Sherwin Williams Day: Info & Tips

Mar 23, 2017
Friday, March 24th is Sherwin Williams Day at the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo. Pick up your FREE admission pass at a Sherwin Williams location near you, and come down to the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland on Friday for special DIY stage presentations, a meet and greet with Tim Richards from Star 102, and more.

Sherwin Williams Day

In addition to this fun-filled day, Sherwin Williams would like to share some tips to help with your next home improvement project. Check out our fun interview with the Sherwin Williams team to see what they recommend for improving your indoor and outdoor space, finding your style, and navigating the design trends of 2017.

What are your featured products this season?

"Looking to refresh your exterior space? We're offering Super Deck Products:
  • Wood Stripper: Let’s get those decks properly prepared, this creates longer adhesion and color accuracy.
  • Semi-Transparent Stain: When you want the grain of your wood to show, but transform with color. 
  • Solid Stain: Contemporary and sleek look. Covers like a paint but absorbs into the wood. 
  • Deck and Dock: Full coverage and protection for those very weathered materials. 
  • Snapdry: The best invention for painting doors! Dry in a Snap 
Updating your interior spade? Try:
  • Emerald 
  • Proclassic: Interior trim, door, furniture paint. Cures to a very hard finish for durability.
  • Extreme bond primer: Less preparation of the substrate. Creates great adhesion."
Sherwin Williams Color Select

What advice to you have for homeowners to help them create their dream space?

"Your space is is an extension of your personal taste - inspirational items are helpful. They can be places you have visited, a collection of images you are drawn to or even nature. Be open to new ways of looking at your space. Let your imagination run free.

If you are considering a larger purchase (such as granite, flooring or cabinetry) start there first. There will be far less choices bound by color, style, and price. Color is infinite and so is the ability to tint our products in any hue that will support these larger elements.

Think outside the box. Look for architectural features that could be highlighted with accent colors. Support these accent areas with contemporary neutrals to give the space an updated look."

What design and decor trends are you anticipating for the remainder of 2017?

"Currently cool, sophisticated neutrals prevail. Emotional driver is Tranquility. Pops of color for accent as trends evolve. Playing of textures: wall coverings, metallic and sheen."

Get more home improvement tips and advice at the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo, March 24-26, 2017 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.


MARCH 24-26, 2017.

The Room Outside: Outdoor Living Tips with Carson Arthur

Mar 23, 2017
When homeowners think about renovating, most of us automatically think of the indoor spaces that we have: how can we upgrade our old bathroom, or create more space in our kitchen? Many of us forget entirely about the huge amount of space that surrounds the house! It’s time to look beyond the boundaries of those four walls and invest in our outdoor space!

We are so excited to have outdoor expert with City TV’s Cityline and HGTV star Carson Arthur joining us at the the Edmonton Home + Garden Show! We couldn’t wait to see his presentations on the Garden Stage on March 25 at 4PM and 7PM, and March 26 at 1PM, so we asked if he could give us a few of his expert tips early!

Carson Arthur

Carson believes that if homeowners are thinking of renovating or selling their homes, that starting outside and working their way in is the way to go! Upgrading your outdoor space can be a lot of work, especially if you have no idea what you are doing or where to start.

“There are two areas that you should focus your renovation budget on; curb appeal and outdoor living space,” says Carson. “The biggest returns are being made in these zones because potential buyers see direct links between their first impression of a home, the quality of the home, and how much space it provides to their family. By adding planters beside the front door, you can make a house seem more welcoming, while a deck or patio off of the back ease concerns about the size of the home.”

So, where do you begin? Carson says that you should begin by taking a look around your home and asking yourself what it lacks. This will help you plan for an outdoor space that your family will actually use.

“Things like a burning fireplace, or even a larger kitchen are all items that you can easily have outside!” says Carson. “You will notice that your quality of life will be improved using this tactic as well!”


We all know too well as Albertans that the winter months can really put a damper on our outdoor living plans and dreams, but Carson says that there are still ways to make our outdoor space more livable . You have to deal with the elements, but you don’t have to succumb to them. Carson suggests that you add a roof to your deck to provide protection from the snow, rain and sun. For those less brisk winter days, you can set up an outdoor fireplace, or purchase an outdoor heater. Family time can take place while sitting around a warm fire, roasting some marshmallows, and watching the Northern Lights!

For those homeowners who prefer to hibernate inside during the winter and only debut their outdoor living plans in the summer, a backyard garden is a fantastic way to spruce up your outdoor space and take up a new hobby!

“You can grow some sort of vegetable in almost every situation,” says Carson. “The first thing I always look for is how much sunlight the space really gets, versus how much you think it gets. My favourite tip is to buy a small solar powered toy at the dollar store. If you have enough light in your space to make the toy work, then you can grow veggies!”

This summer, look beyond the boundaries of your four walls and head into the garden! If you’re planning a renovation project this year, take some time to consider all of the outdoor space that you might be ignoring. Outdoor living is all about creating a balance between your needs, your space, and your hobbies. It will feel pretty nice to look out your windows and see a backyard paradise waiting for you to come and relax!

Carson Arthur, the landscaping, lifestyle and outdoor design authority will be sharing his outdoor living and real estate knowledge at this year’s Edmonton Home + Garden Show running March 23-26, 2017.

Edmonton Home + Garden Show

MARCH 23 - 26, 2017

A Taste of Italy in Edmonton

Mar 23, 2017
Chef Massimo Capra is a master of Italian cuisine. As a renowned restaurant owner, Chef Capra has spent his life exploring the tastes of Italy, helping restaurant owners embrace the Italian flavours, and he has taken his culinary journey through other cultures and cuisines. He will be sharing his vast knowledge and experience on the Cooking Stage at this year’s Edmonton Home + Garden Show, March 23-26, 2017.

Massimo Capra

Born in Italy, Chef Massimo Capra’s culinary training began in Salsomaggiore, Parma, but before he got there he spent many hours as a kid preparing meals and cooking for his neighbours.

“I was about seven or eight years-old and I was regularly cooking for my neighbour’s husband,” says Capra. “The dishes were always spaghetti with tomato sauce, fried eggs and occasionally included scaloppine and salad. Most of the food was homemade and pre-prepared by the elderly women in the area and I just had to finish it. I must say, I loved having all of them looking at me and having fun!”

