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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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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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#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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7 More Things Not To Miss At #TGE2017

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There are hundreds of products, services and ‘stuff’ on offer at The Gentlemen’s Expo. Also add in that this is the Black Friday weekend, you’ll be sure to find some deal. Every aisle you turn down, you’ll be sure to discover something new and something awesome. Here’s another short list of some items from brands that we are pretty excited about. The Gentlemen’s Expo is THIS WEEKEND, Nov 24-25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building. See you soon. Here are a few more things to look forward to…

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Jameson Irish Whiskey will be at #TGE2017. They always do it up properly. Did you know Jameson is produced at Midleton Distillery, Co Cork where it follows a local diet? Did you know Jameson is triple distilled? Jameson is a traditional blended Irish whiskey made from rich spicy pot still and light fragrant grain whiskey and they are waiting for you at #TGE2017. 

Elegance Gel

Specializing in high-quality hair gels, shaving & colour products, Elegance leads the way with Professional Hair Cosmetics for Men and Women. The Elegance Pomade is perfect for sculpting and holding that style all night long.

Urad Leather Care

Keeping your kicks fresh and clean is what URAD is all about. In 1966, URAD was developed by the Daru family (Urad is Daru spelled backwards), for the Italian furniture industry. But as most great products, over time, URAD’s popularity has grown worldwide and is now available in many different sizes and formulations. With our harsh climate, Canadians love Urad Leather Care Products!

King & Bay

For almost a decade, discerning Toronto men have been trusting the Master Clothiers at King & Bay to interpret their personal style and dress them in quality, sophisticated garments. Going custom is an investment in time and money, and the gentlemen of King & Bay will make you feel right at home. Visit them at #TGE2017 and enjoy a cocktail and get all your custom suiting questions answered.

Tenfed Clothing

Tenfed is a clothing company based in Toronto, ON that offers unique yet simple, everyday apparel.  Tenfed launched back in August 2015 with a mission to help feed as many hungry children as possible. For every Tenfed item that is sold, TEN meals are provided to feed hungry children around the globe with the help of our partner, Kids Against Hunger Canada. Their mission is to help feed as many hungry children as possible, while continuously raising awareness to poverty around the world by offering unique yet simple, everyday apparel and accessories, where 10 nutritious meals are provided for every item sold.

Yvette Spencer

Ever heard of Scalp Micro-Pigmentation? To put it bluntly, it’s a tattoo on your head.  Yvette Spencer is a leader in this area. This Ancient Japanese secret has kept the men looking their best even when losing  their hair. It is achieved by implanting tiny hairlike dots and strokes into the scalp. The skin is prepared by using topical Anesthetic cream to get a numbing effect during the procedure. Also, talk to Yvette if you are interested in Laser Tattoo Removal and Fibroblast Skin Tightening. She’ll be at #TGE2017

Voxxlife

VOXXLIFE is a technology company devoted to drug-free wellness, optimal health and improved human performance. The company develops innovative technologies to create wellness and performance products that allow people of all walks of life to enjoy an improved quality of life and achieve their true potential. Athletic socks, liners and insoles

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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The #TGE2017 Drinks Menu

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Recently we told you all about the FOOD OPTIONS at #TGE2017. We also shared all of the ATTRACTIONS you’ll be able to see at #TGE2017. Then we told you about Jays Legends Robbie Alomar and Joe Carter, along with Leafs Legends Darcy Tucker and Curtis Joseph.  We also threw in some news about Friday Night Fights To End Cancer. All this news and info was great, but we felt something was missing. Then it hit us – while we were having a ‘end of day’ cocktail at our office… What’s there to drink at TGE2017? Very fair question. Here’s our list of beer, whisky, spirits and wine. You’ll have to find out what exact brands, mixed drinks and more, by actually coming to the show.

Drink Menu at #TGE2017… 

  • Ravenswood Wine

  • Havana Club

  • Whitley Neill Gin

  • Goose Island Brewing Company

  • Crown Royal

  • Hop House 13

  • Johnnie Walker

  • Tanqueray No 10

  • Ciroc Ultra Premium

  • Bulleit

  • Budweiser

  • Jim Beam

  • Toki Whisky

  • McAuslan Brewing Inc.

  • Great Lakes Brewery

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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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