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Drive to CFS 2019 begins

 5 November 2018     Michael J. Knell 

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – Exhibitors looking to secure display space at the 2019 edition of the Canadian Furniture Show (CFS) are welcome to make their reservations beginning today, the organisers of this country’s only national furniture industry trade event have announced.

As it has been for the past four-plus decades, the 2019 CFS will be held at the International Centre here from Friday to Sunday, 24 to 26 May.

The event is owned and organised by the Montreal-headquartered Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Association (QFMA) and is believed to be the fifth largest trade event of any kind staged in Canada each year.

One change has already been made to the program for 2019.

“We are happy to announce that this year, the Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance (CHFA) will hold its annual awards gala at the International Centre on Friday the 24th, the first night of the show. A complimentary cocktail reception will be hosted for all show attendees beforehand,” Pierre Richard, chief executive officer of both CFS and QFMA, said in a statement.

Historically, the gala has been held on the evening before opening day and is the occasion when the CHFA presents both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Retailer of the Year Award. For the past two years, the Retail Sales Professional Award honourees have also been presented to the industry.

Although specific figures weren’t given, Richard said CFS welcomed more retailers in 2018 than it did the prior year.

“The Canadian Furniture Show is the can’t-miss event in the Canadian furniture industry and has a unique place in the North American market,” he said. “In fact, about 75% of its visitors do not attend either High Point Market or the Las Vegas Market and close to 80% of its exhibitors do not participate in these two events either.

Approximately 215 furniture, mattress and accessory resources exhibited at CFS last June, including this country’s three largest furniture, mattress and major appliance buying and marketing groups: Cantrex Nationwide, Mega Group and the Dufresne Retail Solutions Group.

"The Canadian Furniture Show is the best time and place in Canada for brand promotion and building customer loyalty. No efforts are spared when it comes to offering interesting business opportunities by attracting new exhibitors and new visitors,” Richard continued, adding, “For example, the show will continue to provide visitors with hotel room discounts.”

Exhibitors who participated in the 2018 edition can renew their space for the 2019 show until 30 November either by calling Simon Harris, CFS sales manager at 1 (866) 468-4436 or by visiting the event’s web site at New exhibitors can apply any time and will be contacted right after the renewal priority period.

The registration desk for retailers, designers and other industry professionals will open next February.

The next Canadian furniture industry event will be the Toronto Winter Furniture Show, which is organised by the CHFA. It is scheduled for 26 to 28 January and concurrently with the winter edition of the Toronto Gift Fair.

The QFMA recently announced that in 2020, CFS will be held from 16 to 18 January.

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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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