Toronto Summer Furniture Show set to open Aug. 6
Michael Knell -- Furniture Today, July 30, 2012
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario - Some 28 furniture and home furnishings resources with permanent showrooms in and around the International Centre here will open when the Toronto Summer Furniture Show kicks off its annual four-day run here Aug. 6.
Organized by the Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance, the TSFS is the only mid-year furniture industry event held in Canada. The show will end on Aug. 9, and the annual CHFA Golf Classic will follow two days later.
At least four new participants will take part in this year's show, including case goods and occasional resource Magnussen Home; contemporary upholstery specialist Van Gogh Designs; Canadian upholstery major Décor-Rest Furniture; and leather producer Leather Craft.
Several notable names from previous summer shows will be missing from this year's roster including case goods specialists Buhler Furniture and Dine-Art as well as mattress maker Springwall Sleep Products; importer Kwality Furniture; upholstery maker Zsemba and its sister company, Comfy Kids; and, decorative accessory resource Ren-wil.
To date, TSFS participants with showrooms in the SOFA (Source of Furniture & Accessories) annex of the International Centre include:
► A.P. Inds.
► Artage International
► Canadel Furniture
► Durham Furniture
► El Ran Furniture
► Magnussen Home Furnishings
► Marcantonio Design
► Sunset Lamp
► Via Furniture
► Van Gogh Designs.
Those with permanent showrooms in the area surrounding the International Centre include:
► Brentwood Classics
► Campio Furniture
► Decor-Rest Furniture
► Edgewood Furniture
► Furniture Brands Canada
► Future Chair
► Kingsdown Sleep Systems
► Korson Furniture Design
► Leather Craft
► Leather Living Furniture
► Mazin Furniture Inds.
► Perri Fine Furniture
► Simmons Upholstery Canada
► Star Bedding Products
► Springwater Woodcraft
► Statum Designs
► Superstyle Furniture
► Trend-Line Furniture
A listing of participating showrooms, their locations and other contact information is available online at http://chfaweb.ca/tsfs-exhibitors.html.
As it has for several years, TSFS will run just before the summer Canadian Gift & Tableware Assn. show, which will be held at the International Centre and the nearby Toronto Congress Centre Aug. 12-15. Information on that event is available at www.cgta.org.
According to CHFA Chairman Laine Reynolds, TSFS is a valuable event for many Canadian retailers.
"This is a great way for independent retailers to freshen their floors for the fall selling season," said Reynolds, who also is vice president and sales and marketing for upholstery producer Superstyle Furniture and its sister company, Trend-Line. He added that a sizeable number of independent retailers in eastern Canada don't travel to the markets in High Point or Las Vegas.
The show will conclude with the annual CHFA Golf Classic on Tuesday, Aug. 11. For the third consecutive year, the tournament will be at the Caledon Woods Golf Club in Bolton, Ontario. Lunch will be served beginning at 11 a.m. following by a shotgun tee-off at 1 p.m. The tournament will end with dinner at 5:30 p.m.
For more information about TSFS and the Golf Classic or to register for either event, contact CHFA President Murray Vaughan at (905) 655-6771 or by e-mail at email@example.com.