TGIF: The Weekend Starts Tomorrow
TGIF: The Weekend Starts Tomorrow

TGIF: The Weekend Starts Tomorrow

TGIF! The weekend starts tomorrow. Plan a few things to look forward to. How about a...

TGIF: The Weekend Starts Tomorrow

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TGIF: The Weekend Starts Tomorrow

TGIF! The weekend starts tomorrow. Plan a few things to look forward to. How about a feel good project? The boys and I are making a huge batch of chocolate chip cookies and dropping them off at friends' houses around the neighbourhood. Spoil yourself and those you love with something decadent. Bubble bath? Expensive bottle of wine? Purchase an awesome movie through Cineplex? Have an over the top dinner - candles and all.

It's Thursday...Already?!?
It's Thursday...Already?!?

It's Thursday...Already?!?

It’s Thursday already?  It’s APRIL already? Despite the sort of...

It's Thursday...Already?!?

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It's Thursday...Already?!?

It’s Thursday already?  It’s APRIL already? Despite the sort of (?) slower pace, the days are still flying by at alarming speed. On the days when I don’t specifically set aside time to exercise/move it isn’t happening. A dedicated window in the morning with a specific task works best for me. I recommend you find what works for you. Schedule it in. And make it happen. Daily. You can be flexible on the start and finish time – for example plan to do your mobility and stability workout from 9:00 - 9:45am. If you end up only having time to do 20 minutes, so be it. Just GET IT IN!

April Fool's Day Feels Different this Year...
April Fool's Day Feels Different this Year...

April Fool's Day Feels Different...

It's HUMP day... April Fool's Day... Definitely a day to have a bit of fun!

April Fool's Day Feels Different this Year...

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April Fool's Day Feels Different this Year...

It's HUMP day... April Fool's Day... Definitely a day to have a bit of fun!

Celebrate the Little Things
Celebrate the Little Things

Celebrate the Little Things

How are you holding up? Are you prioritizing your self-care? Have you made time to...

Celebrate the Little Things

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Celebrate the Little Things

How are you holding up? Are you prioritizing your self-care? Have you made time to regularly connect with friends and loved ones? I challenge you to do something for yourself today - even if it's just taking a few minutes to meditate, 10 minutes to get a circuit in, or spending some quiet time in the kitchen preparing dinner. It's a start.

Chase Away the Monday Blues
Chase Away the Monday Blues

Chase Away the Monday Blues

Happy Monday everyone. I have reams of thoughtful, interesting, and motivating content...

Chase Away the Monday Blues

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Chase Away the Monday Blues

Happy Monday everyone. I have reams of thoughtful, interesting, and motivating content for today and the days ahead. First off, I would be remiss in not posting an apology in relation to Saturday's workout...

Staying Healthy in a Time of Unrest
Staying Healthy in a Time of Unrest

Staying Healthy in a Time of Unrest

While the TAC Sport Medicine Clinic is temporarily closed due to the public health...

Staying Healthy in a Time of Unrest

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Staying Healthy in a Time of Unrest

While the TAC Sport Medicine Clinic is temporarily closed due to the public health concern surrounding COVID-19, we want to regularly reach out to all of you with our Healthy View Blog. These articles will feature current, relevant topics helping you to stay healthy and engaged over the next few weeks.

Cheers to the Weekend!
Cheers to the Weekend!

Cheers to the Weekend!

It IS the weekend. Schedules are really helpful these days. But not so much today....

Cheers to the Weekend!

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Cheers to the Weekend!

It IS the weekend. Schedules are really helpful these days. But not so much today. Today, make sure it FEELS like the weekend. Indulge a little. Play a lot. Take a break from the serious news and dive into some positive media. Curl up and watch a movie or read a book in the middle of the day... And...if you feel the need to be productive, surprise and delight someone you love. Write a love letter... start a dance party in the kitchen... make breakfast in bed... give a foot massage...

It's Been a Week...
It's Been a Week...

It's Been a Week...

We've just completed week one of this Series. And I so hope some of you are finding...

It's Been a Week...

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It's Been a Week...

We've just completed week one of this Series. And I so hope some of you are finding the content helpful and inspiring. For me, I am loving creating and collating these posts. I REALLY miss coming into the Clubs and am so missing the opportunity to physically connect with all of you. This is helping me feel like we can still make at least a small positive difference in a few lives. So, I'm extremely grateful for this space.

