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.

Bell Let's Talk Day: One Trainer's Personal Experience
Bell Let's Talk Day: One Trainer's Personal Experience

Bell Let's Talk Day: One Trainer's...

This past year, Dan Milewski - a trainer at the Adelaide Club - shared with us a...

Bell Let's Talk Day: One Trainer's Personal Experience

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Bell Let's Talk Day: One Trainer's Personal Experience

This past year, Dan Milewski - a trainer at the Adelaide Club - shared with us a profoundly powerful and heart wrenching story about the loss of his father. Dan was willing to let us share the story with all of our Members and we thought there would be no better time than Bell Let's Talk Day.

Second Stop on Your Tour through the Adelaide Club's Toronto Collection
Second Stop on Your Tour through the Adelaide Club's Toronto Collection

Second Stop on Your Tour through...

Last year, we took you on your first tour of the Adelaide Club's Toronto...

Second Stop on Your Tour through the Adelaide Club's Toronto Collection

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Second Stop on Your Tour through the Adelaide Club's Toronto Collection

Last year, we took you on your first tour of the Adelaide Club's Toronto Photography Collection, and now we're back for round 2! We've curated so many phenomenal photos, pieces of art, and more, we just have to keep showing them off. This stop features 5 more pieces highlighting memorable moments and iconic landmarks that help to define Toronto.

Become the Cambridge Club's Fittest Member of the Year
Become the Cambridge Club's Fittest Member of the Year

Become the Cambridge Club's Fittest...

Members of the Cambridge Club get ready! It’s time to step up your fitness and...

Become the Cambridge Club's Fittest Member of the Year

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Become the Cambridge Club's Fittest Member of the Year

Members of the Cambridge Club get ready! It’s time to step up your fitness and join the Club’s first ever Fittest Member of the Year Competition – a great way to challenge your fellow Members and show off your progress this year.

The Spice of Life: Your Guide to What's Happening in the Club Restaurants
The Spice of Life: Your Guide to What's Happening in the Club Restaurants

The Spice of Life: Your Guide to...

2019 was an incredible year for the Cambridge Group of Clubs, especially when you look...

The Spice of Life: Your Guide to What's Happening in the Club Restaurants

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The Spice of Life: Your Guide to What's Happening in the Club Restaurants

2019 was an incredible year for the Cambridge Group of Clubs, especially when you look at our three phenomenal restaurants: the HUB Kitchen & Bar, the Oak Room, and Stratus Restaurant. So we're taking you inside with our inaugural edition of our Spice of Life blog...

Haven't Set Your Resolutions Yet? There's Still Time...
Haven't Set Your Resolutions Yet? There's Still Time...

Haven't Set Your Resolutions Yet?...

This is the year I'm going to stick to my New Year's Resolution! Does that...

Haven't Set Your Resolutions Yet? There's Still Time...

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Haven't Set Your Resolutions Yet? There's Still Time...

This is the year I'm going to stick to my New Year's Resolution! Does that sound familiar? Do you set new goals every year (maybe even reusing the same goals you set last year) only to see January come and go with the same old habits still in place? Don't get discouraged. You are definitely not alone - in fact - you're probably part of the majority!

5 Minutes with Meg: Wishes Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Wishes Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Wishes Edition

I’ve been thinking a lot about…the magic of wishes. Is there anything...

5 Minutes with Meg: Wishes Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Wishes Edition

I’ve been thinking a lot about…the magic of wishes. Is there anything incredible you are wishing for this holiday season? Walt Disney said it beautifully: “When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who are, anything your heart desires will come to you.” But really? I’ve got to tell you, that hasn’t been my experience.

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

Vance Cooper: The Cambridge Club's...

This year, for the first time ever, the Cambridge Club crowned Vance Cooper...

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

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

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, adn for those of you who want to learn a 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. 

Managing Stress over the Holidays
Managing Stress over the Holidays

Managing Stress over the Holidays

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, but it can also be a very stressful...

Managing Stress over the Holidays

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Managing Stress over the Holidays

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, but it can also be a very stressful time. There is a lot going on, from family obligations to cocktail parties and work events, plus the regular day-to-day operations of life; it can be a lot! If you want to make the most out of this time of year, enjoy and be present, try these mindfulness strategies to reduce stress and bring a calm and attentive approach to your holiday this year.

My Experience at the Ironman World Championship
My Experience at the Ironman World Championship

My Experience at the Ironman World...

Paul has been a Member at the Toronto Athletic Club for over 15 years, and he decided...

My Experience at the Ironman World Championship

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My Experience at the Ironman World Championship

Paul has been a Member at the Toronto Athletic Club for over 15 years, and he decided to take up triathlon in 2011 – 8 years ago, at the age of 53 – without knowing how to swim. He worked hard in the pool with lessons and our triathlon group. He always said he would never do a full Ironman. Then, in the summer of 2018, he approached me asking what is involved in training for a full Ironman. We came up with a plan for him to qualify for Kona at Ironman Florida in the fall of 2018.