In 1974 Capra attended the Hotel Management School in Salsomaggiore Parma. He describes the three-year course as the stepping stone that started his career and put him on the path to success. This experience showed him a brand new world of food, travel and life.

He then continued his culinary journey at the famous Trattoria dall' Amelia in Mestre near Venice and in 1982 he moved to Toronto where he has worked at and owned various prominent restaurants, such as the “Rainbow Room” in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls.

Chef Capra is the host of the hit series, Restaurant Makeover, on the Food Network and is a judge on Chopped Canada. A man of many talents, Chef Capra is the award-winning author of One Pot Italian and Three Chefs the kitchen men. However, his claim to fame is his robust and filling style of dish.

“There’s no fluff,” says Capra. “[This] has carved out a nice niche for itself in the hearts of those who dine with us.”

When he’s looking to calm down from a busy day or workweek his favourite things to cook are pasta and risotto.

“At times, roasting and braising brings me enormous satisfaction,” says Capra. “It takes ability and discipline to make these items and the length of the cooking time required is very calming.”

For those of us who are looking to prepare a no-fuss, meal for a life on-the-go, Capra suggests that we all start with a plan.

“Keeping things simple is perfectly okay, and it’s very helpful to plan ahead even if you are in a hurry,” he says. “Plans can change, but having one to begin with is a must!”

Even though you are in a rush, preparing a perfectly healthy, beautiful and delicious meal is completely attainable - it just takes a bit of planning and preparation.

Pop by the Cooking Stage, presented by the TOMATO food & drink, Dinner Tv, and SONiC, at the Edmonton Home + Garden Show where Chef Massimo Capra will teach you the basics of Italian cooking and give you some busy-life meal prep tips that will help you cook amazing meals for life on-the-go! Massimo will be on stage on Friday, March 24 at 6:00pm, and Saturday, March 26 at 2:00pm. Don’t miss it!

Edmonton Home + Garden Show

MARCH 23-26, 2017.

DIY Tips to Get Your Backyard Summer Ready

Mar 23, 2017
After a long winter with plenty of snow and below-freezing temperatures, nothing sounds better than lounging around a sunny backyard surrounded by striking flowers and stunning greenery. Although your yard may currently look like it is in a state of chaos, a little elbow grease and DIY tricks will get you well on your way to your very own summer oasis. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, these gardening tips are sure to remedy the winter damage and help bring your yard back to life.


Inspect your plants
Harsh winter weather can cause severe damage to your foliage. Take the time to remove any broken branches or brown, dying plants that didn’t survive the winter. Consider pruning the lower trees and shrubs (leave the tall ones to the landscape specialists) to give them a cleaner shape and strengthen their branches. A little TLC to your garden will do wonders to the health and appearance of your landscaping.

Lawn Care
Lush, emerald-green grass surrounding your house will significantly improve your home’s curb appeal. Spring is the perfect time to re-seed and re-sod those brown patches of grass that have been damaged by the elements. With your soil being compacted by the thick layers of snow and ice, consider renting an aerator, which will penetrate the soil and roots.

Handle the hardscape
Winter weather can have adverse effects on outdoor surfaces like stones, patios and decks. Before any summer entertaining takes place in your backyard, be sure to check the quality of these areas and repair anything that could be seen as a safety hazard.

Add some colour
Make your garden the focal point of your yard with a multitude of colourful flowers. To ensure they live a long life, make sure you’re getting the right plants for the environment they’ll be planted in. When shopping for plants, check with nursery experts to see which flowers will thrive in the specific lighting conditions, climate and soil found in your backyard. If you’re not quite ready to dig into the soil yet, planting containers are a simple way to add vibrancy and variety to your outdoor space.

For fresh inspiration on how to transform your outdoor space, don’t miss Living Landscapes at the Ottawa Home & Garden Show, taking place at the EY Centre from March 23rd to March 26th.

Ottawa Home & Garden Show

MARCH 23-26, 2017.

Exhibitor Spotlight: Pipes and Sawdust

Mar 23, 2017
Have you ever had a specific idea for a piece of furniture for your home but didn’t know exactly how to find it? That is exactly what inspired Christian and Jake Lowden to create their own furniture. The first thing they created were a few valances for their windows and after seeing the final product they began exploring how they could create other pieces and improve their ideas.

Pipes and Sawdust

The piece that began what is now Pipes and Sawdust was a set of display shelves that they made for their home. “We were proud of the effort and showed people and they really praised it,” Christian said.


Pipes and Sawdust designs handcrafted custom pieces for the home. Each piece is created individually with the upmost care for quality. They strive for the highest customer satisfaction at a price that will accommodate your budget, no matter how big or how small.


The Lowdens are excited about this business as a new chapter in their lives. They are passionate about growing it from hobby and part-time income into a full-time business. “We are slowly but surely replacing pieces in our own home with ones we have personally made, and our hope is to allow other people to do that as well,” Christian said.

Pipes and Sawdust will be exhibiting at the OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show on March 24-26 at State Fair Park. They are among the 300-plus exhibitors who will be there to showcase their products on the first weekend of spring. You can purchase tickets to the show at a discounted price online.

OKC Home and Outdoor Living

MARCH 24 - 26, 2017.

How to Protect and Care for Your Fine Furniture

Mar 23, 2017
Matt Fox will be presenting on great weekend projects during the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo, March 24-26, at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. Before you see him on the Main Stage Matt shares some tips for protecting and caring for your fine furniture.

Taking care of your fine furniture is really quite easy; it just takes a little common sense and most importantly a schedule. Like anything furniture needs to have a maintenance program that is followed on a regular basis. So make taking care of your furniture part of your weekly (or at least once a month) program.

  1. First and foremost the placement of your furniture is critical.


    *Always keep furniture, especially wood and fabric, out of direct sunlight. The harmful UV rays of the sun can age furniture prematurely, ruining and fading fabrics on your upholstered pieces. So always avoid placing furniture in front of, or under windows.
    *It is a good practice to rotate your furniture often, if possible try changing your furniture arrangement seasonally. (A practice that Shari is quite good at, just ask her husband.)
    *Always place furniture away from heating and air conditioning vents.  The heat will make wood furnishings dry and brittle.


