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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!

Please reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with your feedback.

The Gentlemen’s Expo Team.

 

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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!

Please reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with your feedback.

The Gentlemen’s Expo Team.

 

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10 Things You Need To Know About Attending #TGE2017

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Here we are friends. The Gentlemen’s Expo is this weekend and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring it to you. Here are 10 things you need to know about #TGE2017

10) We Welcome Gentlewomen or Gentlemen:

Sure, our show name has ‘Gentlemen’ in it, but our event is for everyone. #TGE2017 is open to anyone who is 19+ and enjoys great experiences, watching engaging speakers and acquiring knowledge.  Seriously, if you like great food, whisky/beer/wine/spirits, sports, tech, style, fashion… then #TGE2017 is for you.

9) Tickets At The Door:

Yes, tickets will be available at door! They are $35. We are in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building. Still looking for online tickets… Tickets are available online up to 7:30pm on both days.

8) Hours & Location:

  • Friday, Nov 24 – 4pm to 10pm. Last call at 9:30pm. Taps off at 9:45pm.
  • Saturday, Nov 25 – Noon to 10pm. Last call at 9:30pm. Taps off at 9:45pm.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building is at 255 Front Street West.

7) Schedule Your Time:

Between The Culinary Stage, The Main Stage and the Boxing ring, there’s plenty to see. Click on the day you’re coming for the times and locations of stage programming:

6) So Many Attractions:

There is plenty to do once you get inside the MTCC North Building. Here is the full list of 2027 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. (like you’ll need to do with the barbers) See if there is an additional cost. Ask them about the experience. Archery tag, shuffleboard, race simulators, Virtual Reality playground, The Culinary Stage, shopping, and more.

5) Food and Food and Food:

We curated a list of food purveyors that you’re gonna love. Poke, Burgers, BBQ, and more. We’ve also recruited some top culinary talent to showcase on The Culinary Stage. Check out the SCHEDULE.

4) Fancy An Old Fashioned?

Whether it’s a cocktail, wine, spirits or beer, we got your covered. Check out our Drinks Menu. It’s the perfect time to sample something new or revisit an old favourite. Please know that this is a 19+ show. We strongly

3) Tokens & Cash

Tokens are the currency on site for all alcohol and food. Tokens can be purchased from Token Booths. You’ll be able to use Debit/Credit/Cash at pretty much every other vendor.

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

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 the MTCC North 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 the MTCC North 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 the MTCC North 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 the MTCC North 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 the MTCC North 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 #TGE2017 but let’s never lose site of the ultimate goals: To be better human beings. Tag your photos, your tweets, your posts, your snaps with #TGE2017 and #BeBetter

 

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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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Friday Night Fights at TGE2017!

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Style, Grooming, Food, and Drink will now be joined by the Friday Night Fights ‘To End Cancer’ presented by TWEED, at The Gentlemen’s Expo (#TGE2017). With a wide variety of emerging and established brands and products, alongside celebrity guests and now a sanctioned Olympic boxing card on Friday, November 24th, tickets to Canada’s leading lifestyle event for men is an easy decision! The Gentlemen’s Expo takes over the Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building from Nov 24th to 25th, 2017. This is a 19+ event.

Hosted by entertainment personality, “Showdown Joe” Ferraro, #TGE2017  will host sanctioned Olympic boxing matches called the Friday Night Fights ‘To End Cancer’ presented by TWEED. For the first time ever, enjoy a gentleman’s sport, while raising funds for an incredible cause: 50/50 raffle proceeds from the evening will benefit the Fight To End Cancer. Some of Canada’s best boxers holding provincial and national titles will be showcased including the Co-Main Event fights with Mark Smither and Kassandra O’Reilly – who both fought on the inaugural Fight To End Cancer card in 2012.

WHAT: FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS PRESENTED BY TWEED AT THE GENTLEMEN’S EXPO

WHEN: Friday November 24, 2017 | 4pm – 10pm (First Fight at 8pm)

WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre | North Building, 255 Front St West.

WHY: Friday Night Fights ‘To End Cancer’ In Support Of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

The five (5) bout undercard will play host to a number of local and international professional boxers including:

Robert Serrano v Aden Djama

Jessica Brugess v Amanda Galle

Moe Zawadi v James Hughes

Co-Main Event: Mark Smither v Thad Ridsdill

Main Event: Kassandra O’Reilly v Sara Haghighat-Joo

The Gentlemen’s Expo tickets are on sale now and start at $25.

