Exhibition Place is a publicly owned mixed-use district in Toronto, Canada, located by the shoreline of Lake Ontario, just west of downtown. The 197-acre site includes exhibit and banquet centres and music buildings, parkland, sports facilities, a number of civic and national historic sites; the district's facilities are used year-round for exhibitions, trade shows and private functions, sporting events. From mid-August through Labour Day each year, the Canadian National Exhibition, from which the name Exhibition Place is derived, is held on the grounds. During the CNE, Exhibition Place encompasses 260 acres, expanding to include nearby parks and parking lots; the CNE uses the buildings for exhibits on agriculture, food and crafts, government and trade displays. For entertainment, the CNE provides a midway of rides and games, music concerts at the Bandshell, featured shows at the Coliseum, the Canadian International Air Show; the fair is one of the largest and most successful of its kind in North America and an important part of the culture of Toronto.
The buildings on the site date from the 1700s to recent years. Five buildings on the site, were designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1988; the grounds have seen a mix of protection for heritage buildings along with new development. The site was set aside for military purposes and given over to exhibition purposes. One military building remains. Exhibition Place is a rectangular site located length-wise along the north shoreline of Lake Ontario to the west of downtown Toronto; the site is flat ground sloping down to the shoreline. It was forested land, was cleared for military use. Sections east of south were filled in the early part of the 20th century. Today, the district is paved, with an area of parkland remaining in its western section. There is a large open paved area in the southern central section, used for parking and the temporary amusements of the Canadian National Exhibition; the site has a variety of open spaces and monuments. The eastern entrance to Exhibition Place is marked by the large ceremonial Princes' Gates, named for Edward, Prince of Wales, his brother, Prince George, who visited in 1927.
The roads are all named after Canadian provinces and territories except for Princes' Boulevard, the main street east-west. Several of the roads are used for the annual Honda Indy Toronto car race. South of the grounds is Ontario Place, a theme park built in 1971 on landfill in Lake Ontario, operated by the government of Ontario; the site has a long history of sports facilities on the site, starting with an equestrian track and grandstand. The grandstand was converted for use by music concerts, major league baseball and football teams; the newest sports facility to be built is BMO Field. There is an arena, the Coliseum, home to professional ice hockey; the site was used for several sports venues of the 2015 Pan American Games. The site is administered by the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place, appointed by the City of Toronto; as of 2014, the organization had 133 full-time employees, up to 700 during major events, contributed $11 million annually to the City of Toronto, attracted 5.3 million visitors annually to the site.
The grounds are 192 acres in area. The small fort Fort Rouillé was built by French fur traders in 1750–1751 as a trading post on the site of today's grounds; the area was an important portage route for Native Americans, the French wanted to capture their trade before they reached British posts to the south. It was burned by its garrison in 1759; when York, the predecessor of Toronto was inaugurated in the 1790s, the land to the west of the garrison was reserved for military purposes. This includes all of today's Exhibition Place. Years the British military decided to replace Fort York with a new fort, to be located at the eastern end of the reserve. In 1840 -- 1841, they constructed a series of several smaller ones. Elaborate defensive works were never built and the buildings were turned over to the Canadian military in 1870, which named it Stanley Barracks in 1893; the Provincial Agricultural Association and the Board of Agriculture for Canada West inaugurated the Provincial Agricultural Fair of Canada West in 1846, to be held annually in different localities.
For the 1858 fair, to be held in Toronto, a permanent "Palace of Industry" exhibition building, based on London's Crystal Palace, was built at King and Shaw Streets in what is now Liberty Village. The site held four more fairs until the 1870s, when the City of Toronto decided the exhibition had outgrown the site; the City signed a lease with the Government of Canada for a section of the western end of the reserve in April 1878. The Palace of Industry was moved to a site on the reserve near today's Horticulture Building and expanded; the City sold the Shaw site to the Massey Manufacturing Company. The 1878 Provincial Agricultural Fair was held on the grounds; when Ottawa was chosen to host the 1879 fair, Toronto decided to hold its own fair. First called the Toronto Industrial Exhibition, it was held in the Crystal Palace and temporary buildings. At first, the eastern part of the site was still reserved for military purposes, the exhibition held on the western part of the reserve, where many of the oldest exhibit buildings are located.