    *When moving furniture, avoid lifting from the top of cabinets, tables and dressers.


    *Always lift from the apron to avoid pulling the top away from the piece.


    *Always lift items instead of sliding furniture across surfaces, unless you use furniture glides.


  2. Furniture glides come in many sizes from large pads to smaller pads. You can almost move an entire room by yourself using glides.
    *Get in the habit of tightening any screws and bolts that secure legs or tops to furniture.  Over time these items can become loose and cause not only damage to the furniture but can result in injury to your family.


    *Dust build up will harm your home and furniture, because of the tiny particles of dirt that are usually carried in the dust.
    *Dust first, and then use the vacuum cleaner. As you dust, you will capture most of the dust onto the cloth you are using, but some will fall down. Vacuuming after dusting enables you to capture and remove the largest quantity of dust and dirt from your home.
    *When dusting, always lift lamps and other objects – don’t slide them across the surface.
  3. Use cleaning products that are safe for your home. But more importantly, use products that do not contain silicone, petroleum, or other harmful chemicals.
    *First clean the surface with furniture cleaner.  Spray the surface of the furniture then wipe with a micro fiber towel to remove all the old dirt, finger prints and oil from the surface.   (Shari and I recommend Heirloom Essentials Fine Furniture Polish and Cleanser)
    *Follow with a furniture polish that doesn’t contain any silicone or petroleum.  Don’t overuse the product, spray a small amount on a micro fiber towel and gently polish the furniture.  Polish once a week, or as often as you’d like, but get in the habit of polishing at least once a month.
  4. Blot up spills immediately. 
    *If they go unnoticed, water spots should be left to dry out completely. Then place regular mayonnaise, not sandwich spread, onto a soft cloth and rub it on the water mark. In most cases it will disappear.  When treating wood for a stain or scratch, it is a good practice to test the treatment method first on a hidden area of the table. The last thing you want is to cause more visible damage.
    *If you spill liquid on paper, and the paper sticks to your wood furniture, this also comes up easily. Rub the area with salad oil or mayonnaise and it should be easy to remove.
  5. Use coasters, placemats and tablecloths to protect furniture during use. 
    *To prevent water rings, always make coasters easily accessible. One of the best coasters to use is one made of wood that has felt underneath and an absorbent material to rest the glass on. Metal coasters tend to sweat onto the table, and the chemicals in a plastic coaster may react with the high-tech finishes used on today’s furniture. It is also helpful if the coaster has a slight outer ridge to capture any condensation coming from the glass. 


  6. Avoid prolonged use of plastic and rubber items on your furniture.
  7. Rotate accessories on your furniture periodically and add self adhering felt tabs to the bottom of items that might scratch your wood surfaces. 
  8. When burning candles, use a large felt protector with a plastic top. Candle wax doesn’t run as much when it hits plastic. If wax does drip onto a table, wait until the wax has cooled and hardened. Then apply an ice cube directly to the wax and give it time to make the wax hard and brittle. Take a plastic spatula and gently scrape off the cold wax. Then polish the table with a clean cloth and furniture polish. Buff away any remaining residue.
  9. Minor scratches can often be disguised by using a scratch cover product. Just apply the product to a clean cloth and rub lightly over the scratch.

These may seem like a lot of steps to follow to take care of your furniture, but if you start to think of the investment you made in all the pieces throughout your home, it starts to become a heavy chunk of cash, so why wouldn’t you want to take all the precautions you can to take care of that investment. So what are you waiting for, go get your cleaning supplies and get crackin!

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MARCH 24 - 26, 2017

Alison Victoria’s Top Tips for Remodeling Your Kitchen

Mar 22, 2017
As the host of DIY Network’s popular Kitchen Crashers, Alison Victoria surprises homeowners throughout the country with extravagant kitchen redesigns completed in three days on the show. Alison hunts in home improvement stores across America for weekend warriors who could use some help bringing style, beauty and simplicity together to create harmony in their kitchens.

Alison Victoria

Alison will be sharing her top kitchen remodeling tips at the OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show March 24-26. You can purchase discounted tickets online to hear her speak about transforming your space. Check The Little Project Stage Schedule to see when she will present.

Here are her Top Six Tips to follow when remodeling your kitchen:
  1. Go white! It adds a clean, sharp look to your space.
  2. Shaker style doors are a classic profile and are here to stay.
  3. Hardwood flooring is great, but you can add a tile look alike to areas where wood wouldn’t work best.
  4. Classic subway tile backsplash, can’t go wrong.
  5. Storage, always make it a priority. Organization is key!
  6. Carrera marble countertops – if it’s not the real thing, a manufactured stone will do the trick.
She encourages people to dream big! Whether you’re looking for simple tweaks to make to your existing kitchen or you’re ready for a full renovation, Alison’s tips will fit into any kitchen remodel budget.

OKC Home and Outdoor Living

MARCH 24 - 26, 2017.

See Jason Varney at the Show

Mar 22, 2017
Jason Varney, host of DIY Network's DOCKED OUT, will be appearing at the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo, courtesy of DreamDecks and Armadillo Deck. If you're looking to give your existing deck or dock a spruce or want to build a brand new deck or dock, Jason and the DreamDecks and Armadillo Deck team have you covered. But before you see them at the show, get to know Jason a little better in our fun interview below. Enjoy!


What are your featured products this season?

"I am showing and talking about products from Armadillo Deck (Composite Decking and accessories)."

What can we look forward to from you at the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo?

"I will talk and discuss my usage of the Armadillo Deck products, my business, and my TV show DOCKED OUT."

What home design and decor trends are you anticipating for the remained of 2017?

"New decking looks (hand scraped finishes and more rustic colors), new fasteners, and rail products."

What inspires your products?

"Market trends, on-job experiences, other products in the market, efficiency, and ease of install."

What is your favorite part of the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo?

"Customer interaction and seeing the displays of others and how they showcase their products."

What advice would you give homeowners?

"Get as much info in all areas (products, costs, warranty, labor, and availability) before making a decision. Put together a plan and a budget and stick to it."

What is your creative process like?

"I like to look at the big picture. Plan for what you want when you are completely finished and work in phases to fit your budget."

The Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo takes over the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland March 24-26, 2017. With hundreds of home improvement experts ready to help with your next project it's a must-attend event for Cleveland homeowners. Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 when you connect with us on Facebook and treat a friend or family member to the show. We can't wait to see you there!

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MARCH 24-26, 2017.

Landscaping Must-Haves to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Mar 22, 2017
With spring weather on the horizon, it’s time to think about all the outdoor repairs that you’ve been putting off throughout the snowy months. It will soon be time to break out the gardening tools, fix what the harsh winter weather has damaged, and make sure your home is in tip-top shape. Not only will adding curb appeal make the first impression of your home a lasting one, but it will also save you time and money down the road.

Lush Landscape

Welcome a Walk Way
A simple pathway is both functional and charming! With so many stone and brick options to choose from, you are sure to create a one-of-a-kind walkway to welcome your guests to your home. Line your stones with a variety of flowers and solar powered lights to add some aesthetic and liven up your hardscape.

Get Growing

A small garden bed at the side of your house, colourful hanging baskets and vibrant window boxes will transform your yard into a radiant oasis. Make sure to include a variety of plants with eye-catching colours to maintain a dynamic and textured landscape. And while you’re at it, don’t forget the upkeep of your existing shrubs and hedges by pruning, weeding and dead-heading the plants that didn’t survive the winter conditions.

Fix your fixtures
Don’t let the nightfall stop you from showcasing all of your hard work. Replace burnt out bulbs and install landscape lighting to illuminate your entryway. When searching for new lighting, consider the colour, functionality and style of your home to ensure you choose complimentary fixtures.

Go Green
Your stunning home or beautiful garden will never be able to live up to its full potential if its surrounded by an unkempt yard. Now that the snow has melted, it’s time to patch up the brown spots that have been harmed by the elements and fertilize your grass. Maintain your yard throughout the season by mowing your lawn, watering it regularly and keeping the weeds to a minimum. If your yard has experienced too much damage, consider hiring a landscape professional to restore it to its former green-glory.

Internationally-renowned outdoor design expert and HGTV personality Carson Arthur will be taking the stage at the upcoming Ottawa Home & Garden Show to teach home-owners how to make the most of their outdoor investment! Don’t miss his presentations on Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20.

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MARCH 23 - 26, 2017

Expert DIY Tips For Your Home

Mar 22, 2017
Have a DIY project in mind but want to get some tips from the experts before you get started? Plan to stop by the “Ask the Experts” Stage, sponsored by Sherwin-Williams, at the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo, March 24-26. All weekend professionals will be sharing the best ways to do everything from removing wallcovering to building a fire pit, and more!

ask expert

Presentation topics include:
  • Interior space refresh
  • How to build a fire pit
  • Solar is the solution
  • Floor covering trends and technology
  • How to remove wallcovering
  • Brighten up your exterior spaces
  • How to stop mosquitos from taking over your backyard
Check out the stage schedule and plan your visit before heading over to your local Sherwin-Williams store to get your free Expo tickets for Friday, March 24. That’s right, you heard us correctly – FREE Expo tickets courtesy of Sherwin-Williams! Stop by any Northeast Ohio location to receive your free tickets. Find your local Sherwin-Williams store

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MARCH 24 - 26, 2017

A Fresh stART with Homeless Alliance

Mar 22, 2017
The OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show is partnering with Homeless Alliance and featuring it’s Fresh stART program. March 24-26 at State Fair Park, show goers will have the opportunity to purchase artwork created by artists in the program. They also can learn more about the organization and how they are helping to end homelessness in Oklahoma City.

Homeless Alliance

For many artists in Fresh stART, painting, drawing and sculpting is more than a hobby. The program can enable people experiencing homelessness to express themselves creatively, manage emotional issues and develop skills transferable to employment. And at events like the OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show, artists have an opportunity to sell their work and earn an income.

Homeless Alliance

“I love watching artists develop,” said Kinsey Crocker, director of communication for the Homeless Alliance. “The Fresh stART program provides talented people with access to materials they normally wouldn’t have. And for a person to see the work they created on display in a public venue like the Home Show and to be able to potentially sell their work can really help boost a person’s confidence. Show attendees will have an opportunity to purchase a meaningful, one-of-a-kind piece of art that supports someone who is working to change their life.”

Homeless Alliance

The Homeless Alliance booth will also include their Curbside Chronicle program which is a magazine that provides a voice and employment opportunities to people who are homeless. They will be offering the magazines as well as wrapping paper designed by local artists for the “Wrap Up Homelessness” campaign.

Visitors to the booth will have the opportunity to learn about donation needs including baskets of household items that the Homeless Alliance provides to people who are moving into housing. Purchase tickets online using the promo code HOME and save $3. A portion of the discount will benefit the Homeless Alliance. Online purchasers also have the option to donate directly to the organization.

OKC Home and Outdoor Living
MARCH 24 - 26, 2017

Like Father, Like Son: A Q & A with Mike Holmes Jr.

Mar 22, 2017
Even if you have never picked up a hammer in your life, you probably recognize the Holmes name, but are you thinking of the right man? Canada’s most trusted contractor, Mike Holmes, has spent over 20 years constructing, renovating and helping the lives of thousands of homeowners. Now, his son, Mike Holmes Jr (MJ), is following in his father’s steps.

Mike Jr

We couldn’t be any more excited to have MJ at this year’s Edmonton Home + Garden Show, where he will be sharing his renovation tips and tricks, as well as giving us the inside scoop on what it was like working alongside his dad on their show Holmes + Holmes.

MJ was eager to chat about the tricks of the trade ahead of his presentations on the Main Stage, so he answered a few questions that we couldn’t wait to ask!

Q: What has been like working with your dad on Holmes + Holmes?
MJ: "Working with my dad on Holmes & Holmes was very interesting! We had a blast filming it together. We shared a lot of laughs and great moments but it was also very frustrating! My dad and I are very different people and the fact that I have been in the trades for about 12 years now has given me a lot of experience that I challenge him with now! However, he is right a lot of the time. I am still learning a ton from him today! It’s always fun to work with him and learn from him."

