June 14, 2011
Canada Blooms and National Home Show to co-locate in 2012
Marketplace Events, organizers of The National Home Show and the Board of Directors of Canada Blooms: The Flower and Garden Festival, have signed an agreement that will see the two events take place side by side beginning next year at the Direct Energy Centre, in Toronto, creating the single largest home and garden experience in North America.

The agreement to co-locate is not a merger, nor is Marketplace Events purchasing Canada Blooms. Each event will maintain its own identity and operate separately, expanding into an impressive footprint of 600,000 square feet – Canada's largest consumer event under one roof. Both shows will run for ten days, from March 16-25, 2012.

Canada Blooms, presented by The Home Depot, will create and expand their feature gardens and floral displays, but in the larger Hall A of the Direct Energy Centre. The Canada Blooms Marketplace will move into Heritage Court. The National Home Show, presented by RE/MAX will occupy the remainder of the exhibit space including Halls B, C, D, North Extension (Hall H) and the Industry Building (Hall G), where the innovative feature home will continue to be located, as well as the previously unused East Annex (Hall F). Ricoh Coliseum may also be used in future years as the two events expand.

The Marketplace Events team will sell all exhibit space within both events, including the Canada Blooms Marketplace, while the Canada Blooms team will focus on creating the expanded feature gardens, garden educational programs and floral displays. Sponsorship will continue to be sold separately by each event although cross-over packages will be available for those interested in partnering for both events.

As a convenience to consumers, a single ticket purchased for either event will allow attendees to visit Canada Blooms, The National Home Show or both events. Two day passes and an all-access pass, good all days of the events, will also be sold.

For information about Canada Blooms, visit www.canadablooms.com, and details about the National Home Show can be found at www.nationalhomeshow.com.