Mark DeMontis

Top 10 Highlights From #TGE2016


Where do we begin? Easy… by thanking you for coming. Without you (yes, I’m talking to you) there would be no show. Honestly, #TGE2016 is only as good as the audience who joins us, and you were perfect! Thank you.

Here’s a quick list of some of our fav moments:

10) Hypnotist Chris Jones convincing a lady that Drake was here.

9) Jason Grilli sharing how much he loves the city of Toronto.

8) Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour playing bubble hockey with Rick Mercer looking on.

7) Ian Thornley of Big Wreck on the slide guitar while telling stories with Jeff Woods.

6) Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour sharing the story of Harold Ballard’s dog.

5) The UCC Chef Battle that saw Ted Reader get his hand raised in victory!

4) Jim Cuddy sharing stories about being on the road with The Tragically Hip

3) Mark DeMontis of Courage Hockey inspiring an entire room and beyond.

2) GSP on the state of the UFC, and what the future of fighting holds.

1) The Gentlemen and Gentlewomen of Toronto showing all kinds of love to our food purveyors, vendors, special guests, Main Stage personalities, Culinary Stage experts, our staff, the security and more.

Special shout out to OG Series: Brisket, Beer and Bourbon After Party at The Carbon Bar on Thursday night. Surrounded by great BBQ and about 200 of our closest friends was def a highlight of the weekend.

Let’s do it again next year!


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#TGE2016 Special Guest: Mark DeMontis of Courage Hockey


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

  • WHO: Mark DeMontis of Courage Hockey
  • WHAT: In Converation with Mark DeMonitis
  • WHEN:
    • Friday, Nov 11th at 5:00pm

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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 Mark DeMontis:

Like many young Canadians, Toronto native Mark DeMontis dreamed of playing in the NHL. At age 17, one year away from an NCAA scholarship, Mark’s dream was shattered as he was diagnosed with LHON – Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy – a rare mitochondria disease causing an irreversible and incurable loss of central vision in both his eyes.

In 2008, he founded Courage Canada – a national charitable organization which raised funds and awareness to start Blind Hockey programs for over 1,000 Canadians. Mark launched the charity with two consecutive Cross-Canada inline skate fundraiser campaigns. In 2009, he skated 5,000km from Toronto to Vancouver, while in 2011 he skated an additional 2.000km from Halifax to Toronto.  Since established, the charity raised over $1 Million and successfully built the Canadian Blind Hockey Association.

Mark was honoured by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and was even chosen to present her majesty Queen Elizabeth with the final farewell flowers to conclude her last Royal Canadian Tour. Mark has carried multiple Olympic and Paralympic torches and was also a recipient of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award.

Mark’s story was featured on CTV W5 entitled Hockey Visionary with Lloyd Robertson, which led to a career in television hosting five seasons of Canada’s first disability sports show – Sports Access on AMI-TV. Recently, he was Host of Are You #ParaTough – a one hour documentary following Mark’s journey through Paralympic testing leading up to the 2016 Games in Rio.

Now 29, Mark has created Courage Hockey – – a new lifestyle and apparel company focused on inspiring the game. Meet Mark and the Courage Hockey team in their booth all weekend at Gentlemen’s Expo and be sure to grab their launch apparel.

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#TGE2016 Friday Schedule

4:00pmDoors Open
5:00PMMarc Demontis - Courage HockeyMain Stage
(Head of Education - Labatt)
Main Stage
6:00PMROB RAINFORD / Centennial CollegeOn The Line Culinary Experience
7:00PMLINDSEY GREFLUND / LE DOLCI & George Brown CollegeOn The Line Culinary Experience
7:30PMRobert Testa - IllusionistMain Stage
8:00PMTED READER / TED'S WORLD FAMOUS bbqOn The Line Culinary Experience
8:45PMRobert Testa - IllusionistMain Stage
9:00PMMATT JONES / JIM BEAMOn The Line Culinary Experience
10:30PMLast Call
11:00PMDoors Close
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