Q: What are the top three “tricks of the trade” that you learned from your dad?
MJ: "I have learned A LOT of things from my dad over the years. But if I had to choose three things that have helped me in the trade, the first one would be to think 10 steps ahead. It helps big time when planning a build or generation as each step affects the next one. He has also taught me a lot about safety. There is no excuse to not be safe on a job site. Safety comes first no matter what. Lastly, I would say his knowledge for code has been a huge help for me along the way. Over the years he has been my encyclopedia for building knowledge."

Q: You always say that you “build above code” what does that mean to you and how do you achieve it?
MJ: "We build above code for many reasons. Minimum code is there as a bare minimum. By the year 2060 we are expected to have 10 billion people on this planet. That’s 2.5 billion more people on the planet than we have today. Imagine building homes for all of these people and now imagine having to fix these homes. Where is all of the waste and garbage going to go? Where is the power going to come from to generate that much more for all of these people. We need to start changing the way we build today, for tomorrow. People say we go overkill, but we build homes that last, that will outlast the homeowners and will last the lifetime of the family in it for the next generation. This is how we should be thinking as a whole in the building industry."

Catch MJ at the Edmonton Home + Garden Show on the Main Stage presented by The Edmonton Journal and Signature Lane Interiors on Saturday, March 25 at 2:00pm, and Sunday, March 26 at 12:00 pm!

Edmonton Home + Garden Show
MARCH 23 - 26, 2017

Home Design with Hilary Farr

Mar 21, 2017
Internationally renowned designer and co-host of HGTV’s “Love It or List It” is headed to Cleveland, Saturday, March 25 for the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo. Before she takes the Main Stage to talk design, she talks to us about her most memorable home project, go-to hostess gift and more!

Hilary Farr

Q: What is the best part of your job?
Hilary: “Having the trust of homeowners and seeing their delight when they see the transformation.”

Q: What was the most memorable home project for yourself or work? 

Hilary: “Adding an entire 2nd floor to a bungalow and making a cramped dark home fill with light and function.”

Q: What’s one thing you think people should splurge on for their home?
Hilary: “Beautiful floors.”

Q: What was the best party you’ve ever attended and why?
Hilary: “A ball at Castle Howard in Yorkshire England. It was white and silver, and the place was lit by candle light.”

Q: What’s your go-to hostess gift?
Hilary: “Natural essential oil, soy candles.”

Q: If you could use only one platform, which would you choose: Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat? Why?
Hilary: “Instagram. I am a visual person, and one image can express so much, whether serious, silly or sad.”

Don’t miss Hilary’s appearance on the Main Stage on Saturday, March 25 at 1PM. Get your discounted tickets online today or at any Northeast Ohio Discount Drug Mart location.

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MARCH 24 - 26, 2017

The Backyard Bash: Is Your Home Ready?

Mar 21, 2017
Summertime is the season of warm weather, sprawling patios, and a smoky barbecue! What better way to celebrate this sunny season than throwing an outdoor party? Host guests in style with these do-it-yourself ideas to transform your backyard into a party-ready venue. Whether you’re having some friends over for dinner, throwing a barbecue, or planning an outdoor meal with your family, make your next outdoor party a night to remember!


Brighten your backyard
Lighting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to enhance your yard for an outdoor party! Install outdoor lighting along your stairs and walkways to alleviate any tripping hazards. If those areas do not have any available outlets, not to worry! Your local hardware store will have plenty of battery-operated or solar lighting options, which require no wiring. For a more decorative approach to lighting, consider adding ambience through all-weather garden torches, string lights or mason jars with flameless candles.


Set up seating
While your party guests will be up and about throughout the night, it’s always nice to have a place to rest and eat. Before your guests start to arrive, make sure your yard is equipped with plenty of seating options. Give those outdated folding chairs that have been stashed away in your basement a brand-new makeover with some spray paint to match your entertainment décor. Too many guests and not enough seats? Renting can be a surprisingly cost-effective option with folding chairs starting at $2 a piece.


Plan for Pests
Very few things are more annoying than dodging bugs and swatting the air to shoo away pests, especially when trying to enjoy a party with your friends- not to mention the havoc they wreak on food and drinks. Empty the rain gutters and drain the kiddie pool before your guests come over as standing water serves as the breeding area for mosquitos. Consider bug repellent options like burning citronella or plugging in fans to blow away any pesky insects and always have ample amounts of bug spray or wipes for guests to use.


Perfect your perennials
Deadhead your bushes and blooms to improve both the look and performance of your plants. Removing any dried up leaves and flowers will quickly enhance the appearance of your garden and you will be later rewarded when they re-bloom stronger and healthier in time for your next backyard event.

To ‘wow’ your guests this summer, meet over 300 home experts under one roof at the Ottawa Home & Garden Show, taking place at the EY Centre from March 23rd to March 26th.

Ottawa Home & Garden Show
MARCH 23 - 26, 2017

Sarah Bendrick Shares How to Love Your Yard

Mar 21, 2017
Sara Bendrick is a licensed landscape contractor and star of DIY Network’s "I Hate My Yard". Through her work, she transforms people’s unused yard space into a personal paradise.

Sara has always had a passion for doing rather than watching. “When I was young I would sew doll clothes out of my old T-shirts, draw, paint and dig in the dirt,” she remembers. Now in her career she gets to combine her passions of art and nature – and bring all her know-how and experience to you!

Sara Bendrick

Sara will be presenting at the OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show on March 24-26 at the State Fair Park. To see her in person in OKC and hear more about transforming your yard space you can buy tickets online for a discounted price! You can also check out Sara on Instagram and Twitter for more inspiration on how to love your yard.

Bendrick will offer top tips for landscaping include fixes for anyone from the budget-conscious to the budget-busters:
  • Keep up with maintenance. This simple tip can help improve your curb appeal, make your home look cleaner and often doesn’t take much time or money!
  • Spend time on your home’s entrance. From welcome mats to a splashy front door color to flowering potted plants, first impressions matter!
  • Incorporate trends into the space, don’t make it define the space. Use a pallet to create an herb garden, but think twice before building an entire seating area out of the wood.
  • Splurge on mature trees. The up-front investment can lead to rewards both immediate and long-term. Large trees can add property value, help keep your house cool and help turn any yard into an oasis.
Sara’s newly released book gives more insight into her special tips and tricks for transforming your space. Entitled “Big Impact Landscaping: 28 DIY Projects You Can Do on a Budget to Beautify and Add Value to Your Home,” she explains how you can make the best out of your space, affordably.

