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Toronto, Aug 17 (Canadian- Media): Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) would be held this year at the Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON from August 18 to September 4, 2017, media reports said.
One of the many new features and attractions with a True North theme for the 139 th edition of The Ex. include 8-ft tall CNE sign with a Canadian maple leaf, which will be illuminated, continued the reports, on the west end of the Exhibition grounds near the Princess Margaret Fountain to commemorate Canada’s 150th year celebration.
A specially commissioned Unity Pole designed by Ojibway artist Kris Nahrgang to celebrate Canada’s indigenous heritage a new panoramic origami exhibit of the Canadian landscape and landmarks, a Canadian-themed Aerial Acrobatics and Ice-Skating show starring Elvis Stojko, the President’s Choice SuperDogs CanaDogs Show and a spectacular CNE Aquarama waterfront show are the other new highlights included.
Still other new features included in CNE are Gaming Garage, -- “game on” -- at the CNE’s new interactive play space for gaming enthusiasts. For three days only, August 25-27, interactive virtual reality and gaming demonstrations, eSports games and pinball competitions alongside players of every skill level will be experienced by visitors of all ages to win cash prizes and Join the Chess Grandmaster Challenge, where the audience goes head-to-head against one of chess’ greatest masterminds would also be held.
Still another new feature is MZ Laser - Laser Illusion Experience, an electrifying spectacle combineing cutting-edge technology and advanced magical feats to create a stunning visual experience.
The master of the interactive illusions, MysterAct is would put on a sensational laser show nightly on Princes’ Blvd. at 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm.
East Coast Kitchen Party: Grab your lobster bib and get ready for the CNE’s first-ever East Coast Kitchen Party, is yet another feature available on August 19 & 20.
Maritime cuisine , world-class oyster shuckers and live music, fiddlers and participation in a Newfoundland tradition of ‘kiss a cod and get screeched in.’
Another fascinating and new feature is Trampo Wall: A thrilling acrobatic experience in which performers walk on vertical walls, entering into windows and bouncing off roofs.
This unique, adrenaline-spiking trampoline show is located south of the Enercare Centre outside Hall C on Princes’ Boulevard.
RUSH: Parkour Competitive Demonstrations: Adrenaline flows on the west end of the grounds with parkour, where athletes freejump from one obstacle to another during a sensational gravity-defying show outside the Food Building.
The CNE Bandshell stage would rock with Bandshell Concert Series this summer.
During sunset free concerts showcasing Canada’s rich musical talent including Sam Roberts Band, Kiefer Sutherland, the ‘Queen of Reggae’ Marcia Griffiths with Jay Douglas, John Kay & Steppenwolf, Pavlo, The Sheepdogs, Shawn Hook, Dear Rouge, Brett Kissel, USS and A Tribe Called Red would be showcased.
CNE Innovation Garage: The CNE Innovation Garage is back and even better, showcasing the latest innovations in technology, consumer products and services.
Three exciting new categories have been added to the Emerging Innovators Pitch Competition, Women Entrepreneurs, Fintech and Cleantech.
Young innovators from K-Days in Edmonton is also new this year.
Alberta will be participating in the pitch competition with the top two winners from Edmonton and top two winners in Ontario going head-to-head for the Grand Prize of $25,000 at the 2017 CNE!
Mustang Roundup: For three days only, September 1 to 3 is another new addition this year. The CNE is inviting visitors to experience the “magic of the mustang” – one of the most popular cars of all time - with a retro rally of 25 to 35 vintage Mustangs on display along Princes’ Boulevard, mere steps away from the Automotive Building (now the Beanfield Centre) which hosted countless car shows beginning in 1929.
Canadian figure skater, three-time World champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist, Elvis Stojko headlines an all-new production of the Aerial Acrobatics & Ice Skating Show in 'Oh Canada! Aerial Acrobatics & Ice Skating Show' to celebrate Canada 150!
The ice-skating show runs twice daily at 2 pm and 5 pm and is the perfect way to cool off after a fun-filled day at The Ex!
Back by popular demand is CNE Aquarama: the CNE’s sensational in-water show returns to make an even bigger splash this summer with the CNE Aquarama show, a Canadian-themed show chockfull of waterskiing tricks, fly boarding, ballet skiing and human pyramids.
Celebrity Chef Stage: Calling all foodies and fans, your favourite Canadian and internationally renowned celebrity chefs are cooking up something special for the CNE!
Global flavours will be showcased from culinary stars including Jamie Kennedy, Michael Smith, Francisco Alejandri, Vikram Vij, Rob Rainford, Nick Liu and David Wolfman, an internationally recognized expert in wild game and traditional cuisine of the indigenous peoples of North America.
Inter-NATIONAL Stage: Take a trip around the world as global acts head to the CNE’s Inter-NATIONAL Stage for a range of spectacular performances. Exciting performers on the stage this year include Asham Stompers, Sagkeeng’s Finest & Inuksuk Drum Dancers from Manitoba and Nunavut, DDC Breakdance from Germany, Kalabanté from Africa and Quebec, and many more!
President’s Choice SuperDogs CanaDogs Show: The popular SuperDogs are joining in to celebrate Canada 150 with its all-Canadian production, CanaDogs! In this colourful new show, CanaDogs showcases adorable canine versions of the Dragons’ Den: “Dog House,” Heritage Minutes and a race in honour of some of our favourite Canadian NHL teams!
68th Annual Canadian International Air Show: The unofficial grand finale of the CNE, the Canadian International Air Show will be taking flight over Labour Day weekend, September 2 – 4. Audiences will be thrilled by the impressive high-speed, formation aerobatic performances by The Canadian Harvards Aerobatic Team & the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
Founded in 1879, the CNE is Canada’s largest community celebration and the fifth largest fair in North America. The 2016 CNE attracted 1.54 million people over 18 days, and the fair has an annual economic impact of $102.3 million on the province of Ontario and $69.3 million on the city of Toronto.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)