TORONTO – The 2017 edition of the Canadian Furniture Show (CFS) will be held at the International Centre here from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28, marking a return to the schedule it last employed over two decades ago.
“Following the National Advisory Committee meeting and in light of the many comments we received and the surveys we conducted over the course of the summer, the show will be held in May. However, we have also decided to favour a Friday-to-Sunday format to accommodate as many participants as possible,” Pierre Richard, CFS president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.
“During the 2016 show, people on the floor were wondering about the best time of the year and the best days on which to stage the event. We surveyed people on these two questions, among others, and the results are clear,” he added.
The 2016 event was held on a Saturday to Monday schedule. Before 2014, it ran from Saturday to Tuesday.
CFS management said it surveyed 675 respondents – including exhibitors, visitors, participants and non-participants – at the 2016 show. Of these, only 15% of the visitors and 28% of the exhibitors favoured a month other than May in which to hold the show, which is this country’s only national furniture industry event.
Furthermore, their preferences are spread over the remaining 11 months of the year: they do not all opt for January. As for the days on which the show should be held, only 16% of the 2016 exhibitors and 23% of the visitors preferred a week-day event: thus, the weekend time frame was clearly the choice of participants.
“Our team has spared and will continue to spare no effort to ensure the show’s success and evolution while continuing to be attentive to the industry,” Richard said. “Through surveys, comments sent to us from across the country, and through the National Advisory Committee recommendations, we continually take the pulse of the industry. This includes going from a four-day to a three-day event, a format that was well-liked by the participants.
“Moreover, our surveys show 89% of the 2016 exhibitors and 86% of the visitors said they planned to take part in the 2017 show. These results tell us we are headed in the right direction,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, the advisory committee welcomed two new members at its last meeting: Brad Geddes, president and CEO of added-value resource Zucora Inc., which is based in London, Ontario; and, Jason Harris, vice president of sales and marketing for Stylus Furniture, the stationary upholstery specialist headquartered in Vancouver.
Richard also noted details about the program and schedule of events for the 2017 show will be announced in November. At that time, exhibitors will also be able to reserve their floor spaces for the show.
The Canadian Furniture Show has been held since 1972 and is produced by the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers’ Association, of which Richard also serves as president and CEO. It is also believed to be one of the five largest trade shows in Canada and brings together industry professionals such as manufacturers, importers, retailers, designers and others from Canada, the United States and worldwide, to discover the latest collections and conduct business.