This One's For You
This One's For You

This One's For You

Have you noticed an increase in runners out on the roads in your neighbourhood? Maybe...

This One's For You

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This One's For You

Have you noticed an increase in runners out on the roads in your neighbourhood? Maybe it's because of Club closures across the city. Maybe it's just the start of the spring weather. Whatever the reason, if you're an avid runner, cyclist, stepmiller, or power walker, today's workout is for you!

Sharing Some Wednesday Wisdom
Sharing Some Wednesday Wisdom

Sharing Some Wednesday Wisdom

We know you've had to make a lot of adjustments in the last couple of weeks. You...

Sharing Some Wednesday Wisdom

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Sharing Some Wednesday Wisdom

We know you've had to make a lot of adjustments in the last couple of weeks. You may now be working from home. Your stress and anxiety levels might be keeping you awake. You might be struggling with isolation and social distancing. Just take a breath. In. Out. And read on for some health, wellness, and fitness tips to help you structure your day. We're all in this together.

Today is Your Day
Today is Your Day

Today is Your Day

For many of us, we're into our second week of isolation. That means more time at...

Today is Your Day

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Today is Your Day

For many of us, we're into our second week of isolation. That means more time at home with the family, increased stress, and maybe even fewer workouts. There is no better time to shake those bad habits and get yourself back on track.

Much Needed Monday Motivation
Much Needed Monday Motivation

Much Needed Monday Motivation

Soup. Chock-a-block full of goodness and surprises. You never know what's going to...

Much Needed Monday Motivation

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Much Needed Monday Motivation

Soup. Chock-a-block full of goodness and surprises. You never know what's going to end up on your spoon! So, dig in...

Your Saturday Morning Wake-Up
Your Saturday Morning Wake-Up

Your Saturday Morning Wake-Up

Our schedules are really all over the place right now. Did you wake up this morning...

Your Saturday Morning Wake-Up

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Your Saturday Morning Wake-Up

Our schedules are really all over the place right now. Did you wake up this morning wondering what day of the week it even is? We did! And that's why we want to help you keep your routine going, even on a Saturday morning.

"Soup of the Day"...just got...

'Cause soup is good food. Healthy, comforting...a gentle hug from the inside out....

"Soup of the Day"...just got serious!

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"Soup of the Day"...just got serious!

'Cause soup is good food. Healthy, comforting...a gentle hug from the inside out. With all this social distancing, who couldn't use a good hug?!? Please tune in every day as we share our inspirations for food, movements, practices, and thoughts to keep you positive, healthy, and connected in the days ahead.

Diet & Exercise Tips for Canadians 55 and Up
Diet & Exercise Tips for Canadians 55 and Up

Diet & Exercise Tips for Canadians...

Ali El-Mokadem – one of our personal trainers at the Toronto Athletic Club...

Diet & Exercise Tips for Canadians 55 and Up

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Diet & Exercise Tips for Canadians 55 and Up

Ali El-Mokadem – one of our personal trainers at the Toronto Athletic Club – recently gave us some excellent exercise and nutrition tips targeted towards our Members in the 55+ age bracket, helping them to live a healthier lifestyle in retirement.  

5x5 Minutes with Meg: Women's Edition
5x5 Minutes with Meg: Women's Edition

5x5 Minutes with Meg: Women's...

Since 1910, the 8th of March has been considered globally by many as a day to celebrate...

5x5 Minutes with Meg: Women's Edition

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5x5 Minutes with Meg: Women's Edition

Since 1910, the 8th of March has been considered globally by many as a day to celebrate women. International Women's Day Organization 2020 is supporting a number of important and laudable missions including highlighting and applauding important gains that are being made, celebrating women's achievements and accomplishments, and taking a stance to call out and raise awareness about inequality. They also encourage everyone to "do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women".

Performance Enhancement Specialization: The Cambridge Club's New Training Program
Performance Enhancement Specialization: The Cambridge Club's New Training Program

Performance Enhancement...

Are you looking to improve your strength, power, speed, agility, and quickness? At the...

Performance Enhancement Specialization: The Cambridge Club's New Training Program

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Performance Enhancement Specialization: The Cambridge Club's New Training Program

Are you looking to improve your strength, power, speed, agility, and quickness? At the Cambridge Club, Sharlton, a Performance Enhancement Specialist, has created a new program based on the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model that is designed to do just this.

