Buy Tickets Now!

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.


About Robert Testa:

image00231 year old Illusionist Rob Testa has been performing Magic & Illusions for over 57 years! He has performed for numerous audiences including his mom, his grandparents and the homeless guy at Jarvis and Gerrard. Don’t mention the names Criss Angel or GOB from Arrested Development around him or he’ll eat your elbow. He’s got 99 problems but a trick ain’t one. He’s magically delicious… And by delicious he means salty with a hint of asparagus.  Now truthfully… Internationally acclaimed Award Winning Illusionist & Motivational Speaker Rob Testa combines Illusion, Mind Reading and Humour to leave audiences breathless and begging for more. Rob has performed for a countless number of clients including the #1 All-Inclusive Family Beach Resort in the world,  “Beaches Negril” of The Sandals Company in Jamaica; Carnival’s  “Costa Magica” Cruise Ship; The Nanjing International Clown Festival in Nanjing, China; various events in Dubai, UAE; The Top Talent Festival in Vancouver, BC and countless others. 

Come laugh and be amazed by the Illusions of Rob Testa!

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Fall Style Picks: Hot Sox

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Looking to step up your style game this Fall without breaking the bank?  Want to stand out from the crowd yet not look like you spent hours getting dressed?   Ties were once considered the easiest way to freshen up a look.  Times have changed though and with casual workplaces now the norm, fewemens-mona-lisar men are wearing ties on a regular basis.  Enter the new basic – fashion socks.

For many guys, socks have long been an afterthought.  Clean was good enough.  Black was standard and stripes counted as fashion.  Socks are the perfect way to add a pop of colour to any ensemble.  Unlike blazers, shirts or pants which can require substantial investment, socks are an easy, affordable way to update your existing wardrobe.

Hot Sox is hands down the go to resource for trend right fashion socks with an assortment that includes everythox3hing from on-trend geometric prints to unique novelty styles to the innovative Artist Series.  For the guy with the travel bug, the new Travel Collection, which features top destinations such as LA, South Beach and Paris, is a must have.  Be sure to check out the Hot Sox booth at the upcoming The Gentlemen’s Expo or shop The Bay (www.thebay.com) or Simons (www.simons.ca) for an extensive selection. Also check out Hot Sox current Halloween collection, pretty spooky stuff! Make sure your follow Hot Sox on Facebook, and Hot Sox on Instagram.

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Get more Fall Style Tips and see more sock inspirations by checking out Hot Sox.

See Hot Sox and an whole bunch more at #TGE2016. Tickets are ON SALE NOW. 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.

Here are some Instagram shots from Hot Sox account. How about those doggy socks?!!

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Yamaha Canada Music x #TGE2016

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One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. – Bob Marley

On November 10-12 at The Gentlemen’s, the Yamaha Canada Music Garage Band Experience will WOW you. A fully-built garage with a massive selection of instruments to try out, from Yamaha Canada Music. This is the jam space of your dreams, because you can get hands on and 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! On that note (see what we did there) may we introduce to you…

#RandomActsOfMusic

Yamaha Music Canada are doing something very special that you need to know; It’s an initiative called #RandomActsOfMusic and it’s designed to celebrate all forms of music.

Now, we’re not talking about the Kanye West’s or Adele’s of the world, were talking about our neighbours, our friends and the people in our communities that share their passion for music with everyone around them. What’s great, is that Yamaha Music Canada supports these people and anyone interested in spreading music to the four corners of the globe by sharing their stories and videos on their website: www.RandomActsOfMusic.ca.

We encourage all of you to visit the #RandomActsOfMusic website and take some time to watch some of the videos Yamaha Canada has shared. These videos will show you the number of people who are spreading positivity through their passion. Remember we could all make an effort to #BeBetter and maybe music is the answer to that.

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.

BUY TICKETS for Thursday, November 10th – 4pm to 11pm

BUY TICKETS for Friday, November 11th – 4pm to 11pm

BUY TICKETS for Saturday, November 12th – Noon to 11pm

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