As time went by, more and more of the reserve was taken over for exhibition purp
New Fort York
New Fort York was a military base in Toronto, Canada. It was built to replace Toronto's original Fort York at the mouth of Garrison Creek as the primary military base for the settlement. Unlike the older fort, it was made with limestone, instead of wood, it did not have a wall as protection, planned but never built. One building remains, the officer's mess remains standing today; the site was once the fortification known as Western Battery where two obsolete 18-pounder guns used to provide protect to Fort York to the east. These guns pre-dated the War of 1812. A series of six stone buildings were constructed in what is now Exhibition Place around 1840 by the Royal Engineers of the British Army with the biggest building being the Officers' Quarters; the two storey Queenston limestone structure cost 19,000 pounds and housed troops following the 1837 Rebellion. Other features of the fort included five smaller buildings for troops and storage, parading grounds, a stockade. In 1870, the British Army withdrew from the Fort, with the property turned over to the Canadian Militia.
During this period, the North-West Mounted Police used the facility for training in the 1870s. Regiments from the British Army and the Canadian militia that were garrisoned at fort include: New Fort York was renamed to Stanley Barracks in 1893 after the Governor General of Canada at that time, Lord Stanley of Preston. During World War I, the barracks housed German, Austro-Hungarian, Turkish citizens, who were interned there as enemy aliens; the barracks were last used during World War II when the Canadian troops were stationed there prior to being sent overseas. All the fort's other exhibition building housed the troops. After the war, most of the buildings became vacant; the Stanley Barracks were demolished in 1953. The gates to the barracks were salvaged in 1957, were re-erected in Toronto on Kingston Road at Guildwood Parkway, at the entrance to Guildwood Village, by the owners of the Guild Inn. Where they may still be viewed. Lights replaced the stone globes on the top of the gate posts; the Officers' Mess building can still be found on Exhibition Place.
The building served as the home for Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, Hockey Hall of Fame and the Toronto Maritime Museum. Today only one of the original buildings survives; the Officers' Quarters called the'Stanley Barracks', became home to the city–owned Toronto Maritime Museum from 1958 to 1998 before it moved to Harbourfront. The museum has since closed and Stanley Barracks is vacant once again; the Barracks was open one weekend in May 2006 during Doors Open Toronto. The grounds of the fort were the former home to another a piece of Toronto history. In June 2012, the boat was moved to a new home on Hanlan's Point on the Toronto Islands. Canadian National locomotive No. 6213 was located on the east side from 1960 until 2009. In 2009, it was moved to Roundhouse Park to become the centrepiece of the Toronto Railway Historical Association's railway museum; the U-2 class Northern-type locomotive, built by Montreal Locomotive Works in 1942, was retired from service in 1959 and given to the City of Toronto in 1960.
The Ontario Heritage Foundation erected a plaque in 1963 near the former Officers' Quarters at Exhibition Place, Lake Shore Boulevard East, Ontario. Foundations of some of the buildings still survive. A hotel planned adjacent to the site will expose some of the foundations as part of the project; the existing building, Officers Quarter, will be the centrepiece of a new park at Exhibition Place, which will include a water feature indicating the former shores of Lake Ontario. Fort Rouillé List of forts List of oldest buildings and structures in Toronto Intention to Designate Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act - 2 Strachan Avenue
The York Pioneers Historical Society is Ontario's oldest historical society, the second oldest historical society in Canada. The society is located in Toronto and operates Scadding Cabin during the Canadian National Exhibition, publishes the York Pioneer journal, participates in Toronto historical preservation projects; the York Pioneers were formed in 1869 in an attempt to preserve the heritage of Ontario. The York Pioneer and Historical Society began on April 17, 1869, with the purpose of preserving the history of the Home District. A few months the York Pioneers Association was founded to collect and preserve historical information and sites. Colonel Richard Lippincott Denison was the first president. In 1879 John Smith, the owner of the Scadding property, donated Scadding Cabin to the York Pioneers. 1879 was the beginning of the Toronto Industrial Exhibition the CNE, the York Pioneers worked with the CNE's founders to dismantle and move the cabin to its current site to celebrate the fair's inauguration.
