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September 01, 2014

Upcoming Events/Consumer Shows 2014

Updated: Aug 17 The following are just some of the many Events & Consumer Shows being held in Toronto, but are well worth going to see. Please remember to always check their website or call ahead as details may have changed since published here.


The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

Aug 15-Sept 1, 2014

The Canadian National Exhibition (aka The Ex) is an 'end of summer' celebration held at Exhibition Place. Once you've paid the entrance fee, all entertainment is free. But in order to go on the amusement rides, you must have the RAD pass (includes admission AND rides).

The Midway

The following are some dates you should keep in mind:

  • $6 after 5pm: Just pay $6 after 5pm each Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs but NOT on Labour Day Monday

Bandshell Concerts

The following are artists performing FREE concerts (with admission) at the CNE.

  • Aug 19: Christopher Cross
  • Aug 20: The Mighty Diamonds
  • Aug 21: Jose Feliciano
  • Aug 22: Platium Blonde
  • Aug 24: Gord Bamford
  • Aug 26: These Kids Wear Crowns & Eleven Past One & PRTY H3RO
  • Aug 27: April Wine
  • Aug 30: Tom Cochrane

Special Events

The following are just some of the special events.

  • Ribfest [Every day except Aug 18 & 25]
  • Kids Toonie Mondays [Aug 18 & 25]
  • Food Truck Frenzy [Aug 22-24]
  • Cat Show [Aug 23-24]
  • Youth Day [Aug 26: 10am-3pm] Free Till 3 For 19 yrs & Under
  • Canadian International Air Show [Aug 30-Sept 1]

Open Streets TO

Aug 31: 8am-12pm

It's been a long time coming but Toronto is finally opening up its streets to become 'paved parks' to pedestrians. The route for Open Streets TO will be Bloor St between Spadina and Parliament Streets as well as Yonge Street from Bloor St to Queen St. In addition to these open streets, parks and public spaces along the route, or "hubs", will be programmed with activities. The Hubs are:

  • Matt Cohen Parkette
  • The Plazas in front of Royal Conservatory of Music and the Royal Ontario Museum
  • The Holt Renfrew storefront
  • The South-West corner of Bloor & Parliament
  • George Hislop Park
  • Yonge and Dundas Square

Don't worry drivers, crossing points will be included at numerous major intersections, where cars will be permitted to pass through as normal - so all is not lost!

map of the route for Open Streets TO

TIFF Focus Exhibit

Sept 3-30, 2014

Focus Exhibit poster A Retrospective of Photographer Tom Sandler's Portfolio of Work: Exhibit is included with admission and is open daily from 9:30am-5:00pm and Wednesdays from 9:30am - 9:00pm

Tom Sandler’s name is synonymous with high quality, high profile and diverse photography in Canada. His astonishing range of subject matter covers everything from the glamorous and the political to corporate, personal, nature, breaking news, whimsical and on-the-spot candid images, and more. He has been photographing high profile people and events at the Toronto International Film Festival for over 15 years.

Toronto Beer Week

Sept 12-20, 2014

Toronto Beer Week is a week where a number of events, dedicated to craft beer, are held to celebrate this segment of the beer industry. The many events will include beer dinners, cask beer tastings, brewing demonstrations, homebrew contests and much more, all of which you can check out via their calendar

Cobble Beach Concours D’Elegance  •Out of Town•

Sept 13-14, 2014

Cobble Beach Golf Resort Community presents the 2nd annual Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

picture of Cobble beach and golf course

On Saturday, the Participant tour will take place in Grey County. Sunday, the Concours will be held on the 18th fairway of Cobble Beach, this extraordinary bayside course will play host to a rich assortment of international automobiles and distinguished guests.

  • Venue: Cobble Beach, Georgian Bay
  • Tickets: Adult $30 (increases Sept 2)

The Most RACES Show on Earth!

Sept 20, 2014: 9:30pm

Comedy show like no other is returning to Toronto for one night only. More info...

Social Media Week Toronto

Sept 22-26, 2014

Details still to be announced.


Eat to the Beat

Oct 21, 2014

Eat to the Beat logo Sixty of Canada’s top female chefs are donating their time and talent to create mouthwatering delicacies at this culinary fundraiser. Eat to the Beat benefits Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada.

Chef line-up: TBA (details from 2013)

The evening also includes live music, a silent auction featuring must-have items, and a raffle draw for a chance to win great prizes.

Eat to the Beat has a cornucopia of sweet & savory foods, wines, premium beers & spirits for sampling at food and drink stations positioned around Roy Thomson Hall’s outer lobby.

food and drink stations in the lobby of Roy Thomson Hall

Feature Contemporary Art Fair

Oct 23-26, 2014

Feature Art Fair logo For its first edition, Feature* will welcome 23 leading contemporary art galleries selected by an advisory committee of influential Canadian experts. This new Art Fair is dedicated exclusively to cutting edge contemporary art and is organized by galleries, for galleries. Each gallery will present a maximum of 3 artists in a setting that will provide visitors with a fresh and exciting perspective on contemporary art.

Participating galleries

This prestigious selection includes art galleries from Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.

