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10 famous people visiting Toronto this summer 2014

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / June 26, 2014

adam sandler torontoCelebrities visiting Toronto this summer are mostly limited to big-ticket touring musicians taking their 18-wheelers full of disco balls, confetti and catsuits through our biggest arenas. If you're the star-gazing type, though, that makes your job easy; just buy a ticket to the show. There's also a few well-known actors coming through town for shooting, conventions, or panels. Be patient (and maybe stake out a spot on a Yorkville patio) and you may just experience your own brush with greatness. Just don't be creepy, OK?

Here's a rundown of 10 famous people visiting Toronto this summer.

Adam Sandler
Did you have your commute wrecked by a closed-down Adelaide St. this spring? Maybe you were disappointed by a non-operational prop hot dog cart? You can thank Adam Sandler for that one - he's shooting the New York City-set film Pixels over the summer in Toronto. The movie, a remake of a 2010 short film, focuses on a crack team of hot-shot gamers saving the world from arcade game villains trying to attack the Earth. Between takes, Sandler's been spotted hanging out in Yorkville. I don't wanna judge, dude, but your kids are a little big for that stroller.

Lady Gaga
Once again, Mother Monster comes to grace us with her presence. She'll be taking her artRAVE tour through the ACC on July 9. Expect the usual Gaga show - y'know, octopus costumes, seahorse-shaped keytars, stuffed animals being shot out of cannons. Meanwhile, if you happen to be out and about on the streets of Toronto, keep your eye out for someone wearing a bra and orange chaps / onesie made of lace curtains / giant sperm-shaped hat. Yaaaaaaasss.

Katy Perry
She's responsible for all of your guilty-pleasure sing-in-the-shower songs, so we won't judge you if you shell out to see Katy Perry perform at the ACC on July 18, 19 and 21. (Whatcha got planned for that night off, Katy? Huh?) Proven fact: Google searches for "papier mache cupcake bra instructions" spike by 3000% in any given city one week before Katy Perry comes to town.

Jack White
Everyone's favourite White Stripe / Raconteur / Dead Weatherman has struck out on his own once again. Hot off the heels of his latest record, Lazaretto, White will be bringing his solo show to the ACC on July 31. When he's off-duty, he'll be ... well, I don't know where he'll be. Where does Jack White hang out when he's in Toronto? I'm envisioning a country bar in a bunker 50 feet below the ground where the walls are made entirely from the necks of dismantled Airlines.

Peter Dinklage
He's in town for the exact same reason Adam Sandler is - a starring turn in Pixels - but Dinklage gets his own spot on the list due to sheer Game of Thrones-related badassery. His rising profile, thanks to his role on the universally-beloved HBO series, has led to him being deluged by fans at Pearson and snapped by paparazzi hanging out with his family downtown. (The Daily Mail: Where it's always a slow news day.)

One Direction
Technically, yes, this is five famous people: Harry, Niall, Zayn, Louis and Liam will be kicking off their North American tour with back-to-back performances August 1 and 2 at the Rogers Centre. There will screaming. There will also probably be crying. Are you already crying? Oh, honey, it's going to be okay. Man, I hope that One Direction-branded mascara they're about to launch is waterproof.

William Shatner
Canadian national treasure William Shatner will be returning to the Fan Expo comic and sci-fi con at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre August 28-31. Shatner has been a top-billed convention favourite for decades thanks to his years as James T. Kirk, the captain of the Enterprise - or, if you were a preteen girl in 1999, his iconic turn as the pageant emcee in Miss Congeniality. The full convention schedule will be announced in August; while you're waiting, download all of these albums.

Patrick Stewart
If you're more of a Next Generation person, Fan Expo will also feature an appearance from Captain Picard. (He's also Professor Xavier. Can someone make him one of these T-shirts?) No talk or Q&A announcement has been made for the convention yet - though he's proven to be a candid and enlightening panel guest. If you'd like to queue up for an autograph or photo, however, you can make it so on Sunday, August 31 - he'll only be attending for one day.

Lena Dunham
Come early September, everyone will be freaking out over the jetloads of celebrities in town for TIFF. The festival's schedule is still up in the air, but after the smoke clears on September 14, the Just For Laughs festival will cap off a late summer of star-stalking with some of comedy's current greats.Girls mastermind Lena Dunham will be at the Sony Centre on September 20, reading from her upcoming book of essays and doing a Q&A. Will we become best friends? Watch this space for updates! (Other notable funny people coming to town for the fest include Seth Myers, Wanda Sykes and Nick Offerman.)

