Toronto #26: The Canadian National Exhibition

In 1879 an annual fair was begun on Toronto’s waterfront as an industrial exhibition to highlight technology in farming. Over the years the CNE or “Ex” as it has become known, has had many incarnations: a staging area for troops during WW2; a post-war showcase for inventions; a fun midway; and a stage that featured super stars such as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, and Anne Murray. The Ex also included many ethnic groups who subsequently started their own festivals in the City supported by their distinct media groups. See the Toronto 175 category for more episodes and information.

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