HGTV Stars Mike Holmes Jr., Tommy Smythe and local experts to take the stage at Home and Outdoor Show

Posted Date: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017

As our thoughts turn to the outdoors the Home and Outdoor Show will usher in spring with hundreds of exhibitors, products, services and entertainment this April. The Home and Outdoor Show is also pleased to announce four keynote speakers.  

Mike Holmes Jr., contractor and co-host of Holmes + Holmes on HGTV will take the stage Saturday April 22nd and offer attendees a glimpse into all his contracting knowledge he has built since starting working with his father – celebrity contractor Mike Holmes – when he was just 14 years old.  For 11+ years viewers watched Mike Jr. grow up as he helped his father on some of his most ambitious builds and projects, including Holmes in New Orleans, Mike’s Ultimate Garage on HGTV Canada and HOME FREE on FOX. Today Mike Holmes Jr. is now a professional contractor, television host, public speaker, educator, guest expert, online personality and focuses on a holistic approach to proper homebuilding.  He currently stars in the newest edition of the Holmes series franchise, Holmes + Holmes, where he and his dad transform his modest bachelor bungalow into a two-storey masterpiece. 

Décor and renovation expert Tommy Smythe will bring his enthusiasm and fun-loving approach that made him a favourite in the world of international design to the show on Sunday April 23rd. Smythe is a widely recognized designer who has worked alongside Sarah Richardson on HGTV Canada and US in several series as well as making frequent appearances on The Marilyn Dennis Show. Now with his own show called The Search for Canada’s Next Designer, Smythe will inspire audiences with his love for mixing fine art with vintage, antique, modern furnishings and his cutting-edge colour sense to the show’s attendees. 

Local home staging expert of Upstaging Homes, Jillian Summers, will take the stage April 21st and 22nd to discuss home staging and design. Jillian has achieved many awards including designing the Two Dream Home Lottery Homes, The International Masters of Real Estate Staging CSP designation, Best in HOUZZ, RESA Canada Vacant Stager of the Year 2015; in addition, her work has appeared on the cover of several magazines and featured in an HGTV show. 

Another local joining the roster of home and outdoor experts will be Will Heeman, the Chief Daymaker at Heeman’s, an award-winning garden centre and berry farm serving London. Will is a driving force behind many of the exciting innovations at Heeman’s. He will share the hottest trends in gardening for 2017, how to grow your best crop of veggies (even in a small urban space), and discuss exciting new varieties for the spring. Plus his tips on great red & white combos to celebrate #Canada150! 

In addition to keynote speakers Holmes Jr., Smythe, Summers and Heeman, the show will bring together everything outdoors, from pools to patios as a complement to the show’s indoor design and décor offerings. 



Home & Outdoor Show Information

Metroland Media Agriplex

Friday, April 21st - Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Friday 12:00PM – 8:00PM   |   Saturday 10:00AM – 8:00PM   |   Sunday 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Admission: Advanced General Admission Ticket $12*

Good for use on any ONE day of the Home & Outdoor Show - April 21st, 22nd or 23rd, 2017. Advanced tickets are available online, in person at guest services or by calling 519-438-7203. Advanced ticket sale ends April 20th, 2017 at 11:55PM.

Children 11 and under are FREE. As always parking at the Western Fair District is free!

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*Plus applicable taxes and service fees.




Media Contact: 

Skye Nicholson-Smith 

Marketing and Communications Manager 
519-438-7203 ex. 320