NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND
This is the first time that the NBA All-Star Weekend has taken place outside of the U.S., so Toronto is rolling out all the stops for basketball’s biggest stars.
February 12 The All-Star Celebrity Game sees Toronto’s own Drake coaching a Canadian squad that includes NBA analyst Rick Fox, HGTV’s Drew and Jonathan Scott, and tennis ace Milos Raonic. Team U.S.A. sees actor Kevin Hart coaching the likes of fellow thespians Jason Sudeikis and Anthony Anderson (blackish), and America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannnon.
February 13 The State Farm All-Star Skills Challenge features three events that put NBA players to the test. The Taco Bell Skills Challenge sees the likes of Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets and Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics in a three-round contest of dribbling, passing and three-point shooting. The Footlocker Three-Point Contest sees sharpshooter Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors defending his 2015 title against the likes of Chris Bosch of the Miami Heat, while the Verizon Slam Dunk contest has Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves up against Will Barton of the Denver Nuggets, Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic, and Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons.
February 14 Tip-off for the 65th NBA All-Star Game takes place at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. The Eastern Conference team, comprised of hometown hero Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors (fellow teammate DeMar DeRozan is on the reserve list), LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat, squaring off against their Western Conference rivals, Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Sting performs during the half-time show.
February 14 It’s a special day of roses, chocolates and candy hearts for all those in love. If you’re in town with your partner, try these 6 Effortlessly Romantic Things to Do in Toronto for date ideas. And for a candlelit dinner for two, these restaurants to Wine and Dine on Valentine’s Day (or any other time of year in fact).
Looking to send someone a beautiful floral arrangement? These three Toronto florists can put together some lush blooms for a special delivery.
Prefer to lavish your sweetheart with well, sweets? Soma Chocolatemaker has a special V-Day Tiffin box with four tiers of treats including a berry chocolate bark, chocolate tumbled cherries, damask rose truffles and whipped honey butter cloud truffles, while Nadège Patisserie has a Valentine’s Day boutique that includes a “Je T’aime” box of their signature macarons, which come in a range of delectable flavours including pistachio, matcha green tea and raspberry chocolate.
Singletons looking to do commiserate (or celebrate) with fellow consciously uncoupled individuals can sing their achy breaky heart out at Good Enough Live Karaoke at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.
Though Monday is the official holiday, most activities are on throughout the weekend.
February 13 to 15 Head to Downsview Park for Family Fun Fest, an indoor amusement park and carnival for kids ages two to 12. Inflatable castles, rides, slides, arcade games, live entertainment, and face painting ensure everyone has a good time.
February 14 and 15 The Toronto Premium Outlets celebrates love and family with professional photo sessions in their food pavilion and complimentary roses for visitors. For the first time ever, the discount shopping destination is open on Family Day for those looking for brand name looks.
February 15 Rising rink rats are MVPs on Family Day when they’re granted free admission (when accompanied by an adult) to the Hockey Hall of Fame. A mecca for hockey fans, the popular destination lets sports enthusiasts call the action on a game in the TSN/RDS Broadcast Zone and pose with the coveted Stanley Cup. Built up an appetite? Head over to Lone Star Texas Grill on King Street West, where kids receive a free meal with the purchase of an adult entrée.
—Linda Luong Luck