2015 CNE Amps Up the FUN



NEW: XPogo Stunt Team, Parkour Demonstrations, Craft Beer Fest,
and Star-Studded Concert Series Featuring Alan Doyle, Chubby Checker,
Rick Springfield, Cody Simpson, Dallas Smith and more!

The 137th edition of the Canadian National Exhibition marks the culmination of a spectacular summer in the city of Toronto.  The excitement and thrills continue following the closing ceremonies of the Pan Am Games with Canada’s largest and favourite fair, the CNE, which runs August 21 – September 7, 2015.  New and exhilarating attractions join many returning favourites in the 2015 CNE line-up including an all-new Craft Beer Festival in the heart of the Food Truck Frenzy, performances by Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir starring in a new Acrobatic & Ice Skating Show Bon Voyage!, the gravity-defying XPogo Stunt Team, and feel the adrenaline RUSH with Parkour demonstrations showcasing the extreme sport of free-running and leaping from buildings and urban spaces.

CNE MEDIA ACCREDITATION IS NOW OPEN: All media must submit an online accreditation request form at http://holmespr.com/media-accreditation/cne-2015.  Deadline to apply is August 28th, 2015.


2015 CNE PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS:

NEW – XPogo Stunt Team:  Be awed as the best extreme pogo performance team takes to the CNE grounds to perform flips and tricks on next-generation pogo sticks that can bounce up to 9 feet in the air!

NEW – West Coast Lumberjack Show: This “chock-a-block” 45-minute show features mighty lumberjacks who will compete and showcase high-energy stunts including: Axe Throwing, Chainsaw Carving, Underhand Chop, Pole Climbing and Log Birling on water!

Food Truck Frenzy:  The CNE hosts one of Canada’s largest food truck rallies on August 28 – August 30. Foodies can rejoice in unique offerings from 23 of Toronto’s trendiest food innovators featuring internationally inspired fare and indulgent treats that have become part of the CNE experience.

NEW – Craft Beer Fest:  Enjoy a refreshing cold one in the heart of the Food Truck Frenzy featuring 11 regional master craft brewers.

NEW – RUSH: Parkour Demonstrations: Witness the excitement of Parkour, the sport of free-running, jumping, climbing, and vaulting through urban obstacle courses and buildings. Set to high-energy music, the show features athletes from Toronto’s Monkey Vault Training Movement Centre whose movements are as fluid as they are rigorous.

NEW – Concerts:  Catching a concert at the CNE Bandshell is the best way kick-start an evening at the Fair. This year’s line-up spans the entire musical spectrum, headlining some of music’s hottest acts including Alan Doyle, Cody Simpson, Brett Kissel, Tokyo Police Club, MKTO, Dallas Smith to name a few, as well as classic icons America, Chubby Checker, Rick Springfield and Foghat. All concerts are FREE with admission!

NEW – Bon Voyage! Acrobatic & Ice Skating Show: Canadian ice dancers and Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir star in a new Acrobatic & Ice Skating Show inside Ricoh Coliseum.  Performing twice daily throughout the run of the Fair, the theatrical skating show is complemented by a stunning aerial acrobatic showcase featuring the husband and wife team Karen Goudreault and Dominic Lacasse, aka “The Flag Man,” who has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and America’s Got Talent.

Northern Comfort Saloon: Back by popular demand, the CNE’s country music bar is always bustling with young crowds, great music, comfort food, cold refreshments, and a saloon staple: the mechanical bull!  Performances by country artists Kelly Prescott, Jaydee Bixby and Cory Marquardt to name a few, are sure to get the line dancing started.

Yate Dance & Acrobatic Team:  One of the most dynamic acrobatic acts to hit the CNE International Stage, the Yate Dance & Acrobatic Team will captivate audiences with their sheer gymnastic power, artistry, dance and theatrical costumes.  Performances include human pyramids, contortion, and an amazing hula-hoop act that will leave visitors in awe.

NEW – The Tivoli Youth Guard:  The 100 boys (aged 8 to 16 years) who make up The Tivoli Youth Guard are the most recent incarnation of a tradition that began in 1844 to celebrate the opening of Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens.  An iconic symbol recognized far beyond Denmark’s borders, The Tivoli Youth Guard regularly travels around the world to entertain audiences in full pageantry (characteristic uniform of bearskin hats, red jackets and white trousers) to represent Denmark’s unique sound.

Celebrity Chef Stage:  Canada’s top chefs take to the stage inside the Enercare Centre, formerly Direct Energy Centre, to share tips, cooking demos and their diverse culinary perspectives with foodies alike. Chefs Lynn Crawford, Bob Blumer, Michael Smith, Chuck Hughes and Vikram Vij are some of the food superstars participating.

Celebrity Butter Sculptures:  The art of carving butter into beautiful sculptures and life-sized replicas will be showcased in The Farm. This year’s theme of “celebrities” features iconic stars of film, television and pop culture.

The PC Financial Sky Ride: The Sky Ride returns to the CNE, extending 40 feet above ground, transporting riders across the grounds with breathtaking panoramic views of The Midway, Lake Ontario, and the Toronto skyline.
                
NEW – HollyWoof: The President’s Choice SuperDogs Show: The SuperDogs return to the Enercare Centre for a brand-new blockbuster show celebrating all things Hollywood, from movie soundtracks to storytelling magic.

Kids’ World: A wonderland designed just for kids with amusement rides, onstage entertainment and animals in the park. A fun-filled day includes pizza-making and art studio at the KidStreet Interactive Zone, performances of Peter Pan and Cinderella by DuffleBag Theatre Company, appearances by popular characters like Applejack, Barbie and SpongeBob SquarePants, as well as daily performances by Splash’N Boots.

KINDER® SURPRISE® Interactive Zone:  KINDER® is making family time more fun with an interactive Smile Booth offering souvenir keepsake photos to capture memories at the CNE, as well as the KINDER® Smile Play Zone and much more at Kids’ World, presented by KINDER® SURPRISE®.

66th Annual Canadian International Air Show:  The Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) soars over Lake Ontario Labour Day weekend for another awe-inspiring show featuring amazing feats of aerobatics.


DATES:                         August 21 – September 7, 2015

LOCATION:                  Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON

TICKET PRICES:           

Before Aug. 20:         
General Adult Admission                                             $14 ($4 savings)
Ride All Day Pass**                                                     $38 ($20 savings)
                                     
*Savings calculated based on General Admission.
**Includes grounds admission and unlimited midway rides.

Aug. 21 – Sept. 7:      
General Admission (14-64)                                          $18
Adults 65 & Better                                                        $15
Children (13 and under)                                               $15
Children 4 and under                                                    FREE
CNE Family Pass                                                         $52
(2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children)

Ride All Day Pass                                                         $40 (rides only; does not include admission)

WHERE TO BUY TICKETS:

Before the CNE:       

Online at TheEx.com
At participating Pizza Pizza restaurants (walk-in only)
At GO Transit stations and Union Station
CNE Gift Card Tickets will also be available in major grocery stores within the GTA

During the CNE:       

Online at TheEx.com
At GO Transit Stations and Union Station
Onsite at the CNE gates

WEBSITE:            www.TheEx.com

About the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
The Canadian National Exhibition is Canada’s largest fair and one of the top 10 exhibitions in North America. The CNE generates an economic impact of approximately $69.3 million for the Greater Toronto Area and $102.3 million for the province of Ontario each year. It is celebrated as the “greenest” fair in North America. In 2014, the CNE attracted 1.43 million visitors over its 18-day run.

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