KNOWSHOW announces partnership with Cube Business Media and MediaEdge Communications


New partnership enhances ability to deliver premium event experience to Canadian action sports, lifestyle and fashion retailers.  

Vancouver, BCJuly 18th, 2016 – Vancouver-based KNOWSHOW, a biannual tradeshow for Canadian retailers, announced it is expanding its offerings via a strategic partnership with Cube Business Media and MediaEdge Communications. KNOWSHOW offers Canadian retailers the chance to meet face to face with influential and essential brands, and plan their seasonal product buying strategies.

KNOWSHOW is all about introducing what’s in retail stores next season for action sports, lifestyle and fashion brands in the Canadian retail market,” says Mark Stephenson, President of Cube Business Media, a boutique conference company based in Vancouver. “The event has continued to maintain its relevance during a decade of fundamental change in the retail landscape.”

While always evolving, the Canadian marketplace is founded with independent retailers as unique as the different regions they hail from. These retailers rely on a consistent trade event where they can preview in person the best products from global brands such as Herschel Supply Co., Volcom, Nixon, Stance & Dakine.

KNOWSHOW was co-founded in 2005 by industry veterans Nick Brown, Ben Couves and Perry Pugh. Pugh has watched it develop into a mainstay of the Canadian action sport and fashion industries. Vancouver global lifestyle brand Herschel Supply has participated since its inception. Herschel Supply Co-Founder, Lyndon Cormack says, “KNOWSHOW is where we were able to debut our brand and build a strong core of business in our own back yard.”

Today, Perry Pugh is proud to take KNOWSHOW to the next level through the new partnership. "We have been working hard for the last decade to offer a world class trade event for the Canadian retail industry. I am very excited to take our event to the next level with the knowledge and experience that Cube and MediaEdge bring to the table."

Kevin Brown, President and CEO of Toronto-based MediaEdge Communications adds, “It’s not only an honour to be part of the new KNOWSHOW team, but a tremendous opportunity. We look forward to contributing to the evolution of this great event.”  

KNOWSHOW will continue to produce biannual events at the Vancouver Convention Centre, bringing Canadian retailers and brands together. Through the partnership, KNOWSHOW is now able to leverage a knowledge base of conference and tradeshow best practices and additional resources to fine-tune and enhance the KNOWSHOW experience for both brands exhibiting and Canadian retailers.

The 22nd KNOWSHOW is occurring July 20-22, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. More information is available at

Established in 2005, the KNOWSHOW caters to Canada’s top lifestyle, fashion and action sports retailers and brands. Each January and July, wholesalers of selected brands and their reps premiere new products to the nation's best retailers and media during a three day show held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

About Cube Business Media
Cube Business Media Inc. is a boutique conference company, founded to generate connections, build content & create communities. CBM specializes in building well-attended annual events from the ground-up, creating physical hubs where likeminded individuals can gather face-to-face on a large scale.

About MediaEdge Communications
For more than 20 years, MediaEdge Communications has been at the forefront of b2b communication solutions within a variety of business sectors. Working in partnership with hundreds of organizations, MediaEedge has a proven track record for creating successful events with innovative concepts, promotions and execution style.

 For more information, please contact:
Irene Lo
Magnolia Communications
P: 604.306.1015 


The Original éS Game of Skate comes to KNOWSHOW


This summer at the KNOWSHOW, éS SkateboardingTimebomb Trading & KING SHT Skateboard Magazine present The Original eS Game of Skate. 16 of the best Canadian Skateboarders will battle through a 3 day bracket to compete for $1,000 cash and the Championship title. 

The event will take place the following dates and times throughout the show:

Round 1 - Wednesday, July 20th 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Championship Round - Thursday, July 21st 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Industry Tournament - Friday July 22nd Noon - 2:00PM

Industry Game
Brandon Komori (Timebomb)
Ben Chibber (Monkee)
Michael Leblanc (Supra)
Ricky Planich (Dwindle)
Craig Williams (ultimate)
Raj (Merathon)
Jorden Murray (fortune)
Tyler Burke (Lachelt)

Competing Skaters:
Magnus Hanson
Mitch Barrette
Derek Swaim
Chad Dickson
Dustin Locke
Shay Sandiford
Layne Caplette
Dillon Moore
Mikey Ray
Stacy Gabriel
Ryan Spate
Chad Baker
Tommy Gudmundson
Mike Schulze
Doogie Lester

If you can't be at the show, be sure you are following KING SHIT on Facebook, they will be streaming the contest on Facebook Live!

Ultimate 30 Year Anniversary KNOWSHOW Kickoff Party

2016 marks the 30th Anniversary of Ultimate Distribution and to celebrate they are throwing a party at their brand new warehouse to kick off the show. Live music from Satan's Cape, Beach Wig & Craig Williams, beer from Pabst Blue Ribbon, Haircuts by Barber & Co., some action in their brand new skate facility. Also expect some extra special guests to be on hand in true Ultimate Party fashion.

