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Photo of a stage set up in front of the Princes' Gates for the CNE Opening Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies

A colourful ceremonial procession will launch the 144th year of the Canadian National Exhibition Association.

The official ceremony will take place in front of the historic Princes Gates at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022.

This year’s theme is Celebrating Canada’s Resilience & the CNE’s Re-Opening, as well as the Healing Power of Humour. CBC Radio’s Jill Dempsey returns as the Master of Ceremonies. The event will also feature special guest Howie Mandel, who worked on the CNE midway in his youth.