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6 Things We’re Looking Forward To Seeing at #TGE2017

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There are hundreds of products, services and ‘stuff’ on offer at The Gentlemen’s Expo. Every aisle you turn down, you’ll be sure to discover something new and something awesome. Here’s a short list of some items from brands that we are pretty excited about…

Hot Sox

We love love love the recent travel sock collection from Hot Sox. They keep raising the bar to help you raise their sock game. The artist collection from a few years back is still on point, as well. Looking forward to added to the stripes and dots of your current sock drawer? Look no further. Get a peek at what Hot Sox has been up to HERE.

Brave & Bearded

If you’ve ever wondered why some dude’s beards’ just look better than others – it may be products from B&B. They supply a whole host of barber shops with product, so you may have tried it already. They also have a pretty sick line of apparel.

Altorosto

You should never compromise on what you put on your feet, especially in the winter. Altorosto get this. Since forever, winter boot style has been function before fashion. Not anymore Gents. Take a look at some of these boots. Game changers. Canadian company HQ’d in Toronto.

Surmesur

If you haven’t figured it out yet, made-to-measure is the way to go. Surmesur know this and have been on the right side of this trend for a while. Locations are popping up all over Ontario and Quebec, but definitely come and see them at TGE2017. They are TGE vets, so the safe money is that they will have a specific offer just for you during TGE 2017. Get measured and get that custom shirt, suit or sport coat from some of the best in the business.

G Fox & Co Canada

Do you like watches? The Foxwood collection from G Fox & Co is simply stunning. Mixing leather, wood and other materials, these watches will turn heads. Be sure to put one on your wrist at #TGE2017. G Fox & Co also have a whole host of other offerings like sunglasses and snapbacks. People loved G Fox & Co last year at our event, so you know this year they will be bringing some great products and killer offers for the #TGE2017 crowd.

Parc City Boots

Parc City Boots were the talk of #TGE2016. Super cool shoes and boots, designed for Gents on the go. When you’re at #TGE2017, you must try on a pair. They are super comfy, stylish and I’m sure they will have proper deals for show fans. Honestly, these boots are stunning, hand-crafted in Portugal.

There’s a quick rundown of some our most anticipated partners at #TGE2017. Come to #TGE2017 is you’re into: style, grooming, health, fitness, food, drink, sports, entertainment, cars, bikes, and pretty much anything that involves living and being better! We will be unveiling our line-up of celebrity guests, attractions and exhibitors soon, so stay tuned!

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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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#TGE2017 is On Sale Now!

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Attention Gentlemen and Gentlewomen, Earlybird tickets to The 2017 Edition of The Gentlemen’s Expo are now on sale. Come to #TGE2017 is you’re into: style, grooming, health, fitness, food, drink, sports, entertainment, cars, bikes, and pretty much anything that involves living and being better! We will be unveiling our line-up of celebrity guests, attractions and exhibitors soon, so stay tuned!

The Earlybird promo code to save $5 off general admission tickets is TORONTO. In addition to our regular ticket we are also making available a 4-pack ticket offer – 4 tickets for the price of 3. Promo codes do not apply. Either way, we look forward to welcoming you to the MTCC North Building on November 24 & 25.

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#TGE2017 Presale On Now!

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****Pre Sale Has Ended – Tickets Are Now On Sale For All****

Greetings Gentlemen and Gentlewomen, The 2017 Edition of The Gentlemen’s Expo is now on pre sale. This is exclusively available to members of our email club. The password was emailed out on Thursday. Maybe you figured out the PRESALE password on your own? We’re pretty clever. The links are below:

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Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, September 19. #BeBetter

 

 

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Picture Your Brand At TGE 2017?

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We are super busy putting together The Gentlemen’s Expo for 2017. Dates are set: November 24 & 25. Location is set: Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building. We are always on the look out for new partners and exhibitors. Get in touch HERE if you’d like your product or service to be on display at TGE 2017.  Here’s a quick video with some stats and images to give you an idea of what to expect when you partner with us:

 

 

 

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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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How to Build a Fire in the Winter

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In basically every culture, the story of how humans discovered fire is enshrined in legend. Greek mythology has it that Prometheus stole fire from the gods. According to the Apache, it was a sly fox that was captured it for us. In Hinduism, Agnihotri Brahmans are still keepers of the sacred flame.

Whatever the case, the point is this: fire is, like, stupid important to humans. The ability to build one is what sets us apart from animals, and basically led to our evolution. For ancient man, it provided warmth, protection from wild predators, and a way to cook food. Most importantly, it kept our forbears alive in the unbearable cold. There’s nothing that taps into your primal instincts quite like going full Revenant and spurring some flames in the harshest of climates. If you’ve never built a winter campfire yet, now’s your chance. Yeah, sure it sounds crazy. Crazy awesome.

