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Iconic Summer Tradition to debut a new iconic CNE sign

Toronto, Aug 18:-- Move over Toronto sign, there’s a new selfie-destination waiting at this year’s Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).

 

An 8-ft tall CNE sign with a Canadian maple leaf (to commemorate Canada’s 150th) will be illuminated on the west end of the Exhibition grounds near the Princess Margaret Fountain -- just one of the many new features and attractions with a True North theme for the 139th edition of The Ex.

 

Highlights include 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.

 

Other CNE features include a new and nightly Laser Illusion Experience that might enthrall audiences of all ages with a combination of cutting edge technology, illusions and electronic music; a “kick up your heels” East Coast Kitchen Party with plenty of live entertainment and traditions including kissing the cod; revisit the “magic of the mustang” during the Mustang Roundup, lining Princes’ Boulevard with a bevy of vintage Ford Mustangs; the CNE Innovation Garage presented by Furturpreneur which is back to showcase the latest in consumer technology; more new ideas will be pitched at the Emerging Innovators Pitch Competition; and an all-new CNE Gaming Garage featuring eSports tournaments, pinball and tabletop competitions and tons of prizes!

 

2017 CNE HIGHLIGHTS:

 

NEW - CNE Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada: Immerse in Canada’s heritage, traditions and beautiful landscapes with a variety of programming and exhibitions including the largest collaborative work of textile art, the Quilt of Belonging, featuring 263 quilted squares representing 71 indigenous groups and 192 nationalities found in Canada, a Celebrate Canada photography and art exhibit and a panoramic origami display of Canadian landmarks complemented by a virtual reality

storytelling experience.

 

NEW - Unity Pole: To celebrate Canada’s indigenous heritage, the CNE has commissioned Ojibway artist Kris Nahrgang to create a colourful Unity Pole that incorporates indigenous universal symbols carved into a 25-ft tall cedar tree.

 

NEW - Gaming Garage: It’s “game on” at the CNE’s new interactive play space for gaming enthusiasts. For three days only, August 25-27, visitors of all ages can experience interactive virtual reality and gaming demonstrations, eSports games and pinball competitions alongside players of every skill level to win cash prizes! Join in the Chess Grandmaster Challenge, where the audience goes head-to-head against one of chess’ greatest masterminds.

 

NEW - MZ Laser - Laser Illusion Experience: This electrifying spectacle combines cutting-edge technology and advanced magical feats to create a stunning visual experience. MysterAct is the master of the interactive illusions, putting on a sensational laser show set to upbeat music nightly on Princes’ Blvd. at 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm.

 

NEW - East Coast Kitchen Party: Grab your lobster bib and get ready for the CNE’s first-ever East Coast Kitchen Party, August 19 & 20! Indulge in maritime cuisine, watch world-class oyster shuckers compete, enjoy live music, fiddlers and participate in a Newfoundland tradition of ‘kiss a cod and get screeched in.’ Cheer on the Battle of the Bartenders during The Great Canadian Caesar Competition as eight of the city’s best cocktail creators duke it out vying to win the esteemed prize for the Best Caesar!

 

NEW - Trampo Wall: A thrilling acrobatic experience debuts to showcase performers walking 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 free-jump from one obstacle to another during a sensational gravity-defying show outside the Food Building.

 

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