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Get Connected with Virtual CNE this Summer

This year’s Virtual CNE offers free and paid family content, concerts, and new at-home experiences including cooking with celebrity chefs, virtual escape room, sand sculpting lessons, and return of the popular CNE Gaming Garage Powered by AMD

Ontario’s end of summer tradition is returning online again in a new interactive platform that brings the CNE experience right at home.  The Canadian National Exhibition is introducing CNE Connected, a one-time subscription to access exclusive free and paid online content through to the fall; and in true spirit of CNE fun, there are plenty of prizes to be won including a 10-piece Meyer Cookware set valued at $1,000.

The CNE Connected subscription is $22.00 (plus HST) and comes with a complementary General Admission ticket to the 2022 CNE (a value of $19.99) – which means membership is equivalent to just $2 to enjoy more than a dozen virtual events and activities from cooking with celebrity chefs to music classes, arts, gaming, yoga, and more!  PLUS – Subscribers will receive FREE admission to the 2022 CNE! 

There’s also plenty of free programming at TheEx.com to continue the CNE tradition including the President’s Choice SuperDogs shows, skating shows, and a special tribute commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Warriors’ Day Parade.  

The CNE annually attracts more than 1.4 million visitors to its event; however, in light of the City of Toronto’s decision to cancel all permitted large festivals through to September, organizers have been vocal about the financial impact of closing its gates for the second year in a row that has put the fair in a deficit of millions.  

For more information about CNE Connected and full schedule of events, go to TheEx.com

NEW CNE Connected Family Content:

Chef-Guided Cooking Lessons: CNE Connected Subscription 
Prepare CNE-inspired dishes created exclusively for subscribers by celebrity chefs including Canada’s bestselling cookbook author and tv personality Michael Smith.  Presented by Meyer Cookware, Chef Michael Smith will take to the CNE Virtual Cooking Stage to guide home chefs with step-by-step instructions to create a delectable Potato Bacon Cheddar Tart and Flaming Peaches that showcase his sustainable approach to cooking. 

Little Kitchen Academy

Little Kitchen Academy (LKA): CNE Connected Subscription
Each year, the CNE Farm strives to teach its young visitors about the importance of agriculture, where our food comes from, and the farm-to-table concept. New this year, Little Kitchen Academy will be providing a hands-on class to CNE Connected subscribers from the comfort of their own home!  Additionally, subscribers will receive a unique discount code to sign up their child for Little Kitchen Academy to further their local food journey.

Virtual Escape Room: CNE Connected Subscription
Combining the thrill of the CNE and timeliness of back to school, CNE Connected includes a virtual multi-player escape room challenge themed, “Detention.” Subscribers will have access to passes that allow up to six players on different devices to participate simultaneously in a virtual classroom setting and work together to escape.

Peppa Pig Live Virtual Experience – CNE Connected Subscription
Beloved book and cartoon character Peppa Pig is inviting CNE families to participate in a story time with Peppa complete with craft activities and a special screening of Peppa’s Adventures!  Plus, visitors will be given four chances to win Peppa Gift Baskets to enhance their experience even more. Gift Baskets are provided by Nelvana and Hasbro.

Kids e-World – CNE Connected Subscription
Some of the CNE’s favourite Kids’ World acts are back on the virtual stage to entertain families with some magic, music, and virtual tours.  Majinx will amaze audiences with brand new illusions and spectacular stunts; Team T&J will bring their high-energy performance and fun activities to learn about farm safety; while the CNE’s mascot Al-Ex the Beaver takes audiences on a virtual tour of the Royal Ontario Museum’s“Great Whales: Up Close & Personal” exhibit.

President’s Choice SuperDogs – FREE online
Not only are the SuperDogs back to entertain audiences, but they are also helping pet owners teach their dogs new tricks!   Check off the ‘Doggie To-Do List’ with short training videos and share your pet videos on social media to win prizes including a walk-on appearance at the next SuperDogs show at the 2022 CNE!

Sand Sculpting Tutorials & Competition – FREE online
Renowned sand artist Karen Fralich, who has been wowing CNE visitors with her larger-than-life sculptures, is sharing some tricks of the trade to create an impressive sand sculpture.   Not close to a beach?  No problem!  The CNE has created instructions to make sand at home using simple household ingredients, along with a map of local parks to test your new skills and show off for a chance to win prizes.

Little Rebels Music & Development – CNE Connected Subscription
The CNE is bringing musical fun for the ‘wee ones.  In a series of 45-minute classes, founder of Little Rebels Music & Development, Jen Neales, combines age/stage specific activities for babies, toddlers & big kids (2 months to 4 years) set to music that parents will enjoy too!  Most of the songs are adaptations of, or inspired by Broadway, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Motown hits, and integrate movement and props to foster play for all ages – tummy time, rolling over, crawling, walking, and creative movement and storytelling while celebrating all the little milestones in between. CNE Connected subscribers will receive access to three classes created exclusively for the CNE, and a discount of 15% off of Little Rebels 2-month subscription series to be redeemed before May 1st 2022.

