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Here, we list every event of interest to the Canadian furniture, mattress and major appliance industry for the coming year and often beyond.

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Quebec Gift Show

Organised by the Canadian Gift & Tableware Assn and cousin to the Toronto Gift Fair, this event is held at Place Bonaventure in Montreal.

 26 March - 29 March 2017

Retail Marketing Conference

Held by the Retail Council of Canada, this year's Retail Marketing Conference will be devoted to the 'Future of the Flyer', which is perhaps the single most important advertising medium used by the majority of independent furniture, mattress and major appliance retailers. This year it will be held at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

 4 April - 4 April 2017

High Point Market

Reputedly the world's largest trade event for furniture and furnishings with some 2,000+ exhibitors spread out over some 180 building and approximately 10 million square feet of display space. Total attendance is estimated at 70,000+ each market. Held in High Point, North Carolina twice a year, in April and October.

 22 April - 26 April 2017

eTail Canada

The growing power and potential of e-commerce will be the focus of eTail Canada, a three-day conference and high-level networking event set to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Toronto from May 16 to 18, 2017.

In unveiling this year's agenda, the organisers noted that the largest Canadian online retailers are growing faster than their U.S. counterparts, in large part by selling aggressively to U.S. consumers while benefiting from less intense online competition for the business of Canadian consumers. eTail Canada will bring together some of the biggest retailers from both Canada and the U.S. to network and discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by a borderless e-commerce landscape.

Among the themes to be explored this year include building an online marketing mix that drives business value, mobile optimization, creative content creation, optimized in-store experience, borderless business, breaking down silos and more.

 16 May - 18 May 2017

CHFA Awards Gala

Held annually by the Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance, the gala celebrates the Retailer of the Year and the recipient of the association's Lifetime Achievement Award. This year, the gala will be held at the Universal Event Space in Toronto. For more information, contact CHFA president Murray Vaughn at (905) 678-4678.

 25 May - 25 May 2017

Canadian Furniture Show

Owned and operated by the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Assn., the is the only national trade event held annually for the Canadian furniture and mattress industry. Featured are some 200+ manufacturers, distributors and other resources offering everything from upholstery, case goods, mattresses and major appliances to decorative accessories and retail services. It is held at the International Centre in Toronto.

 26 May - 28 May 2017

Store 2017

Organised by the Retail Council of Canada, STORE is a two-day conference held annually at the Toronto Congress Centre and features an extensive agenda as well as networking opportunities targeted to the unique needs of this country's dynamic retail industry. The agenda will include main stage keynotes and interactive panels to drive big ideas and concurrent sessions to strengthen all retail businesses.

 30 May - 31 May 2017


Organised by the International Textile Marketing Association, and held twice a year, this event is dedicated to the introduction of the latest textiles and leathers from fabric mills and tanneries with showrooms in High Point, North Carolina.

 4 June - 7 June 2017

Tupelo Furniture Market

Originally designed as a market for promotional furniture, this trade event features some 600 exhibitors from both the U.S. and abroad covering some 1.6 million square feet of exhibit space.

 8 June - 11 June 2017

Las Vegas Market

Held at the World Market Center in Las Vegas, this has become one of the most important furniture, mattress, home furnishings and giftware trade events in North America. It is owned and organised by International Market Centers.

 30 July - 3 August 2017

Toronto Gift Fair

Organised by the Canadian Gift Association and held at both the International Centre and the Toronto Congress Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, this event serves a wide range of retail buyers from the owners of gift shops to home furnishings and decor specialists.

 13 August - 16 August 2017

CHFA Annual Golf Classic

Organised by the Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance, this is reputedly the largest golf tournament held in the Canadian furniture industry each year. As usual, the tournation will be held at the Caledon Woods Golf Club in Bolton, Ontario. For more information, contact CHFA president Murray Vaughn at (905) 678-4678.

 15 August - 15 August 2017


Organised by Cantrex Nationwide and its parent company, Nationwide Marketing Group, this semi-annual conference and trade event is held for their 3,000 or independent furniture, mattress and major appliance retail members. This four-day event will be held at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 20 August - 23 August 2017

Alberta Gift Fair

Organised by the Canadian Giftware Association, this cousin to the Toronto Gift Fair is held at the Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

 27 August - 30 August 2017

High Point Market

Organised by the High Point Market Authority, this trade-only and semi-annual furniture and furnishings events is reputedly the world's largest with more than 2,000 exhibitors displaying goods and services across some 180 buildings and over 10 million square feet of space. It hosts some 75,000 trade professionals each April and October.

 14 October - 18 October 2017

QFMA Annual Conference

The Quebec Furniture Manufacturers' Association annual conference will be held this year at the Ritz Carleton hotel in downtown Montreal.

 16 November - 18 November 2017

IIDEX Canada

Organised by the Interior Designers of Canada, this annual trade show and conference features a broad range of goods and services for interior designers, architects and facility managers including furntiure, floor coverings, lighting, accessories and more. Held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

 29 November - 30 November 2017
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