Westeros Returns to Toronto for March Break as Game of Thrones: The Exhibition Kicks Off World Tour

  • Free exhibition runs March 9 to 16 at Toronto's Design Exchange (DX)
  • The Movie Network subscribers get early access to free tickets
  • Experience the world of Game of Thrones through the costumes, armour, weapons and more - straight from the set of HBO's massively popular epic fantasy series

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TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - HBO Canada will host the world premiere of Game of Thrones: The Exhibition from March 9 to 16 at the Design Exchange (DX) in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Toronto is the only Canadian stop for this event, which builds on the success of last year's sold-out exhibition that saw more than 25,000 fans turn out for the opportunity to engage with costumes and props from HBO's global production and line-up for a photo on the iconic iron throne. This year's effort, commissioned and curated by HBO, is a touring, interactive experience with subsequent stops in New York City, Sao Paulo, Amsterdam and Belfast. The exhibition will focus on key characters from five of the noble houses (Stark, Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon and Greyjoy), showcasing a treasure trove of more than 70 original artifacts from seasons 1 and 2, plus select pieces from this year's new season.

"HBO Canada is all about exclusive access to premium television and Game of Thrones: The Exhibition promises to bring fans up-close-and-personal with our biggest show and a bona fide pop-culture phenomenon," said Domenic Vivolo, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Astral Television Networks. "We look forward to opening the door to Westeros for Torontonians and hope everyone comes to check out the incredible craft and artistry that goes into bringing this series to life."

Built by New Project LLC, the exhibition includes:

Costumes, props, armour and weapons - Artisans, whose superb craftsmanship has provided authenticity to the medieval world of the show, worked closely with HBO to curate the exhibit with items including: an impressive costume display overseen by the show's costume designer Michele Clapton who dressed the mannequins to ensure accuracy in the presentation of the extraordinarily detailed garments, iconic artifacts such as model dragons, weaponry (Joffrey's crossbow, daggers and swords such as "Ice" and "Longclaw"), armour (helmets, shields and full suits of armour worn by key characters), crowns, jewelry, books and much more.

Blackwater Bay Interactive Experience - Fans will get an opportunity to participate in an exciting interactive experience that will place them amid the action of the epic battle of Blackwater Bay from season 2.

Iron throne - Fit for any king or queen, fans will be able to have their photo on a precise replica of the iron throne from the series.

This free event will be staged on the Trading Floor within the Design Exchange (DX). Located in downtown Toronto in the historic and original Toronto Stock Exchange building, the DX is Canada's only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and provides the ideal venue to celebrate the meticulously detailed work of the costume designers, set designers, graphic designers, and props masters behind Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones: The Exhibition is a free, timed-ticket event. Subscribers to The Movie Network have early access to free tickets now through 8:59 a.m. ET on Thursday, February 21. Subscribers can stay tuned to The Movie Network's Facebook fan page (facebook.com/themovienetwork), The Movie Network Insider newsletter (visit themovienetwork.ca to sign up) or the March 2013 issue of Movie Entertainment magazine for details on how to obtain tickets.

Free tickets will be made available to the general public beginning Thursday, February 21 at 9 a.m. ET at themovienetwork.ca/Exhibition. Hours of operation for the exhibition are: Weekends, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Weekdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition is recommended for ages 14+. Tickets are limited to four per person. More information about the venue, including directions, parking and accessibility are available by contacting the Design Exchange at exhibitinfo@dx.org or 1-416-216-2115.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Advance media tours of Game of Thrones: The Exhibition will take place on Friday, March 8, subject to availability. For more details, please contact the Media Relations team at The Movie Network (see below for contact information).

About Game of Thrones: Season 3
Premieres Sunday, March 31 at 9 pm ET/MT on HBO Canada
Based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling books, Game of Thrones is an intricate and visually stunning, epic series that has captured the imaginations of fans globally with its striking characters that live in a world whose summers and winters can last for years.

Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #GOTExhibitionTO and engage with the following social sites for more information on the exhibition and Season Three of Game of Thrones, including prizing and surprise announcements.

Twitter: Facebook:
@themovienetwork /themovienetwork
@designexchange  /designexchange

HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada). HBO Canada brings Canadians the current slate of signature dramatic programs for which HBO is known, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO's extensive library - all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on demand and online where available by service provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com.

The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral Media Inc. (TSX : ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising and interactive media properties. Astral plays a central role in community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.



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