CNE Gaming Garage – Powered by AMD: Building on the success of 2020, this year’s CNE Gaming Garage Powered by AMD is designed to keep fans engaged with freeplay and competitive Esports Tournaments including Valorant, Fortnite and Brawlhalla. Tune into the live broadcast to watch couch co-op sessions and panels with your favourite influencers. Panels include Life as a Gaming Influencer and the Best Video Games of All Time. Couch co-op titles include Among Us, Knockout City, Ultimate Chicken Horse, and more! It’s game ON from August 20 – 22. Watch the broadcast on ‪twitch.tv/amd and on theex.com/cnegaminggarage

Kemetic Yoga – presented by Black Speculative Arts Movement Canada (BSAM): Kemetic yoga, which originated in Egypt and etched in ancient hieroglyphs, focuses on the movement of energy through the body and connection to the mind. The series features five Kemetic Yoga sessions based on the elements of Air, Fire, Spirit, Earth and Water. The Water session that emphasises healing and purification, will be available as a sneak peek to CNE Connected subscribers before its public release on September 28, and includes a healing journal for participants to record wellness affirmations. 

Mural Competition – Building on the CNE’s longstanding history of showcasing the visual arts, the CNE is proud to present an art competition and experience created for CNE Connected.  In partnership with SKETCH (a community arts enterprise engaging diverse young people who are homeless or living forced marginalization), six emerging young community artists will share their artistic vision, stories and inspiration, and after a selection process, two artists will have the opportunity to create a 4ft by 8ft mural for the 2022 CNE. 

Presidents Choice Super Dogs

President’s Choice SuperDogs – FREE online
Not only are the SuperDogs back to entertain audiences, but they are also helping pet owners teach their dogs new tricks!   Check off the ‘Doggie To-Do List’ with short training videos and share your pet videos on social media to win prizes including a walk-on appearance at the next SuperDogs show at the 2022 CNE!

Sand Sculpting Tutorials & Competition – FREE online
Renowned sand artist Karen Fralich, who has been wowing CNE visitors with her larger-than-life sculptures, is sharing some tricks of the trade to create an impressive sand sculpture.   Not close to a beach?  No problem!  The CNE has created instructions to make sand at home using simple household ingredients, along with a map of local parks to test your new skills and show off for a chance to win prizes.

Little Rebels Music & Development – CNE Connected Subscription
The CNE is bringing musical fun for the ‘wee ones.  In a series of 45-minute classes, founder of Little Rebels Music & Development, Jen Neales, combines age/stage specific activities for babies, toddlers & big kids (2 months to 4 years) set to music that parents will enjoy too!  Most of the songs are adaptations of, or inspired by Broadway, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Motown hits, and integrate movement and props to foster play for all ages – tummy time, rolling over, crawling, walking, and creative movement and storytelling while celebrating all the little milestones in between. CNE Connected subscribers will receive access to three classes created exclusively for the CNE, and a discount of 15% off of Little Rebels 2-month subscription series to be redeemed before May 1st 2022.

CNE Gaming Garage – Powered by AMD: Building on the success of 2020, this year’s CNE Gaming Garage Powered by AMD is designed to keep fans engaged with freeplay and competitive Esports Tournaments including Valorant, Fortnite and Brawlhalla. Tune into the live broadcast to watch couch co-op sessions and panels with your favourite influencers. Panels include Life as a Gaming Influencer and the Best Video Games of All Time. Couch co-op titles include Among Us, Knockout City, Ultimate Chicken Horse, and more! It’s game ON from August 20 – 22. Watch the broadcast on ‪twitch.tv/amd and on theex.com/cnegaminggarage

Kemetic Yoga – presented by Black Speculative Arts Movement Canada (BSAM): Kemetic yoga, which originated in Egypt and etched in ancient hieroglyphs, focuses on the movement of energy through the body and connection to the mind. The series features five Kemetic Yoga sessions based on the elements of Air, Fire, Spirit, Earth and Water. The Water session that emphasises healing and purification, will be available as a sneak peek to CNE Connected subscribers before its public release on September 28, and includes a healing journal for participants to record wellness affirmations. The Kemetic Yoga Series is part of the Earthseeds: Space of the Living, and inaugural Waterfront Artist Residency supported by Waterfront Toronto and the Waterfront BIA. BSAM Canada was founded in 2016 to create a collaborative and supportive platform that can empower, elevate, and evolve Black creatives and organizations who work within the respective field of the speculative arts.

Mural Competition Building on the CNE’s longstanding history of showcasing the visual arts, the CNE is proud to present an art competition and experience created for CNE Connected.  In partnership with SKETCH (a community arts enterprise engaging diverse young people who are homeless or living forced marginalization), six emerging young community artists will share their artistic vision, stories and inspiration, and after a selection process, two artists will have the opportunity to create a 4ft by 8ft mural for the 2022 CNE. 

For a complete list of programming and updates, go to TheEx.com.

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