Make Your Fire Bed

If you’ve already got a built-in firepit, disregard this part. You’re golden, man. If not, you’ll need to do a little work. Look for a spot that’s protected from the wind. If there’s some snow where you are, shovel it aside so you can light this badboy on solid ground. If there’s too much snow to clear away, pack it down tightly so you have a nice, hard platform to lay your base of logs on.

Get Wood

This will likely be the most challenging part — unless you’ve already got a convenient stack of logs gathered for your fireplace. (But really, that’s no fun. Did Leo have a convenient stack of logs to work with? Hell to the no.) You can search various areas of the surrounding woods for fallen timber. Look for wood that’s as dry as possible. Even if the wood is covered in light, fluffy snow, it may still be dry enough to burn. According to science, the fluffy shit has less moisture content. You can check to see if a stick is dry enough to burn by snapping it in half and listening for the audible crack of breaking wood.

Light That Mother Up

You’ll need some extra help for this, because even slightly damp wood is can be hard to set aflame. So make sure you bring some fire helpers from your local outdoor store — things like fire starter cubes, fire packets, fire paste, cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly, or even some drier lint (preferably slathered in petroleum jelly) can be lifesavers when the weather turns wet and cold. Pine needles, pinecones, and bark can also serve as great sources of kindling. Make sure you light the fire from the windward side — that lets the flames travel through your sticks, engulfing them faster. Also, light the fire low; fire climbs as heat rises, so be sure to have your match or lighter touching the material at the base of the fire lay. Don’t bother lighting it at the top; this isn’t a candle, dummy.

Keep the Flame Alive

There is nothing more depressing than watching your flame die out just after it’s begun (figuratively and literally speaking). Surround the fire with any damp logs you haven’t used — the fire’s heat will dry them out and provide an extra stash as the evening goes on. Also be sure to keep a backup wad of tinder (the dry, dead, fluffy stuff, not the shallow dating app) handy, so that when you’re gone, it will still burn on and on and on and on. (But, all Billy Joel references aside, put the fire out once you’re done.)

Written by: Alex Nino Gheciu

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The Lyrics To Auld Lang Syne. You’re Welcome.

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The song is super popular since everyone sings it on New Year’s Eve, but what are the words? The first line, no problem… but the entire rest of the song… yikes! We need help! Here are the lyrics and below is the legend Rod Stewart singing a pretty decent version…

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
And days of auld lang syne, my dear,
And days of auld lang syne.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?

We twa hae run aboot the braes
And pu’d the gowans fine.
We’ve wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin’ auld lang syne.
Sin’ auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin’ auld lang syne,
We’ve wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin’ auld ang syne.
We twa hae sported i’ the burn,
From morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin’ auld lang syne.
Sin’ auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin’ auld lang syne.
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin’ auld lang syne.

And ther’s a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine;
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

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Top 5 Discoveries at #TGE2016

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One big takeaway from #TGE2016 is that we discover new things. Our audience tells us. Our vendors tell us. Our chefs tell us. Our celebrity guests tell us. It must be true. There are some killer products and awesome experiences that are here every year and we love them. But here’s a quick snapshot of some of the new items and experiences that rose to the top this year:

5) Jord – Wooden watches. Straight outta Missouri, these guys make some pretty badass watches. The wooden bracelets are stunning. Nothing like it. Get on our wrists!!!

4) The UCC Chef Battle – The Underground Chef Co do these battles on the regular, but this one was live inside The Gentlemen’s Expo. It’s chef vs chef with a secret ingredient thrown in to spice things up. A panel of culinary stars judge the battle and declare a victor. (For the record Chef Ted Reader won this time) Chef Joe Friday and Chef Mike Ward narrated the whole thing. It was crazy. It was a high energy and welcome addition to #TGE2016 and no doubt will be back next year.

3) Tenfed – This is a clothing company that is trying to make a difference. Kory and the crew offer up high quality tees and toques for a cause. Every Tenfed shirt sold helps feed 10 hungry children. Do you need any other reason to support this project?

2) We Are VR. Watching our audience experience VR for the first time was unreal. Slap on the headset and get transformed to another place. Gaming, movies and experiences are all next level now. The future of playing a game or watching a concert will blow your mind, as it did all weekend long at #TGE2016.

1) Parc City Boot Co. – These boots are unreal. They were flying off the shelves inside #TGE2016. Designed and hand-crafted in Portugal. We’re honoured that Parc City Boot Co were here and that our audience embraced them. Gentlemen of Toronto are savvy consumers and these boots have found a home.

Hope you like this list. What did you discover? Tell us in the comments so we can share the love.

 

 

 

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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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