The CNE returns after two years with new events, attractions

After a two-year hiatus, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) will mark its much-anticipated return from August 19 to September 5 for 18 fun-filled days of all-new features and returning events that are expected to attract over 1.4 million visitors. visitors through the iconic Porte des Princes.

This year, CNE has set the bar high (literally) with a dazzling nighttime drone show, created for the EX, featuring 100 drones that will light up the night with precise formations and colorful imagery. Drones also play a role in CNE’s new multimedia show, NEVAEH and the NorthStar, presented by VinFast, which fuses the most advanced theatrical technology, pyrotechnics and augmented reality to take audiences on an immersive odyssey through time. , earth, sea and galaxies.

Festival season culminates at CNE with special events including a Mardi Gras Food Truck Festival (evenings August 20-23), Food Truck Frenzy and Craft Beer Fest (August 25-28) and the new Celtic Food Truck Festival (Sept. 1-5) celebrating Celtic heritage, music and food.

Fan favorites return with new twists such as a new SuperDogs show, Pawvengers, the 2022 Canadian International Air Show featuring the Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and Gaming Garage Powered by AMD is back for the 18 day show in a new, expanded location inside Hall B of the Enercare Center with more tournaments, prizes and free games. The Celebrity Kitchen Stage is also back for the first time since 2017, featuring inspiring meal ideas from chefs Claudio Aprile (MasterChef Canada), Corbin Tomaszeski (dinner wars), Bob Blumer (The Surrealist Gourmet), and Matt Dean Pettit (Rock Lobster Food Co.) to name a few.

There’s never been a shortage of photo opportunities at the EX, whether in front of the illuminated CNE sign or overlooking the fair on the Sky Ride (celebrating its 10th anniversary) – and new this year mid- Along the way, it’ll be hard to miss the 34-foot-tall double-decker carousel, a picturesque menagerie of lights and colors offering a new Instagram-worthy POV from the CNE. Whether it’s capturing the sights, creating new memories, or enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of CNE, there are plenty of reasons to say, “Let’s get back (back) to the EX.”

The highlights of 2022 at a glance

New: Nighttime drone show – End a fun day at the fair with a dynamic and colorful drone show featuring 100 drones that will light up the night with an array of stunning images. The show is designed by Canadian company and leading drone training specialists North Star Entertainment, who have wowed audiences at major events for the NFL, NBA and NASCAR. (August 19 to September 4, 10:45 p.m. above the Food Building.)

New: NEVAEH and the NorthStar presented by VinFast — Making its stunning debut at this year’s CNE, NEVAEH and its trusty drone, NorthStar, embark on an unprecedented odyssey through time and space with groundbreaking projection mapping, augmented reality, laser, pyrotechnics and indoor drones. State-of-the-art theatrical technology takes audiences on an epic journey in this spectacular new multimedia spectacle. (Three shows a day, at the Coca-Cola Coliseum.)

New: Celtic Food Truck Festival — To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, a new festival takes over Princes’ Boulevard for a lively weekend that celebrates Celtic culture with music, entertainment and food. (September 1 to 5, boulevard des Princes.)

Fourth Annual Gaming Garage Powered by AMD — Back by popular demand, the AMD-powered CNE Gaming Garage and Innovation Garage are bigger and better than ever. New this year, the gaming extravaganza will run throughout the 18 days of the show, featuring everything from esports and pinball tournaments to dungeons and dragons, board games, VR, video game dance floor, and Moreover. Additionally, the Emerging Innovators Pitch Competition will take place on August 28, bringing together Canada’s brightest innovators to showcase their inventions and compete for cash prizes; and a robotics contest takes place September 2-4, where contestants and their creators will compete to determine which bot will win the crown. (Daily, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Enercare Center Hall B.)

Celebrity kitchen scene — Celebrity chefs are back for the first time since 2017. CNE’s Celebrity Kitchen stage will feature a roster of acclaimed chefs, Canadian cooks and mixologists such as MasterChef Canadaby Claudio Aprile, Corbin Tomaszeski by dinner wars, and Food Network star Bob Blumer. Get inspiring meal ideas with Caribbean-inspired flavors from La-Toya Fagon or learn how to cook properly with seafood from Matt Dean Pettit of Rock Lobster. (Daily, Enercare Center Hall A.)

