The 45th edition of the Canadian Furniture Show opens today!

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 26, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The annual gathering of the Canadian furniture industry gets underway today! The 45th edition of the Canadian Furniture Show is being held today through Sunday in the Toronto area. Ranked among the top five trade shows in Canada, the country's only national furniture show will be playing host to local as well as international exhibitors and visitors. The event has continually been revitalized over the last three years, and the 2017 edition is no exception, since it will feature 80 new exhibitors who will be displaying their new products to the thousands of Show participants.

"The 2017 Show will be very lively. All of our pre-event indicators are up from 2016: pre-registration is up 8%, hotel bookings are 14% higher, and we will be featuring more exhibit space than last year," said Pierre Richard, President and CEO of the Canadian Furniture Show.

In addition to unveiling new products, the 2017 Show provides visitors with a program geared toward discovery and trends, along with insightful advice, as well as networking opportunities. The visitor experience will be further enhanced by the new Lunch & Learn Speaker Series. Sarah Richardson, the award-winning designer and internationally acclaimed TV personality, will launch the Series today. She will be followed on Saturday by David Coletto, the CEO of Abacus Data and an expert on Canadian Millennials. The third speaker in the Series, scheduled for Sunday noon, is Kimmberly Capone, a furniture retailer who reinvented the family business and quadrupled sales in the process! Networking activities, meanwhile, include the industry's major cocktail reception, to which all Show participants are invited this evening; and, throughout the three days of the event, visitors will be able to enjoy the rest and entertainment areas, including The Spa and The Pub, which are both conducive to casual conversation and relaxation.       

"The new features introduced this year are in response to the industry's requests, which we survey every year; in this respect, we also benefit from the astute advice of the 15 members of the National Advisory Committee," said Pierre Richard. "We are exceedingly proud of this diversified program of activities, which will be presented in a reconfigured and optimized space. In fact, this year we are concentrating the activities in Halls 1 to 4, in addition to the Conference Centre, the Toronto Area Showrooms and SOFA Showrooms. In recent years, the Show floor wasn't being fully utilized and there were some empty spaces. The 2017 layout includes enough square feet of space to stage a bigger Show than the 2016 edition. And this plan will be more efficient for the visitors to get around."        

The Canadian Furniture Show has been held since 1972 and is produced by the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers' Association. It brings together industry professionals, manufacturers, importers, retailers, designers and others, from Canada the United States and worldwide, to discover the latest collections and conduct business. The 2017 Canadian Furniture Show will be held from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28, at The International Centre, in Mississauga, Ontario. For full details, please visit our website at canadianfurnitureshow.com.

 

SOURCE Association des fabricants de meubles du Québec

For further information: Nathalie Lessard, Communications and Events Director, 514 866-3631 x209, nlessard@afmq.com

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