A Day at TEDx Toronto with Powers Whiskey

A Day at TEDx Toronto with Powers Whiskey

Last Thursday, I was invited to attend a unique event out of the world of fashion. If you know me, you are aware that I am driven by inventive ideas. I also love to learn about innovative ways of doing things that can push humanity forward. As a creative person, I have a passion for finding ways to better approach ideas. TED talks are the catalyst that give a platform to those that have remarkable ideas.

If you are unfamiliar with TED, it is a non-profit organization devoted to, “Ideas Worth Spreading”. In 1984, it began as a four-day conference in California, and has since grown globally to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The goal of TED is to nurture and amplify the innovative ideas that can hopefully make the world a better place.


This year, TEDx Toronto’s theme was Thresholds. TEDx Toronto classifies thresholds as a doorway, that when crossed, can result in profound change. The speakers and performances of the day touched on the ways that companies, individuals, or personal work is pushing the thresholds of modern society.

There was an array of speakers that all brought different viewpoints to the stage. Speakers included: Jordan Axani, a social media star, Natalie Panek, an aerospace engineer exploring options for space sustainability, Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, the first pastor to marry a same-sex couple, Dr. Molly Shoichet, a doctor who is researching a way to create tailor-made medicine for patients, and Tarek Ibramhim, who has found a way to make personal flight a reality, among many more.

As I sat in awe, listening to all these speakers, I could not help but think of how lucky I was to be in attendance. The power of ideas is absolutely astonishing and I feel that is why Powers Whiskey was such a great partner.


Powers Whiskey has been around since 1791, and through the years had to overcome some of their own thresholds. Powers also firmly believes in exploration and creativity which has kept the brand of favorite for whiskey drinkers year after year.

At the TEDx after party I was privileged enough to do a tasting with Power’s Irish distillers and got to dive deep into the brand. Not knowing much about the process of whiskey previous to the event, the guys walked me through what it takes to make a premium product. While sipping on Powers Gold label, the distillers described how drinking there product is a three step experience which starts with the smell. Hints of cinnamon, clove oil, and charred oak blend together for a rich smell. In tasting the experience slightly changes with notes of orchard fruit and vanilla. Lastly is finish with long pot still oils and spices slowly fade into rich barley and toasted wood.

All in all, I want to thank Powers Whiskey for giving me a valuable opportunity, and acknowledge TEDx Toronto for putting on an incredible conference.

Cheers to ideas,

Mr. Cavaliere