Trade Shows & Special Events

Meet buyers face-to-face… nothing beats a show

North Island Graphics Media Group is one of North America’s most experienced show and event producers. Since 1986, our shows have been delivering value and results to exhibitors and visitors alike.

Print World Print World 2010

Our flagship show, Print World: The World of Shorter-Run Printing, is the largest show of its kind in North America and the largest printing industry show in Canada.

Held every two years at the Direct Energy Centre in downtown Toronto, Print World features the world’s leading brands and top local suppliers displaying their latest products and services for the hottest segment of the printing industry: shorter-run printing.

North Island utilizes its powerful media assets—and a North American-wide promotion program—to drive attendance to the show. Over 8,000 attendees registered for the 2010 event, coming from every Canadian province, dozens of U.S. states and several foreign countries.

Print World has become a showcase event for suppliers selling into this market and into the heartland of the Canadian printing industry. Put a “Sold” sign on your equipment at your booth at Print World… contact us today for an exhibitor’s kit.

Alexander (Sandy) Donald, Show Manager
Toll free 1-800-331-7408


Design City

Design City is Canada’s expo for graphic designers, and is the largest gathering of designers in the country.

Launched in 2006, Design City is a “show within a show”, held every year at print industry shows including Print World in Toronto. Attracting more than 1,000 designers in 2010, show exhibitors include paper mills, stock photo agencies, printers, software companies, publishers, design associations and other suppliers to the graphic design industry.

North Island takes full advantage of its position as Canada’s only integrated media firm for the design and print industries to promote the show. Design City is heavily promoted in Design Edge Canada magazine and through and the Design Edge Express e-bulletin, as well as other North Island media assets.

Toronto is the graphic design capital of Canada and the third-largest design city in North America. Sell your products in this growing market by meeting designers face-to-face at Design City.

Alexander (Sandy) Donald, Show Manager
Toll free 1-800-331-7408


Special Events

In addition to trade shows, North Island is an experienced producer of special events and awards programs.

We offer turn-key, customized event production for our clients, tailored to client needs and including:

  • venue selection and booking
  • content/speaker services
  • registration
  • promotion
  • on-site management
  • post-show surveys and database management
Contact us today for case studies and event information.

Awards Programs

Design Edge Canada Regional Design Awards

Canadian Online Publishing Awards

North Island Graphics Media produces several successful national awards programs, including:

Graphic Monthly Canada “Printer of the Year”
Canadian Online Publishing Awards

We work with international, national and local suppliers who want to connect with our readerships through awards sponsorships. Contact us for sponsorship kits to learn more about the benefits of sponsorship.

Start the conversation today

Call our experienced account managers today to start the conversation about face-to-face event marketing.
Toll Free 1-800-331-7408

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“If I had to choose one magazine it would be the Graphic Monthly Canada.”
—Earle O’Born, CEO, The Printing House, Toronto
“We had a very good show and made a very significant sale at Print World.”
—Dan Murray, Buskro Canada Ltd.
“Design Edge has become a serious force to be reckoned with in Canada.”
—Mark Busse
Partner, Design Director
Industrial Brand Creative, Vancouver
President, Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, BC Chapter
“[Masthead is] the bible of the periodical industry.”
—The Globe and Mail
North Island Publishing PrintCAN Print Jobs Canada’s Estimators' & Buyers' Guide MastheadOnline Print World 2010 Design City
Graphic Monthly Print Equipment gutenbergs' guide COPA industrial print