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CFS confirms 2019 dates, moves 2020 back to January

 12 October 2018     Michael J. Knell 

TORONTO – The organisers of the Canadian Furniture Show (CFS) have confirmed its 2019 edition will be held at the International Centre here from 24 to 26 May and announced this country’s only national furniture industry trade event will move back to January for 2020.

“This change will be implemented to ensure the event’s sustainability and growth,” the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Association (QFMA), its owners and operators, said in a statement.

From 1972 until 2014, CFS was held in January and was usually the first furniture market held in North America each year. It was moved to June for its 2015 edition and then in May in each of subsequent three years.

The 2019 edition will also run from Friday to Sunday, a schedule that’s been in place for the past of couple of years. But for 2020, it will run from Thursday to Saturday – 16 to 18 January.

“We have been conducting participant surveys to guide us in setting the priorities for each edition of the show. We have also been consulting regularly with our National Advisory Committee. While May has been an excellent month to hold the show, the industry favours holding the event at the beginning of the year,” Pierre Richard, president and chief executive officer of both QFMA and CFS, said in making the announcement.

He also noted the show’s management team is confident that moving back to mid-January will be beneficial to the industry as a whole and attract new exhibitors in more home-related product categories since it will be held closer to the traditional time for large-scale product launches.

This is particularly true for the large North American mattress manufacturers, which before 2015 were fervent supporters of CFS. They typically stage their major new product launches in January – often at the Las Vegas Market.

In 2020, the winter edition of the Las Vegas Market will be held from 26 to 30 January, opening a week after CFS closes.

The 2020 winter edition of the Toronto Gift Fair is expected to be held at roughly the same time.

Richard said the organisation drive for the 2019 Canadian Furniture Show will begin a about two weeks time as exhibitors will be invited to book their space being in early November with buyer registration set to open next February.

The show’s web site can be found here:

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This HGO article was written by:
Michael J. Knell
Michael J. Knell

Michael is the publisher and editor of Home Goods Online. A seasoned business journalist, he has researched and written about the furniture, mattress and major appliance industries in both Canada and the United States for the past three decades.

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