National Ethnic Press at CNE


By Leila Monteiro Lins | Photos by John Saraidaris  | Published 20/08/2018

Canada’s ethnic media  directly serve more than seven million new Canadians through  850 publications and over 120 radio and television programs in a language other than English or French.

By providing essential communications services, Canada’s ethnic media assist to engage, empower and unite all Canadian immigrants to maintain a connection with their former homeland and cultural identity.

The National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC) works to ensure that a pluralistic Canada society remains a reality.”We are a nation of many nationalities, many races and many faiths, bound together by a single unity, the unity of freedom and equality in “a just society”, said Mr. Thomas Saras, president of NEPMCC at CNE.

Photo gallery:

Interview with the president of NEPMCC, Thomas Saras:

Interview with the vice-president of NEPMCC, Joe Volpe:

 Canadian National Exhibition 2018 : Toronto’s iconic summer celebration

 The president of  the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) John Kiru visited the NEPMCC’s  booth last Saturday, 18. 


NEWLegends of the Silk Road Come to Light! – The CNE will “come to light” this year with a spectacular indoor lantern festival!

A stunning series of 17 illuminated sculpture installations will create a kaleidoscope of colour, themed around legends and myths associated with the ancient Silk Road. The awe-inspiring displays were created by 90 artists using 4,000 metres of synthetic silk, 55 metres of steel, and arrived in eight shipping containers that travelled more than 12,000 km from China to Toronto! The indoor lantern festival is co-produced by DDM Entertainment and Events Inc.

NEWTELUS Asian Market – Colourful, aromatic and bustling with energy, the TELUS Asian Market at the CNE takes over Princes’ Blvd. starting Thurs. Aug. 30 through to Labour Day with an eclectic mix of vendors, artisanal crafts, cultural entertainment, and authentic international street food to feast on.

NEWFlip Flop Sculptures – Beautiful art, with a cause. Abandoned flip flops retrieved from the Indian Ocean are transformed into whimsical animal sculptures by Kenyan artisans. Watch their creativity at work throughout the 18-days of the CNE inside the Enercare Centre, Hall A.

NEW Silent Disco – Dance the night away on Princes’ Blvd. to tunes that only you can hear at the CNE’s first-ever Silent Disco, Aug. 27 and 28. Participants are encouraged to don a pair of the 300 headphones that will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis (deposit required), and let loose to the music of two energized DJs spinning a variety of genres and songs.

NEWNook of Gnomes – Six whimsical giant garden gnomes are ready to greet CNE visitors as they enter Heritage Court. These legendary spirits known for their small stature have been super-sized to stand at 12 feet and six feet tall. Covered with flowers and greenery, the gnomes are sure to be an instant ‘selfie’ sensation. #GoBigOrGoGnome

NEW The Zipper – Celebrating its 50th anniversary as one of most popular amusement park rides worldwide, the Zipper debuts its new makeover at the CNE this year. Thrill seekers can now ride the vertical G-forces (without the enclosed cage) surrounded by illuminated LEDs, music and ‘screams.’ Be one of the firsts to experience the new-generation Zipper!

CNE Gaming Garage Powered by AMD – Back by popular demand, the Gaming Garage Powered by AMD is bigger and better. From Aug. 24 to 26, gamers can rally in eSports tournaments and compete in pinball tournaments for a shot at prize money, enjoy play-to-win tabletop games, interactive VR experiences, gaming demonstrations, and more.

East Coast Kitchen Party – Get ready for a tidal wave of Maritime merriment throughout opening weekend, Aug. 18 and 19 as the East Coast Kitchen Party returns to the CNE! Indulge in East Coast cuisine and craft beers, watch the city’s best mixologists face off in a Caesar competition, or cheer on a race to see who can shuck the most oysters for bragging rights. Seal the experience with a Newfoundland tradition by kissing a cod and getting screeched in!

CNE Innovation Garage – This year the Innovation Garage adds a number of exciting additions including the new Genius Lab Playground and Nintendo Kids Tech Zone for the young and curious who want to learn more about STEM and coding. Visitors can also explore Maker Spaces showcasing ideas and products, interactive displays, and an exciting new robot arena where high school teams showcase their robotic creations to compete for top honours.

The Emerging Innovators Pitch Competition – Now in its third year, the brightest young innovators from Canada are converging at the CNE’s Innovation Garage for a three-day competition, Aug. 17 to 19. Watch as competitors pitch their cutting edge inventions in six different categories from Urban Farming to Kids Technology, for the coveted Grand Prize of $25K.

Bandshell Concert Series – The CNE Bandshell stage is ready to rock this summer with a line-up of music royalty including Dennis DeYoung founding member of STYX, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Nancy Wilson of Heart, Kansas, and Canadian rock group Moist. International reggae icon Freddie McGregor and country music chart toppers Emerson Drive also headline, along with homegrown talent from Big Sugar, Bedouin Soundclash, The Trews, Hollerado, and Toronto rapper Fateh. Click here for the full Bandshell line up.

President’s Choice SuperDogs: Happy Barkday! – Our favourite pups are celebrating 40 years of entertaining audiences with a new show titled, Happy Barkday. It’s a birthday extravaganza filled with all the fun that audiences have come to expect, along with new tricks to keep the party going. SuperDogs return to the CNE in a new location inside the Enercare Centre, Hall G.

DATES: August 17 to September 3, 2018
LOCATION: Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON
Via Princes’ Gate (Lake Shore Blvd. and Strachan Ave.) or Dufferin Gate (food of Dufferin St.) or GO/TTC Exhibition Gate
TICKET PRICES: General Admission $15 ($4.99 Savings)
Ride All Day (RAD) Pass $41 ($24.99 Savings)

Leila Monteiro Lins

Leila has more than 30 years of experience in journalism and marketing, including media relations, event planning and the development of communication strategies. In April 2010, LML launched Discover magazine in Canada.

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