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A Commemorative $10 Bank Note


Today, the Bank of Canada unveiled a commemorative $10 bank note to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.


The Canada 150 bank note celebrates Confederation with a unique design depicting our history, our culture and our land. This commemorative note will be available to Canadians through their financial institutions starting in June and will circulate along with the existing $10 note.

This commemorative note has some new security features and others that are the same as the current Polymer series notes.  These features make the note easy to check and difficult to counterfeit.

Visit the Bank’s website for educational tools to help you recognize this historic addition to Canada’s polymer notes.

Produced in limited quantity, commemorative notes are designed to mark historic milestones. Since this commemorative note will be issued in relatively small numbers and may be retained by Canadians, its volume and time in circulation may be limited.

Retailers should contact their equipment supplier or manufacturer with any questions about machine compatibility.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

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The Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest returns for its fourth year with over 60 breweries and 240 craft beers in downtown Lexington


63 craft breweries to showcase more than 240 craft beers, including Irish beers making their first U.S. appearance


Kentucky’s only professional beer competition will award the Commonwealth Craft Beer Cup at the event


[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – The best of the world’s craft beer industry will soon meet in Kentucky to eat, drink, compete and celebrate their love of the art and science of beer at the fourth annual Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest. Held May 20 at the Lexington Convention Center, the event will feature 63 craft breweries that will showcase more than 240 craft beers.

Hosting more than 5,000 craft beer fans in 2016, the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest expects to draw an even bigger crowd this coming May, with more craft beers for attendees to sample than ever before. Local favorites such as Country Boy Brewing, Ethereal Brewing, Blue Stallion Brewing, Mirror Twin Brewing and Paducah Beer Werks will complement the regional brands of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, SweetWater Brewing Company, Goose Island Beer Company, Boston Beer Company, New Belgium Brewing, Elysian Brewing Company and Golden Road Brewing. Also included this year will be a special Irish pub featuring imported brands never before seen in Kentucky, such as St. Austell Brewery and Foxes Rock.

Craft beer fans will have the opportunity to pair the selections with savory and sweet treats from local food vendors. With live tunes from up-and-coming local musicians, they can enjoy the day with friends and meet some new ones as they say hello to members of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®.

Kentucky’s only professional beer competition, the Commonwealth Craft Beer Cup, will also be up for grabs again at the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest, with breweries from all over the world currently sending in samples to be judged.

“We are really excited to feature as many local brands as we can,” said Pete Weiss, marketing manager for Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. “It being Lexington Craft Beer Week, we want to bring everyone together to celebrate Kentucky’s booming brewery and food scene.”

Tickets to the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest can be purchased at and are only $25 through April 9. April 10–20, tickets will be available at the same website for $30.

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April 4, 2017

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Las VegasThe 2017 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, held March 27-29 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, celebrated  another record-breaking year with thousands of industry professionals, sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and press from around the world. The 32nd annual convention set an unprecedented tone for the Nightclub & Bar Show, with the most innovative floor layout to date, including the launch of the F&B Innovation Center and thousands of products spanning all facets of the industry: bar equipment, spirits, craft beer, wine, alcohol-free beverages and mixers, furnishings, technology, food, venue equipment, glassware, décor, menu designs, social media, apparel, lighting and more. In addition, a series of educational workshops, keynote sessions, certifications, off-site trainings and networking events offered an interactive experience for both industry veterans and the next generation of influencers.


“Each year we are committed to cultivating a program that offers an exclusive opportunity for industry professionals that can only be offered during the Nightclub & Bar Show,” said Thom Greco, chairman of the Nightclub & Bar Advisory Board. “The convention defines everything the industry is about – innovation, networking, drive and hard work. This year’s convention celebrated everything thousands of professionals have worked so hard for, shined light on an exciting future for the nightlife, restaurant and bar industry.”


