What’s New at the CNE in 2023

Sparking Symphony at CNE, photo courtesy CNE
Sparking Symphony at CNE, photo courtesy CNE

August is here, which means we are in the second half of summer! Torontonians know that the arrival of August means that the CNE is not too far away. Attending the CNE is one of the most fun Toronto events of the summer because there is so much to see and do. Some of the most popular things to do at the CNE include attending the Air Show, watching the SuperDogs perform, trying new culinary delights at the Food Building, and of course, taking a spin on stomach-turning rides on the Midway. Continue reading to find out about the new events and exhibits at the CNE in 2023:

Sparking Symphony at CNE, photo courtesy CNE
Sparking Symphony at CNE, photo courtesy CNE

The CNE Fountain Show “Sparking Symphony”

The dazzling new CNE Fountain Show “Sparking Symphony” takes place every evening on Lake Ontario. The glorious display features 11 dancing fountains that sprout water up to 100 feet, backed by high-energy music and illuminated by multi-coloured lights and lasers.

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

If you’re a fan of this 70s and 80s rock super group, you’ll definitely want to catch The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains at the CNE this year. Located at the Better Living Centre, this interactive event takes visitors on a thrilling experience while they learn about the band’s history and personal stories up until the 2000s. See over 350 band artifacts such as handwritten lyrics, letters and instruments that reflect Pink Floyd’s lengthy career.

Tickets for The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains are: Ages 13+: $53.10; Ages 6-12: $22.12; VIP (includes front of the line access, souvenir VIP Pink Floyd Exhibition laminate and lanyard, Pink Floyd Exhibition coffee table book, Pink Floyd Exhibition tote bag) $110.62.

Your ticket to The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains includes admission to the CNE from August 18, 2023 to September 4, 2023.

Sparking Symphony at CNE, photo courtesy CNE[/caption]

CNE Bandshell Concerts in 2023

After you've spent a day on the rides and visiting the food and other buildings, stick around to watch one of the concerts at the CNE Bandshell. Your CNE admission includes access to the following free concerts at the CNE Bandshell in 2023:

Dwayne Gretzky - Fri., Aug. 18, 2023
Jesse Gold - Fri., Aug. 18, 2023
Cheyenne Elliott - Sat., Aug. 19, 2023
Dionne Warwick - Sat., Aug. 19, 2023
Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan - Sun., Aug. 20, 2023
Julian Taylor - Mon., Aug. 21, 2023
William Prince - Mon., Aug. 21, 2023
Coney Hatch - Tues., Aug. 22, 2023
Kim Mitchell - Tues., Aug. 22, 2023
Stephen Ridley - Tues., Aug. 22, 2023
Amanda Marshall - Wed., Aug. 23, 2023
Jay Douglas - Thurs., Aug. 24, 2023
Marcia Griffiths - Thurs., Aug. 24, 2023
Choclair - Fri., Aug. 25, 2023
Haviah Mighty - Fri., Aug. 25, 2023
Jon Kabongo - Fri., Aug. 25, 2023
Kardinal Offishall - Fri., Aug. 25, 2023
Jann Arden - Sat., Aug. 26, 2023
Lolo - Sun., Aug. 27, 2023
Mico - Sun., Aug. 27, 2023
A Flock of Seagulls - Mon., Aug. 28, 2023
Nice Horse - Wed., Aug. 30, 2023
The Washboard Union - Wed., Aug. 30, 2023
Dr. Jay - Thurs., Aug. 31, 2023
The Sheepdogs – Fri., Sept. 1, 2023
The Red Hill Valleys, Fri., Sept. 1, 2023
Lydia Sutherland - Sun., Sept. 3, 2023
Brett Kissel – Sun., Sept. 3, 2023

Elvis Stojko appears at CNE Acrobatic and Skating Show in 2023, photo courtesy of the CNE
Elvis Stojko appears at CNE Acrobatic and Skating Show in 2023, photo courtesy of the CNE

The Acrobatic and Skating Show 2023

The CNE’s new Acrobatic and Skating Show, Time Flies, returns after a five year absence. The show will feature dazzling performances from world class ice skaters, xtreme skaters and circus artists. Travel through the last 12 decades with the help of popular songs that have stood the test of time. Three-time World Champion, two-time Olympic silver medalist and seven-time Canadian champion Elvis Stojko will take this show to new levels. Global entertainment including acrobats from Switzerland, Konterschwung, will perform amazing feats. The Acrobatic and Skating Show takes place twice daily at the Coca-Cola Coliseum from August 18, 2023 to September 4, 2023.

I hope you enjoyed finding out what's new at the CNE in 2023. Let me know in the comment section what you are looking forward to most at the CNE this year!

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  1. Your article opens the gates to a world of excitement and novelty, where tradition meets innovation at the CNE. As the curtains rise on the latest chapter of this iconic event, your words paint a vivid picture of what’s in store for visitors. Just like the CNE’s vibrant kaleidoscope, your storytelling weaves together the old and the new, reminding us of the timeless charm of exploration and discovery. From tantalizing treats to captivating spectacles, it’s a testament to how even in changing times, some traditions continue to light up our lives. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into this annual tapestry of enchantment!

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