Following the death of Tecumseh in 1813 there was an effort to find his final resting, but because he was buried the site was unknown. York Pioneer Richard Oates, in an attempt to bury Tecumseh's bones beside Sir Isaac Brock's at Queenston Heights, set out to find the lost burial site. Using a map in an old journal a burial site was discovered matching Tecumseh's burial site's description at the north-east corner of the Battle of the Thames battle site; the site was confirmed by a scalping knife and gun mechanism discovered in the burial site in addition to a fracture on one of the leg bones, agreeing with an observation made that Tecumseh was "a little lame in the right leg." The discovered bones looked promising. The experts came and said the bones were a jumble of bones from different bodies and species, creating suspicion that what had been found had been stolen away and replaced with trash. Despite Tecumseh being interred on Walpole Island, the mystery of Tecumseh's final resting place technically remains unsolved.
The Tecumseh Monument Committee failed to attract the necessary capital to erect a monument at Queenston Heights. The cost of the monument is unknown, but the committee appeared to have desired something similar to the monument planned for Sir Isaac Brock, which cost £12,000. Sharon Temple was opened in 1832 by David Willson, who after a disagreement with the Quakers, founded a sect of his own known as the Children of Peace. Under the impetus of the Rev. James L. Hughes, the York Pioneer and Historical Society raised funds to purchase the Sharon Temple and its grounds in 1917 and opened the Temple as a museum in 1918. In addition to acquiring the temple the York Pioneers acquired relics, including an organ, said to be the first organ built in Canada, a book containing David Willson's original entries, the Statues of His Majesty's Province of Upper Canada, printed in 1792, a "tattered" almanac of 1813, printed by John Cameron of York. Shortly afterwards, the York Pioneers moved David Willson's study to the site.
This is significant as one of the earliest examples of historic preservation in Canada, one of the reasons for which the Temple received its National Historic Designation in 1993. The York Pioneers collected artifacts from throughout York County and created a county museum and park, which they displayed in the Temple. A baseball diamond, recreation area and refreshment stand were added on the surrounding grounds. In the 1950s, the site's focus began emphasizing the story of the Children of Peace; the York Pioneers restored and moved the 1819 home of Ebenezer Doan, master builder of the Temple, a log house associated with Jesse Doan, bandmaster of the Children of Peace, to the site. These acquisitions were followed in 1967, Canada's centennial year, by the construction of an exhibit building; the baseball diamond and other remnants of the park's early days were removed. Lastly, they moved the Cookhouse, the Gatehouse, to the Temple grounds. In 1991 the museum was transferred to the newly formed Sharon Temple Museum Society, with a member of the York Pioneer and Historical Society serving on the Board of the Museum Society.
In 1879 John Smith, the owner of the Scadding property, gave Scadding Cabin to the York Pioneers. 1879 was the beginning of the Toronto Industrial Exhibition the CNE, the York Pioneers worked with the CNE's founders to dismantle and move the cabin to its current site at Exhibition Place to celebrate the fair's inauguration that August. The York Pioneers dismantled the cabin, moved it and re-assembled it using the tools and techniques of the past; the rebuilding of the cabin captured headlines. Some York Pioneers met at a seed store on Adelaide Street prior to the rebuilding, where they all gathered on a wagon and headed down King Street, flying a'York Pioneers' flag; the rebuilding lasted from the early morning of August 22, 1879 until 5 pm that evening. Upon its completion, a cannon was fired, a bottle was broken over the re-constructed'Simcoe Cabin'. Named Simcoe Cabin, the cabin was renamed Scadding Cabin in 1901 to honour Henry Scadding, Toronto's first eminent historian and son of the original cabin's owner, a founding member and president of the York Pioneers The preservation of Scadding Cabin is considered Toronto's earliest example of historic preservation and one of Canada's oldest examples.
Eversley Church in King City was known as the Scotch Church. The church served the religious needs of the community for 110 years and was representative of the Scottish influence of the area and the common use of fieldstone as building material; the churc
Coca-Cola Coliseum is an arena at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Canada, used for agricultural displays, ice hockey and trade shows. It was built for the Canadian National Exhibition and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 1921. Known as the Coliseum, it was known as the CNE Coliseum and Ricoh Coliseum, since 1997 it has been part of the "National Trade Centre" exhibition complex, it serves as the home arena of the Toronto Marlies ice hockey team, the American Hockey League farm team of the Toronto Maple Leafs. For the 2015 Pan American Games the venue hosted the gymnastics competitions and was known as the Toronto Coliseum. On January 1, 1920, Toronto voters approved by plebiscite a proposal by the Royal Agricultural Fair Association to construct, at a maximum cost of CA$1 million, a new arena for livestock; the City of Toronto made a call for tenders in the fall of 1920 but the lowest tender was CA$1.9 million, exceeding the mandate approved by plebiscite. The size of the planned building was reduced by half in an attempt to get the cost under CA$1 million and a new call for tenders was done.