OKC Home and Outdoor Living
MARCH 24 - 26, 2017

Sponsor Spotlight: Universal Windows Direct

Mar 21, 2017
With warm weather on the way, now is the time to be thinking about ensuring your windows, siding, and doors can handle another hot Ohio summer. From the highest quality products to expert installations, Universal Windows Direct is the leader in exterior home improvement for local homeowners. From start to finish, customers can expect to receive the highest level of service, with a focus on knowledge, insights, and honesty.

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Universal Windows Direct wants to be your home improvement company for the life of your home. Visit them at the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo to learn how they can help you with your next home improvement project. But first, get to know the Universal Windows Direct team a little better with our interview below. Enjoy a sneak peek at what they'll be bringing to the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland and see what housing trends they're anticipating for 2017.

What are your featured products this season?

"Our top products for this season are wood clad replacement windows and Owens Corning Roofing. Wood clad is a great option for homeowners who want the warmth of wood in the home without the hassle of maintenance. This window features real wood on the interior that you can stain or paint, and durable vinyl on the exterior of the home.

Owens Corning Roofing is one of the most efficient roofing systems that you’ll find in Cleveland. Furthermore, its quality is second to none. Our shingles are engineered with top-of-the-line materials and last for decades."

Universal Windows Direct Products

What can we look forward to from you at the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo?

"The Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo is prime opportunity for homeowners to take advantage of exclusive home show savings. By visiting our booth, homeowners are invited to enter our home makeover sweepstakes at kiosks by the entrance, as well as taking our exit survey. As always, we’re also here to answer any questions about remodeling the exterior of your home."

What home design and decor trends are you anticipating for the rest of 2017?

"HGTV predicts that neutral colors and earth tones will trend in 2017. Our exterior products are available in an array of earthy hues, from our windows to our roofing. Regardless of what design and decor trends emerge in 2017, energy efficiency never goes out of style - and that’s exactly what homeowners will find with our premium products."

Universal Windows Direct Product

What inspires your products?

"We’re inspired by homeowners who want to discover the power of premium exterior products without breaking the bank. Universal Windows Direct expertly combines quality and aesthetics at an incredible value."

What is your favorite part of the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo?

"We’re inspired by homeowners who want to discover the power of premium exterior products without breaking the bank. Universal Windows Direct expertly combines quality and aesthetics at an incredible value."

Universal Windows Direct Products

What is your creative process like?

"We’re inspired by homeowners who want to discover the power of premium exterior products without breaking the bank. Universal Windows Direct expertly combines quality and aesthetics at an incredible value."

The Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo takes over the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland March 24-26, 2017. With hundreds of home improvement experts ready with ideas, inspiration, and advice, it's a must-attend event for Cleveland homeowners.


FEBRUARY 3-12, 2017.

Outdoor Shading Ideas for the Summer

Mar 21, 2017
With summer schedules packed full of barbecues, drinks on the patio, gardening work, or snoozing by the pool, it’s easy to subject yourself to sun burns and heat strokes. Although we love the warmer weather, it’s important to shield ourselves effectively from harmful ultraviolet rays. Whether you’re considering enhancing an existing patio or are interested in building a brand new structure, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite methods of incorporating shade into your yard. These stylish and money-saving tricks are simple enough for any homeowner to take on!

Sail Shade

Sail Shade
Adding a sail shade to your yard is the perfect way to keep your favourite patio chair cool on a hot, sunny day. They also have the added benefit of being able to implement an architectural design element while being super easy to make. Whether you want the shade to fall along the side of your house or under nearby trees, measure the area you want to keep covered. Choose a large fabric to cut into a triangular shape, then follow the hem and sew the edges of the material. Make sure to punch out eyelets in the three corners and use either rope or strong twine to attach your sail to poles. Although the light weight sail won’t be able to sustain all weather conditions, it will create a beautiful, shady place to relax outdoors.

Curtain Shade
If your patio has existing support beams but no roof to keep the sun out, add an impromptu cover with a sheer curtain. As simple as it sounds, throw the curtain on top of the current structure, ensure the material hangs off equally in all directions and pull tight. Finally, tie the material to the poles with ropes to make sure your new canopy doesn’t blow away. You’ll still be able to enjoy the warm weather but won’t have to worry about burning!


Umbrella on wheels
Umbrellas are great for blocking the sun but won’t do much to keep you cool if they can’t move with you. To create your own rolling umbrella, put an old patio umbrella into a large gardening pot and fill it with cement and rocks to maintain its stability. For a decorative touch, throw in some soil and flowers and paint the exterior of the pot to match your existing furniture. To incorporate wheels, hoist the pot onto a planter caddy, which can be found at any home hardware store. You’ll be able to take the shade with you while running around your patio!

String Along Roof
Retractable roofs are great to keep the sun away, but can also be an expensive investment. Get the same effect for less by hooking up a wire to a pulley system and threading the wire through the grommets of a curtain. Hang the curtain over a pergola to filter out the sunlight and keep your deck cool throughout the summer.

To find endless inspiration for your backyard oasis this summer, be sure to head to the Ottawa Home & Garden Show, taking place March 23rd to March 26th at the EY Centre.

Ottawa Home & Garden Show
MARCH 23 - 26, 2017

Sponsor Spotlight: Urban Barn

Mar 21, 2017
Looking to refresh your home, but not sure where to start? Here's a hint: the Winnipegy Home + Garden Show! Find tons of decor advice and inspiration when you visit the Urban Barn Main Stage. Featuring the hottest products from Urban Barn, you'll get plenty of stylish ideas you can use in your space. Can't wait until April 6th? Check out our fun interview with the Urban Barn team below to get a sneak peek at what they're bringing to the show, and get their thoughts on the hottest decor trends for spring.

What are your featured products this season?

"This season, we’re excited to introduce our Berg Sofa! Available in a range of textures and colours as part of our in-store custom furniture program, or as our Furniture Faster version in the fabric Aiden Platinum, this sofa features deep plush seats perfect for late night lounging.

