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Geek Street: All The Reasons Why You Will Never Miss Otakuthon Montreal Again

Mangas & Cosplay…What Else Can You Ask For!



Otakuthon Montreal : Inside The Next Dimension!

Otakuthon Montreal is the second biggest geek event of the summer. In the Palais des congrès, East and West meet to celebrate Japanese culture.

Read AlsoGeek Street: The Best Cosplay You’ve Ever Seen at Otakuthon        

For those of you who have never been, it is a true chance to celebrate your inner child and discover new things to love. While such an event may seem daunting to those who have never been, you’ll never find a more welcoming bunch. Visitors are all here to share in what they love and the mood is electrifying. Although the crowds can be a little overwhelming, you’re certain to have a blast.

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In the Exhibition Hall were located dozens of vendors offering everything from plushies, to wigs, to socks, to full costumes. Anything you can imagine can be found at Otakuthon Montreal and on the upper floors panels abound. Topics covered ranged from Lolita style to traditional Japanese sword fighting, there is something for everyone.

None of us from Montrealgotstyle had ever visited the event, but were quickly welcomed with open arms by staff and visitors. We were able to talk with many guests, cosplayers and vendors.


I myself have watched anime and read manga since a very young age, and was disappointed that none of the cast or creators from Sailor Moon Crystal were part of the roster, although some of the American and Japanese guests more than made up for it. If you’ve ever watched an episode of Gundam, or read a Dragon Ball manga, there’s something for you to discover at Otakuthon Montreal.

Fashion Discoveries At Otakuthon Montreal

As mentioned above, there was a smorgasbord of things to bring home and show off all the things you’re passionate about while remaining true to your sense of style. The only disappointment I had was that actual manga dealers were few and far between and, as far as I could tell, there wasn’t an anime DVD to purchase on site. That being said, we were amazed by some of the things we could find


The retailer who made the biggest impression on us was the owner and jeweler of Lady Lilleigh’s Little Luxaries who talked to us about her beautiful creations. She told us how years ago, visiting a convention with only twenty dollars in her pocket, she was disappointed not being able to pick a little something up for herself as a souvenir. She soon turned to making her own jewelry and accessories and always makes sure that her pieces are both striking and accessible. She also does custom orders, and her love of her craft transpires in everything she creates.


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Kigurumi specializes in adult onesies, but wowed us with their adorable socks and phone accessories. Located on St-Laurent, they are definitely worth a visit because you’ll find something to cosy up in while watching Netflix, as well as the backpack you never knew you needed. I love how unabashedly and unapologetically cute their products are. Check them out.

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Arsenic x Cyanide sells sick caps that can be worn anywhere. To the uninitiated they don’t obviously show off your geek love but those in the know will definitely want a cap of their own. While they are located in California, they travel across North America to various conventions to offer up their products. They are definitely worth the detour. To top things off, they were one of the few offering Pokémon Go related products. If you’ve reached level five, you’re gonna want to grab a team Mystic cap (because why would you want any other?).

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Cc: Audrey Lalonde

Putré-fashion is another unavoidable entry, their retro look is on point, and their clothes and accessories are incomprable. They’ve been in the business since 2009 and are constantly evolving, it’s definitely worth a few minutes to check out what they have to offer.

Lastly, a few others who caught our eye:


Arda Wigs located in Kitchener Ontario, bringing a selection of high quality wigs for more than reasonable prices.

Catherinette Rings for their gorgeous steampunk creations.

For more info on the event check out the Otakuthon webpage and Facebook page.

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Sports Experts Might Be Your Go To For Your Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

A Different Kind Of Valentine’s Day



Sports Experts’ Valentine’s Day Guide Is Your Life Saver This Year

Whether you believe in it or not, Valentine’s Day is your occasion to show appreciation for your significant other. Perhaps, when you’ve went through tons of flowers and chocolate; looking at Sports Experts as a potential place for a nice gift is not that farfetched.

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To make it easy for you to navigate through their wide selection. They’ve put together a guide that brings together some of ideas for him and her.

To make it even easier for our readers, we’ve handpicked our favorite items that should make it to whatever you have planned on February 14th.

#1 Fitbit Versa

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Price : 199,99$

If I’m with you, I want you be happy, fulfilled and most of all H-E-A-L-T-H-Y . That’s exactly what you get with the Fitbit versa, a slick design and all the functionalities to take your fitness to the next level. It doesn’t hurt that the watch is currently on discount either.

#2 Skates

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Price Range: 41,99$- 159,99$

There’s something about outdoor activities during the winter time. You won’t miss by getting yourself his/hers pairs of skates. There are plenty skate rinks sprinkled around the city just waiting for you.



#3  Adidas Matching Outfits

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Price Range: 54,99$- 104,99$

It’s a ”To Each His Own” moment but if that’s what you’re into or if you just want to spice things up your way to your date, this might be a good surprise.

#4  A Gopro

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Price: 529,99 $

First off, it was a shocker to me that Sports Experts actually has Gopros but if you want to capture moments with your significant other and let him or her explore their creativity, this is the one!

#5 A Yoga Matte

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Price: 69,99$

Let’s try something different for 2021, how about trading your usual dinner at home with candles for a nice and serene yoga session. You have to switch things up sometimes ladies and gents.

For more ideas and suggestions, go check their guide on the Sports Experts website.




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The End Of An Era And A New Start: Dress To Kill Magazine Goes Digital

A New World Order



I hate to break it down to you so abruptly but the world is changing, the world as we knew it, the way we consume, the way we think and even that good old Dress To Kill magazine is going through it.

