September 06

The 140th Canadian National Exhibition-Fri.,August 16th to Mon.,September 2nd,2019

By A.J.Lam
The 140th version of The Canadian National Exhibition had no shortage of fun things to do, see, and of course, eat. New attractions this year included: the Ex Race, an American Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course with a 10-foot warped wall. Also, you could try The EX RaceCargo crawls, a salmon ladder and these Guys experiences are designed to test your mental and physical ability for the chance to win some prizes.


The Ex celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Canadian International Air Show and — along with the Canadian Forces Airbirds — the CNE welcomed back the Royal Air Force acrobatic team, and the Red Arrows, who performed at the Ex back in 2002.


In Bandshell Park on Aug. 19, you could get up close and personal with the most famous cars from Hollywood at the FAN EXPO Celebrity Car Show. Fans could see The DeLorean from Back to the Future, Knight Rider’s ‘K.I.T.T.’, Dukes of Hazzard’s ‘General Lee’, and Herbie the Love Bug on was also on display. Patrons also “Dressed to impress” at Cosplay Day, one of the biggest events of the summer, with Fan Expo taking place during the CNE and the two had teamed up for a big cosplay picnic, parade and car show.

Peace and Love was at the Woodstock weekend festival and this year marked the 50th anniversary of what started out as a regular summer festival and turned into the biggest musical event in history. The CNE celebrated the legacy of Woodstock with tribute musicians performing songs from the festival. People could feel nostalgic at the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival celebration on Aug. 17-18 at Bandshell Park with tribute performances to icons such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and more.

The Ex is famous for food and no trip to the CNE is complete without trying some of the crazy culinary creations. This year’s food vendor menu looked very unique with some of the highlights including: Apple Cheesecake Poutine, Granny Smith Apple Fries, Beyond Guacacamole Bubs, Beyond Burgers, Cotton Candy Taco, Deep Fried Avacado, Enchillada, Roti, Evas Chimney Cone Oreo Cheesecake, Flaming Cheeto Corn Dog Cocos, Rainbow Grilled Cheese, mushroom coffee, pickle lemonade specialty pizza and the poutine dogs. New this year was the “Under $6 in the 6” value food menu offered throughout the event. Fill up on tons of cheap eats for under 6 bucks. Also, food events such as the Craft Beer Fest and the Food Trucks returned with the new addition of an Oktoberfest event.

They can be a nuisance, we do love them and at times hate them, so raccoons are considered to be Toronto’s unofficial mascot? The exhibit looked to showcase them as cute animals with twelve fibreglass sculptures painted by various people and were stationed on the grounds close to the Dufferin Gates.


Travel the world through photographs of the thousands of visually stunning images of wildlife, people and places around the world. The exhibition contained 50 pics taken from National Geographic’s extensive catalogue, including the famous “Afghan Girl” photo and scenes from the wreck of the Titanic.

The King of Monsters took over the waterfront. It’s been 65 years since Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla and there’s been no shortage of remakes since. Now the iconic sea monster was making its way to Toronto’s waterfront in the form of a 30-foot inflatable replica.


This year’s live entertainment Included legendary Canadian musicians and those who took the stage included: April Wine, Walk Off the Earth, Jann Arden, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Spencer Burton, Delaney Jane, A Tribe Called Red, John Vinyl, Meaghan Patrick and Burton Cummings are just some of the many Canadian musicians who took the stage during this year’s concert series.


We would like to thank the CNE Media Relations and for the invitation to the CNE. We look forward to the 141th celebration of the CNE in August of 2020.