Welcome to your ultimate guide to the 104th Grey Cup presented by Shaw.
When is the Grey Cup, you ask? This year it takes place Thursday, November 24th to Sunday, November 27th in Toronto, Canada. As the two best teams of the Canadian Football League (CFL) go head-to-head to win the Grey Cup, we’re here to help you put your game face on and find the best Grey Cup locations.
This Grey Cup agenda isn’t for the faint of heart. You’re going to dig down deep, keep your electrolytes up (Gatorade, anyone?), and get as much sleep as you can before tackling the Grey Cup – you’re going to need it.
First up, come and see the silver shine as the Grey Cup officially touches down in T-O at the Prince’s Gates on Tuesday the 22nd. The event begins at 11:30am, but we advise that you get there early to get the best view possible. Selfies are highly recommended and encouraged!
The following Thursday is a busy one throughout the town. Riderville paints the streets green and white early on. The Saskatchewan house, if you will, is open for three nights till 1am at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Meanwhile, virtually right next door, you’ll find the Atlantic Schooners Down East. This maritime party is an absolute staple featuring some of the best Celtic music this country has to offer, not to mention finest eats. Stomp your feet to Eclectic Revival and The Mudmen while chomping down on a world famous lobster roll.
The Spirit of Edmonton is in full effect at the Sheraton Centre, kicking off its first night as well. Enjoy some of Canada’s best performers on stage with a frosty cold one and some of the finest spirits of the west. Good times are on tap nightly leading all the way up to kickoff.
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Now, before we get too ahead of ourselves with insane parties and concerts, we’d like to take this opportunity to break out our finest cummerbund.
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Alright, you’ve had a great night and your head hit the pillow a little later than you wanted to. No problem – let’s have an easy morning.
Roll out of bed, grab that much needed Tim’s and head down to the Delta hotel for the Fans State of the League with Commissioner Jeffrey L. Orridge. He’s taking any and all questions and talking about what the future holds for the CFL.
All right, it’s go time again!
It’s time to make your move to day one of the Nissan Titan Street Festival in Roundhouse Park and treat yourself to the Calgary Grey Cup Committee Pancake Breakfast. Throw back some flapjacks while kicking it to some country tunes and when you’re all good and full, check out our Sirius XM stage for even more live entertainment.
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And, now that you’ve looked ahead at what’s to come, it’s time to look back.
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Meet your favourite past legends, hear their stories and share a meal with the true greats of our game. The CFLAA Legends Luncheon hits the Metro Toronto Convention Centre featuring the 2016 CFLAA Man of the Year Award, which is keeping with the hometown theme. This year it will be presented to former Argonaut greats Peter Martin and Michael “Pinball” Clemons.
Looking for a little down time? Good, neither are we. In fact, let’s ramp things up with the biggest concerts in the country.
The Grey Cup Festival Concert Series presented by Sirius XM, starts at 7:30pm. Featuring Tokyo Police Club and the New Pornographers, night one of this two-night series will definitely get you pumped and primed for what lies ahead.
ICYMI: Toronto to host first ever forum dedicated to women in sport at 2016 @GreyCupFestival!
— Toronto Argonauts (@TorontoArgos) November 14, 2016
What are you doing for lunch on Friday? The first ever Empowering Women and Community Through Sport Luncheon gives everyone a chance to join with current and future leaders in the celebration of girls, women, and sport.
So, let’s break open the doors of every house throughout the league starting with the west coast.
The Lions Den presented by Budweiser, ignites the Toronto nightlife with its opening night of action at Early Mercy.
The Tiger-Cats Takeover presented by Coors Light, cranks things up at Shoeless Joe’s. The Argos’ Shipyard takes over the south side of the Convention Centre, while the RNATION rager rolls out at Jack Astor’s (133 John St) on Saturday the 26th.
Finally, the Montreal Tailgate Party rocks the Metropolitan United Church. Very true to their town, the Alouettes takeover will feature an art exhibit, live concerts and traditional foods and bevvies.
That has to be it, right? Nope. In fact, you might even say, we haven’t even gotten started.
All true things my friend because the official Festival Kick-Off Party presented by BMO, hits the ground running at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. This event sells out quicker than an iPhone, and treats its guests to some of the finest cuisine and entertainment Toronto has to offer.
As we enter the weekend, we swing by the Nissan Titan Street Festival once more to test our skills and fill up at their food truck alley.
Feeling a little more levelheaded, we make our way over to the Convention Centre for the Cheer Extravaganza featuring every dance squad from the entire league.
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Meanwhile, right next door, we hit up the Grey Cup Festival Headquarters to gear up. This shop and information station is open through the duration of the fest and specializes in anything and everything Grey Cup.
Finally, it’s time to take in another pair of shows at The Grey Cup Festival Concert Series presented by Sirius XM. The Sheepdogs and Lowest of the Low light up the final night before the big Sunday hits, so enjoy and try to get some sleep – we’ve got a big day ahead.
Here we go. It’s Sunday. Time to wrap up the week with the Nissan Tailgate, Budweiser Fan Zone and VIP Grey Cup Warm-Up Party. Make sure to swing by each to fuel up for the biggest game in all of Canada – the 104th Grey Cup presented by Shaw.
The entire country has its eyes on you Toronto, enjoy the moment and have fun.