General Information

Schedule at a Glance

June 15 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Business of Events Forum
Don Alfonso,19 Toronto St, Toronto

June 15 – 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Opening Night Party
Arcane, 461 King St W, Toronto

June 16 – 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Icons & Influencers Keynotes
Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, 25 British Columbia Road, Exhibition Place, Toronto

June 15 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closing Event
Details coming soon 

June 17 – 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Canadian Event Awards Gala
Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, 25 British Columbia Road, Exhibition Place, Toronto

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between CSE Live & EventFest

Great question. CSE Live is the name of the annual event. It stands for Canadian Special Events Live. EventFest is the trade show/festival portion taking place on June 16 at Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex.

How do I register?

The Register button can found at the top or bottom of every page. You can buy a number of different passes to CSE Live. Pre-registration is required for all events.

What will I find at the Trade Show & Tasting Room and when will it be open?

Every year, CSE Live is designed for a different theme. This year CSE Live is a cross between a high-end music festival like Coachella and a trade show. Expect to find live music, entertainment pop-ups, experience labs, tech demos, unique product displays, b2b meeting pods, silent conference zones, a zen lounge and meditation bar, amazing food, the Luxe Gift Bar and so much more. An experiential event means most of the exhibits are interactive with BIG ideas to discover, products to try out and new experiences you can bring back to your event clients. The Tasting Room is where the very best purveyors of event food and drinks will be sampling. The show floor and Tasting Room are open June 16 from 11:00-5:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are free to qualified planners by pre-registration, meaning you must be able to show that you plan events as part of your job. Suppliers pay $59. Planners who do not pre-register pay $25 at the door. Note: There is a conference portion on the morning of June 16 and a paid ticket is required for admission. 

I only want to attend one day /one event. Is that possible?

Yes you can buy a pass for one, two or both days of the show.

Are EventFest passes included with Conference Passes?

Yes, any paid ticket to CSE Live will include a ticket to EventFest & the Tasting Room.

Who can attend EventFest for free on June 16 after 11:00 am?

Anyone involved in planning events can purchase a conference pass, however in order to qualify for a free pass to the show on April 21, between 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m you need to be employed in the role of planning events for your organization where you have to book venues or hire event resources. You CANNOT be a supplier. That’s super easy to assess, but for those who need more clarity, see below.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR A FREE PASS ON JUNE 16 FROM 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.?

Corporate Meeting Planners, Independent Planners, Fundraising Executives, Wedding Planners Social Event Planners, Tourism Professionals, Event Planners or Banquet Staff from Hotels or Venues (not sales agents), Event Planners from Catering Firms (not sales agents), Event Designers, Government Meeting Planners• Brand Executives * Ad Agency Creative Teams, Association Executives, Brand Managers, Incentive Planners & DMC’s• “Accidental Planners” such as Secretaries, Human Resources Staff, and Admin Staff from Corporate or Non-Profits, Schools, Medical Centres and alike organizations., Anyone who is assigned to plan an event or meeting on behalf of their company, organization or client is invited to attend or free with pre-registration.


If you are a supplier and you supply goods or services to planners, such as flowers, decor, AV, food, gifts, photos, websites, trophies, signs, competing media, communications etc…You are considered a SUPPLIER and the cost is $59. If you need assistance in determining your status, please call us or hit the chatbot below and check. Well, usually answer right away.


Students may only attend if you are registered to volunteer or are part of a pre-registered tour group. We understand the value of this event for students, and we offer many opportunities to get involved, so please register using one of our student options. Please do not register online with an original but false non-functioning business name. Your company must be working with clients to qualify, and registrations will be cancelled and flagged if proven to be false. Thank you for your cooperation.

Do you publish a list of attendees?

No, we do not at any time publish the registration list. You will not be able to obtain a copy, it is a private list.

Are sessions worth CMP and CSEP Points?

Yes, some sessions are worth CMP and CSEP Points, See the session descriptions for details on which ones.

Is there food available for purchase at CSE Live?

The following explains the food and beverages at CSE Live:

June 15 – At the Business of Events Forum, light breakfast, coffee, snacks, and lunch are provided. This event requires a ticket.
June 15 – The Opening Night Party offers light appetizers and a cash bar. This event requires a ticket.
June 16 – At the Icons & Influencers morning, coffee, snacks, and lunch are provided for those with a paid day pass or a VIP two day pass.
June 16 – For those attending the SHOW only, food is available for purchase.
April 21: At the Inspired Spaces event, hot and cold canapes will be served.  This event requires a ticket.
April 22: The Canadian Event Industry Awards Gala is a ticketed event and includes dinner with wine. Other beverages can be purchased. The after party always has amazing dessert bars.

Is seating reserved?

Seating is not assigned for any event on June 15-16, they are first come first seating in all meeting rooms and events.

The Canadian Event Awards Gala is reserved seating.

What is the cancellation policy?

You may cancel your conference pass in writing before May 15, 2020 and you will receive a refund. Anything canceled after May 15, 2020, will be given full credit for 2021.  No other refunds are provided. You may transfer your ticket if you can find a replacement guest.

How can we become a sponsor?

Sponsorship is an amazing way to generate huge exposure for your brand and really make a BOLD statement at the event.

To become a sponsor and for more information, please contact

How can we become a vendor?

If you want to become an Exhibitor please visit the Exhibit page or email us to request a vendors package at

What’s the dress code at the events?

CSE Live is a casual business conference.
We suggest you wear something comfortable yet smart. We recommend comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking and standing and some of the classes are interactive, such as the silent disco and the app obstacle course. The Canadian Event Awards Gala you can plan for cocktail attire; some wear black tie.

The only event where cocktail attire is required is the CEIA Gala.

Need More Information?

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