From Ultimate:

Hard to believe it was 30 years ago that Kevin Harris made the bold decision to distribute Powell Peralta in Canada. For three decades Ultimate Distribution has been supplying and supporting the skateboard community in the Great White North. 2016 marks a new chapter in the life of Ultimate. We’ve moved into an amazing new office and warehouse space. To celebrate this momentous occasion we are having a party on July 20th, the first night of the Spring / Summer 2017 KNOWSHOW.  
We would be honoured if you could make it out to raise a glass with Kevin, Brad and the team. Come skate the new indoor park, listen to some live music and drink your face off. 

Ultimate will be providing Shuttle Service from the Convention Centre to the Warehouse and limited service returning downtown.

*UPDATE* Set times added



EPMD at Fortune Sound Club

Knowshow, Blueprint live & Fortune Sound Club present…

EPMD – Strictly Business 30th Anniversary Tour
w/ guests

Sponsored by Knowshow, éS Skateboarding, LRG Clothing, Timebomb Trading

ON SALE NOW –> A limited amount of discounted tickets are available when using the promo code knowshow (NOTE: you have to enter the total amount of tickets then proceed to checkout and put in the promo code)

Years after its release, Strictly Business has continued to attract critical success. In 1994, Pop selected it a complement to Eric B. & Rakim’s Paid in Full on its list of The World’s 100 Best Albums + 300 Complements. In 1998, The Source placed Strictly Business on its 100 Best Rap Albums list and included two of its singles on its 100 Best Rap Singles list. In 1999, it was judged to be the 4th-best hip hop album of 1988 by ego trip. In 2001, Dance de Lux ranked Strictly Business as the 11th-best ip hop record of all time. In 2003, the album was placed on Blender’s 500 CDs You Must Own Before You Die list and ranked number 459 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Additionally, the Rolling Stone Album Guide, which initially rated the album as three and a half stars out of five, awarded the album with a five-star rating in 2004. Retrospective reviews by Spin (1995), the Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2002), Martin C. Strong (2004), and Sputnikmusic (2006) have respectively allotted the album a nine-out-of-10 rating, a four-star rating, a five-star rating and a seven-out-of-10 rating. Strictly Business is now widely considered to be a classic release and a seminal hip hop album.

Hiatus Music Festival Contest

The KNOWSHOW is a busy week and we know that you all could use a bit of a HIATUS as a reward for your hard work. 

HIATUS is a boutique music and lifestyle festival that focuses on the best in experimental live music – both local and international – across a range of genres. It will feature five stages of talent, visual art installations, surprise interactive experiences, food trucks, and one entire hotel takeover right in the heart of Vancouver Canada. 

All Retailers who register to attend during the month of June will be entered into a draw for two (2) full day festival passes, a $180 value. All you have to do to qualify is to have registered to attend the show before June 30th at 11:59pm. We will draw and announce the winners here on Monday July 4th!

The folks at HIATUS have also set up a special rate for any KNOWSHOW attendees who want to check out the festival. When buying your tickets enter the PROMO CODE KnowshowHiatus for 15% off tickets to the event. Check out the video below to learn more about the festival.

Early Registration Contest Winner Announced!

Congratulations to the crew at Purr Clothing in Calgary!

By registering during the month of May they qualified for our draw and won three free nights at the Coast Coal Harbour hotel during thus summers show! Stay tuned for more exciting events.

Don't forget to book your room! As always the room block is limited so reserve your rooms ASAP. You can find the KNOWSHOW discount rate and other travel savings on our HOTEL + TRAVEL Page. 


Get your week started on the right foot. Join Instance, Tight Club and KNOWSHOW for a mellow seawall jog on Wednesday morning before the show kicks off. Healthy snacks and refreshments will be provided for all runners upon return.

What: A mellow 5K group Seawall jog
When: Wednesday, July 20, 7:00am - 8:00am
Where: Coal Harbour Seawall
Meet in front of the Coast Coal Harbour (1180 West Hastings St) at 6:50AM

This is a fun event open to everyone in the show. If 5K sounds too long for you, don't worry you can adjust it to your preference easily!

The first 30 runners to sign up will receive a pair of Instance Run socks the morning of the run.


Official KNOWSHOW Party w/ Z-Trip, Rat Fist and RVCA ART SHOW


Front load your schedule because Thursday January 21st you will be out late. Hennessy, RVCA, Skullcandy, Stance, King Shit Skateboard Magazine, Dragon Alliance, ThirtyTwo & Sandboxland are presenting Z-Trip @ Fortune Sound Club. FREE with your KnowShow badge before 11pm.