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As a young and inexperienced blogger back in 2016, I felt deep in my earth that paper was a dying medium and that the internet was about to carry the torch.

a hundreds of blog posts later, multiple attempts at building an online presence and literally trying to digitize the aesthetics & creativity I saw in magazines growing up.

I must admit 2 things: 1. what it takes to make fashion or information enjoyable is very hard to put together and 2 building an audience on or offline is a GREAT feat.


I grew to admire and respect my peers in traditional media because they made the most out of nothing at a time where Facebook and all those outlets were not a thing.

In case you didn’t know, Dress To Kill magazine is not your average magazine by any shape or form.

Promoting Canadian art and fashion from province to province was something seemingly unthinkable but they got it done.

From iconic covers with Lenny Kravitz and more iconic nights at le Mount Stephen to bring the whole industry under the same roof, DTK got it done.


Don’t take what I’m saying as a farewell note because today actually mark a rebirth for the publication.

Indeed, while the world was going all over the place, they went on a well thought out rebrand.

As you might have guessed, the biggest take away from this is the stoppage of the paper version of the magazine.

The focus is now digital but as I told you earlier, DTK doesn’t go halfway.


Their new platform will include an online boutique which once again is going to focus on shedding light on Canadian creators for men and women.

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We Ask A Personal Development Coach How To Overcome The Ins and Outs Of The Crisis

It’s all about your point of view



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Everything You Need to Know Through The Lens Of A Personal Development Coach

I’m always amazed at how people like to stigmatize the role or relevance of a personal development coach. They’re quick to label it a scam, a fad, something based on nothing but little they did know, they’re coaches around the world who impacts millions and millions of people in a life changing way. I was looking for the equivalent of a Tony Robbins in Quebec, my research undoubtedly came back to the same name: Marc Dumaine.

Read More: Here’s What I’ve Learned About Myself Since The Coronavirus Crisis Started

Mr Dumaine is more than a personal development coach, he’s a man with a story.

Not your average story either. From overcoming alcohol and drug abuse to obtaining a MBA to running campaigns for some of the biggest corporations in this province. Here’s a man of many battles.

Honorable mention too, these days Marc is focused on creating an international platform to impact as many people he possibly can.


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The bottom line is this. This personal development coach is not unfamiliar with trials and tribulations, changes and transitions.

That’s why to me, in a time like this where everything is doing a 180 degree, I had to pick his brain and ask him how can you and I get over.

In this Q&A, we indeed ask Marc Dumaine about several things such as how to bounce back from the crisis, his keys to success and much more.




#1 How did you figure yourself out as a future entrepreneur and what was the key factor that made you take that route?

I was always an artist at heart and found that I didn’t it in any mole.  After completing my MBA, I realized that my biggest assets were my differences.  I decided at that moment to stop following what people expected from me and launched my own business.  To me being an entrepreneur is an art form in itself. I have never regretted that choice since I launched Asana Coaching 10 years ago.

#2 How can someone go from being self-employed to an entrepreneur making money without physically being there?

The internet is booming with opportunities right now ! Even with the COVID-19, there is a redefinition of the way people consume products and services ! It is a TIME for being creative and look into endless opportunities ! Get out of our comfort zone and start being inspired by people who are already doing it ! Then, build yourself a right game plan with an amazing branding, and you are all set for the best adventure of your life. 

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#3 What are the pros and cons of being a consultant?

The pros are definitely the freedom it gives you in terms of choosing your schedule, the services you want to offer, the different partnerships you can build and finally, having a real impact in your client’s lives !

The biggest con I think is the loneliness that comes from working on your own and often alone ! You also have the insecurity of never having a stable income.  This life is not made for everybody ! 

#4 What would be the achievement you’re most proud of and why?

The biggest achievement for me is to have never given up ! In my 10 years as an entrepreneur, I could have gone bankrupt a few times, I could have been discouraged for so many reasons… but my faith in what I was doing kept me going ! It is a hard industry where you are competing against so many people and you have to realize that you have never made it ! You have to renew yourself every day, offer the top of the top and always evolve as a human being and expert ! I am very proud to still be there today, stronger than ever.


#5 What entrepreneurs should learn from the Coronavirus crisis?

I think we have to realize that we can’t just keep running all the time ! The anxiety, the stress and the adrenaline are very dangerous ! We talk a lot of profitability, performance but we tend to forget to talk about happiness and well-being ! I hope this time brings more humanity into entrepreneurs’ lives ! 

#6 Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

Without wanting to sound over the top, I truly believe that I will have built my brand into an international platform that will include wellness retreats worldwide, TV shows, a one-man show, a few books and real estate projects ! No pressure ! LOL Seriously, I am a kid at heart and developing my business is the best adventure that life has given me ! Watch out world, I am coming. 🙂

#7 What would be the main thing entrepreneurs around the world should learn from you?

That I almost died three times from drugs and alcohol ! That I was the mos unhappy and insecure person for the two thirds of my life ! That i was bullied and rejected for being different ! And in the end, I am the living proof that anything is possible when you don’t give up on yourself and your life ! 

#8 What would be your 3 keys to success ?

1- You are 100% responsible for your choices, attitude, perceptions and mindset


2- There are no mistakes, only feedback !

3- Only accept what’s 10/10 for you ! That is a sign that you are treating yourself life the most important person on your life.

If you’re interested in seeing him in action, he’s doing a Facebook live tonight at 7:30 pm and if you’re looking for some light in these dark times, that’s the place to be.

To know more about Marc Dumaine and his journey as a personal developement coach follow him here







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