Game of Thrones - Ygritte (Rose Leslie)

We’ve always been big fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones here at the Shelf. With the March 31 season three premiere of the epic fantasy saga fast approaching, we figured now would be a good time to transform our TV section back into Canada’s little corner of Westeros.

That’s why Dork Shelf and The Movie Network want to send 10 lucky fans and their guests to the red carpet opening of Game of Thrones: The Exhibition on the evening of Friday, March 8. Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie (Ygritte) will be in attendance to officially open the exhibition, which runs March 9 – 16 at Toronto’s Design Exchange.

Read about Game of Thrones: The Exhibition and learn how to enter our contest below.

Artisans, whose superb craftsmanship has provided authenticity to the medieval world of the show, worked closely with HBO to curate the exhibit with items including: an impressive costume display overseen by the show’s costume designer Michele Clapton who dressed the mannequins to ensure accuracy in the presentation of the extraordinarily detailed garments, iconic artifacts such as model dragons, weaponry (Joffrey’s crossbow, daggers and swords such as “Ice” and “Longclaw”), armour (helmets, shields and full suits of armour worn by key characters), crowns, jewelry, books and much more.

Fans will have an opportunity to participate in an exciting interactive experience that will place them amid the action of the epic battle of Blackwater Bay from season 2. And, fit for any king or queen, fans will be able to have their photo on a precise replica of the iron throne from the series.

Toronto is the only Canadian stop for this internationally touring event with subsequent stops in New York City, Sao Paulo, Amsterdam and Belfast. The exhibition will focus on key characters from five of the noble houses (Stark, Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon and Greyjoy), showcasing a treasure trove of more than 70 original artifacts from seasons 1 and 2, plus select pieces from this year’s new season.

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Game of Thrones: The Exhibition opens on Saturday, March 9, but here’s what you can do to try and see it before then (with Ygritte in attendance).

Simply email [email protected] with GAME OF THRONES in the subject line and tell us the name of your favourite character and why. Game of Thrones cosplayers are encouraged to enter! Please only one entry per household. Multiple entries will be deleted. For additional chances to win, simply like the contest announcement from our Facebook page and/or retweet the announcement from our Twitter! Deadline for entries is 11:59pm on Thursday, March 7.

Free admission, timed-tickets available at
Hours of operation: Weekends, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Weekdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The exhibition is recommended for ages 14+. Tickets are limited to four per person.

For a taste of what to expect, be sure to check out our video of last year’s version of the GoT exhibition. And stay tuned for our complete coverage of Game of Thrones season three, including interviews, episode recaps and more.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO Canada on March 31 at 9 pm