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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New at the 2014 Toronto International Boat Show, Jan. 11-19

King Crabber and “Deadliest Catch” reality star Russell Newberry
survives to tell about the world’s most dangerous job
America’s First Couple of Cruising, Lin and Larry Pardey,
join the Seminar Stage
Save the Date for Special Preview Night:
Friday January 10 in support of children’s charities 

(Toronto, ON) – Escape the cold and enjoy some summertime fun at The 56th Annual Toronto International Boat Show. Canada’s largest, most popular marine marketplace, drops anchor January 11-19, 2014, at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, packed with returning favourites and NEW attractions!

Bring the entire family for a fun-filled day of on-water boating activities, boat rides, wakeboarding and boat-handling demonstrations on the world’s largest indoor lake; visit the Kids’ Fishing and Boating Zones; discover more than 140 seminars; and shop over 1 million sq ft of retail space showcasing the latest yachts, boats, kayaks, canoes, watersports and marine accessories at great bargains. All activities are FREE with admission!

FEATURES:             SPECIAL PREVIEW NIGHT, Friday, January 10: A mid-winter rendezvous for the boating community, Special Preview Night returns to the Toronto Boat Show in support of children’s charities! Embrace the VIP experience, and enjoy live entertainment, delicious food and beverages, and the opportunity to bid on more than 100 silent and live auction items. Since 2000, Special Preview Night has raised more than $630,000 for initiatives that are close to the hearts of the boating community. Tickets available now at TorontoBoatShow.com or by calling (905) 951-0009.
*NEW – RUSSELL NEWBERRY – Former deck boss and most outspoken cast member of Discovery Channel’s popular reality series,Deadliest Catch, Newberry survives to tell his tales on the Bering Sea aboard massive fishing vessels in search of the ultimate payday.  A 35-year commercial fisherman veteran, Newberry has braved deadly storms, monstrous waves, bone-chilling hypothermia and seasickness for the “Big Catch” – once netting a 67-pound king salmon.
*NEW – LIN and LARRY PARDEY – Renowned sailing experts and North America’s first couple of cruising, Lin and Larry Pardey, are making their Toronto Boat Show debut in 2014. Together, they’ve sailed over 200,000 miles, including two circumnavigations east-to-west and west-to-east aboard self-built, wooden, engine-free cutters, proudly displaying the Canadian flag. The Pardeys will be sharing sailing tips and their record-breaking adventures on the Seminar Stage.          
*NEW – CANADIAN CANOE MUSEUM – Featuring interactive and educational displays for the whole family, this unique national heritage centre explores the cultural significance of the canoe and its enduring connection to Canadians. The Toronto Boat Show brings highlights of the Museum including canoes from around the world, artifacts ranging from the great dugouts of the First Nations to modern-day metallic watercrafts, as well as engaging programming and activities such as live canoe-building demonstrations, woodworking studio and carve your own paddle. FUN for KIDS: soapstone carving, paddle painting and bracelet making!
THE LAKE: In January, there’s only one lake in Canada that can provide indoor thrills without the outdoor chills. Celebrating fun on the water, the world’s largest indoor lake for boaters takes six days to create with more than one million gallons of Lake Ontario water pumped into the Ricoh Coliseum!  Enjoy watersports such as wakeboarding, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, hydro-biking, on-water seminars and demos including boat handling and stand up paddle boarding.  NEW this year on The Lake: CharterAbility, demonstrating accessible boating for persons of all ages with disabilities. Check out The Lake webcam at TorontoBoatShow.com in early January!
Winter Wake Fest: Wakeboarders and skaters crank up the volume on The Lake for a spectacular show of grinds, tricks and flips. It’s an awesome display of acrobatics as pro riders hit the rails and test their skills.
Duma: The wakeboarding, boat-driving wonder dog returns with another awe-inspiring, entertainment-packed show for the entire family.
Discover Watersports & Go Wakeboarding: Guided by expert instructors, show-goers receive hands-on wakeboarding instruction “on shore,” then take to The Lake to try out their new skills behind the Sesitec System 2.0.
FREE Boat Rides: From kayaking to canoeing, paddleboats, inflatables, and hydro-bikes, The Lake welcomes all types of boaters at all levels of mastery!
                             FREE Seminars: More than 140 entertaining and informative seminars with an exceptional variety of guest speakers including Herb McCormick, former editor-in-chief of Cruising World magazine and yachting correspondent for the New York Times, as well as thebestselling author of Maiden Voyage and youngest American woman to sail around the world, Tania Aebi.  The complete 2014 seminar schedule will be posted Dec. 1 at TorontoBoatShow.com.
Kids Boating & Fishing Zones: Kids can learn to catch live trout with Fish TV’s Leo and Ron, or enjoy FREE paddle boating on the mini-lake custom-designed for pint-sized captains.
Great Canadian Fish Tank: The 40-ft long aquarium provides a fish-eye view of native Ontario marine life, and is the perfect teaching tool for experts demonstrating how to catch “the big one.”
“Boat Finder” Online Virtual Showroom:See what boats will be on display at the 2014 Toronto Boat Show. Find the boat of your dreams by pre-shopping the show at TorontoBoatShow.com!
Discover Boating Centre: Experienced and novice boaters can learn from unbiased experts. Find the boat that’s right for your lifestyle and budget, receive information on courses and boating destinations, and much more.
Many Opportunities to WIN Big! The “Buy a Boat & Win $10,000” contest is back, plus great chances to win boats and other incredible prize packages!
WHEN:                 January 11-19, 2014
Monday to Wednesday, 11am-8pm; Thursday & Friday, 11am-9pm
Saturdays, 10am-7pm; Sundays, 10am-6pm
SPECIAL PREVIEW NIGHT – Friday, January 10, 4-9pm
WHERE:               Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Toronto, ON
TICKETS:              $18 – General Admission (17 – 64 yrs.)
                            $15 – Seniors (65 yrs. & better)
                            $20 – Unlimited Weekday Evening Pass (4pm – close)
                            $25 – Two-day Adult Pass (17 – 64 yrs.)
                            $19 – Two-day Senior Pass (65 yrs. & better)
                            FREE – KIDS 16 years & under when accompanied by an adult
* Buy online at www.TorontoBoatShow.com and save $3/ticket until midnight January 10, 2014.
PHONE:                905.951.0009
WEBSITE:            www.TorontoBoatShow.com

The Toronto International Boat Show is owned and produced by Canadian Boat Shows Inc. In generating more than $354 million in economic impact to the region, it remains one of the largest consumer boat shows in North America. During the last five years, the Show has annually attracted more than 550 exhibitors and 80,000 attendees. More boats are purchased at the Toronto International Boat Show than at any other place or event in Canada. 
About 35% of Canadians (9.4 million people) participate in boating and Canadians own more than 4.3 million boats. Direct revenues across Canada’s core recreational boating industry total $4.4 billion per year and it directly employs approximately 40,000 Canadians. (NMMA Canada – The Economic Impact of Recreational Boating In Canada; 2012.)

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