Thursday January 21st
Fortune Sound Club
147 East Pender Street
Doors 8pm / 19+

About Z-Trip:
Z-Trip is often referred to as a young Rick Rubin. His roots are based in Hip Hop, but he covers and loves all music styles. Considered by many as the godfather of mash-ups, his style of mixing and producing reaches way beyond that. Z-Trip received the award for America’s Best DJ and still remains on the top 10 lists year after year. He has collaborated with some of the very best to ever do it: Nas, Bassnectar, Public Enemy, DJ Shadow, Rakim, Shepard Fairey, Talib Kweli and many others.

with guests:
MARVEL (The Freshest)
MGH! (Glory Days)

RAT FIST (8PM-10:30PM)


• RVCA & Knowshow present •

Recent paintings by Andrew Pommier

with music by MGH!

“The Reverse is Also True” is a collection of recent acrylic paintings based on the practice of working daily in a sketchbook. The paintings in the show intend to capture the energy and immediacy of images and ideas recorded daily in Pommier’s sketchbook and strives to echo the act of leafing through it’s pages. 

(The pieces will be for sale. There will be a collection of small/affordable works. The price for the majority of the work will easily be below $500. Start saving everybody!)

Thursday January 21st
Fortune Sound Club
147 East Pender Street
Doors 9pm / 19+

Free before 11pm with your Knowshow badge or by emailing with your name + The Reverse Is Also True.

Followed by Rat Fist & Brass (9-11pm) and Z-Trip (11-2am)

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More info  and HERE

Barber Services at KNOWSHOW

January is a busy month, and in the event you were unable to visit your local barbershop before you came to the show we've got you covered. On Wednesday, January 20th and Thursday January 21st barber services will be available at the show provided by the good folks at The Belmont Barbershop. All cuts will be by donation with all proceeds going to one of our favourite charities Canuck Place. 


Mt. Seymour is offering a free lift ticket to all KNOWSHOW attendees to help you get out and ride the fantastic conditions that the local mountains have enjoyed this season. So pack your gear, or start hitting up your favourite rep to line up a test drive on a new stick. 

On Wednesday January 20th from 7:00 - 10:00 PM show your KNOWSHOW Badge at the ticket window and receive a complimentary lift ticket for the evening. Word is there might be some tailgate BBQing to compliment the great times to be had high above the City.


The KNOWSHOW App is live!

We strongly encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at the Fall/Winter 2016 show.  Find brand contacts, get an early look at the floor plan, review the shows event schedules and check out our curated city guide to plan your time away from the show.

The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry users can access the same information via our mobile site.
To get the guide, choose one of the methods below:

Search for KNOWSHOW the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace or visit this site from your phone's browser to get the guide sent to you. Once you've downloaded the App, make sure to download the Fall / Winter 2016 Guide for all of the most current info!

What a time to be alive!

Early Registration Contest

Congrats to Sandor's Clothing on winning the Early Registration Hotel Contest! 

Even thought the Christmas rush is in full swing, make sure to take a little bit of time to think about your buying season plans and get registered for the next show. If you are reading this you are only one click away from filling out your registration.

Don't wait to book your room! As always the room block is limited so reserve your rooms ASAP. You can find the KNOWSHOW discount rate and other travel savings at

StreetScout.Me snaps KNOWSHOW

Last Wednesday we invited Vancouver street photography duo Sabrina and Jeremy from to come walk the show and take over our Instagram for a few hours to showcase the fashion and streetwear looks they were inspired by at the show. The also joined us on the Boat Cruise and took on the sunset, vibes and fireworks. Check out this gallery of pictures that show the KNOWSHOW through their eyes.

This is only a taste of what they caught. Make sure to head over to their site to catch their full recap, and give them a follow on Instagram to keep up with the ever changing fashion show of the street.

KNOWSHOW Events Recap

What a week!

Long days and longer nights are expected during the show, and this summer was no exception. Here's a rundown of some of the events that happened during the show.

The Nixon Breakfast Club

On the morning of Tuesday July 28th, Nixon co-founder Chad DiNenna broke down how their brand came to be, and how they've dealt with growing through these changing and challenging times. 


There is no doubt that the main event of the show was on the decks of the Magic Spirit cruise liner. 380 or so retailers, brand reps, media and friends sailed out into Coal Harbour for food, drinks, and some great music by Smalltown DJs and DJ Pump. The night was capped of by Vancouver's annual Celebration of Light Fireworks. A big thanks to all of our sponsors who this party couldn't have happened without Postmark BrewingCaptain MorganRed Bull CanadaPoler, InStanceHerschel Supply, Saxx & Vans.

