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Let’s go to the Ex: Five must-see CNE attractions

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Aug 21st, 2015

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1. Food Truck Frenzy

From Friday, Aug. 28 to Sunday, Aug. 30, the Ex will host a fleet of four-wheeled gourmets, including Caplanksy’s Delicatessen, Gorilla Cheese, I Love Churros, and a mouth-watering array of burger, BBQ and bacon options. Also on tap at the Food Truck Frenzy is a craft beer fest, where 11 brewhouses including Steamwhistle, Creemore Springs and Mill Street will offer up samples of their suds.

The Food Truck Frenzy and Craft Beer Fest takes place just inside the Princes’ Gates at the east end of the grounds.

Friday, Aug. 28: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 30: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

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2. Free music!

There are too many performances scheduled over the 18 days of the Ex to just choose one, so here are three acts you might want to check out:

Foghat: Friday, Aug. 28

Tokyo Police Club: Thursday, Sept. 3

Monster Truck: Saturday, Sept. 5

All performances are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

3. Bon Voyage! Aerial Acrobatic & Ice Skating Show

You can cool down after a hot day on the midway with the Bon Voyage! ice skating and aerial acrobatics show, featuring Olympic gold medalist ice dancers Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue. Joining the championship pair are acrobat and aerialist team Karen Goudreault and Dominic Lacasse. With two performances every day of the Exhibition, Bon Voyage! is a great chance to see some amazing on-ice and in-air feats.

Ricoh Coliseum
Sept. 5 to Sept. 7
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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4. HorsePower Live!

This display of trick riding, roping and barrel racing is far from an old-fashioned rodeo. HorsePower Live!is an admission-free performance of equestrian skill set to music, including a “hip hop freestyle” routine. And the four-legged stars will be available for a meet-and-greet after the show. Warning: HorsePower Live! may result in demands that you buy your kids a horse – or at least get them riding lessons.

CNE Horse Palace
Aug. 2 – Aug. 20
11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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5. The Canadian International Air Show

It’s been a CNE staple for 65 years, but the Air Show never disappoints. This year, in addition to the aerobatic Snowbirds and trick flying by teams from around the world, the Air Show will honour the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Battle of Britain, with an appearance by a World War Two’s Spitfire. You can buy tickets for the VIP Guest Enclosure, or enjoy the show for free anywhere on the CNE grounds. Word is the best views are from the southwest waterfront area.

Sept. 5 – Sept. 7
Noon – 3 p.m.

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