History

Ottawa’s Must-Attend Event for Tool Lovers Everywhere!

TOOLFEST is Canada’s largest tool festival and it only happens once a year!

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The two-day event showcases the most innovative tools to hit the shelves with the hottest deals offered anywhere in Ottawa! Live demos attract the crowd while exhibitors conduct larger than life power tool shows. It is the most exciting event for tools you will ever attend!

The vision for TOOLFEST goes back to Preston Hardware’s values, always give back. In appreciation of our customer’s loyalty, the event provides a one-time opportunity to purchase your favourite tools and toys at the lowest sale price possible.

“Providing our customers with exceptional products and customer service is what we do at Preston Hardware, so we thought, why not create an event where our customers can interact with all of their favourite power tool providers, learn about all the latest tools and receive unbeatable deals?” – Mario Giannetti, Preston Hardware

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TOOLFEST launched in 1993 under a large tent in the Preston Hardware parking lot featuring manufacturers from across the country. TOOLFEST was originally organized as an event for contractors, but as the event grew and garnered more interest, Preston Hardware expanded the guest list to include industrial customers in private and public sectors. TOOLFEST outgrew the parking lot and moved into the spacious banquet halls of Sala San Marco. With more space to work with, Preston Hardware was able to add more booths. TOOLFEST now features over 40 different manufacturers. To meet demand, TOOLFEST evolved from a one-day festival into a two-day event with an open invitation to tool fans citywide. The event brings together tool enthusiasts, contractors, institutional buyers, DIY’ers, handymen and women, family and friends.

TOOLFEST has grown to be the most renowned tool show in Canada. The event provides visitors with one-on-one advice from the industry’s leading experts, a sneak peek of brand new equipment and products, including the opportunity to enjoy the best discounts found in the city!

Each year, our family improves the event. This year, we’ve added a skills competition. There is nothing like a little competitive fun to show off your craft,” Mario Giannetti says. “We created TOOLFEST because we wanted to celebrate our love for tools with customers, suppliers and future customers, our tool family! We’re big on moving it forward and excited to share our passion for tools for the 25th year!