Game Ready: What Is It and Why You Should Give it a Try
Game Ready: What Is It and Why You Should Give it a Try

Game Ready: What Is It and Why You...

Sustaining an injury is bad. Having that injury linger (and keep you away from your...

Game Ready: What Is It and Why You Should Give it a Try

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Game Ready: What Is It and Why You Should Give it a Try

Sustaining an injury is bad. Having that injury linger (and keep you away from your regular workout and routine) is worse. When your injury just won't heal or when you're recovering from surgery, you should book an appointment with our Clinics. At the Cambridge Clinic and Sport Medicine Clinic, we offer Game Ready - a multi-modality therapy system used for recovery - which just might be the therapy you need.

Get to Know Garth, our Membership Director
Get to Know Garth, our Membership Director

Get to Know Garth, our Membership...

You’ve seen him around the Club. Right now, you can even spot him gracing the...

Get to Know Garth, our Membership Director

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Get to Know Garth, our Membership Director

You’ve seen him around the Club. Right now, you can even spot him gracing the Adelaide Club ads in the PATH. Meet Garth Sinclair, an integral part of the Adelaide family and the Club’s Membership Director. He’s oftentimes the first-person new members meet when they join the Club and can regularly be seen working out with his training partner Guy Jeong, one of the Club’s incredible Personal Trainers. Garth also leads four popular classes on our group fitness schedule. The Adelaide Club simply wouldn’t be the same without him, so we sat down with Garth to talk about his experiences at the Club, why he still loves coming to work, and his recommendations for new members.

5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition

Remembrance Day may encourage each of us to remember different things: that numerous...

5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition

Remembrance Day may encourage each of us to remember different things: that numerous Canadians have performed selfless acts of bravery with the goal of making our country and the world a better place, that a poppy can represent hope in times of despair, and that sometimes nature is able to persevere in the face of humanity's propensity to engage in destructive behaviours.

In November, we Support Movember
In November, we Support Movember

In November, we Support Movember

This November, the Cambridge Club has partnered with Beau's in support of their...

In November, we Support Movember

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In November, we Support Movember

This November, the Cambridge Club has partnered with Beau's in support of their #Beaus4Mos campaign with the Cambridge Club's General Manager, Paul Hudson, pledging to grow a 'mo in support of men's health. We're sure you know what Movember is and probably even have a few colleagues or friends participating this year - maybe you're even growing your own 'mo - but do you know what Movember really does and why it's so important?

Healthy Breakfast Choices
Healthy Breakfast Choices

Healthy Breakfast Choices

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" ... We know you've...

Healthy Breakfast Choices

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Healthy Breakfast Choices

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" ... We know you've heard this before, but how often do you actually think about it? How many days have you found yourself running late and considered skipping breakfast? If it's happened, even just once, you need to remember just how important breakfast is!

Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge: Get Involved
Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge: Get Involved

Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge:...

You’ve probably seen the creatives already on the digital screens at the Club,...

Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge: Get Involved

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Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge: Get Involved

You’ve probably seen the creatives already on the digital screens at the Club, but this November, we’re bringing back the Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge – an event that we last held in 2017. This incredible fitness challenge pits teams of trainers from all three of our Clubs and Members against each other, all while raising money for phenomenal charities that support youth in the GTA.

New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash Edition
New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash Edition

New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash...

In recent years, we've been asked many times about the usefulness of historic...

New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash Edition

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New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash Edition

In recent years, we've been asked many times about the usefulness of historic warm-up methods for sports performance. While the general principles surrounding the need to warm-up remain valid, new methods have been introduced. A well structured sports specific warm-up should be implemented to serve the following purposes: Mental Readiness, Physical Readiness, Injury Prevention, and Performance Enhancement.

5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude...

Consistent with a year ago, I've been thinking a lot about...the power of...

5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude Edition

Consistent with a year ago, I've been thinking a lot about...the power of gratitude. Many scientific studies suggest gratitude can reduce stress, improve sleep, make you happier, and even increase your motivation to exercise. As practicing gratitude purportedly also increases your energy and ability to overcome challenges, one could even surmise that gratitude will help you get awesome results from your exercise, as you'll tend to work harder and longer... Do you need more reasons to be grateful?!

Pilates: Is it right for me?
Pilates: Is it right for me?

Pilates: Is it right for me?

For some reason, Pilates is often seen as a class you should "avoid if you...

Pilates: Is it right for me?

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Pilates: Is it right for me?

For some reason, Pilates is often seen as a class you should "avoid if you don't know what you're doing" - but we couldn't disagree with this more. Sure, the first time you enter one of our Pilates studios, it can be intimidating. There are reformers - which you may not have ever seen before - and exercises that we guarantee you've never heard of before (I mean...what IS "The Hundred"?!?)

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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