DIY on a Dime: Embroidery

Apr 25, 2017
We’ve found your next hobby: embroidery! Improve your dexterity and engage your creative spirit with this inexpensive activity. All you need is hoops, fabric, and thread. You can find patterns online or draw your own (we highly recommend the latter!).

Embroidery Projects

Reflective of the “Maker Movement”, we’re sure you’ll take to this fun craft for a few different reasons:
  • It’s incredibly portable – Get in a few stitches on the bus, while you wait for an appointment, or on your lunch break. With no heavy equipment to lug around, you can practice this hobby anywhere. 
  • It’s completely customizable – Stitch a quote, animal, flower, or whatever you want! 
  • Its rustic simplicity is so on trend – Embroidered items work in almost any aesthetic. Create a unique juxtaposition amid modern decor, or go kitschy cute in an already pastoral space. 
Stop by your local craft store today to pick up supplies. We recommend grabbing a few hoops (so you can have more than one project on the go), light colored scraps of fabric, and a variety of complimentary colored thread. As you get more comfortable embroidering you can grab more thread to tackle complex patterns and designs.


Be sure to share some of your favorite creations with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. We can’t wait to see what you create!

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Spring Cleaning: Home Maintenance Musts

Apr 12, 2017
With winter weather behind us and spring temperatures consistent and warm, it’s important to make sure your home is ready for the change in seasons. As you organize your closet, putting away sweaters and bringing out shorts, consider adding the following items to your spring cleaning list. These five simple chores are often overlooked, but can have a big impact on your home. Check ‘em out below and get your space ready for summer.


1. Gutters and Downspouts – Everyone may be familiar with the adage April showers bring May flowers, but we can see a lot of rain throughout the spring and summer. Make sure your gutters are clear of debris so they can handle precipitation. Remove leaves, sticks, and rubbish to allow water to pass through them. Blocked gutters can cause water to overflow and damage your roof. Additionally, make sure your downspouts extend well away from your home so the water your gutters are collecting doesn’t seep into your foundation.

2. Roof - Now that the snow has melted off your roof, grab a ladder (and a friend!) or a pair of binoculars and see what shape it’s in. Are your shingles in good condition? Pay close attention to the area around your chimney, as winter’s freeze/thaw cycle can be especially hard on your flashings.

3. Foundation – In addition to extending your downspout, inspect the area around your home. Is the ground sloping toward or away from your property? Are your window wells collecting water? Doing everything you can to keep water from pooling around your home will help to keep your basement dry.

Pro Tip – Walk around your home right after a heavy rainfall to see where water is pooling to fully assess your space.

4. Windows and Doors – Make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed to help with heat management and pest control. Simple caulking and crack repair can help ensure you don’t end up cooling the neighborhood this summer and can keep critters and bugs out.


5. Smoke Detectors – You should test and change our smoke detector batteries approximately every six months. The change in seasons is a great reminder to tackle this vital task. You can also practice your evacuation techniques and go over other safety procedures.

Adding these maintenance items to your spring cleaning list will help keep your family and property comfortable this season. Think something is missing from our list? Share your maintenance musts with us on Twitter and Facebook. We’re always on the lookout for new tips!

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It's Show Time

Apr 06, 2017
The Winnipeg Home + Garden Show kicks off today, Thursday, April 6, and runs right through to Sunday, April 9 with real advice, fresh inspiration and trusted local experts for every home improvement project, inside and out, at the RBC Convention Centre. Don’t miss out on direct access to more than 270 of Winnipeg’s top gardening, home improvement, renovation, and design experts of every kind, along with interactive workshops and free consultations with the pros.

With so much to see and do, make sure you have a game plan before you hit the RBC Convention Centre for the show. To help, we’ve created a must-see and do checklist of insider tips to help you make the most of your visit to the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show. Read on!

Before you head down to the RBC Convention Centre to dig right into the details of your next home or garden project, be sure you have your Winnipeg Home + Garden Show tickets in hand. Save yourself $3 (and some time!) by buying your tickets online.