The lowest tender received was from Anglin-Norcross Ltd. of Montreal for CA$892,000 to build the building to City Architect F. W. Price's specifications. There was reticence to hire a Montreal firm, the city held off on awarding the contract while Price sought out construction offers from local firms to do the work using day labour, although the legality of this was questioned. Another issue raised was that the revised arena design needed to be expanded to meet the fair's needs. Anglin-Norcross offered to do the work at a further CA$31,000, it took two City Council votes, but Council approved the awarding of the contract to Anglin-Norcross on May 26, 1921. Demolition of existing buildings on the site commenced a few days and arena work commenced in June 1921; the cornerstone was laid by Toronto Mayor Thomas Church on July 27, 1921 and Robert Fleming, President of the Canadian National Exhibition declared that the building would be the largest of its kind in the world, with a floor space of 8.5 acres.
The Fair Association had hoped for the arena to be open by the fall of 1921 to inaugurate the new fair, but it was not ready. The CA$1 million building had its official public opening on December 16, 1921, attended by 5,000 persons to see an athletic meet put on by the "Sportsmen Patriotic Association." Upon completion, the building was billed as the largest of its kind in North America. The name "Coliseum" was given to the building in 1922, in time for the opening of the CNE; the main entrance was along Manitoba Drive. The southern side of the building was along the main TTC streetcar rail lines serving the CNE, which separated the Coliseum and Industry Buildings to the north, the Engineering and Electrical Building to the south. In 1926, additions were built and the complex was claimed to be the largest structure of its kind under one roof in the world. In 1931, the Horse Palace was built next door to provide a permanent building for the stables of the Winter Fair. From 1942 to 1945, the building was used as a training base for the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II and known as the'Manning Depot'.
A photo of it as the RCAF Manning Depot is in the New Westminster Museum and Archives # IHP9562-003. After the war, it hosted equestrian events for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the CNE and other events; the arena was used as a horse barn. In time for the 1963 CNE, the southern facade was reconstructed; as part of the renovation, the southern facade was recladded with black and white siding and a new front plaza was built, with a large "COLISEUM" sign on top. The CNE spent CA$3 million from 1960 until 1963 on "face-lifting" the Coliseum. In 1997, the National Trade Centre exhibition complex was built; the new project removed the 1963 entrance and cladding, restoring the original facade, although the cupola towers on the southern facade had been removed in the 1963 renovation. Access to the Coliseum was moved to the western entrance of the exhibition complex through a hall known as Heritage Court. In November 2002, the City of Toronto agreed to an extensive renovation of the Coliseum to attract a professional ice hockey team to the arena.
At a cost of CA$38 million, the arena's capacity was expanded from 6,500 to 9,700 by building a new higher roof, lowering the floor, adding new seats in the expanded area and the installation of 38 private suites. Borealis Infrastructure contributed CA$9 million up front and CA$20 million of borrowed funds in return for a 49-year lease to the arena; the City of Toronto invested CA$9 million in the project and guaranteed Borealis' loans, while remaining the owner of the building. In 2003, Japanese office supply company Ricoh purchased the naming rights to the new facility for CA$10 million over ten years, with an optional five-year extension. During the summer of 2015, a new scoreboard was installed at the Air Canada Centre, the old scoreboard was installed at the Coliseum. In 2018, MLSE announced that the Toronto Argonauts football operations offices and weight rooms would be relocated to the Coliseum in late June of that year. On July 11, 2018, at the end of Ricoh's partnership with the building, Coca-Cola purchased the naming rights to the facility for ten years, re-naming it the "Coca-Cola Coliseum".
