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5 Reasons To Come To #TGE2017

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5 Reasons To Come To #TGE2016 from November 24-25, 2017 at MTCC North Building.

5) You’ll Learn Something. Walking thru #TGE2017 will be like walking thru your favourite men’s magazine. We hand pick our exhibitors. We want the most knowledgable people on the most relevant topics to be there for you. Subject matter experts: whether it’s suiting, grooming, drinks or pretty much anything related to the #BeBetter lifestyle. Strike up a conversation and you will not be disappointed.

4) Your Next Favourite Drink. Bartenders & Mixologists will be live and present each and every day. Yes, you may be amazed at some of the bottle flipping, but go a little deeper and you’ll be sure to see your favourite cocktail being made. Or maybe it’s your ‘next’ fav cocktail. Watch, learn, sample … and make sure you take away some pointers for making it yourself.

3) Like-Minded People. One thing you can guarantee at #TGE2017 is that you’ll be surrounded by like-minded people. We may all have a different style or a unique look, but one thread that connects us all is that we want to #BeBetter. The vibe on the floor is so cool, because every single gentleman or gentlewoman shares this common goal. Listen, learn, participate. Be sure to talk to people. Strangers will become friends. The experience of #TGE2017 is like nothing else.

2) Shopping. You’ll be surrounded by clothes, footwear, gear, and accessories. Get fitted for that custom suit. Try on those new boots. Add a tie-bar, leather bracelet and a maybe a new scarf. You may even leave with a whole new look. Make sure you take pictures of your purchases and tag them #BeBetter and #TGE2017.

1) #BeBetter. It’s what we preach. It could be as simple a new pomade for your hair or as large as solving world issues. Just by coming to #TGE2017 you have already taken the right step – and we thank you. We encourage you to try and sample as much as you can over the course of our two day event (Nov 24-25) and then put everything you soak up into practice in your life. Share the knowledge with your friends and keep the cycle going.  See you soon.

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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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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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O.G. Series: Brisket, Beer and Bourbon After Party

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The Original (O.G.) Gentlemen Series is an exclusive series of events aimed at super serving our core customer with compelling experiences. The lead event is a Midnight BBQ at Carbon Bar that we’re calling The Original (O.G.) Gentlemen Series: Brisket, Beer and Bourbon After Party. It all goes down on opening night of The Gentlemen’s Expo. So, when the doors of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre close on Thursday, November 10th, another set of doors open… at the Carbon Bar. If you’ve ever had BBQ at Carbon Bar, you know what we’re talking about. Come enjoy some of the finer things with us. Ewan Currie (Yes, THAT Ewan Currie from The Sheepdogs) will be spinning music and keeping the vibe right. Tickets are extremely limited, so get yours ASAP. You don’t want to miss this! PS: Your Original (O.G.) Gentlemen Series: Brisket, Beer and Bourbon After Party ticket comes with complimentary ticket to #TGE2016.

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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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Behind The Cutting Board: Tonia Wilson

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Tonia Wilson is what some might call a triple threat; she is a certified chef, and sommelier of both wine and beer. She has spent many years working as a chef in Europe and is a regular writer for the LCBO’s Food & Drink magazine. She spends most of her time spreading the love of food, wine and beer through her classes and corporate events. She loves cooking for friends and family, is fluent in Italian and loves Belgian beer, Spanish wine and any food she didn’t cook herself.

Twitter:          @cheftoniawilson

Instagram:    @cheftoniawilson

If you weren’t working in the culinary industry, what would you be doing? 

Interior designer or photographer.

Any advice for people getting started in your industry? Best advice you’ve ever been given?

For industry beginners; 1. take some business courses along with your culinary 2. try to be unique and focus on your strengths 3. make sure to have a back up plan

Best advice I’ve ever been given; In life; see beauty in the simple things. In the kitchen; let the food do the talking and don’t overthink it.

What is your favourite restaurant, right now?

Mye Japanese Restaurant in Oakville, I’m in the west end. Exquisite Japanese cuisine. When I eat out I want to have something I wouldn’t make at home.

