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5 Takeaways From #TGE2017

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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

 

 

 

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Thank You For Coming To #TGE2017

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The 2017 version of The Gentlemen’s Expo is in the books. We sampled drinks. We tasted food. We learned something from The Culinary Stage and we were entertained by the Main Stage. Friday Night Fights To End Cancer presented by Tweed Inc was a huge success. Oh and Congrats to Ashley F. for winning the Fight To End Cancer 50/50 draw. That’s $1500+ in his pocket! Not bad at all. Overall, there was lots to learn about this year’s event. We switched locations to the North Building and some feedback was that we need to go bigger. We heard you. We’re looking. We heard some great feedback about the selection of food and drink. Thanks for that. We really put effort in to curating the list of offerings at TGE.  We also heard the frustration from Baseball fans that the Carter & Alomar signing was cut a bit short. We wish we had control over our guests to squeeze in those last autographs, but we don’t we respect their time and the fact that they have to shuffle off to the next event. Cheers to all those fans that stuck it out.

Finally, we heard some super positive feedback about The Culinary Stage and the live Boxing. First, The Culinary Stage: Live demos that entertain and inform was the goal, and based on the buzz around the room and the audiences we met that goal. Next, the Boxing. Adding Friday Night Fights was an incredible experience. Jen, Virgil and the crew really know how to ‘throw down’. (We hope we’re using that in the right context) Lots of good energy in the room, with fighters that left everything in the ring. Hope to bring Boxing back next time and do it every night of our event. Cheers to Rebecca Freeman Photography for the boxing photos!

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The Gentlemen’s Expo Team.

 

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#TGE2017 FRIDAY SCHEDULE

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The Gentlemen’s Expo is THIS WEEKEND, Nov 24-25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building. See you soon. Doors open at 4pm. The Culinary Stage kicks off at 5pm and Friday Night Fights starts at 8pm. Tickets are available at the door for $35. Online tickets can be purchased right up until 7:30pm on Friday.

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SHOW SCHEDULEEventLocation
4:00PMDoors Open
5:30PMChef Ted ReaderCulinary Stage
6:30PMRavenswood Wine & Cheese Demo Culinary Stage
6:30PMTweed Harvest StoriesMain Stage
7:30PMMark Bylok of The Whisky TopicCulinary Stage
8:00PMFriday Night Fights To End Cancer Boxing Ring
9:30PMLast Call
9:45PMTaps Off
10:00PMDoors Close
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#TGE2017 SATURDAY SCHEDULE

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The Gentlemen’s Expo is THIS WEEKEND, Nov 24-25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building. Doors open at Noon. At 2pm, The Culinary Stage kicks off at 2pm and the Main Stage kicks off at 2pm with In Conversation with Joe Carter and Robbie Alomar. Tickets available at the door for $35. Online tickets can be purchased right up until 7:30pm on Saturday.

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Show ScheduleMain Stagelocation
12:00PMDoors Open
2:00PMChef Tonia WilsonCulinary Stage
2:00PMIn Conversation with Joe Carter & Robbie AlomarMain Stage
3:00PMChef Lindsey Greflund: Culinary instructor and Pastry Chef.Culinary Stage
3:00PMMeet & Greet with Joe Carter & Robbie AlomarThe Gentlemen's Lounge
4:00PMMark Bylok of The Whisky TopicCulinary Stage
4:30PMTweed: Know Your CannabisMain Stage
6:00PMRachel Bies: Real Food Chef & NutritionistCulinary Stage
6:00PMIn Conversation with Darcy Tucker & Curtis JosephMain Stage
7:00PMMeet & Greet with Darcy Tucker & Curtis JosephThe Gentlemen's Lounge
7:00PMMichelle Tham: Head of Education at Labatt Breweries of CanadaCulinary Stage
8:00PMChef Jason Nolan of Cheese BoutiqueCulinary Stage
9:30PMLast Call
9:45PMTaps Off
10:00PMDoors Close
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Cannabis Comes To #TGE2017

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The Gentlemen’s Expo is proud to announce a series of special guests and panels to help educate and entertain audiences. The Gentlemen’s Expo is Nov 24-25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building.

WHO: Tweed’s Shega Youngson, Adam Greenblatt, Jonathan Whittaker, Daniel Beltrame 

WHAT: Two Panels from Tweed: Harvest Stories & Know Your Cannabis

WHEN: FRIDAY, NOV. 24th 6:30pm-7:15pm -Tweed: Harvest Stories followed by 15 min Q&A

WHEN: SATURDAY, NOV. 25th 4:30pm-5:15pm – Tweed: Know Your Cannabis followed by 15 min Q&A

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Tweed Harvest Stories – Friday, Nov. 24 at 6:30pm 

We’re incredibly proud of the massive Fall harvest we experienced this year. That’s why we decided to  invite our talented managers from our multiple production sites to share their stories at this year’s Gentlemen’s Expo in Toronto! From seed to harvest to post-harvest, listen and learn about what it takes to prepare the various cannabis products we offer at Tweed.

Speakers:

Jonathan Whittaker, Production Manager

Daniel Beltrame, Post-Harvest Manager  

Moderators:

Shega Youngson and Adam Greenblatt

Tweed Know Your Cannabis – Saturday, Nov 25 at 4:30pm

Cannabis laws are liberalizing across Canada and the world, creating new opportunities for communities and consumers. From regulations and responsible consumption, to how cannabis works in the body, there is knowledge that must be shared as we move towards legalization and expansion of the cannabis industry. Enhance your understanding of this plant, know your cannabis.

Speakers:

Shega Youngson (National Community Engagement Manager)

Adam Greenblatt (Quebec Brand Manager)

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