This spring, we’re mad about marble! Coming soon this season is our Milo Living Collection featuring a marble coffee table, console table and side table. If you’re looking for more ways to incorporate marble into your home, or are just looking for a subtle hint, check out our Carrara Duvet Set. Try layering it under some colourful bedding for a cool effect."

Urban Barn

What can we look forward to from you at the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show?

"As Main Stage sponsor, we’re excited to give you glimpse of our Spring Collection for 2017. Featured on the stage this season is our colour palette, Pretty in Coral. This palette pairs bright coral reds with Urban Barn’s ever-popular teal hue. Inspired by the vivid colours of coral reefs peeking through ocean waves, this collection is sure to transform your home into a tropical oasis."

Urban Barn

What home design and decor trends are you anticipating for spring 2017?

"With winter slowly nearing its end, expect to see a diverse spectrum of colours this season. Think softer palettes of pastel pinks, purples and yellows, alongside more vibrant tones of blue and coral reds. Pink is increasingly popular in fashion so we’re not surprised by its organic evolution into home decor. Expect to see it in pillows, throws, bedding and even lighting! We’re also anticipating the return of oversized floral prints in furniture as the perfect send off to the long winter months."

Urban Barn

The Winnipeg Home + Garden Show takes over the RBC Convention Centre April 6-9, 2017. With hundreds of home improvement experts ready to help with your next project it's a must-attend event for Manitoba homeowners. Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 when you connect with us on Facebook and treat a friend or family member to the show. We can't wait to see you there!

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APRIL 6-9, 2017.

Upcycle Challenge with the 9News Fix This Team

Mar 19, 2017
Becky Ditchfield, Raquel Villanueva and Vida Urbanos, hosts of Fix This on 9News, partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver for an Upcycle Challenge. Each team member was challenged to find pieces to upcycle at Habitat’s Denver ReStore. The upcycled pieces will be on display throughout the Show with a silent auction that will allow show-goers to bid on the final projects, auction proceeds will go to Habitat. The Fix This team will host a corresponding upcycle presentation on the Fresh Ideas Design Stage Saturday, March 18 at 2pm.


9News Fix This Team: 

Becky Ditchfield 
Growing up, Becky always considered herself crafty. She remembers her grandmother having her repaint her old picture frames to make them look new. Becky’s family owned a plumbing company that installed new plumbing in brand new homes. Construction was something she became familiar with, and she loved touring the homes, seeing what people had done.

Naturally, when Becky bought her first home, she bought it with the intent to completely update it. Some things (like adding a new bathroom), she got help for. Others, she wanted to tackle on her own. Becky has painted, tiled, built cabinet doors, installed lights and appliances and made old things new. She says it has felt good to be able to accomplish a project for significantly less money because she could do it myself. That's when she truly caught the do-it-yourself bug!

Since then, she’s moved and doesn't have as much time for the big projects, especially with her young children. In fact, most of the things she focuses on now are for her kids! While Becky loves her DIY projects, they can't take up a lot of time, they are always on a budget and most importantly, they have to look good!

Vida Urbanos
Vida has always loved creating things around her home. From sewing her own clothes in high school and college, to renovating three homes, her mind is always exploring new ideas.

Now that Vida has twins in elementary school, they are always looking for ways to create new crafts. She finds it's a way to spend quality time and bond together. She is also looking for fun creative cooking with the kids to save time and money.

Vida knows these days, everyone is busy but she want ways to bond with friends and family.

Raquel Villanueva
Raquel’s love for crafting began when she was seven - in a foreign country. She was visiting her grandmother in Bolivia when they stopped by a street market with a craft section. Raquel fell in love with the endless rows of bright yarn colors and cross-stitch sets. She begged her mom for a starter kit - from there - an obsession was born!

Raquel loves DIY because it's a chance to add in her personal style and make a project feel special to her. She also likes coming up with gift ideas that come from the heart - using photos and memories to give people she cares about something they will never find in store.

Nothing makes Raquel happier than helping people tap into their creative side.

The Habitat ReStores sell home improvement materials, such as appliances, furniture, cabinetry and more, to the public at a significant discount. All net proceeds from the ReStores help Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver build more homes and serve more families in the community. New and gently used home improvement material donations are always accepted. There are five ReStores in the Denver Metro area, Aurora, Denver, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, and Wheat Ridge.

Get inspired and get started with your home projects at the Denver Home Show Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the National Western Complex. Three days only to shop, compare and save with nearly 400 experts under one roof. Get renovation ideas from Matt Blashaw of HGTV’s Vacation House for Free and DIY Network’s Yard Crashers and tiny home living tips from tiny home experts The Diedricksen Brothers of HGTV's Tiny House Builders. Plus, explore the Tiny Home Village for the latest trends in small space living. From kitchens and baths to landscaping and more, don’t miss the Denver Home Show.


MARCH 17-19, 2017.

Sarah Delivers: Getting to Know the HGTV Star

Mar 17, 2017
We’re so excited to welcome designer and HGTV Canada star Sarah Baeumler for her first-ever Winnipeg Home + Garden Show appearance. So excited that we just couldn’t wait for her Main Stage presentations with husband Bryan - happening Friday, April 7 at 6:00PM and Saturday, April 8 at 1:00PM - so we took the chance to get to know Sarah, and her new subscription box service Sarah Delivered, a little better!

Sarah Baeumler

Q: Hi Sarah! We’re so excited to have you in Winnipeg for the Home + Garden Show April 6-9, just in time for the first signs of spring! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Sarah: "Of course! Hopefully some of you have seen me on HGTV Canada renovating alongside my husband Bryan in our TV series Bryan Inc. and House of Bryan. I have a passion for home design and interior decor, as well as fashion and lifestyle. Recently, I’ve started a subscription box service, Sarah Delivered, showcasing a variety of my favourite items that I share every month with fans across Canada and the US. I also have a blog online,, where I like to post articles about life as a business owner, mother and wife."  

Q: Will this be your first time in Winnipeg? What are you looking forward to most?
Sarah: "No, I am familiar with Winnipeg! I am a fan of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and have spent some time visiting the school. I will be back to the RWB in July with our daughter Charlotte. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone that will be out at the show and of course chatting on stage with Bryan, answering some of the groups questions about home renovations."  