Now that you’re set, find your way to the RBC Convention Centre (375 York Avenue, Winnipeg, MB). If you’re bringing your car and planning to do some shopping, parking at the RBC Convention Centre is $3.00-$18.00 per car, or you can park at any auxiliary lot or metered parking spot surrounding the RBC Convention Centre. Check out the RBC Convention Centre Parking Map for more details. If you need more info on directions and the best spots to park, check out our Information Page.


You’re here! Now that you’ve arrived, it’s time to take in all that #WHGS17 has to offer. Don’t miss the talent and expert advice on the Urban Barn Main Stage presented by the Winnipeg Free Press, located in Hall A. Get expert advice straight from the industry’s top home improvement experts, including HGTV Canada’s Bryan Inc., Bryan and Sarah Baeumler, HGTV Canada’s Home to Win stars Carson Arthur and Tiffany Pratt, DIY expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, and a line-up of local favourites - plus more than 270 exhibitors and features designed to whip any home or garden into shape.

And PSST! Get a chance to meet Bryan + Sarah Baeumler after their presentations during their selfie sessions immediately following their presentations.

When: April 6-9, check out the full Main Stage Schedule.
Where: Urban Barn Main Stage presented by the Winnipeg Free Press, located in Hall A.


We don’t know about you, but we couldn’t wait until the snow melted to start enjoying patio season. It’s time to kick back, relax, and take it all in in the Floform Lounge, presented by Western Living, furnished by Dufresne and decorated by Adorn Interiors. That’s right, grab a drink and check out the latest in landscaping to get you inspired for spring. Make a toast to your next home improvement project, all while taking inspiration from your stylish surroundings.

Where: Located in Hall C


What’s a show without a little shopping? Stop by the Scattered Seeds Pop Up Market presented by 94.3 The Drive for a little retail therapy between getting expert advice on that next DIY project. A showcase of Winnipeg’s emerging artists and creators, this artisanal craft market has something for everyone. With one-of-a-kind pieces to take any wardrobe, jewellery box or art collection to whole new heights, shopping local has never been so chic.

Where: Located in Hall C

Backyard Escape

Now that you’ve had a chance to snap a selfie with Bryan & Sarah, found a unique trinket as a memento of the show, and mapped out your new backyard BBQ haven, be sure to share it all on your social media! Follow along and share on Instagram and Twitter with @HomeShowsMB and #WHGS17.

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APRIL 6-9, 2017.

Grand Slam Dip

Apr 05, 2017
Hey batter, batter! Swing batter, batter! Baseball season is once again upon us, and we cannot wait to get started. The beginning of the season is one of our favorite times of the year. Not only is the weather nice, but your team still has a chance of making it to the World Series. Plus, there’s nothing like having  friends over to watch the game! 

Grand Slam

Take your ballgame get togethers to the next level with a winning, flavorful dip that requires little to no prep time. That’s right, create a dip in less than 20 minutes and enjoy the entire game without the hassle of bringing out more treats for your guests. It’s filled with cheese, vegetables, and salsa - all the ingredients that make a win much more satisfying. Get ready to knock it out of the park with this tasty snack!

Cream Cheese Layered Dip
Serves 4-6 people
Prep Time: 20 minutes


  • 8 oz of original sour cream
  • 8 oz package of original  cream cheese
  • 1/2 pack of Boursin Red Chili Pepper Gournay cheese
  • 1/2 cup of salsa
  • 2 chopped peppers (green pepper works best)
  • 1/2 chopped red onion
  • 1 cup of shredded marble cheese


  • bowl
  • tray that is about 2 inches deep (if you are looking to bake this dip, make sure to use a glass or oven friendly tray)
  • mixer, hand or electronic
  • chips of your choosing (to dip!)

Step 1: Combine sour cream, cream cheese, and Boursin cheese in your bowl and whip together using a mixer.

Step 2: When ingredients are mixed well (you want the cream cheese to be as consistent as the sour cream), pour contents into tray and evenly spread.  

Step 3: Top the cream cheese base with salsa, also spreading evenly until the entire tray is covered.  

Step 4: Spread shredded marble cheese on top of the salsa.

Step 5: Add the peppers and onions on top of the shredded cheese.

Step 6: This dip can be eaten hot or cold. If you would like to bake the dip, set your oven to 350F and put dip in for about 10-15 minutes (until top layer of cheese melts).

Step 7: Serve!

