CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION
After a two-year hiatus, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) celebrates its highly anticipated return August 19-September 5 for 18 fun-filled days of brand new features and returning events that are expected to draw more than 1.4 million visitors put on the legendary Prince’s Gate.
This year, the CNE raised the bar (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 brings together cutting-edge theatrical technology, pyrotechnics and augmented reality to take audiences on an immersive odyssey through time, land, sea and galaxies .
Festival season culminates at CNE with special events including a Mardi Gras Food Truck Festival (August 20-23, evenings), Food Truck Frenzy and Craft Beer Fest (August 25-28), and the new Celtic Food Truck Festival (August 9-28). September). 1 to 5) celebrates Celtic heritage, music and food.
Fan favorites return with new twists like a new SuperDogs show, Pawvengers, the 2022 Canadian International Air Show featuring the Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team and Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and Gaming Garage Powered by AMD is back for all 18 days of the show in a New, expanded location in 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 to share inspiring meal ideas from Chef Claudio Aprile (MasterChef Canada), Corbin Tomaszeski (Dinner Party Wars), Bob Blumer (The surreal foodie) and Matt Dean Pettit (Rock Lobster Food Co.) to name a few.
Photo opportunities have never been short of at the EX, whether in front of the illuminated CNE sign or gazing at the show on the Sky Ride (celebrating its 10th anniversary) – and new this year, halfway through, it’s going to be difficult to mark the 34th anniversary foot-tall double-decker carousel, a picturesque menagerie of lights and colors that features a new Instagram-worthy POV from the CNE. Whether you want to capture the sights, create new memories, or enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of the CNE, there are plenty of reasons to say, “Let’s go (back) to the EX.”
Highlights 2022 at a glance
New: Night Drone Show — End a fun-filled day at the fair with a colourful, dynamic drone show featuring 100 drones that will light up the night with a series of stunning images. The show was created by Canadian company and leading drone formation specialists, North Star Entertainment, who have entertained audiences at major events for the NFL, NBA and NASCAR. (19 August to 4 September at 10:45 p.m. above the food building.)
New: NEVAEH and the NorthStar presented by VinFast — Making their stunning debut at this year’s CNE, NEVAEH and their trusty drone, NorthStar, embark on a never-before-seen odyssey through time and space featuring groundbreaking projection mapping, augmented reality, lasers, pyrotechnics, and indoor drones. State-of-the-art theatrical technology takes audiences on an epic journey in this spectacular new multimedia show. (Three shows daily at the Coca-Cola Coliseum.)
New: Celtic Food Truck Festival — Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce Ulysses, a new festival takes over Princes’ Boulevard for a rousing weekend celebrating Celtic culture with music, entertainment and food. (September 1 to 5, Prince Boulevard.)
Fourth Annual Gaming Garage powered by AMD — Returned by popular demand, the CNE’s Gaming Garage powered by AMD and Innovation Garage are bigger and better than ever. New this year, the gaming extravaganza will run for all 18 days of the show and will feature everything from esports and pinball tournaments to Dungeons and Dragons, board games, VR, video game dance floors and more. Also on August 28th is the Emerging Innovators Pitch Competition, bringing together Canada’s brightest innovators to pitch their inventions and compete for cash prizes. and from September 2nd to 4th there will be a robot competition where participants and their developers will compete to determine which bot will take the crown. (Daily, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Enercare Center Hall B.)
celebrity kitchen stage – Celebrity Chefs are back for the first time since 2017. CNE’s Celebrity Kitchen Stage will feature a roster of acclaimed chefs, Canadian culinary experts and mixologists such as MasterChef Canada‘s Claudio Aprile, Corbin Tomaszeski von Dinner Party Wars, and Food Network star Bob Blumer. Get inspirational meal ideas with Caribbean-inspired flavors from La-Toya Fagon or learn how to cook seafood properly from Rock Lobster’s Matt Dean Pettit. (Daily, Enercare Center Hall A.)
