Grey Cup parties take over downtown Toronto
Published Friday, November 23, 2012 2:15PM EST
With the 100th Grey Cup just a few days away, the buzz is building in downtown Toronto.
Calgarians have flooded into the city, bringing some Western flare with them, complete with boots, hats and a horse -- albeit one borrowed from Ontario as an honourary mascot for the Stampeders, who face off against the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday.
Following are some key Grey Cup-related events taking place in the city on Friday afternoon:
- Riderville: 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Although the Saskatchewan Roughriders aren't in this year's Grey Cup, their fans are here. Riderville is a home away from home for the green army. Essentially, this event is a party celebrating all things Saskatchewan -- and everyone's invited. Saskatchewan talent Wonderland, the FOXX WORTHEE and Tongue Jungle will perform. Tickets: $20 at the door
- Lions Den: 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The B.C. Lions (they're also not in the Grey Cup), are hosting a party complete with Lions players, the Felions Dance Team and live entertainment. Tickets available by calling 604-589-ROAR
- TELUS Street Festival: 4 p.m. on Front Street from Simcoe to John and north to King Street
Live concerts, team parties, food and beer tents, an outdoor ribfest and general "overall revelry" will be taking place, with a mix of free and ticketed events.
- Stamps House: 5 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The official party for the Calgary Stampeders, presented by Molson, gets underway Friday and carries on into Saturday with live music and every thing else you'd expect. Tickets are $20 at the door.
- Atlantic Schooners Downeast Kitchen Party: 5:30 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Help tackle hunger by purchasing delicious lobster rolls at this East Coast-style party, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the Tackle Hunger Program. Tickets are $20 at the door.
- TigerTown: 6 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The place to be for fans of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, it promises to be the "rockinest" party at the Grey Cup. Tickets are $20 at the door.
- Molson Canadian House Concert Series: 6 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Juno Award winning Sam Roberts Band and Matthew Good will bring the crowd to life along with the reunited Treble Charger.
Two RCMP constables carry the Grey Cup, celebrating Canada Day on Parliament Hill Sunday, July 1, 2012 in Ottawa. (The Canadian Press/Fred Chartrand)