Trader’s Forum — Montreal

Canadian flagFour exhibitions round out the Trader’s Forum lineup of late summer-early fall trade shows geared for the discount and mass merchandising industry. Vendors display everything from fashion accessories, housewares and healthcare items to toys and party supplies. (Click here for website.)

2011 Coverage

Trader's Forum Toronto Show Targets Independents

Helium balloon demo

Chris Potts, Surprize Enterprize Inc., gets creative with helium balloons.

At this year’s spring Toronto-venue of the Trader’s Forum Variety & General Merchandise Show, over 100 vendors exhibited a wide variety of product — everything from housewares and handheld electronics to beauty products and toys. The three-day, mid-season show, which ran May 1 to 3 at the Toronto International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, attracted almost 1,000 buyers — primarily independents.

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2012 Coverage

Specialty Buyers Find Gems at Trader's Forum Spring Show

Prakash Singam (L) and Imane Ben, Cansa Impax, with Hover Helicopter

Although Trader’s Forum spring show, which ran May 6-8 at Toronto’s International Centre, is not the same big draw for specialty retailers as the organizer’s January show, those that did attend — primarily from Ontario and Quebec — would have found more than a few reasons to stop and shop. The annual event hosted almost 100 exhibitors, who displayed everything from groceries and home décor items to fashion accessories and partyware.

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