We hope you enjoy this game-day cream cheese layered dip. We’re sure your guests will forget all about peanuts and cracker jacks when you bring this hearty snack out of the kitchen. If you serve up this tasty treat be sure to share some fun snaps with us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. 

#GardenGrow - Your New Spring Tradition

Apr 03, 2017

With winters to deal with and summers to prepare for, there is always something new that needs attention in the space we call home. Renovations and remodels are always on our minds, but one thing that tends to be overlooked is gardening. Flowers may be beautiful, but need constant care and attention to stay that way. Why not get more bang for your buck with a vegetable garden? 


We understand that gardening can be a 9 to 5 gig, that’s why we have this simple vegetable gardening technique to get you started with the least amount of maintenance required. That’s right, you read that correctly: do practically nothing and watch a vegetable garden grow right in front of your eyes. You can grow garlic, cherry tomatoes, and more. The benefits are endless. For one, you save some money at the grocery store. You're also helping the planet by eating local, as opposed to shipping vegetables thousands of miles to get to you. Plus, you'll have something beautiful and unique to show off in your home -  big or small. 

All you need is:

  • brown clay pots with breathable holes
  • acrylic paint (choose colors that will match with the season!)
  • paint brushes
  • seeds (we chose cherry tomatoes)
  • soil

So, how do I get started, you ask? We want to make this fun for you and get you in the spirit of vegetable gardening, so we decided to create the tradition of #GardenGrow, an activity you can enjoy in your apartment or house every year. This year, we decided to grow some cherry tomatoes. Each year you can add a new vegetable to your plot to bring some green into your space and diet. Yum!

Step 1: Paint the brown pots with pastel spring colors and decorate them as desired. Have fun with it and paint some flowers, Easter eggs, or simple patterns. 

Step 2: After the pot has dried, fill it with moist soil and leave it in the heat. Cherry tomatoes love heat, so giving them a warm bed to sprout will give you better results. 

Step 3: After a day, plant the seeds and leave the pot in a spot that will constantly see the sun, like a balcony or window sill. 

Step 4: You only need to water your cherry tomatoes once every 3 to 4 days. That number could decrease if it rains regularly in your area, so be sure to monitor the water your plants are receiving naturally.  

And now you sit back, relax, and pick off those cherry tomatoes as they grow all season long! Cook them in your meals or eat them individually while you impress your house guests with your small, but existent, vegetable garden. 

Share your garden with us using the #GardenGrow hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We love to see what you create!

5 Reasons to Renovate

Mar 29, 2017
Spring has sprung and as the weather begins to warm up our attention turns back from the indoors to the outdoors. Tackling a home project or renovation is a big undertaking, and one that many Winnipeggers begin as the temperatures rise and the snow thaws. With the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to make those plans and checklists before coming down to the show for expert advice. We spoke with Josh Nekrep of REALTORS® about 5 reasons to renovate this spring, check out the tips below!

Home Rendering

1. Renovations can increase your home’s value, without the cost of moving. Informed homeowners have to make this decision often and it's not always clear. Generally, for major life changes such as expanding family, empty nests, marital breakdowns, loss of job or relocation, housing requirements change significantly and it then makes sense to move to a more suitable home. However sometimes sprucing up what you have, perhaps finishing a basement or making a small addition, makes good economic sense to increase your home’s value while avoiding the overhead costs of moving homes.

2. Starting a project in the spring helps ensure a finished project before winter. Particularly for renovations that are season-dependent, getting an early start is important to ensure that the necessary trades are available in time to get your work done before winter. Some trades can be in very high demand through a limited building season and if you wait too long, you may find yourself waiting a lot longer than expected.

Patio Stones

3. Renovating in Winnipeg now helps your home stand out in a more balanced market. As Winnipeg has shifted into a more balanced market, it has become more important to 'put your best foot forward' when presenting your home for sale. Thoughtful, well placed renovations can make your home stand out in the crowd and ensure you receive top dollar.

4. Do your research on your contractors. If you're hiring a contractor, make sure they are reputable, and have a proven track record. Be sure that they will obtain all necessary permits and city inspections for the work being completed.