Food Truck Frenzy and Craft Beer Fest — The ever-popular food truck festival is back. Food Truck Frenzy and Craft Beer Fest feature 20+ vendors offering global fare from perogies to Egyptian street food, Caribbean roti to pho dumplings. Wash it all down with a selection of ice cold craft brews. (August 25-28, Prince Boulevard.)
superdogs — Get ready for a great time with the SuperDogs. Celebrating their 40th anniversary, these incredible dogs will unleash their superpowers in a high-energy, high-flying adventure show, Pawvengers. (Daily, Enercare Center Hall D.)
Celebrating CNE heritage — Enter Doorways to the Past, exhibited throughout the site, for an EX interactive journey through the ages; Travel back in time and walk through the iconic history of the CNE and its storied grounds with the CNE Heritage Immersive Experience (Enercare Center Heritage Court Gallery) or take part in the CNE Ghost Walks to learn more about the haunted history and the legendary spirits of the fair.
CNE Bandshell — Enjoy summer nights outdoors while rocking out with Tom Cochrane or Marianas Trench; Jam to the reggae tunes of Jay Douglas; Sing along to Gordon Lightfoot’s greatest hits — or discover new music from Juno-awarded artists including Indigenous singer-songwriter iskwē and 2022 Breakthrough Group of the Year MONOWHALES and more. All concerts and performances are free with CNE admission. New this year, the bandshell shines the spotlight on some of Canada’s funniest acts, led by America’s Got Talent Richter and one of the world’s top comedians, Howie Mandel, on August 19.
children’s world — Families can enjoy the kids’ mini Midway, interactive programs like the Pizza Nova pizza shop, and tons of entertainment on the Kids’ World stage from characters like Bob the Builder, Dorothy and Wags from The Wiggles and more. New this year at Kids’ World is an upside-down Cirque Tacular show, Cirque Wonderland, a Dino Dig where aspiring paleontologists can dig for prehistoric artifacts, and Chalkmaster Dave, who will create amazing chalk art at Kids’ World .
Art at the CNE
National Geographically‘s The Greatest Wildlife Photos Exhibition — The world’s most impressive wildlife photographs are exhibited at the CNE. For 115 years National Geographic has pioneered and championed the art of wildlife photography, captivating generations of viewers with a steady stream of extraordinary images of animals in nature. (Daily, Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Pavilion and Enercare Centre, Hall A.)
Charles Pachter (aka Johnny at the fair) Exhibition: A Romance with Canada — The CNE honors the work of respected Canadian painter Charles Pachter and his unique connection to the fair. Pachter starred on the National Film Board of Canada Johnny at the fair, which celebrated the experience of a five-year-old child at CNE in 1947, after the fair had been closed in 1942 and 1946 because of World War II. Some of his best-known works and favorite subjects will be on display, including the Queen and Moose series. (Daily, Withrow Common Gallery.)
Voitek Pendrak Immersive Projections – Toronto-based photographer and multimedia artist Voitek Pendrak presents a brand new 360-degree immersive experience entitled A Trip Through 103: Therapy for the Soul, which combines his vivid, kaleidoscopic imagery and cinematography with an original soundtrack, to put on a truly mind-blowing show. (Daily, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Enercare Center Salon 103.)
The Mississaugas of Credit First Nation Exposition — The CNE invites fairgoers to learn more about the land we gather on, which is part of the Treaty 13 Lands and Mississaugas Territory of Credit and Traditional Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat Territory. 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 Center.)
General Admission (plus HST and applicable fees)
$20: Advance tickets (purchased before August 18)
$25: General admission (14 to 64 years)
$20: Adults 65 and over
$20: Children (ages 5 to 13)
Free: children up to four years
$75: CNE Family Pass (two adults and two children or one adult and three children)
To purchase tickets, ride passes and more information on discounts and promotions, visit www.TheEx.com.
The Canadian National Exhibition is Canada’s largest community event and one of the top 10 agricultural exhibitions in North America. Founded in 1879, CNE generates an economic impact of approximately $93.1. million for the Greater Toronto Area and $128.3 million for the Province of Ontario per year (when in operation). Hailed as one of North America’s “greenest” trade shows, it attracted 1.4 million visitors over 18 days in 2019.