  • Battat Contemporary / Birch Contemporary
  • Clint Roenisch / Equinox Gallery
  • galerie antoine ertaskiran / Stephen Bulger Gallery
  • Galerie Division / Galerie Donald Browne
  • Erin Stump Projects / Galerie Graff
  • Galerie Hugues Charbonneau / Jessica Bradley Gallery
  • Laroche/Joncas / Macaulay & Co. Fine Art
  • Monte Clark Gallery / Galerie Nicolas Robert
  • Patrick Mikhail Gallery / Galerie René Blouin
  • Galerie Simon Blais / Susan Hobbs Gallery
  • Galerie Trois Points / Georgia Scherman Projects
  • Republic Gallery

Wed, Oct 22: 5-10pm (VIP Evening)
Thurs, Oct 23: 11am-6pm
Fri, Oct 24: 11am-8pm
Sat, Oct 25: 11am-7pm
Sun, Oct 26: 11am-5pm

* Feature: a focused showcase dedicated to leading contemporary art The Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC)

Toronto Zombie Walk

Oct 25, 2014

They will meet at Nathan Phillips Square at NOON and begin their walk of terror at 3pm. Vendors will also be there at the Square where the walk starts and finishes. Attendees will be in the area before and after the walk.

Expect a horde of approximately 10,000 zombies, as well as a large crowd of living participants in the afternoon’s activies!


Reach for the Rainbow's* 28th Annual Crystal Ball

November 8, 2014: 5:30pm

The Crystal Ball is winner of the 2011, 2012 STAR AWARDS for BEST EVENT produced by a high profile charity in Canada!

Crystal Ball poster

As always, the Live and Silent Auctions at the Crystal Ball will be one-of-a-kind, combining the best in technology with an array of unique merchandise. Items include exotic travel destinations, exquisite home furnishings, appliances, the latest techno-toys, and sporting equipment. There is also the Balloon Bust, purchase a balloon to win one of thousands of fantastic prizes, a new 50/50! Corporate benefits include:

  • Preview of the Live and Silent Auctions at the Pre-Gala Champagne Reception
  • Preferred seating (10 people per table) for optimum viewing of the evening’s entertainment and table top signage
  • Gourmet meal with wine and liqueurs, complimentary bar and coat check

* Reach for the Rainbow is a non-profit organization in support of pioneering the integration of children and youth with disabilities into the mainstream of society through summer camp programs throughout Ontario.


Disney on Ice: Frozen

March 18-22, 2015

Thumbnail of poster of Disney's FrozenThe heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into Toronto. You'll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including "Let It Go."

Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all!

Consumer/Trade Shows

Fan Expo Canada™

Aug 28-31, 2014

Fan Expo LogoFan Expo Canada™ is some times referred to as the Comic Con of Canada. In past years, there's been over 700 exhibitors covering 400,000 sq ft or more! Fan Expo Canada™ combines the best of gaming, horror, comics, science fiction and anime under one roof and is the largest event of its kind in Canada, and one of the largest in the world!

Hotel specials for the fan expo are still to be announced. Other details are still to be announced as well as ticket information. Those will be posted once they become available.

Toronto Fall Home Show

Sept 18-21, 2014

The show features over 300 renovation and home décor specialists offering advice, solutions and inspiration for a wide array of home renovation and décor projects.

Canada's Baking and Sweets Show

Sept 26-28, 2014

Baking and Sweets Show logoCanada's Baking and Sweets Show is a one-of-a-kind event catering to baking and confectionary enthusiasts and everybody with a taste for the sweeter side of life. Discover a cornucopia of cakes, cupcakes,chocolate, desserts, coffee/tea the latest in baking supplies, all under one roof!

The Delicious Food Show

Oct 17-19, 2014

The Delicious Food Show is a 3-day food-lovers event designed to engage the consumer in a delicious, all food, lifestyle and entertaining experience featuring hundreds of exhibitors, cooking demos, tastings, hands-on workshops, book signings, and appearances by Food Network and international celebrity chefs.

Headlining this year’s Delicious Food Show is Michelin-starred celebrity Chef Mario Batali. Joining Mario is a most impressive roaster of outstanding celeb heavyweights including Tyler Florence, Dominque Ansel, Chuck Hughes, Lucinda Scala Quinn, Roger Mooking, and Nadia G., Abbey Sharp. The list continues to grow with notable home talent such as, Basilio Pesce (Porzia), Lachlan Culjak (Yours Truly), Matty Matheson (Parts & Labour), Jonathan Hamilton (La Carnita), Victor Barry (Home of the Brave), Robbie Hojilla (Hudson Kitchen), Nick Liu (Dai Lo), and Vittorio Colacitti (The Good Son).

The Everything to do with Sex Show

Oct 24-26, 2014

The Toronto Everything To Do With Sex Show is an exciting 3-day consumer adult event geared towards anyone looking to spice up their life!

If you want to see seminars, stage shows, celebrities, erotic art, the dungeon, and more, this is the perfect expo for you! Every year new elements are added to the show so there is always something for our returning attendees.

Single Day: $22.50 (online) / $25 (at the door)
Weekend Pass: $30 (online) / $35 (at the door)

Fri: 3pm-12am / Sat: 11am-12am / Sun: 11am-6pm


Oct 24-26, 2014

Creativ Festival is Canada’s largest mixed media diy consumer show dedicated to the creative arts of sewing, knitting, beading, spinning, weaving, felting, quilting, crocheting, stitching, scrapbooking, crafting and other fibre, textile, needle and paper arts!

There are also hands-on workshops and seminars for all skill levels and creative interests. A star-studded line up of designers, artisans and industry experts. A great place to pick up insider tips and trade secrets.

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

Nov 20-23, 2014

Sample over 1,800 wines, beers and spirits alongside gourmet cuisine. The Expo embraces the style and sophistication of a cocktail party paired with unprecedented educational opportunities and compelling feature areas. Sample tickets are additional and available onsite.