Food Truck Frenzy and Craft Beer Fest — Everyone’s favorite food truck festival is back. Food Truck Frenzy and Craft Beer Fest will feature more than 20 vendors offering global dishes ranging from perogies to Egyptian street food, Caribbean roti to pho dumplings. Wash it all down with a selection of ice-cold craft beers. (25 to 28 August, boulevard des Princes.)

SuperDogs — Get ready to have a good time with the SuperDogs. Celebrating their 40th anniversary, these incredible canines will unleash their superpowers in a high-energy, high-flying adventure show, Pawvengers. (Daily, Enercare Center Hall D.)

Celebrate the CNE heritage – Enter gates of the past displayed throughout the park for an interactive EX journey through the ages; travel back in time and walk through the iconic history of the CNE and its legendary grounds with the immersive CNE Heritage Experience (Enercare Center Heritage Court Gallery) or join the CNE Ghost Walks to learn more about the haunted history and the legendary spirits of the fair.

Bandshell CNE — Enjoy summer nights outdoors while rocking with Tom Cochrane or Marianas Trench; jammin’ to the reggae tunes of Jay Douglas; sing along to Gordon Lightfoot’s greatest hits or discover new music from Juno Award-winning artists, including Indigenous singer-songwriter iskwē and breakthrough band of the year 2022 MONOWHALES, and more. All concerts and performances are free with CNE entry. New this year, the bandshell shines the spotlight on some of Canada’s funniest bands, headlining America’s Got Talent judge and one of the world’s most successful comedians, Howie Mandel, on August 19.

children’s world — Families can enjoy the kids’ mini-midway, interactive programs like Pizza Nova pizzeria, and plenty of entertainment on the Kids’ World stage with characters like Bob the Builder, Dorothy and Wags from The Wiggles, and more Again . New to Kids’ World this year is an upside-down tacular circus show, Cirque Wonderland, a Dino Dig, where budding paleontologists can dig for prehistoric artifacts, and Chalkmaster Dave, who will create incredible art at chalk in Kids’ World.

Art at the CNE

National Geographical‘s World’s Largest Wildlife Photo Exhibit — The most striking animal images in the world will be exhibited at the CNE. For 115 years, National geographic pioneered and championed the art of wildlife photography and captivated generations of viewers with a steady stream of extraordinary images of animals in the wild. (Daily, Arts, Crafts and Recreation Pavilion and Enercare Center, Hall A.)

Charles Pachter (aka Johnnie at the Fair) Exhibition: A Romance with Canada — The CNE honors the work of esteemed Canadian painter Charles Pachter and his unique connection to the fair. Pachter starred in National Film Board of Canada films Johnnie at the Fair, which celebrated a five-year-old’s experience at the 1947 CNE after the fair was closed from 1942 to 1946 due to World War II. Some of his most renowned works and favorite subjects will be on display, including the Queen and Moose series. (Daily, Withrow Common Gallery.)

Immersive projections Voitek Pendrak — Toronto-based photographer and multimedia artist Voitek Pendrak presents an all-new, immersive 360-degree experience, titled A Trip Through 103: Therapy for the Soul, which combines its vibrant kaleidoscope-like imagery and cinematography with an original soundtrack to create a spectacle truly mind-blowing. (Daily, 1-7 p.m., Enercare Center Salon 103.)

Credit First Nation Mississaugas Exhibit — The CNE invites festival-goers to learn more about the territory on which we gather, which is part of the lands of Treaty 13 and the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat. This important exhibit showcases the history and culture of the Mississaugas of the Credit through art, storytelling and a variety of interactive experiences. (Daily, Enercare Centre.)

General admission (plus HST and applicable fees)

$20: Advance tickets (purchased before August 18)

$25: General admission (14 to 64 years old)

$20: Adults 65 and over

$20: Children (5 to 13 years old)

Free: Children 4 and under

$75: CNE family pass (two adults and two children or one adult and three children)

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The Canadian National Exhibition is the largest community event in Canada and one of the top 10 agricultural exhibitions in North America. Founded in 1879, the CNE generates an economic impact of approximately $93.1. million for the Greater Toronto Area and $128.3 million for the Province of Ontario each year (when in operation). It is celebrated as one of the “greenest” fairs in North America and attracted 1.4 million visitors over 18 days in 2019.


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