The 2017 expo floor officially opened as “Nightclub & Bar Show Day” on Tuesday, March 28, with a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Carolyn Goodman. The day began with a red carpet event with celebrities such as ABSINTHE Las Vegas’ Melody Sweets; Celebrity Chef Brian Duffy; Master Blender Tom Maas; BMX Pro Ricardo Laguna; William Grant & Sons Director, Brand Advocacy Charlotte Voisey; BarMagic Las Vegas Owner Tobin Ellis; the cast of Aussie Heat and more. A ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Vanderpump Rulesstar Tom Sandoval and Thom Greco, chairman of the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show Advisory Board, officially opened the expo floor.


This year’s educational lineup featured more than 70 breakout sessions, including a dedicated panel discussion to “Monetizing Cannabis,” and the first-ever Nightclub & Bar Pitch Tank, making it the most ground-breaking conference programming in conference history. Some of the educational seminars included:

  • Women in Bars;
  • Giving Inventory the Finger: How to Focus on Creativity & Do What You Want for Success;
  • New Trends in Social Media;
  • Cocktails: Think Outside the Bottle;
  • Promotions That Drive Millennials;
  • Stop Micromanaging and Start Empowering;
  • Talent Talk: How to Book guest DJs for Your Venue;
  • The Perfect Shift;
  • Just What I Need: New Ideas to Reinvigorate Everyday Operations.


This year’s education series included one of the most comprehensive programs with keynote presentations from Thomas Maas,Neil Moffitt,Lee Cockerell and Kris Jones. The lineup supplied attendees with unparalleled resources to help redefine business strategies, creating a true customer experience, identify what works and what does not, how to increase potential revenue flow, learning how to build an international empire and more.


To enrich the educational aspect at this year’s show, attendees had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by participating in off-site tours and trainings such as:

  • Mixology Training: The 5 Pillars for Establishing Successful and Profitable Mixology Program with Francesco Lafranconi and James Starkus of Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits;
  • Whiskey Tasting: Fundamentals & History of American Whiskey with Katie Stipe, mixologist, consultant and educator for DIAGEO;
  • Back of House Tour of Caesars Palace, led by Cory Johnson, vice president of food and beverage for Caesars Entertainment Corporation;
  • Nightclub Bootcamp and tour and JEWEL Nightclub, led by Orlando Oquendo, executive director of Hakkasan Nightlife Operations;
  • WYNN Nightlife tours with Ronn Nicolli, WYNN Las Vegas & Encore Resort senior executive director of marketing.


In partnership with the United States Bartenders’ Guild, the Shake It Up! Cocktail Competition featured the top 20 bartenders from around the country competing for the opportunity to represent the United States in their respective categories at the World Cocktail Competition. Winners included:

  • Classic Winners

First: Nathaniel Smith, Minneapolis

Second: Justin Park, Hawaii

Third: Jonathan Howard, Nashville


  • Flair Winners

First: Luis Ortiz, Las Vegas

Second: Danilo Oribe, Las Vegas

Third:  Colby Ashton Good, Las Vegas


  • Best Technical Classic

Giancarlo Aversa, Ann Arbor


To complete the convention’s full experience, attendees mixed and mingled at exclusive networking and nightlife events featuring live entertainment top Las Vegas venues including WET REPUBLIC at MGM Grand, Foxtail Pool at SLS Las Vegas, Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Vista Cocktail Lounge at Caesars Palace, OMNIA at Caesars Palace, Surrender Nightclub at Encore Las Vegas.


The annual Nightclub & Bar Awards winners were selected from around the United States for their expertise in the industry, professionalism and sales success. For the first-time ever, this year’s convention recognized Exhibitor’s Awards, honoring creative designs, branding, teams and interactive experiences exhibitors created at their booths. Winners included: Buzztime (Best in Show and Outstanding Team); Rum Co. of Fiji (Best Island Booth); BarLuxe (Best In-Line Booth); Sparktacular (NCB Innovation Award); Hardcell Performance Energy Shots (Savvy Social Award). Also awarded at this year’s convention, were the Johnson & Wales Student Fellowship Award winners.


The Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show events are attended annually by over 30,000 owners, operators and industry professionals and will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center, March 26-28, 2018. For updates throughout the year, visit


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