5. Always ask yourself if a renovation is worth it for you and your lifestyle. No, economically speaking not all renovations are worth the investment. But the important question is whether it's worth it to you. Renovations are often lifestyle choices, and only you can decide if the benefits outweigh the costs. However, it's worth consulting a professional like a REALTOR® or an appraiser to determine the extent of added value a particular improvement will have on your home.

Check out our Exhibitor List to find out which local and national companies you can expect to see at the show. While you plan which booths to visit, make sure you purchase your tickets online to save $3, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @homeshowsMB!

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APRIL 6-9, 2017.

Sponsor Spotlight: Premier Kitchen & Bath

Mar 28, 2017
We're thrilled to have Premier Kitchen & Bath sponsoring the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show. As Winnipeg's leading kitchen and bathroom remodeler, this full-service team takes care of every aspect of your remodel: from design, to the sourcing of materials, to the final product.

Premier Remodel + Bath Logo

Partnering with Premier means an efficient renovation, better value for your money, and an exceptional product - that's the Premier Advantage. Learn more when you visit this dynamic company at the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show (April 6-9 at the RBC Convention Centre). But first, get to know the Premier team a little better in our brief interview below. Enjoy!

What are your featured products this season?

"Design Build Kitchen and Bathrooms. Our design and construction teams will be at the show to answer questions."

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

"Our feature booth, a mix of urban chic and traditional elements. Premier Cabinet Co. Kitchen Package giveaway in support of Variety, The Children’s Charity. Spring Clean feature designed and supplied courtesy of the Premier Group of Companies."

Premier Remodel + Bath Kitchen

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

"Urban chic, a mix of industrial elements that are smoothed by traditional blends."

What inspires your products?

"Amazing functional designs."

What is your favourite part of the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show?

"Being able to connect with the Winnipeg market. Although everyone is not our customer, we enjoy the conversation and helping any way we can."

Premier Bath

What advice would you give homeowners?

"Make sure when you are comparing different firms, you are looking at the same value offerings and not just price. Do they offer design services from a formally trained interior designer? Do they offer in-house material selections, or require you to shop around yourself? Do they offer quoted pricing? Are their construction teams in-house?"

What is your creative process like?

"It all starts and ends with design. We create with our customers through our engaging design process. Being a firm that offers design and build components, we are able to prepare a firm quoted price for the project that we stick to. Once we begin the design team is close by with assistance of the construction manager and project manager to ensure everything stays on design and on track. At the end of the project you won’t believe it was easy as it was."

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.

That's a Wrap

Mar 27, 2017
The celebrities have flown home, the booths have been taken down, and the carpets rolled up - another fantastic Edmonton Home + Garden Show weekend is all wrapped up! We had over 600 exhibitors and five home and garden celebrities at the show this year, which led to a jam-packed weekend of inspiration! Missed it? Check out some of our favourite moments below.

Main Stage

Attendees were able to connect with some of Canada’s top experts like Mike Holmes Jr., Chef Massimo Capra, Carson Arthur, Matt Muenster, and Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault. There were plenty of ways to learn about the season’s hottest decor trends, discover the latest renovation tips and explore all of the outdoor living possibilities.

Our must-see features certainly lived up to their names. Spring Clean presented by Nellie’s All Natural and Kiss 91.7 was a hit, with the chic and clean laundry showrooms designed by Wicket Blue Interiors.

The Dollywood Dream Homes had people of all ages drawn to them, with their inventive and luxurious takes on the traditional doll house.

Dog House

And of course, the Tiny Home Village drew massive crowds with the pint-sized digs and minimalistic sanctuaries. Honomobo’s storage container homes were also a great addition to the feature.

The Ultimate Upcycle Challenge: Pooch Palace Edition was a success raising hundred of dollars for Habitat for Humanity.

The Floral Cup Competition compelled show-goers Friday night with the winning floral design going to Lea Romanowski, owner and flower designer at Designing on the Edge.

The 2017 Edmonton Home + Garden Show Exhibitor Awards went to talented companies, including: 

  • Best In Show: HML Construction 
  • Rookie of the Year: Modular Services Inc. 
  • Best Marketing Partner: Renovation Find 
  • Best Use of Small Space: Concrete By Us 
  • Best Use of Medium Space: Isle group of Companies 
  • Best Use of Large Space: Classic Landscapes Limited 
  • Best Social Media: Alair Homes 
We’re looking forward you to seeing you at the Edmonton Fall Home Show happening, October 20-22, 2017. Save the date and follow @HomeShowsAB on Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date on show details. Have a great summer!

