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SuperEx 2012 still seeks home

9:49 am in Community News, Industry News, Ottawa News

New site on Albion Road sits untouched while organizers seek partner to mount annual fair

David Reevely, The Ottawa Citizen

The Central Canada Exhibition is looking for a temporary location for 2012 and maybe beyond, since practically nothing has been done yet to prepare a \”permanent\” home for the fair on land it has been granted off Albion Road in south Ottawa, according to Councillor Bob Monette.

Monette, who sits on the exhibition\’s board, said the property has to be cleared, prepared and serviced before it can host even a strippeddown agricultural fair, and none of that has been done yet.

The 10-day event had been held for a century at Lansdowne Park, until the city ejected it this year to make way for construction work on the Lansdowne redevelopment.

That\’s been held up by the Friends of Lansdowne court case that was only settled last week, so as it turned out the fair\’s traditional home might have been available – but the Ex\’s board decided last winter to pull the plug on this year\’s edition and restarting the whole works wasn\’t feasible.

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Film Premiere: \”Memories of the Ex: 122 Years of Lansdowne\”

5:44 pm in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News

We\’d like to share this information which was sent to us:

The feature length documentary \”Memories of the Ex: 122 Years of Lansdowne\” produced by Robert and Sharon Newton looks at the evolution of the Central Canada Exhibition. The documentary details how and why the first Exhibition came about, what the the first fair was like and its history during the war years up to present day.

It will be showcased on August 18 at the Coliseum in Lansdowne Park.

For more information about the documentary and how to get tickets for the screening visit:

Promo poster for Film Premiere

Super Ex leaves Lansdowne, but never Ottawa

11:51 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

James Rubec, Ottawa South EMC

Photo Courtesy of Douglas Sprott on Flickr

Lansdowne Park has been the home to the National Capital Exhibition for the past 122 years. As time has passed, the land space has changed, from land set aside as a fairground, to marshaling grounds for troupes, to an entertainment facility for football, and hockey. A constant, however, in the memory of all of those who know Ottawa has a pre-fall fair where people go to meet friends and family, and where they have a chance to act like children again. The Super Ex is leaving Lansdowne Park, but it will never leave Ottawa.

In the fair\’s history, it wasn\’t only a space for people to meet, but for farmers and the rural community to gather. Cattle and pigs, sheep and produce were brought in from around the area to be weighed, judged and exhibited.

Next year, the venue for the Super Ex is still up in the air. While the land by Albion Rd. and Rideau Dr. is owned by the Super Ex, it could be a couple years before the permanent facilities that are planned to built there will be ready. But, the Presley\’s assure the EMC that alternate venues are available for the end of summer celebration.

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Super Ex has its swan song at Lansdowne

9:55 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Joanne Chianello, The Ottawa Citizen


After 122 years Super Ex is leaving its longtime home at Lansdowne Park. Will it survive the move?

Photograph by: Ashley Fraser, The Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — To talk about Super Ex is to talk about the past. It was where Ottawa residents first witnessed electric lighting, it attracted the likes of Bob Hope and Cary Grant — when he was a stilt walker still known as Archie Leach. Bob Barker came in the late 1970s and hosted both a matinée and evening show of The Price is Right. It had everything for everyone: agricultural displays and contests, big-name grandstand shows, a daily car raffle, exotic foods, consumer shows — a great place to see the newest in household appliances — and, of course, thrilling rides.

For decades it was the only venue for major concerts. When the Civic Centre opened in 1967 with 10,000 seats, it was the largest venue between Montreal and Toronto for almost 30 years.

Back then, people didn’t routinely fly to foreign destinations on holiday, there was no such thing as a “home show,” and Lansdowne was chock-a-block with buildings, making the Ex of yesteryear a very different experience.

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