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Canadian Furniture Show opens this ThursdayWednesday, June 03, 2015 > 10:39:35
(Home Goods Online)
The 43rd edition of what is now called the Canadian Furniture Show (CFS), this country's only national furniture, mattress and major appliance industry event, will open at the International Centre here Thursday morning for its annual four-day run. Its organisers are promising retailers buyer a number of improvements over the events held in previous years.
Owned and organised by the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Association (QFMA), this year's event will cover some 425,000 square feet of exhibit space created by approximately 250 exhibitors - including nine showrooms outside the International Centre - offering almost every important product category of interest to the independent retailer.
This year's event will also see the return of Consumer Day on Sunday (June 7), when the public will be invited to view the latest trends and styles in furniture, mattress and major appliances from leading resources and hear from noted design celebrities such as Karen Sealy, who has also been designated as the event's official spokesperson, as well as Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman, well-known for their daily television show Steven & Chris.
"As industry professionals have done for several decades, the public will be able to see thousands of furniture pieces, appliances, mattresses, rugs, lighting, and accessories before they are available in the stores," said Pierre Richard, president and chief executive officer of both CFS and QFMA.
"Having a Consumer Day provides exhibitors with a unique opportunity to communicate directly with consumers, get a first-hand view of their reaction to their products, and gain some exposure for their brand," he continued. "As for the show, holding a Consumer Day became a must to attract new exhibitors, enhance the visibility of the event and the entire Canadian industry, and ensure the revival of the show."
Until last year, the event - which is the seventh largest trade show in Canada - was known at the Canadian Home Furnishings Market (TCHFM) and held in January. The new name and logo were requested by the industry. In fact, the organisers recruited 15 professionals from across the industry and regions of the country to create a national advisory committee, which prioritised solutions to attract new exhibitors and attendees while recommending ways to ensure the event's sustainability and growth.
CFS 2015 will feature 95 new exhibitors, double the average of recent years.
On Thursday and Friday from 9 to 11am, market organisers will host a media tour of the show, beginning in the press room, which is located in the Aquarius room, in the International Centre's conference area.
The organisers will also host an ‘Industry Bash' on Thursday evening, beginning at 6pm, outside the entrance to Hall 3.
Meanwhile, on Friday evening, the Canadian Home Furnishings Awards gala will be held in the International Centre's Orion ballroom.
Thursday & Friday: from 9am to 6pm
Saturday: from 9am to 8pm
Sunday (Consumer Day): from 10am to 5pm
Town Hall: Sunday at 8:30 to 9:45am
Market website: www.canadianfurnitureshow.com
The Spring edition of the HGO Merchandiser has a complete introduction to this year's Canadian Furniture Show, beginning on page 39. Click here to download your copy.