TORONTO -- I did the math, and it turns out the 100th anniversary for any event comes around, only once in a hundred years. Like a steak on Rod Pedersen's plate, events such as these tend to be rare. The 100th Grey Cup is no exception (and wouldn't we all like to see one of those on Rod's plate).
Celebrating the century mark for anything is a good enough reason to party, but when we're talking about a century's worth of Grey Cups – we transcend into something beyond football. We're defining the fabric of our character. We're celebrating the glue that binds our country. We're crossing a bridge between cultures, and we're stepping through portals into our history. Not even Canada Day has a symbol that we can touch, sip champaign from, or lose temporarily in hotel rooms after drunken celebratory binges.
The 100th Grey Cup Festival is a 10-day, 11-night, celebration set to take over massive chunks of downtown Toronto. It begins Thursday, November 15th, and spans over 50 events right up to the conclusion of the big game on Sunday, November 25. Whether you plan to watch the game from from your seat inside Rogers Centre, or take it in with friends around a TV somewhere, you need to be in Toronto for this once in a lifetime event.
Over the next few weeks, I'll be writing a series of columns about the 100th Grey Cup Festival. There's no question that we all love football, but as I mentioned earlier, there's a massive celebration at hand. So many different types of events are planned, for so many different types of people (football & non-football people alike), that I thought it was worth spilling some ink over.
For credibility's sake, I should add that I'm not a pitchman for the festival. I volunteer as a blogger for the Argos' Admirals, but I'm a passionate Rider Fan at heart. I get no financial benefit from happenings around the festival, and like 54,000 others, I paid full price for my tickets to the big game back in June. More than anything, I wanted to be smack in the middle of this iconic Canadian event.
I hope to see you all soon!