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OCTOBER 20-22, 2017.

EHGS Survival Guide

Mar 24, 2017
The Edmonton Home + Garden Show is back and better than ever! With over 600 exhibitors, tons of exciting features, and a jam-packed schedule of celebrity presentations and demonstrations, it can be tough to find enough time to do everything! But we’ve come to your rescue with this survival guide to help you navigate the show. These are the things that you must see, watch, do, try, and eat! Let go!

Must See 

Tiny Home

Tiny Home Village  -  Located in Hall A
We see them on TV all of the time, but have you seen a real live tiny home in person? They’re incredible! These inventive homes on wheels and storage container solutions showcase an immense amount of creativity and will inspire you to scale down your living quarters! Take a walk through an unfinished tiny home to see the bare bones, or peak into a fully finished modern space to get the full idea of why this trend has blown up over the past few years!

Must Watch 

Main Stage

Stage Presentations
Catch a celebrity presenter on stage. This year we have five incredibly talented celebrity presenters taking over our stages. See DIY Darling Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, HGTV heroes Mike Holmes Jr., Carson Arthur, and Matt Muenster, as well as Foodie Favourite Chef Massimo Capra! Each presenter takes the stage numerous times over the weekend so you are sure to be able to see everyone that you want to!

Must Do

Upcycle Challenge

Bid on a project at the Ultimate Upcycle Challenge  - Located in Hall B
Local media personalities and influencers were put to work to create comfortable and stylish pet beds perfect for man’s best friend. Each participant chose a piece of furniture from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and transformed it into an upcycled bed of doggy dreams. All of the projects are up for auction with 100% of the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity! So make sure that you bid on your favourite dog bed to take home with you.

We couldn’t pick a favourite, but you should take a photo of yours and share it with us on social media! Tag @homeshowsab on Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #EHGS17!

Must Try

Cory Christopher

Cory Christopher’s Spring Sanctuary -  Located in Hall A
Cory Christopher never ceases to amazing us with his beautiful floral creations! After a cold winter and slippery roads, the spring season surely can’t come fast enough, so Cory Christopher has come to the rescue to beat your winter blues and show you how fresh florals can brighten up any space.

Pop by Cory Christopher’s Spring Sanctuary for the season’s most sought after floral trends and decor. Stay awhile and take part in one of his workshops that are occurring throughout the show! You can build your own terrarium and learn how to spruce up your space for the season. FUN!


Beer StrEAT Gardens  -  Located in Hall A
Walking around the show floor can really strike up your appetite, so we recommend you grab a bite to eat and an ice cold beer and take a seat in the Beer StrEAT Gardens! Put the pep back into your step with a wide variety of local and international brews to choose from, as well as your favourite YEG Food Trucks! Chill out, and discuss your latest renovation, before you get back to checking out the rest of the EHGS!

 Now, off you go! See you around the Edmonton Home + Garden Show. We hope you enjoy this year's event.

Edmonton Home + Garden Show

MARCH 23-26, 2017.

The Trends in Interior Design with Design Lodge

Mar 24, 2017
Step into the Design Lodge at the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo, March 24-26, and you’ll see the latest trends in design and decor. Kevin Yoder, X of Weaver Furniture Store, the interior designer behind the feature, gives a preview of some of the trends visitors will see and how to incorporate the latest ideas into your home.

Design Lodge

Q: What will show visitors see in interior design when they stop by the Design Lodge?
Kevin: "The modern farmhouse look is what we are going for featuring natural woods, greys and linens with pops of color throughout the house."

Q: In general, what are trends in interior design for 2017?
Kevin: "The trends I am seeing for 2017 include a lot of neutral tones, greys and greige (grey beige- grey with a brown tone) then decorating with pops of color. This will allow you to change your colors with the seasons or/and more often. People are also adding natural wood tones and reclaimed woods into their rooms. Linens are a real hot idea right now too because it goes with everything and you can put patterns and pops of color with it."