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GET SOCIAL WITH FIGHT TO END CANCER

 

Website: FightToEndCancer.com

Facebook: FightToEndCancer

Instagram: @FightToEndCancer

Twitter: @FightEndCancer

Official Hashtag: #TGE2017

GET SOCIAL WITH THE GENTLEMEN’S EXPO

 

Website: GentlemensExpo.com

Facebook: The Gentlemen’s Expo

Instagram: @GentlemensExpo

Twitter: @GentlemensExpo; #TGE2017

Official Hashtag: #TGE2017

 

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Fight To End Cancer or fighter interview inquiries:

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2017 Attractions

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The Gentlemen’s Expo is back on Nov. 24 & 25 and there is no shortage of experiences for patrons to enjoy! It all takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building. Audiences will be entertained and educated through interesting and exciting activations as part of the #BeBetter lifestyle. Here’s a snapshot of what attractions to expect:

Friday Night Fights To End Cancer

For the first time ever, #TGE2017 will host sanctioned Olympic boxing matches at the Friday Night ‘Fights To End Cancer’ presented by TWEED! On Friday, November 24, enjoy a gentleman’s sport, while raising funds for an incredible cause: 50/50 raffle proceeds from the evening will benefit the Fight To End Cancer. Some of Canada’s best boxers, holding provincial and national titles, will be showcased including the Co-Main Event fights with Mark Smither and Kassandra O’Reilly – who both fought on the inaugural Fight To End Cancer card in 2012. MORE INFO.

The #TGE2017 Culinary Stage

The Gentlemen’s Expo will feature demonstrations from some of Toronto’s top Chefs, including: Chef Tonia Wilson, Chef Lindsey Greflund, Chef Ted Reader, Chef Mark Bylok, Health Expert Rachel Bies, Beer Expert Michelle Tham, and Chef Jason Nolan!

diVRge Virtual Reality Playground

diVRge is a Virtual Reality Playground that is making the latest in Virtual Reality technology available to the public. Their location has 18 Virtual Reality stations with 30+ experiences, and truly with something for everyone. DiVRge will be offering free VR demo’s for anyone attending The Gentlemen’s Expo. The demo’s will be 5-10 minutes in length and will give you a taste of the wonders of Virtual Reality. Some of the titles offered will include Richie’s Plank Experience, Hoops VR, Quivr, A-10, Blurtasia and Google Earth.

Archers Arena

Channel your inner Katniss and let the games begin.  Archers Arena will host their now world-famous archery tag at #TGE2017. Experience Toronto’s #1 rated archery tag in almost 3000 square feet right inside the MTCC North Building. You’ll need to bring your ‘A game’. You’ll need focus. You’ll need strength. May the best combat archer in your group win and may the odds be for ever in your favour.

Race Sim 1 Experience

Gentlemen & Gentlewomen, start your engines!

Welcome to your Indoor Racing Paradise! Start your engines and race at Toronto’s first and only Car Racing Simulation Centre! With 5 cars on the virtual track fighting for 1st place, RaceSim1 is the perfect spot for group events, corporate team building, and for friends to hang out while ripping the pavement. Drivers take place in our unique sim racing cockpits equipped with 49” screens, real car racing seats, force feedback steering wheel, pedals and shifter. You’ll race powerful and exotic cars on world-famous laser scanned tracks. This is NOT your “kiddie” arcade! Race ON!

Beer, Spirits, Wine, and Cocktail Sampling

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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.

Attendees will have a chance to sample beverages from the likes of: Jim Beam, Toki, Goose Island, Budweiser, Great Lakes Brewery, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Bulleit Bourbon, CIROC, Johnny Walker, Ketel One Vodka, Tanqueray No. Ten, Don Julio, Zacapa Rum and so much more!

The Gentlemen’s Lounge

The 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.

Track & Field / Bangarang

The fine people that brought Track & Field Bar to Toronto just released their latest venture, Bangarang. Both places feature swanky dranks, an incredible staff, but more importantly… GAMES!! (said in the same way Cookie Monster would say COOKIES!) We asked, and they will deliver those games to #TGE2017.  Expect shuffleboard from Track & Field, and cornhole from Bangarang. Should be good times.

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 #TGE2017:

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 24-25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building.

Come to #TGE2017 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#TGE2017 if you want to see great speakers and compelling attractions. Come to #TGE2017 if you want to #BeBetter.

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