Since November 1922, the Coliseum has been used by the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair held in November annually except during the years of World War II. The Fair uses the arena for the annual "Royal Horse Show" equestrian competition, as well as animal presentations; each year in August, the Coliseum is used by the CN
Honda Indy Toronto
The Honda Indy Toronto is an annual IndyCar Series race, held in Toronto, Canada. Known as the Molson Indy Toronto, it was a Champ Car World Series race held annually from 1986 to 2007; the track has 11 turns, is a 2.874-kilometre street circuit, is located at Exhibition Place. It is IndyCar's second-longest running street race, only behind the Grand Prix of Long Beach and the fourth oldest race on the current schedule in terms of number of races run; the Toronto Indy is one of seven Canadian circuits to have held an IndyCar race, the others being Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Mont-Tremblant, Montreal and Edmonton. In 1967, the first Indy race held in Canada was the Telegram Trophy 200, held at Mosport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario as part of the USAC Championship Car season; the race was won by Bobby Unser for his first career Indy victory. The Telegram Trophy 200 was again held in 1968 at Mosport, this time won by Dan Gurney. After a nine-year absence, IndyCars returned to the Toronto area for the Molson Diamond Indy at Mosport Park won by A. J. Foyt in 1977 and Danny Ongais in 1978.
In the spring of 1985, Molson Breweries in-house promotional division, Molstar Sports & Entertainment proposed to run a CART sanctioned IndyCar race at Exhibition Place in Toronto. Toronto City Council approved the race by two votes in July 1985 for the race to be held the following year; the first Molson Indy Toronto was won by Bobby Rahal on July 20, 1986. The event became Canada's second largest annual sporting event, eclipsed only by the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, with three-day attendance figures around 170,000 people. In the 1996 race, American driver Jeff Krosnoff was killed in a crash with 4 laps remaining. In that same crash, volunteer corner marshal Gary Avrin was killed, marshal Barbara Johnston received injuries in the crash. Adrián Fernández won the race; the name of the race was changed in 2006 from the Molson Indy Toronto to the Molson Grand Prix of Toronto after it was purchased by the Champ Car World Series from Molstar Sports and Entertainment. The name was changed to distance Champ Car from the rival Indy Racing League, which had gained the exclusive right to use the "Indy" name after 2002.
In 2007, after Molson dropped their title sponsorship to the race, Steelback Brewery signed a multi-year, multimillion-dollar deal to become the event’s title sponsor, renaming it the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto. This marked the first title sponsorship change since the event started in 1986; the unification of Champ Car and the Indy Racing League was announced on February 22, 2008, the Grand Prix of Toronto's future was left in doubt. After attempts were made to preserve the race for 2008, it was confirmed on March 5, 2008, that the race had been cancelled. On May 15, 2008, Andretti Green Racing purchased the assets of the former Grand Prix of Toronto. On July 30, 2008, it was confirmed that the race would return to Toronto on July 12, 2009. On September 18, 2008, Andretti Green Racing announced that it had signed a multi-year agreement with Honda Canada Inc. for the title sponsorship of the race, henceforth named from 2009 onward as the Honda Indy Toronto. In 2016, the track layout was modified to accommodate the newly constructed Hotel X Toronto.
Under the new layout, the pit lane was moved to the opposite side of the race course, starting at the outside of turn 9 and exiting just after turn 11. This, in turn, made turn 11 a sharper turn. Michael Andretti is the all-time race win leader with seven victories. 1967: Run in two heats of 98 miles each. Second race stopped after 6 laps due to rain. 1968: Run in two heats of 98 miles each. 1990: Race shortened due to rain. 1996: Race ended with 1 1/2 laps remaining because of fatal crash on Lake Shore Boulevard. Driver Jeff Krosnoff and a track marshal were killed and the race was stopped near the impact point a lap later. 2014: First race was postponed from Saturday to Sunday morning because of rain. The second planned race is still scheduled for Sunday afternoon; because of this, both races were shortened from 85 laps to 65 to compensate for the delay. The second race however was further shortened due to time limit. 2015: Due to Toronto hosting the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games, the race was moved to June to avoid conflicting with the games.
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The Enercare Centre known as the Direct Energy Centre and National Trade Centre, is an exhibition complex located at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Canada. It is used by the Canadian National Exhibition and Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and various trade shows. In 2015, it hosted several sport competitions as well as the broadcasting centre for the 2015 Pan American Games; the complex is named after Enercare, a portfolio company of Brookfield Asset Management which specializes in home services, commercial services, energy solutions. Located just to the west of the Princes' Gates at the eastern end of Exhibition Place, it was the site of a streetcar loop and open space; the new building took over the frontage along Prince's Boulevard and connected to the existing Coliseum and Industry Buildings, creating a large inter-connected exhibition complex. The existing southern entrance of the Coliseum was integrated into the new complex; the streetcar loop was moved to the north of the complex. The open space was the site of the Engineering and Electrical Building, opened in 1928 and torn down in 1972.