Q: What is a simple way someone can incorporate these trends into their home?
Kevin: "Simple ways to incorporate the look is to paint your walls with neutral colors and possibly change just one or two pieces of furniture to a linen or natural wood and grey color as it will blend well with existing accent pieces."

Get your tickets now to see the Design Lodge and be inspired on furniture, accessories and lighting, whether you’re looking to redo a room or entire home. You also won’t want to miss the Design Lodge’s great kitchen and bath ideas from Harlaquin Design Studios and landscaping inspiration from Masterscape LLC.

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MARCH 24 - 26, 2017

Arriving This Spring: Your Guide to the Show

Mar 24, 2017
Just in time to celebrate the first weekend of spring, the OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show will showcase more than 300 experts and two of DIY Network’s biggest stars to offer expert advice and inspiration for making the outdoors an extension of the home. Here is what you have to look forward to at the show:

  • Alison Victoria, designer and host of DIY Network’s Kitchen Crashers, introduces you to quick and simple tips to show off the kitchen’s best features. Forget expensive, lengthy renovations. Alison’s ideas will add function and style to any kitchen without breaking the budget.

    Alison Victoria

  • Sara Bendrick, is a landscape designer on DIY Network’s I Hate My Yard. She helps homeowners transform their dreary back yards into paradise. Learn from her tips and experiences about how to turn your yard into a space you’ve always dreamed of.

    Sara Bendrick

  • Backyard Wars, a competition between local landscape designers. From water features to sculptures to lighting and more, each team will show guests how to turn their backyard into a relaxing haven.
  • Plaza Palooza – An Outdoor Living Event! is an outdoor event featuring live grilling demonstrations and music from local bluegrass, country, gospel and rock bands.
  • The Homeless Alliance is this year’s featured charity. Visitors can purchase original art created by people in the organization’s Fresh stART program, purchase the Curbside Chronicle, written by the shelter’s guests, and learn how to help end long-term homelessness in Oklahoma City.

    Homeless Alliance

The OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show is a three-day event held March 24-26 at State Fair Park showcasing hundreds of experts in patios, decking, windows and more for home improvement projects inside and out. Adult admission is $9 and children under 12 get in free. Buy tickets online and save $2 or at Buy for Less stores. Show hours are Friday 12PM to 9PM, Saturday 10AM to 9PM and Sunday 10AM to 6PM.

OKC Home and Outdoor Living

MARCH 24 - 26, 2017.

Cleveland Home + Remodeling Opening Day Highlights

Mar 24, 2017
The fourth annual Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo kicks off today at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. Meet with hundreds of experts under one roof, be inspired by the latest design trends and leave with the knowledge you need to get started on your next renovation or home improvement project.

Serena Appiah

Opening day highlights include:

  • Sherwin-Williams Day. Stop by your local Sherwin-Williams store to get free admission tickets for opening day. Find your local Sherwin-Williams store.
  • Serena Appiah, the Marketplace Events’ 2016 Home + Garden Trendsetter of the Year, appears on the Main Stage at 5PM. She is a mother of three boys and has been helping folks decorate, improve and maintain their homes on a DIY budget since 2010. She’s not afraid to use power tools and wants to make sure you aren’t either. Come learn new ideas, from repurposing DIY projects to power tools and more, all without breaking the bank!
  • The Design Lodge, a 1,400-square-foot custom-built feature from Weaver Barns and Weaver Furniture, will include the year’s latest trends in design and décor. Whether looking to redo a room or an entire home, the Design Lodge has something for everyone looking for inspiration on furniture, accessories and lighting. Visitors also won’t want to miss the great ideas in the kitchen and bathroom by Harlequin Design Studio or the great rustic-style landscaping ideas from Masterscape LLC.
  • Kinley Studio and Northeast Ohio artist Shaun Kinley invites visitors to leave their mark on the Expo by adding a personal touch to a communal Cleveland-themed art piece featured at the Expo.
  • Help a great cause by bidding in one of two silent auctions. Local design experts and DIY bloggers have upcycled items of their choice for the Drab to Fab feature and silent auction to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Summit County. Local celebrities have also designed a bird house for the Home Tweet Home feature and silent auction to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. Bid on your favorite!
Get your show tickets online today or stop by any Sherwin-Williams location for your free opening day admission tickets.

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MARCH 24 - 26, 2017o     

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.

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