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Canadian Football League

Cheer for the Champs at Toronto Argos Home Games

The Toronto Argos begin their Grey Cup title defence this month at the Rogers Centre

The Toronto Argos begin their Grey Cup title defence this month at the Rogers Centre

JUNE 20 & 28  The Toronto Argonauts lay it all out on the field as they try to maintain their Grey Cup–winning ways in two home games this month. Rogers Centre, 7 p.m., call 416-341-2746 or visit argonauts.ca for ticket prices and for more information.  —Macrina Smart

Kick Off Your Fun at the 100th Grey Cup Festival

The Toronto Argonauts celebrate their 1996 Grey Cup win

NOVEMBER 15 TO 25  Hailing itself an “invitation to the nation,” the 100th Grey Cup Festival promises to be a cultural extravaganza uniting football fans, cinephiles, foodies and music lovers alike. Even if you don’t know a slotback from a safety, you’ll still have a ball at this pigskin-inspired party.

The Nissan Family Zone at Yonge-Dundas Square boasts a mini football field where kids can learn to kick or throw a football.

Hit the Adrenaline Zone at Nathan Phillips Square to brave the tallest urban zip line in North America; it’s suspended 725 feet in the air between the two towers at City Hall, and runs all the way down to Queen Street. If you’d rather stay on the ground, why not test your athleticism on the obstacle course created by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces.

Revellers can also crowd the Scotiabank Fan Zone at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, while the Telus Street Party, along King Street from John to Simcoe streets, gets everyone into high spirits with live shows, team celebrations, and food and beer tents. A tailgate party presented by Frank’s Redhot and an outdoor ribfest are sure to create a frenzy in the lead up to the big game, which takes place on November 25.

Jolly old St. Nick and his reindeer have a special item aboard their sleigh this year: the Grey Cup trophy makes a special appearance during the Santa Claus Parade (click here for the route) on November 18.

Cinephiles can catch game in all of its Hollywood glory at the Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond St. W.) during the Football Film Festival, which includes screenings of Any Given Sunday, The Longest Yard, Remember the Titans and Jerry Maguire. Toronto Argonauts alumnus Mike “Pinball” Clemons is on hand for the tragic yet endearing Brian’s Song.

A varied lineup of performers takes to stages throughout the city for ticketed and free concerts. Count on acts such as Burton Cummings, K’Naan, Sam Roberts Band, Matthew Good, Treble Charger, Kreesha Turner, Big Sugar, April Wine and Kim Mitchell to bring crowds to their feet.

Chefs and culinary students from George Brown College team up at Nathan Phillips Square’s High Octane Food Zone, where individual servings of comfort foods with a twist cost no more than $5 apiece.

Feast right on the field of the Rogers Centre during the exclusive Scotiabank 100th Grey Cup Gala on November 21. Celebrated chefs Mark McEwan of Bymark and Rob Gentile of Buca team up to offer a sophisticated menu while chart-toppers Chris Willis and Brad Mates provide the dinner music.  —Linda Luong

Hot Date: The Argos Push for the Playoffs

Cory Boyd and his Toronto Argonauts teammates play a pair of home games in August

ON NOW  The Canadian Football League’s 100th Grey Cup is scheduled to be played November 25 in Toronto, and our own Toronto Argonauts have no intention of disappointing their fans by missing out on the push to the postseason. Newly acquired quarterback Ricky Ray, along with running back Cory Boyd, has given the boys in double-blue a fresh winning outlook, which is put to the test in two home games this month. August 6 sees the squad kick off against the B.C. Lions, while on August 27, Ray goes up against his former team, the Edmonton Eskimos. Rogers Centre, $28.25 to $91.50; call 1-855-462-7467 or visit here to buy.