Toronto: Although the iconic lights of the midway won’t shine at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) this year, Toronto’s end of summer tradition continued in a new way – as the fair went live online from August 21 and running until September 7, 2020.
The new CNE At Home online portal, which can be accessed through TheEx.com shares some of its most popular shows, favourite food recipes, tricks of the trade from buskers, historical retrospectives, new music performances, and much more.
To help celebrate the launch of the virtual CNE, Canadian comedian Howie Mandel shared his affection for the event and his memories of working at the CNE Midway in a specially taped video message.
As Canada’s longest-standing event and one of the largest fairs in North America, the CNE annually attracts more than 1.4 million visitors; and now, through its CNE At Home portal, the fun is being shared with more fans than ever before.
The CNE has created interactive and engaging content for all ages, encompassing the quintessential CNE experience including:
• CNE Jam sessions online featuring Toronto bands and artists
• Gaming Garage Powered by AMD online tournaments with cash prizes and giveaways
• Rising Star Youth Competition and online voting
• “How To” tutorials to learn how to busker and make some favourite dishes from the CNE
such as 99 Cent Spaghetti and Rainbow Grilled Cheese
• Virtual rides, ghost walks, and retrospective specials including a look back at the history
of the CNE Grandstand (Bandshell), Best Of the Aerial Acrobatic & Ice Skating Shows and
much more Special online events included a commemoration the 99th Annual Warriors’ Day Parade with a look back at its history (Sat. Aug. 22); and a virtual edition of the Canadian International Air Show (on Sept 5-7).
Visiting the CNE at Home virtual experience can also be a winning proposition! Patrons can
support the CNE Foundation’s community and youth programs by purchasing CNE Foundation 50/50 Tickets (3 for $5; 10 for $10; 60 for $20).
People who buy tickets during the planned fair dates (August 21st to September 7th) also have a chance to win one of two Hotel X Toronto Staycation Packages, even if they don’t win the 50/50 Cash Grand Prize!
To purchase tickets, visit CNEF5050.com. License #12160.