In your opinion, what traits would you say describe the ideal Gentleman?

Someone who puts others at ease, and has a good sense of self.

If you could have dinner with anyone (Alive or Dead), who would it be, and why?

Elton John, I bet he’s got some wild stories and after dessert he could belt out a tune or two.

See and learn from Chef Tonia (and many others) as part of our Culinary Programme 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.

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Best Sports Bars In Toronto

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Sports can only be watched at an awesome place with awesome people. Great food, a vast beer selection and screen size all get rolled in to the equation. We’ve listed a handful of the best sports bars in the city you need to visit.

Now before we begin, we know that we can’t have a Toronto Sports Bar Round Up without giving a shout out to Real Sports Bar, but there are lots of other great places around the city that need some love also. Some of these you might know and others you may not, but either way these are places that you can have a good time with the boys and maybe even meet a pretty lady along the way. Just remember, we’re gentlemen so lets keep it classy and have a good time.

Monarch Tavern

Monarch Tavern is a great place if you’re looking to keep things fun but also low key. This Little Italy gem, is really a staple in the neighbourhood that people have been going to for decades to get their weekly fix of Serie A or Premiership soccer. A classic neighbourhood bar with craft beer on tap, 30 plus bourbons, and good food. There’s also a pool table, pinball machine and a dart board that add to the comforting atmosphere.

The Dock Ellis

Cheekily named for a pitcher famous for throwing a no-hitter on acid, The Dock Ellis is a low key pub that has cheap food, plenty of TVs, communal tables, craft beer on tap, foosball (or Gitoni as the North York kids like to call it) and pool tables. This is a great place for those looking to catch a game while avoiding the typical rowdiness of other sports bars.

The Football Factory

It’s no surprise that if you visit The Football Factory, there will probably be soccer playing somewhere in the bar. Luckily there is a TV at every table, as the owners like to boast about, so you’ll’ be able to catch all the action no matter where you sit. Another great feature about this place, is that they open at 7am on weekends… What more could anyone ask for?  Expect decent food, a dozen good beers on tap, and a army of red jerseys before and after every TFC game.

Hunter’s Landing

Hunter’s Landing is a roomy sports bar with two floors, a decent size patio & mezzanine seating. Serving up a menu of hearty Canadian fare & drinks, it’s great for catching a game on a hot summer day. With a good looking crowd and cool atmosphere it’s no wonder their patio is always packed on Saturdays. Or it could be because of their signature drink/meal called The Landing Cure Ceasar … Trust me, you have to see this thing to believe it.

Shark Club Sports Bar & Grill

Located at Yonge and Dundas, Shark Club is a lively sports bar with a third-floor patio that overlooks the downtown core. It’s been voted as Canada’s best sports bar twice and is the place to be if you are looking for a premium sports experience. With a massive HD TV in the middle of the bar and 57 smaller ones, you’ll have a great view of the game no matter where you’re sitting.

 

We’d also like to give a nod to:

The Dog & Bear, The Loose Moose, and The Dizzy.

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“Boss” is a state of mind

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I’m a pretty social wheat beer. It’s just the way I was brewed. Well, people’ve been asking me where I find the confidence to lead this life full of flavour, and figured it was time to respond.

To be honest, I’m pretty sure it’s the orange peel. Apparently there’s a lot more to it than the citrus notes. And I suppose my perfect pint glass posture helps, too.

Sorry, not sorry if that wasn’t what you were looking for but I’m not going to pretend like there are three simple rules for living life confidently. Look, if you’re still looking for some gusto, maybe this will help:

Wanna chat up a stranger on the patio? Open up your face-hole and see what comes out.

Wanna pull a Maverick and rock a Hall & Oates love ballad at the bar? Then wait for karaoke. Or don’t – because who really cares?

Wanna bust out some funky fresh moves on the dance floor? Yeah, maybe don’t do that.

Seriously dude, all you gotta do is get yourself out there. Be yourself. It’ll all work (eventually).

Confidence is in your head; just try not to think about it. And hey, if you ever want to chat, you know where to find me.

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