Q: We’re so looking forward to giving you a warm Winnipeg welcome! Can you give us a hint about what you’ll be sharing on the Home + Garden Stage? 
Sarah: "Bryan and I will be sharing what it is like to renovate with your spouse and how to survive home projects together! Given that spring is around the corner, we hope to give the audience some insight into how to complete DIY tasks around their own homes and avoid some common pitfalls that can make renovating more of a nightmare than an exciting project with your spouse!"

Q: What’s your first step in designing a home?
Sarah: "Having inspiration from the surroundings or taking time to speak to the families that inhabit the home is often where I start. I think function and practicality is an enormous influence for me and every family dynamic is unique. For our family, that is something that has been crucial to all of our builds. You must remember; this is where you live and spend most of your time so it needs to work for everyone in the household and ensure it works with your lifestyle, now and in the future."  

Q: What should people always remember in decorating their home?
Sarah: "Remember to have fun with it! Of course it is important to plan and have ideas of what you want. A budget, timeline and being prepared are key, but decorating is one of the fun parts of a home renovation so try not to lose sight of that when you feel overwhelmed by all of the decisions that need to be made."

Q: We hear you have an exciting subscription box service called Sarah Delivered! What makes this service unique?
Sarah: "I do! It’s such an exciting venture my team and I have been working very hard at. Every month, each subscriber receives a box curated by myself that includes 4-6 carefully selected products. I am passionate about using local, organic and environmentally friendly items and we do our best to include these in each box. There is a new theme each month and the box includes a variety of lifestyle, home, fashion and beauty related products."  

Q: How did you come up with the idea for Sarah Delivered?
Sarah: "I was getting asked on social media about certain products I buy and enjoy so I thought, why not create a subscription box that allows my followers to receive brands I love to use. Our team considered this idea and that’s when we noticed that, despite the demand for a subscription box of this nature, there wasn’t anyone offering the service to the Canadian market. It’s been a challenge but I think that has made Sarah Delivered’s success that much more rewarding. I love receiving feedback about what my subscribers think of their items each month and the support has been incredible!"

You can catch Sarah, along with her husband Bryan, on the Urban Barn Main Stage presenting All is Fair in Love and Renos on Friday, April 7 at 6:00PM and Saturday, April 8 at 1:00PM. Click here to buy your tickets for the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show online and save $3!

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APRIL 6-9, 2017.

AIMExpo Acquired by Motorcycle Industry Council

by Joanne Carry | Sep 09, 2015
IRVINE, Calif. --The Motorcycle Industry Council today announced it has acquired the Motorcycle Group business segment from Marketplace Events LLC. The acquisition includes the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), America's premier motorcycle and powersports show, and the only powersports event in North America that caters to trade, media and consumers all under one roof, timed to showcase the powersports industry's new model year product unveilings....

IRVINE, Calif.--The Motorcycle Industry Council today announced it has acquired the Motorcycle Group business segment from Marketplace Events LLC. The acquisition includes the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), America's premier motorcycle and powersports show, and the only powersports event in North America that caters to trade, media and consumers all under one roof, timed to showcase the powersports industry's new model year product unveilings.

AIMExpo's show personnel, sales staff and management, including AIMExpo Show Director Cinnamon Kernes, and AIMExpo show creators Mike Webster and Larry Little, will form a new department within MIC titled “MIC Events.”

“AIMExpo’s early success has been the ability to prove an innovative concept that has delivered for exhibitors and attendees beyond what was envisioned when we conceived the concept just three years ago,” said AIMExpo co-creators Webster and Little. “We recognized the opportunity to take it to another level of industry value and excellence with the blue-ribbon reputation and capabilities of the MIC, and the power of its membership, management, and services to get us there. We presented our recommendation to Marketplace Events LLC management and they agreed.”

"In 2012, Marketplace Events made the commitment – under the leadership of Mike Webster – to launch AIMExpo with the explicit goal of changing and re-energizing the powersports business, and our AIMExpo team has been intensely focused and true to that promise,” said Marketplace Events CEO, Tom Baugh. “In less than three years, the AIMExpo platform has become the most important annual gathering for the industry. We’re very proud MPE successfully incubated AIMExpo, but we recognize the event will reach its full potential and greatest benefit to the industry under MIC ownership."

Dennis McNeal, MIC chair and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.'s vice president - Motorcycle Operations, said, "MIC’s primary goal is to ensure the show's ongoing growth and success, and that requires not only a depth of tradeshow experience, but broad experience in our industry. Mike Webster, Larry Little, Cinnamon Kernes and the entire AIMExpo team have that kind of experience, and the MIC Board of Directors, by unanimous vote, is excited to have them join the staff of the MIC."

"The concept of MIC owning AIMExpo is actually quite common in the association world where many trade shows are owned or operated by their industry trade associations,” said Little.

"This strategic configuration makes it much easier to build on existing industry synergies, align the industry's key stakeholders, and connect manufacturers and distributors of products and services in a valued face-to-face environment with retailers and consumers who have the greatest interest in their offerings."

“Overall plans for the 2015 show absolutely remain business as usual,” said AIMExpo Show Director Cinnamon Kernes. “For exhibitors, dealers, media, and consumers it’s absolutely business as usual and no additional actions on their part are required. Our focus is sharper than ever, and the team is committed to producing the industry’s best show experience once again this year. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Orlando in October!”

AIMExpo 2015 will take place October 15 through 18 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The show is open to credentialed trade and media professionals on October 15-16. The show then opens to the general public on October 17-18.

This year's AIMExpo is ramping up to be the largest and most impactful event to date with more manufacturers, vendors, dealers, and media outlets scheduled to attend.

For more information, please visit

Key AIMExpo Links

The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect, and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues, and the American International Motorcycle Expo. As a not-for-profit, national industry association, the MIC seeks to support motorcyclists by representing manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and retailers of motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, ROVs, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts, accessories and related goods and services, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment companies, media companies and consultants.

The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914. Visit the MIC at

Be sure to stay tuned to the website and keep up to date on exciting news as it happens by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook, and “Follow” on Twitter or Instagram: @AIMExpo.


Motorcycle Industry Council
Brian Hardyman, Media Relations
949-727-4211, ext. 3027