Learning the Power of Community with Nat & Tina
Learning the Power of Community with Nat & Tina

Learning the Power of Community...

A new year means new ads in the PATH around the Adelaide Club. If you've recently...

Learning the Power of Community with Nat & Tina

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Learning the Power of Community with Nat & Tina

A new year means new ads in the PATH around the Adelaide Club. If you've recently gone underground to travel to and from the Club, we're guessing you've seen our new marketing pieces featuring members Nat & Tina! Both Nat and Tina are staples around the Club, often being found working out in the STRENGTH Gym, taking advantage of the Club's amenities, and challenging themselves with their friends in Strength Lab.

5 Minutes with Meg: Valentine's Day Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Valentine's Day Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Valentine's Day...

I've been thinking a lot about...Valentine's Day. With Valentine's Day just...

5 Minutes with Meg: Valentine's Day Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Valentine's Day Edition

I've been thinking a lot about...Valentine's Day. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I find myself, similar to last year, thinking a lot about the heart. And again, like last year, both the biological and the emotional heart. Those who know me, know I'm a huge proponent of high intensity training (HIIT) - in both the weight bearing and cardiovascular arenas.

Supporting Immune Health - Cold & Flu Prevention
Supporting Immune Health - Cold & Flu Prevention

Supporting Immune Health - Cold &...

Cold and flu season is upon us; during this time of year, we are exposed to more germs...

Supporting Immune Health - Cold & Flu Prevention

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Supporting Immune Health - Cold & Flu Prevention

Cold and flu season is upon us; during this time of year, we are exposed to more germs as we huddle indoors to escape the cold. The immune system is also challenged by lower temperatures, lack of sunlight, and stress following the holidays. Read on to get Dr. Cugliari's top recommendations to support your immune system this winter.

Vance Cooper: The Cambridge Club's Gentleman of the Year

Posted: Dec 17, 2019

This year, for the first time ever, the Cambridge Club crowned Vance Cooper “Cambridge Club Gentleman of the Year” – an accolade bestowed upon a Member that best exemplifies what the Cambridge Club is all about. For those of you who don’t know Vance, and for those of you who want to learn a little bit more about the man behind our phenomenal Vancestock Unplugged events, we sat down with Vance to chat about his experience at the Cambridge, being named Gentleman of the Year, and the reason he began Vancestock.

Thanks for taking the time to chat with me today! Let’s start at the beginning, how long have you been a Member at the Cambridge Club? And what led you to the Cambridge in the first place?

I joined in 1991. I had been working downtown since 1983 and was playing squash at a club on Lombard Street. After it was ruined by a fire, I was looking for a new home. I needed to find a place close to my office so that I would have to go out of my way to avoid working out. At the time, I thought the Cambridge Club was out of my league from a price perspective. As it turns out, joining was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Can you speak to your community at the Cambridge Club?

The Cambridge Club is unique in that it is really several communities or Clubs in one. There are people who come at lunch only. Others attend after work. I am part of an informal group known as the Morning Boys. There are a surprising number of enthusiastic Members who show up to play squash or do their workouts from 6:00am until about 8:00am. It is very social and very supportive. Most of all, it’s fun.

What is your favourite part of being a Member at the Cambridge Club?

I think the Cambridge Club is truly an oasis. Whether I am in the gym early in the morning, meeting a friend or client for lunch, or stopping in later in the day for the proverbial executive workout a.k.a. the Tribathalon [steam, hot tub, and shower], it is welcoming and as comfortable as an old pair of shoes. It reminds me of the old TV show “Cheers” where everybody knows your name.

You were named this year’s Cambridge Club Gentleman of the Year, what does that mean to you? Were you expecting that?

I was very honoured and very flattered. I do what I do to make me happy - whether that is sponsoring the Canada Cup, putting on my annual charity fundraiser [Vancestock], or putting on singer-songwriter shows in the Oak Room [Vancestock Unplugged]. The fact that people found those activities to be beneficial to others is very rewarding but certainly not the primary driver behind what I do.

