What’s Coming to Toronto in 2016

2016 is shaping up to be a banner year in Toronto with extremely special events (NBA All-Star Game anyone?) and returning favourites.

The Toronto Sign, Nathan Phillips Square


Throughout 2016.

One of Toronto’s most beloved installations is staying for 2016. The illuminated 3D TORONTO sign, originally installed as part of the Pan American Games in 2015, was such a hit with residents and visitors that it’s remaining for 2016. See it in Nathan Phillips Square in front of City Hall in all its multicolour splendour during the day, or lit up in various dramatic ways when night falls. #Share3DTO

NBA All-Star Weekend

February 12 to 14, 2016.

This year on our home court, the NBA’s brightest stars come to play. The 65th NBA All-Star Game tips off at Air Canada Centre on Sunday, February 14, and there will be plenty of action all weekend long with a NBA All-Star Celebrity Game (with coaches Drake and Kevin Hart), KidsFest and much more. #WETHENORTH

Blue Jays Home Opener

April 8, 2016.

Last year’s dramatic run-up to the American League Division Championship gave Torontonians a serious case of Blue Jays fever as we were glued to every flip of the bat. Could another championship be in store for Toronto’s boys of summer? Find out when the Blue Jays’ season gets started at Rogers Centre against the mighty Boston Red Sox.

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

May 2016.

The largest photography event in the world celebrates 20 years in 2016. Exposing a wide range of approaches to photography, 1,500 Canadian and international artists can be seen on museum walls, in restaurants and city streets throughout the month of May.

Toronto Pride Festival

June 2016.

Launching June 1, Pride Month in Toronto will feature extended programming and provocative events throughout the city, culminating in the 10-day Pride Toronto festival, June 24 to July 3, 2016. The annual celebration of LGBT pride includes events tailored to all types – parades, seminars and parties – and is bigger and more fabulous than ever this year.

CN Tower Turns 40

June 2016.

A Toronto landmark and engineering wonder when it opened in 1976, the CN Tower has since made its way into the hearts and photos of the 1.5 million people who visit each year. On June 26, look up, look way up and expect a spectacular show.

NXNE: North by Northeast Festival

June 15 to 19, 2016.

An essential gathering spot for artists, industry professionals and fans, North by Northeast has become the Canadian festival destination for emerging artists and major-label headliners, for music filmmakers and for digital interactive innovators bridging the gap between technology and the arts.

The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris

July 2 to September 11, 2016.

Curated by the popular comedian, musician and actor Steve Martin, The Idea of North is being mounted in Los Angeles and Boston before coming to Toronto. At the core of this show are more than 30 of Harris’s most significant and stunning northern landscapes drawn from major public and private collections across Canada.

Matilda the Musical

July 2016.

Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical – winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards and seven Olivier Awards – starts its highly-anticipated run in Toronto this summer.


July 8 to 24, 2016.

Savour Summerlicious, the two-week long gastronomic romp through more than 200 of the Toronto region’s finest restaurants, with cuisine as diverse as the people that populate the city.

Toronto International Film Festival

September 8 to 18, 2016.

The biggest and brightest public film festival on the planet, TIFF energizes Toronto every year with world premieres, galas, shmoozes and parties. Whether you’re a cinephile or just love to see the celebs, TIFF is the place to be.

World Cup of Hockey

September 2016.

Over 150 of the top players in the NHL are coming to Toronto September 17 to October 1 to face off in what promises to be one of the most competitive, highly skilled hockey tournaments in the history of the sport. Air Canada Centre will see players from eight teams competing in this best-on-best international hockey championship.

104th Grey Cup

November 2016.

Canada’s largest single day sporting event comes to Toronto as the championship game of the Canadian Football League will be played at the renovated BMO Field on November 27. The multi-day festival that precedes the event is the country’s best known celebration.

World Junior Hockey Championships

December 2016 to January 2017.

Join Torontonians as they cheer on Canada’s National Junior Team or root for one of the 9 other national teams from around the world. Co-hosted by Toronto (at Air Canada Centre) and Montreal, the 2017 Championship is a chance to see the sport played at the highest calibre.

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