In 2005, the CNE Board of Directors entered into a ten-year agreement with Direct Energy Inc. to sponsor the name of the centre, effective in March 2006. The agreement pays fees to a reserve fund, used to keep the centre in a state of good repair. In 2014, part of Direct Energy was sold to EnerCare Inc. including the name-in-title of the centre. The agreement was extended for another ten years to end in 2026, at a value of $7.5 million. At the 2015 Pan American Games the venue hosted the sports of volleyball in Hall A, handball and roller sports figure skating in Hall B, racquetball and squash in Hall C and gymnastics in the adjoining Ricoh Coliseum. Pan American Games organizers referred to the centre as the "Exhibition Centre"; the building was the location of the Main Press and Broadcasting Centre for the Games. The CNE Board of Governors and the City of Toronto intend to study an expansion of the facility; the proposed expansion would add an additional hall connected to the west end of the main building.
Designed by architectural teams Zeidler Partnership Architects and Dunlop-Farrow Architects, the building opened on April 3, 1997, with its first show being the National Home Show. It has seven exhibit halls with one million square feet of exhibition space. Four of the halls are separated by removable walls to create configurable space. Additionally, the Coliseum and Horse Palace can be integrated into an exhibition, it is the largest indoor exhibition centre in Canada. The project cost CA$180 million; the cost was shared by the Toronto and Canadian governments. The entire southern frontage is a long hall. Most of the southern wall of the hall is glass, providing light to the entrances to the exhibit halls which have no windows. At the eastern end of the hall is a small open exhibition space, sometimes used as an art gallery, used by the CNE for cat and dog shows. At the eastern end of the hall is a "living wall." Under the main exhibit space is an underground parking garage, providing 1,300 spaces, connected to the Beanfield Centre in the Automotive Building to the south by an underground tunnel.
Along the top of the hall at towers above entrances are four rotating spotlights which are illuminated when shows are being held at the Centre. The external southern frontage differs along its length; the eastern section mimics the building style of the Automotive Building, using masonry and columns, while the western section is steel and glass, described as "flamboyant futurism". To the north of the new addition is the "Heritage Court" hall, oriented west-east, which links the Coliseum, the Annex and the new addition, it is 50,000 square feet in size. The western entrance to the complex is at the western end of the hall and serves as the main entrance to the Coliseum; the entrance is glass and has a canopy extending to the west, where a canopy extends to the north, between the Horse Palace and the Coliseum, providing cover to those persons arriving from the TTC loop to the north. The original southern exteriors of the Coliseum and Industry Building, dating back to the 1920s, are preserved inside the hall.
The Heritage Court is situated on the site of the TTC rail lines that separated the Coliseum and Industry buildings from the Engineering and Electrical Building. Four of the original "Statues of Industry" which adorned the facade of the Electrical and Engineering Building are mounted in the Heritage Court; the Annex building is used to store cattle and small livestock during the Winter Fair and the CNE. Judging is done in small rings within the Annex, in the Coliseum and in a temporary judging area in the new addition; the area is used by trade shows for demonstration space. As well as being used as part of the Canadian National Exhibition, it hosts the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair annually. Trade shows such as the Toronto International Boat Show, the National Home Show and the One of A Kind Show are held annually in the complex; the Honda Indy Toronto IndyCar race uses the hall for exhibit space. The City of Toronto uses various rooms for public meetings. Architecture and Urban Design Awards 2000, Award: Large Place or Street International Centre Metro Toronto Convention Centre Toronto Congress Centre Venues of the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games Official website Category talk:Handball venues in Canada
Canadian National Exhibition
The Canadian National Exhibition known as The Exhibition or The Ex, is an annual event that takes place at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Canada, during the 18 days leading up to and including Canadian Labour Day, the first Monday in September. With 1.5 million visitors each year, the CNE is Canada's largest annual fair and the fifth largest in North America. The first Canadian National Exhibition took place in 1879 to promote agriculture and technology in Canada. Agriculturists and scientists exhibited their discoveries and inventions at the CNE to showcase the work and talent of the nation; as Canada has grown as a nation, the CNE has changed over time, reflecting the growth in diversity and innovation, though agriculture and technology remain a large part of the CNE today. To many people in the Greater Toronto Area and the surrounding communities, the CNE is an annual family tradition; the CNE is held at Exhibition Place, a 192 acres site located along Toronto's waterfront on the shores of Lake Ontario and just west of downtown Toronto.
