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First things first. We hope you had good time. We try and bring many worlds together under one roof. Style, grooming, tech, sports, food, wine, spirits, beer, cocktails, chefs, footwear, custom clothing and more. Here are the 5 big takeaways from the 2017 edition of The Gentlemen’s Expo.

5) Shopping

This was Black Friday after all. Those beautiful jackets from Wully Outerwear. Those plaid sherpa shirts from Honorable Beasts. Those gorgeous winter boots from Altorosto. The message behind TenFed clothing (buy a piece, fed 10 kids). That incredible selection of Parc City Boots. Those game-changing socks from Voxx Life. The cool factor of Brave & Bearded. The variety and styles of socks from Hot Sox. Those form fitting boxer briefs from Topik Wear. Those shoe saving products from Urad. The custom selection from Surmesur. The garment saving offerings from Park Lane Cleaners. The class of King & Bay Custom Clothing. The Canadian-inspired pieces from Gentlemen Of The North. The botanicals from False Ox. The vast product line from Elegance Gel.  The grooming essentials from 6ixMan.

4) Wine

Let’s be real here for a minute. Wine & Cheese is a crowd pleaser. Raven for Ravenswood was a collaboration between Ravenswood Wines and Cheese Boutique. Side note: this is what we are hoping the menu in heaven looks like. Eugene, Ravenswood’s Master Of Wine, weaved a delicious story of wine into his Culinary Stage presentation. It was magic. Glasses raised for Eugene and the entire crew at Ravenswood. Happy people all around.

3) Tweed

Every day there’s a story on the interwebz about Cannabis. It’s a hot topic from an incredibly fast-growing industry. We wanted to share knowledge on this emerging and ever-changing sector with our audience, so we enlisted the best. That’s Tweed Inc. Tweed brought their experts: Shega, Jonathan, Daniel, Adam – and hosted two panels packed full of Cannabis content. Totally engaging stuff.

2) Culinary Stage

Honestly, how great was Lindsey Greflund as host of The Culinary Stage. She was awesome. Also awesome… was live demo after live demo from the stage. Ted Reader and his grilling skills, Mark Bylok and his whisky knowledge, Rachel Bies and her healthy food inspiration, Tonia Wilson and her flavour combinations, Michelle Tham and her beer expertise, and Jason Nolan and his culinary creativeness. It was epic. The samples were epic. What an absolute treat.

1) Boxing

When we were talking about about adding a live boxing element to #TGE2017, we had no idea how incredible it was going to be. The headlining event of of #TGE2017 Day 1 was Friday Night Fights To End Cancer presented by Tweed. Proper pugilists aiming for Olympic spots were hungry and ready to put on a show. And boy did they. 5 exciting fights held the audience captive for the better part of Friday Night, and some money was raised for Fight To End Cancer. Special shout out to Jennifer, Virgil and the FTEC crew, along with Showdown Joe Ferraro for lending his talents. Could not have been possible with the support of Tweed and last but not least, the referees, judges and fighters. We will definitely do this again!

Photo: Rebecca Freeman Photography