The Canadian National Exhibition
The world class performers and spectacular air shows are the really
big draws every year at the Canadian National Exhibition. Everyone in
Toronto knows when the Canadian International Air Show is on at
the "Ex" as the loud, fast and spectacular jets dance over the
Each summer I go to the CNE with students. This summer 2006, it is to
see the "Super Dogs" and shop in the international pavilion. Last
summer 2005 it was to see the world record holder "Human Cannon Ball"
and the "Fire and Ice" show.
The "CNE or Ex" is a wonderful field trip for international students
to learn English and see products, cultural exhibits, foods,
performers and people from across Canada and every other country in
the world. Every new item triggers questions and learning
opportunities as students expand their vocabulary and language
Every year the CNE features a nice combination of regular performers
along with new acts, performers and shows. It is comfortable to see
familiar performers do new tricks to excite and wow the crowds.
One of the new shows "Wonders of Dance and Music" presents a fusion
of Brazilian Carnival Samba, Flamenco, Tango, Arabic and Gypsy dance
masterpieces integrated into one high-energy musical expression.
Another new show is "The Movie Song Show" where singers and dancers
perform hit songs and scenes from famous movies like Flashdance, Top
Gun, Back to the Future, The Bodyguard, Men in Black, Moulin Rouge,
Chicago, and Titanic.
The Toronto Urban Music Festival is a presentation of Urban Music
with new performers and regular performers with news songs and new
routines. The show presents a wide variety of contemporary urban
music including Hip Hop and Rap.
There are many smaller venue stages all over the Exhibition grounds
to see performers. Toronto Star Bandshell, Global Food Building
Stage, The Green Thumb Garden Theatre, Rogers International Stage,
Kids' World Feature Stage, Labatt Blue Midway Stage, Remember When
Pavilion, Renovation Stage, Rock Valley Café, A Taste of the World
Gourmet Theatre and TTC Stage. The TTC Stage hosts the TTC Busker
Auditions to hundreds of hopefuls that come to the CNE and audition
for their chance to entertain you on the TTC.
International students recognize foods, clothes, gift items,
collectable's from their countries and have the opportunity to
explain in English what they are, their cultural or historical
significance to other international students that have never seen
them before. In many ways it is like traveling to the most exotic
global markets without having to pay airfare.
The best prices for shopping can occur at the CNE as many outlet
shops, importers and clearance jobbers sell products at huge
discounts. Students like to buy dictionaries for one dollar, or learn
English CD sets for 3 dollars instead of the regular list price of
thirty dollars. I like to buy books, software, music cd's, vhs tapes,
dvd's and other resource materials for my classes at a 75 to 90
percent discount and so do the students.
The CNE exhibits are everywhere and have something for everyone. Some
students love the gardens, gardening, and landscaping. Some students
love the agricultural exhibits with all the food products, farm
animals, farm equipment and the horse shows. Other students play at
the sports pavilion to test their abilities with new sports
challenges. Some like to see arts and crafts and art displays others
like to participate in the "how to" demonstrations and create their
own art piece. Some students just like to play the latest sega video
games or sony games "be" pc gamers or x box pros and play on the
newest equipment or game platform.
The final day of the CNE is Labour Day. Since it is too late to go
again this year you are welcome join us for a day trip to the 2007
See you then!!
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