The site features several buildings and structures, many of which have been named as significant under the Ontario Heritage Act. There are several outdoor live music venues on-site including the permanent CNE Bandshell. All of the roads are named after the Canadian territories; the site includes a football stadium, fountains, plazas, a rose garden and parking lots. The site was reserve lands for British and Canadian military and was the site of an 18th-century French fort; the area was cleared of forest in the early 19th century for use by the Toronto Garrison of Fort York. The Exhibition received permission to use part of the site in the 1870s and expanded to use the whole site by the 1920s. In the 1950s, the site was expanded south of Lake Shore Boulevard by landfill, reduced in size on its northern boundary by the construction of the Gardiner Expressway; the 18-day fair itself consists of a mix of shopping areas, live entertainment, agricultural displays, sports events, a large carnival midway with rides and food.
The Canadian International Air Show on Labour Day weekend has been a feature of the fair since 1949. Several buildings house exhibits and displays from vendors, government agencies and various industry associations; these include the International Pavilion of products from around the world, the Arts and Hobbies Building of crafts and unusual items. The Evercare Centre complex holds the international pavilion, a garden show, the SuperDogs performances and a sand-sculpting competition, it has exhibit space used for agricultural or industrial displays and a live stage. The Food Building houses a large number of vendors of food from many cultures, reflecting Toronto's multicultural population; the Better Living Centre building is used for a casino on one side, a farming display on the other. The CNE continues its tradition of agricultural produce competition and the winners are displayed in the Better Living Centre, along with a butter sculpting competition. Other exhibit areas are used differently in different years.
There are a large number of vendors outside along the streets of the fair offering discount and unusual products. Some exhibits are only held for a few days such as the cat show; the 1792 "Scadding Cabin" log cabin display dates back to the first year of the fair and is the only time the cabin is open for display. The carnival midway has a large children's area in the northwest corner of the park, with smaller rides suitable for children under 12; the main area is situated west of the EnerCare Centre and has several dozen rides, including thrill rides, roller coasters, swing rides and a log plume ride. Along several pathways of the midway area are games of "skill", games of chance and many carnival food vendors; the CNE operates a "sky ride", with chairs similar to ski-lift chairs, to carry riders from one end of the midway to the other. The Coliseum building is used for live shows; these have included high-wire acts, the RCMP Musical Ride in the past. Outdoors, the Bandshell is used for nightly headliners.
Additionally, areas are set up at various points around the fair for outdoor entertainment. These include such things as beer gardens, musical acts, acrobatic acts, parkour displays, circus acts, children's shows and educational displays. There are two major parades at the CNE, the Warrior's Day Parade of veterans and the Labour Day Parade of workers; every evening a "Mardi Gras" parade is held. The CNE is home to BMO Field, a large multi-purpose facility located in the centre of the fair grounds; the stadium is used by two professional sports teams based in Toronto, the Toronto Argonauts Canadian football team and the Toronto FC soccer team. In Coronation Park, located across Lake Shore Boulevard, opposite the Princes' Gates, the CNE holds a youth peewee baseball tournament and a women's fastball tournament; the 2013 and 2014 CNEs featured a zip line ride. Operated by Ziptrek Ecotours, the CNE zip line was the highest and longest temporary zip line in the world; the launch tower, positioned southeast of the Food Building, measured 180 ft high.
The landing tower, southwest of the Direct Energy Centre, was 60 ft. The zip line ride consisted of four lines, each measuring nearly 1,100 ft. Zip line riders travelled at 65 km/hour. Food is considered by many visitors to be a key part of the CNE experience. Many options are available across the 192-acre site during the 18 days of the fair. A major destination for CNE visitors, the Food Building offers a wide variety of food options ranging from classic fair favourites, such as Beaver Tail