Timebomb's Crab Park BBQ

The crew from Timebomb Trading knows how to entertain. On Tuesday Night they hosted a BBQ at Vancouver's scenic (and somewhat secret) Crab Park for their favourite retailers and industry friends. Chef Dicky Li was on the grill -that special rubbed pork though- , refreshing drinks, good tunes, many laughs and a perfect Vancouver sunset for a perfect place for all to wind down from a hectic first day. Photos by Zhamak Fullad Photography - CLICK HERE FOR MORE PICTURES

The Screaming Hand Art Show Presented by Centre Distribution

On Tuesday after the first day of Knowshow, Vancouver had the opportunity to host an celebratory art show for the 30th Anniversary of the iconic Santa Cruz skateboards Screaming Hand graphic and a tribute to its creator Jim Phillips Sr. The turn out for the event was amazing and the gallery was packed until the very end of the night. Check out a VIDEO RECAP HERE

Brunette Showroom x Opus Bar

Also on Tuesday Night, Brunette Showroom showed how to #GetRight at Vancouver's Opus Bar. They sent us some flicks from their photo booth and it looked like everyone was having a good time.

HITCASE Hit the Shield Skateboard Contest

Skateboarding has been the backbone of the KNOWSHOW for the life of the show's past 10 years. To celebrate this we hooked up with Hitcase and Transworld Skateboarding to create a unique skateboard event right on the shows floor.

On Thursday July 30th, 5 teams of skaters representing Dwindle Distribution, Centre Distribution, Supra Distribution, Timebomb Trading and Ultimate Distribution took to the custom Shield Obstacle.

Presented by KNOWSHOW, Transworld Skate and HITCASE Hit the Shield is a peer judged skate battle that takes place right on the floor of the KNOWSHOW.

After the dust settled, Supra Distribution took home the team prize, Skylar Kehr took home MVP and Adam Hopkins took the cash Best Trick. Check out the recap video (all filmed with the new Hitcase iPhone 6 case) HERE

KNOWSHOW 10th Anniversary Boat Cruise w/ Smalltown Djs


Smalltown DJs Announced!

We wanted to do something big to celebrate our 10th year, and we couldn't think of anything bigger than a massive boat party during Vancouver's annual summer fireworks!  On Wednesday, July 29th we’re heading out to sea for food and drinks with music supplied by the world famous Smalltown DJs. We're looking forward to celebrating the last decade of working together with you all. 

Sponsored by Postmark Brewing, Captain Morgan, Red Bull Canada, Poler, InStance, Herschel Supply, Saxx & Vans, this is going to be the event of the summer. Read below to find out how you can get tickets!


Buy them!

The one way to make sure you get on the boat is to buy your ticket. There is a VERY limited amount available, and we are making them available to KNOWSHOW Retailers and Exhibitors only for the next week and they are going to go quick. Next week the link will be opened to the Public to sell off any remaining spots (if there are any). Hit the button below to get yours today!

Win them!

We are still giving away tickets for the next two weeks, but you've got to hit us with your best KNOWSHOW Throwback photos.

Here's how to win:

  1. Follow @knowshow in Instagram
  2. Post a pic from a KNOWSHOW in the past and tag it #knwshw and #tenyearseh

It's that easy. The contest is open to all KNOWSHOW attendees (reps you can enter too) and we'll be making our picks weekly and awarding tickets to our favourite photos.

RIP - Peter Sullivan

It’s been said that, in the end, we all die in the middle of a story.  Some of us in the middle of of many stories. In the case of Peter Martin Sullivan, many many stories.

I’m not sure when Peter got in his mini truck and drove to California from Vancouver in 1993 that he had a plan. But he was constantly making one.  All he ever said to me everyday in that tiny hot Glendale warehouse was “I can do whatever needs to get done”. And he could and he did. And he never stopped doing that. He continued to get stuff done and get it done better than it had been before. His business success was testament to how hard he worked and how well he did things. He was constant progress, his story always getting bigger and more interesting.

He was humble and he liked constantly learning. He loved his friends and was incredibly loyal to all of us.

He loved his family deeply and never stopped talking about what a good home Louise, his wife had made for he and his three children, Sofia, Miles and Owen.  He was thrilled to tell stories of any adventures the five of them shared.

I only heard him speak of being frustrated and defeated one time. It was about three weeks ago and it was about his illness and the long hard battle he had been in.

Peter lost that battle on July 5, 2015.  But his story will continue to thrive.

Rest in peace, friend. Your strength, will, passion, loyalty and humor will be greatly missed by so many.

- Megan Baltimore

Our thoughts are with Peter's family and all of our colleagues at Supra Distribution at this time.

In lieu of flowers, Peter's family is asking that you kindly make a donation to the rebuilding of Ambleside Skatepark , a project near and dear to Peter’s heart.