Lil Wayne (maybe)
There's this guy named Drake who's from around here, and likes to bring his famous buddies to town as surprise guests for his annual OVO music festival. Nothing's been announced officially, but I have a a pretty strong hunch that Lil Wayne will be making a repeat visit at this year's fest, which takes place August 3 and 4. (I guess this means Drake will be in Toronto, too.)

pure leafThanks to Pure Leaf for sponsoring our summer adventures. For more things to do this summer, check out our Best of Summer page.

Who did I miss? Add more famous people to the comments.



TJ / June 26, 2014 at 08:52 am
Maybe we need a definition of "famous people". To me, famous people should mean people 90-95% of the population would know, from all ethnicities whether it is a 12 year old or 25 year old or 40 year old or 65. Jack White, Peter Dinklage, Lena Dunham, and Lil Wayne are not "famous". Go to a suburb and I can bet more than 50% of people will not know any of these people. Go survey people in the core of downtown and I think it might be similar. Come to think of it, I might add Lady Gaga to the list because I know so many people who don't actually know what she looks like (with her get-ups and crazy costumes and all).
akswun replying to a comment from TJ / June 26, 2014 at 09:50 am
Why thanks tips!

FOH with your survey. Survey deezzzz......
Reg replying to a comment from TJ / June 26, 2014 at 09:56 am
Maybe we also need a definition of "visiting". Flying in to perform a concert promoting yourself then flying out is hardly what I'd call visiting.
Jeeeeettts / June 26, 2014 at 10:01 am
I saw Derek Jeter prancing around Yorkville on Monday afternoon.
Al replying to a comment from Jeeeeettts / June 26, 2014 at 10:03 am
Who's Derek Jeter. Never heard of him.
Jeeeeettts / June 26, 2014 at 10:14 am
You don't strike me as the type that would know him.
Al replying to a comment from Jeeeeettts / June 26, 2014 at 10:18 am
Therefore he's not famous to the masses.
Al / June 26, 2014 at 11:06 am
Why so I can watch some clown get paid millions to swing a piece of wood? Doesn't sound like my kind of thing, enjoy the prancing in Yorkville.
Danny replying to a comment from Al / June 26, 2014 at 11:12 am
Crappy washed-up bum playing for a team full of has-beens.
poor l'il guy replying to a comment from Al / June 26, 2014 at 11:41 am
Mommy wouldnt let you play sports growing up eh.

At least you have keyboard hands now. Soft and precious.
Al / June 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm
Al - it's simple. If I say a name you don't know, like Derek Jeter for example, before you say "never heard of 'em, therefore not famous" you need to do something simple. Go to this website and copy/paste the name someone wrote you don't recoginze. If the search results in thousands of pages and pictures of that one person then guess what? They're famous. What makes them famous is that millions and millions and millions of people in the world (even if you are not one of them) knows who they are.
aDawg / June 26, 2014 at 12:20 pm
You forgot ROB FORD!!!!
On top of that replying to a comment from Al / June 26, 2014 at 12:28 pm
Plus that Googlin' will lead you to Minka Kelly.

Then you will forever be thankful we introduced you to Jeters world.

Al / June 26, 2014 at 02:04 pm
I knew who he was this whole time, you got played. Enjoy yourselves.
Josh M / June 26, 2014 at 02:21 pm
You forgot Beyoncé and Jay Z, only the biggest stars in the world.
Dave J / June 26, 2014 at 02:50 pm
I can't stand Lena Dunham. I hate her voice. I hate her face. I hate her smugness. I just fucking hate her.
Sam / June 26, 2014 at 02:57 pm
Isn't Derek Jeter the guy that was on Seinfeld. Didn't he play on the baseball team George Castanza worked for?
Tania replying to a comment from Sam / June 26, 2014 at 03:12 pm
I believe you are correct. Derek Jeter was also an actor in Anger Management here's his IMDB.
Tacocat / June 26, 2014 at 04:23 pm
Tom Segura and Christina Paczitski are in town on July 12th ... Tom of recent Netflix special and Christina of former Road Rules cast and comedienne.
Finally replying to a comment from Tacocat / June 26, 2014 at 06:00 pm
Thank you!!
Ask thyself / June 26, 2014 at 06:25 pm
What would Jeter do?
Lisa / June 26, 2014 at 08:58 pm
How did Beyonce not make this list?
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