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Friday, August 9, 2013

What's new at the 2013, 135th-edition of the Canadian National Exhibition

CNE 2013 Highlights

Toronto, ON – If you’ve only got a limited amount of time to visit The Ex this year, here are the things you won’t want to miss! Best of all, events and attractions are free with admission unless otherwise specified. 

NEW!!! Whip yourself into a fantastic frenzy aboard this unforgettable new ride! A 37 meter arm whirls riders 360 degrees upside down and inside out. The arm rotates at up to 13 revolutions per minute, producing a g-force of 3.5. Not only is the Mach 3 a spectacular ride, the LED light adorned 37-meter tower is an awe-inspiring attraction in its own right. Ride coupons are required - inluded in the CNE Ride all Day (RAD) pass.

NEW!!! The CNE adds an exhilerating new experience with the sensational  Zipline! Climb up the 126 foot scaffolding that offers a bird’s eye view of The EX and prepare for the time of your life as you careen down more than 1,100 feet, over the midway, to lthe anding point at the southwest corner of the Direct Energy Centre.
Cost per ride: $30. Opening Day Special: $20. Book in advance at TheEx.com.

With local restaurants serving cuisines from around the world, offering a vibrant and varied mix of international flavours and traditional fair favourites, there really is something to suit every taste and budget.
New this year:
·         Hazelnut Heaven - Everything Nutella – from fries, spring rolls
·         GR Yogurt Fresh - Greek style yogurt with your choice of toppings
·         Hula Girl - Serving specialty coffees, espressos, infused sodas, pastries
·         Philthy Phil Philadelphia - Cheese steak sandwiches and salads
·         RYC Bar - Rice pudding in assorted flavours 
·                          Yogurty’s Froyo - Self-serve frozen yogurts 

Back by popular demand are:
·         Bacon Nation, Deep Fried Shop, Epic Burgers, Just Cone It, Vie Raw Food, Dutch Frites, Far East Taco, Baked & Loaded, PULL’D, Big Apple Fritter, Kernels, Sweetness Bakery, Northwest Fudge Factory, Taqueria Burrito Bar, Thyme & Olives, Kala’s Kitchen

Coming soon, search our comprehensive Food Building Directory Listing to find the experience of your choice. Our listings are categorized by region, type and dietary restriction (i.e. halal, dairy free, gluten free, peanut free, vegetarian, raw  etc.)

Entertainment & Shows
Tic Toc Acrobatic Show (Daily)
Acrobatics ascend to new heights at the daily CNE this year with Tic Toc, a spectacular new show created by Cirque du Soleil veteran, Daniel Cola. The colourful extravaganza will explore the theme of “time", and feature acrobatics performers, trapeze and trampoline artists, jugglers and more!
Fun meets action in this extraordinary stuntmen troupe from France.

One of the greatest acts in circus history, The Flying Wallendas bring their impressive award-winning show to the CNE. Dating back to the 18thcentury, this family act was originally known for its expertise in the art of flying trapeze. Today its crowning achievement is the record-setting 8-person, 3-level tightrope pyramid, performed without the use of safety devices. The legendary circus act has also set numerous records with the Guinness Book of World Records for its daring routine.

The Recycled Orchestra (Daily with the exception of August 21)

The Orchestra of Recycled Instruments from Paraguay is made up of youth and children from the community of Cauteura, near Asuncion in South America. The distinctive characteristic of this musical group is that it performs on instruments that are made from solid waste from the landfill in Cateura.  The young musicians and their family members have made these instruments themselves.  Their motto is “The world sends us their garbage, we give them back music”.  Presented in partnership with Stratford Summer Music.

“Mind Kontrol” (Daily with the exception of September 2)

A full production show about psychologically manipulating people's thoughts and ultimately messing with their minds. This is a highly interactive show which combines a blend of comedy, magic, mentalism and psychological illusions. Starring in the show is international award winning magician Mike D’Urzo from Mega Magic. “Mind Kontrol” was created as a show which puts twists on the classics of magic while combining mind blowing feats of mental strength and agility.

Celebrity Chefs
Free with admission, this year the CNE will host some of Canada’s top chefs at the Food Network Celebrity Stage. For information about the chefs and their appearances click their names below:
·         Bob Blumer
·         Chuck Hughes
·         Mark McEwan
·         Michael Smith
·         Nadia G.
·         And many more!

Music & Concerts
Throughout the CNE you’ll find a great line up of amazing talent at the Bandshell. Click on the links below for more information about the artists and shows.
·         The Proclaimers – Aug 16
·         The Beach Boys with Brothers Dubé  Aug 18
·         Elvis-If I Can Dream – Aug 20
·         Fab 5 with Jay Douglas and Pablo Paul – Aug 21
·         5th Dimension Aug 22
·         Lou Gramm – The Voice of Foreigner – Aug 23
·         USS with Ill Scarlett – Aug 24
·         Dragonette with Dirty Radio – Aug 25
·                          Danny Fernandes, Massari & Mia Martina –Aug 27
·                          Big Wreck with The Reason – Aug 28
·                         Frankie Avalon – Aug 29
·                        Walk Off The Earth with Shawn Hook – Aug 30
·                        Theory of a Deadman - Aug 31

Air Show
Air Show
The 64th annual Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) soars over Lake Ontario Labour Day weekend for another awe-inspiring show. The 2013 display will feature amazing aerobatics and delight fans of all ages!  Both the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and acrobatic daredevil Mike Wiskus are back with their spine tingling stunts! Come join us at the CNE waterfront Labour Day weekend and experience this terrific fantasy of flight. Rehearsals take place on Friday August 30.


Other ways to connect with the CNE
·         Join the CNE online
o   Like us on Facebook
o   Follow us on Twitter
o   Download the Official CNE App
o   Sign up for the CNE Exclusive newsletter to receive the latest updates about the CNE, special offers and promotions
·         Encourage your networks to take advantage of CNE Early Bird Ticket Specials (only available before Opening Day)

The CNE is Canada’s largest and much loved fair and one of the top 10 exhibitions in North America.  Founded in 1879, the CNE generates an economic impact of approximately $58.6 million for the Greater Toronto Area and $80 million for the province of Ontario each year.  For the past three consecutive fairs, the CNE has been awarded Eco Logo certification, confirming it as the "greenest" fair in North America, and the most "environmentally friendly" large scale event on the continent. 

WHERE: Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON | M6K 3C3 (Lakeshore Blvd W & Strachan Ave)

WHEN:                 Friday, August 16 to Monday, September 2, 2013

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