Apparently, chivalry is not dead. Well, so the Gentlemen’s Expo would have us believe anyways. Held this past weekend at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the event hosts and boasts all the kinds of toys that boys of maturity and class would enjoy (read: grain of salt not included). Naturally, lots of booze, cars, and cigars but really, what more could a lad want?
Because you gentlemen are so busy holding doors and saving damsels in distress, we’ve narrowed down this year’s Gentlemen’s Expo down to best, most masculine highlights:
Booze: Experts were on hand to help mediate the great whiskey debate (whiskey, scotch, bourbon), with Macallan being a particularly memorable and classy addition to the fray. Naturally, Budweiser and the local beer boys such as Hogtown and Lake of Bays were also around to ensure the drink of true Canadian gentlemen was represented.
Cars: Some of coolest cars from across the temporal extremes were there to impress, including a vintage Bugatti and an ’80s Lamborghini Countach brought in by The Guild of Automotive Restorers. On the opposite side of time and space, the über-futuristic electric Tesla was pretty much the most awesome thing ever. Totally digital, disturbingly quiet, and touchscreen everything.
Ron Burgundy: Cineplex had a photobooth where you could green-screen yourself with a cigar and the manliest of manly men, Ron Burgundy. To paraphrase a quote from the famous anchor, “Scotch scotch scotch. Scotch on my Instagram.”
Food: Montreal’s manliest chef, Chef Chuck Hughes, was there to inspire the culinary aficionados in the crowd. Besides him, there were some pretty solid food vendors handing out samples as well for people who don’t believe in diets (read: real men, d’uh) including the Food Dude’s mouth-watering mac n’ cheese.
Toys: NewEgg.ca was providing a space with more tech gadget galore than a Sean Connery Bond flick, in advance of their pre-Black Friday sale and Canadian launch. Also present was the future of camping, inside of connectable bubbles.
Threads: FACT: A true gentleman is always well-presented (Acceptable exceptions: Sundays, hangover days, hockey games.) GotStyle was an official sponsor of the Expo and featured brands such as Tigers of Sweden and Strellson. Also on hand was a bullet-proof suit that also sounds like it was nicked from a Bond film… Maybe one of the Pierce Brosnan ones though.