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It's national take your dog to work day

Your favorite day of the year is about to make you (and your dog) wag your tails in excitement: it's almost National Take Your Dog to Work Day! We're giving away $250 bucks to one lucky owner/dog combo who can show us the true meaning of love and companionship - with four legs, a tail, and for once, the opportunity to join you in the office! *For full contest rules, go to this page and click the "Terms & Conditions" tab Upload your image to our INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK and TWITTER account. © 2015 Mogo Finance Technology Inc. All rights reserved. Made in Vancouver. Mogo and the Mogo designs are trade-marks of Mogo Finance Technology Inc., used under license. Mogo Financial (B.C.) Inc. Licence 50019 & 50017 / Mogo Financial (Alberta) Inc. Licence 326985 / Mogo Financial (Ontario) Inc. Licence 4716734 / Mogo Financial Inc. Licence BC 50022 Ontario 4716733.

#MogoLife Interview – DJ Smooth

**DJ Smooth** As one half of [The Goodfellas](, DJ Smooth is one of the hottest DJs in Canada today. Along with his partner Friktion, Smooth has held down some of the longest-running and most epic club nights Vancouver has ever seen. Known for their original style, The Goodfellas hold a top 10 spot in the legendary Crooklyn Clan's “The Vault” and have plans for a U.S. invasion this year. Next stop? Las Vegas! **Tell us what you’re up to these days?** We’ve been really busy making music. We’d been doing residencies at some of Vancouver’s hottest clubs for years, but our creativity took over and we wanted to take things to the next level so we’re cranking out mixes non-stop. We also spin at Opus Bar, the Belmont, Charles Bar and Portside some nights. **How did you get started in this industry?** I started making mixtapes when I was 15 and sold them for $10 each. By the end of high school, I was moving 50-60 tapes a week, which funded my record collection. Once I graduated I started spinning at a couple

A Man’s Guide to the Best Spots in Toronto

For most of us Torontonians, hibernating until the flowers bloom is a rite of passage. But what if you’re tired of waiting for mild temperatures and want to see what the city has to offer right now? Well, you are in luck!  Before you start bundling up, take a second and check out my guide of the best spots in Toronto for all of you guys out there. 1. BATL Axe Throwing** **Address: **33 Villiers Street & 213 Sterling Rd If you have ever been a fan of the “Lord of the Rings” movies or secretly always wanted to become a lumberjack, yielding an axe has definitely crossed your mind. Recognising a void for this unique thrill, Matt Wilson took this idea and ran with it. In 2006 he created BATL, a space where men and women can get the sensation of throwing axes. If you are having doubts, Wilson’s motto is “everyone wants to throw an axe, they just don’t know it yet!” For more information visit: 2. Mankind Grooming Studio **Address: **477 Richmond Street West & 212 Eglinton Avenue East Whether you’re looking to update your appearance or just want to be

#MogoLife Interview with Chris Jerome, Hawkers Market/Hawkers Wharf

**Chris Jerome** Food is a lot more than just sustenance – it’s a way of life. Just ask Chris Jerome, founder of [Hawkers Market]( and soon-to-be Hawkers Wharf in North Vancouver. Hawkers Market is a traveling, underground food market that acts as a launchpad for foodpreneurs in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary. As a true foodie and businessman, Chris is usually busy tasting his foodpreneur’s creations when he’s not mentoring them or coveting the most mouth-​watering spots on the West Coast. Check out our full interview with Chris below: OUR INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS **What’s it like to be a foodpreneur, mentoring other foodpreneurs?** Food Entrepreneurs are a sensitive bunch. They do what they do generally to make people happy because in turn it makes them happy. They don’t really work a day in their lives if that’s true. They generally have different motivations in business than money and are heavily influenced by art, music and people. Food Entrepreneurs are a unique bunch, like sensitive artists. **What is it about noodles, oysters, and beer that gets you most excited?** Individuality. These things touch all our senses and when you eat or drink something

The Top 3 Collections at TOM* Toronto Men's Fashion Week

Not too long ago I had the privilege of attending the second annual Toronto Men’s Fashion Week. Held in the heart of the city at Yonge and College, this years show featured 20 Canadian designers showcasing a wide range of styles and aesthetics. The week brought men from all over to catch a glimpse of what is going to be in stores come Fall. With special appearances from musicians, such as Kardinal Offishall, as well as some notable hockey superstars, TOM* showed that menswear is alive and well. To get you all caught up on what you missed at TOM*, I put together a recap of the 3 best shows that stole the spotlight this season. Worth by David C. Wigley blended his Scottish roots with his iconic street wear aesthetic into his latest collection for TOM*. Wigley showed metallic moto-jackets, fur ensembles, as well as kilts in traditional tartan plaids; think Marlon Brando meets the highland games. HD Homme is the master of making sleek and sexy evening wear for men. This season Designer Hussein Dhalla featured fabrics including calfskin, leather, and faux fur in an all black colour palette. The collection included luxurious overcoats, razor sharp tailoring,