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spectator sports

Hot Dates: The NHL All-Star Game Comes to Ottawa

Scotiabank Place. Photo credit: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images.

After months of waiting, the stars are finally coming to town…the NHL All-Stars, that is! Just in time to celebrate the Ottawa Senators‘ 20th season, Scotiabank Place will be the battleground for the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29, which sees some of the best players in the league face off (and our Captain, Daniel Alfredsson, lead one of the teams). But the game itself is not the only event taking place. On Jan. 28, check out the NHL Skills Competition, and from Jan. 26 to 28 the NHL Fan Fair will offer interactive games and attractions, plus special appearances, entertainment, and more. It will definitely be a weekend to celebrate Ottawa, hockey, and the National Hockey League.

Hot Date: Sens and the City

The crowd comes alive at Scotiabank Place. Photo credit: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/OSHC.

Tuesday, Oct. 11. With a new season comes new hope as the Ottawa Senators introduce a batch of fresh young faces to the line-up, just in time for the 20th anniversary of the modern franchise. Led by captain Daniel Alfredsson and superstar Jason Spezza, the team will be looking to make their mark this year. With new coach Paul MacLean behind the bench, goalie Craig Anderson between the posts, and All-Star Erik Karlsson on the ice, you’re definitely going to want to catch a game this season. We suggest their first regular season home game, which sees the Sens face off against the Minnesota Wild (also know as Dany Heatley’s new team), meaning it’s going to be one that really gets the fans going. All together now: Go Sens go!

Hot Date: Spruce Meadows

July 6 – 10

Watch some of the best show jumping athletes and horses from the Americas compete at the amateur, junior and professional levels for $900,000 total prize money at Spruce Meadow’s annual North American. Throughout the tournament find live street theatre performances by Evergreen Theatre and a marketplace filled with crafts, giftware and horse-related merchandise or wander the grounds and enjoy the scenery of this world-renowned venue located just outside the city. Spruce Meadows, for tickets, call 403-974-4200.

Hot Date: Calgary Stampeders

June 15

Calgary Stampeders’ star quarterback Henry Burris and his talented crew, including running back Joffrey Reynolds and wide receiver Ken-Yon Rambo, return to the gridiron with the intention to take it all the way to the Grey Cup Championship at BC Place stadium in Vancouver on November 27. But it’s a long road ahead, and it all starts at home, with an important pre-season tilt against their Western rivals, the BC Lions, on the turf at McMahon stadium. For tickets, call 1-855-4-STAMPS (782-677).


Hot Dates: Slam Dunk

The Harlem Globetrotters return to the Halifax Metro Centre.

Slapstick antics aside, the Harlem Globetrotters put on a pretty impressive display of athleticism. The “clown princes of basketball” return to the Halifax Metro Centre on April 14.

Summer Stops for Families

From the most intrepid of daredevils to the quietest of bookworms, bright summer days bring out the playfulness in us all. To make this the best summer yet, Where Toronto offers 15 exciting ways to craft your own fun in the sun.

There are thrills galore at Canada's Wonderland.

Find thrills at Canada's Wonderland.

More then 200 attractions and 65 rides test the truly adventurous at Canada’s Wonderland. This first-class amusement park is home to the Behemoth—the country’s tallest and fastest roller coaster with open-air seating and a blood-curdling 230-foot drop. If riding the rails isn’t your thing, try thrill rides like the toe-curling Drop Tower and stomach-wrenching Psyclone. For more subdued, tot-friendly amusements, head to Kidzville and Nickelodeon Central—kids will get a kick out of Dora’s Dune Buggies and Scooby Doo’s Haunted Mansion. Cool down at Splash Works, a 20-acre water park with twisting slides like the Super Soaker and the Plunge. Adults $51.99, seniors and kids $29.35.