[For those who don’t know, the criteria for the Cambridge Club Gentleman of the Year award are:

  • This Member is a regular at the Club, known by fellow Members and staff.
  • Exemplifies what the Cambridge Club is about: Culture, History, Respect, Comradery, etc.
  • Involved in every department and aspect of the Club. Regularly uses the Oak Room for dining and involved in Member events, supporting the Club’s efforts to develop events to bring Members together. Uses the gym and fitness offerings in the Club.
  • This individual’s presence and demeanor makes the Club a better place.
  •  “If he died tomorrow the Club would be diminished.”
  • This individual has been a Member of the Club for an extended period of time (10+ years).]

You are also the mastermind behind Vancestock. What’s the story behind the creation of Vancestock?

In the summer of 1983, I started work in downtown Toronto as an articling student. There was a legal assistant who asked me if I would come out to listen to her brother-in-law’s band. They were playing some bar on Queen Street West and, as she put it, they needed to put bodies in seats. I was happy to come out and support the effort. There were not a lot of people there to be sure. Her brother-in-law was Jim Cuddy and the band was Blue Rodeo.

Years later, a friend’s son was a drummer in a band, Great Bloomers, playing original material. I saw them at the El Mocambo on a Friday night with barely 50 people in the room. They were fresh faced young kids with great talent playing songs they had written to an audience that was barely indifferent. I thought to myself that if I could somehow introduce this band to a new audience, they might gain some traction and be the next Blue Rodeo. I thought there was an opportunity to put on a show featuring “undiscovered” musicians and invite my friends, family, colleagues and clients to attend the show.

The final piece to the puzzle was the charity aspect. I am always happy to give to anyone walking, rowing, swimming, riding a bike, playing tennis or hockey or doing thing else to raise money for charity.  I decided that I would cover all of the expenses of the evening - room, food and musical talent - and ask those who wanted to attend the event to make a donation in the amount of their choosing to a specified charity in order to gain admission to the event.  I wanted the charity to be connected to kids and camping.  I discovered Trails Youth Initiative and they couldn’t be more deserving of support. There isn’t enough space in this piece to discuss the work and success of Trails. Briefly, Trails takes at-risk inner-city youth at age 12 and provides them with a four-year program which literally turns these kids around. 90% of the graduates attend postsecondary education compared to 10% percent of their peer group. Indeed, Trails was just recognized by Maclean’s magazine as one of the best Canadian charities for 2020.

And, thus, Vancestock was born. The first Vancestock was help in September 2012 and has continued to grow every year since. The upcoming Vancestock IX, currently scheduled for Thursday, October 22, 2020, will return to its original roots and will feature undiscovered musical acts without a cover band or tribute act. I’m excited this tradition continues to be popular as we approach our 10th anniversary in 2021. We have raised over $260,000 for Trails in 8 years, met, supported and befriended many musicians and bands along the way and enjoyed a great party with friends, family, clients and colleagues.

That’s truly incredible! And now you also host Vancestock Unplugged at the Cambridge Club.

I do! After a trip to Nashville to visit the Bluebird Café – famously both Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift played here before they were discovered – and attending a number of shows at Songbird North in Toronto, I decided I wanted to create a similar style of acoustic show in a more intimate location.

I approached Clive Caldwell about bringing this style of show to CGOC members and their guests. He couldn’t have been more supportive. With the aid of Paul Hudson, GM at the Cambridge Club, and Christina De Bartolo, Food and Beverage Manager at the Cambridge Club, the Oak Room is transformed into an intimate listening room for singer songwriters and those who appreciate an intimate and interactive musical listening experience for Vancestock Unplugged. It has been nothing short of magical.

We put on 3 shows in the first half of 2019. In the 2019 – 2020 season, we have ambitiously planned for 5 shows. Two have been held, to rave reviews by those in attendance, and 3 shows are scheduled in the first half of 2020 - Thursday, January 30th, Wednesday, April 1st, and Thursday, May 28th. For me, it has been an absolute labour of love and an opportunity to share my love of music with friends, family, and like-minded people.

 What three words best describe Vancestock?

Labour of love. Another three might be “F’ing good time!!”

When is the next Vancestock and Vancestock Unplugged?

The next Vancestock charity event is Vancestock IX. At the moment, it is scheduled for Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 at Radio @ Adelaide Hall, located at the corner of Adelaide and Duncan.

The next Vancestock Unplugged event will be held in the Cambridge Club’s Oak Room on Thursday, January 30th. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Cambridge Club Front Desk for details.

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