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The top 10 sports events in Toronto for summer 2016

The top sports events in Toronto this summer include everything from car races to tennis matches. While we may not have the Pan Am Games this year, there are still a number of high-profile events that should peel you away from your own beer league shenanigans and watching TSN.

Here are my picks for the top sports events in Toronto this summer.

Toronto Argonauts Home Opener (June 23)
For their first home game of the season the Argos are breaking in the brand new BMO field with a game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Plenty of tailgating will be happening, so get your hands on a barbecue, stock up on booze and remember to wear your team colours.

Rugby Canada: Canada vs. Italy (June 26)
When it comes to rugby, Canada and Italy have a sordid past. In the second match of RWC 2015 pool play Italy took the game from Canada, leaving our men feeling a little salty. On June 26 the teams will take to BMO Field to face off once again - hopefully garnering more favourable results.

Queen's Plate (July 3)
If you like your sporting events with a side of sophistication, the Queen's Plate will be right up your alley. The event, filled with obnoxious headwear, gambling and horse racing, will take over Woodbine Racetrack at the beginning of July. It may not be the Kentucky Derby, but it's a whole lot closer to home.

Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals (July 4-6)
Remember last year's Blue Jays vs. Royals games that got so heated even the public libraries got involved? Well, unfortunately, the Royals managed to do us in in 2015, but the teams will return to the diamond this July to duke it out once again. To be honest, I'm not sure whether I'm more excited for the game or for the literary back and forth that might ensue.

WWE Live SummerSlam Heatwave Tour (July 9)
If you're a fan of wrestling, you're in luck. WWE's Live SummerSlam Heatwave Tour will take to the Ricoh Colosseum on July 9. Featured superstars include Roman Reigns, Jey Uso, Apollo Crews and The Miz.

Honda Indy (July 15-17)
The Honda Indy will bring racing fanatics to Exhibition Place for the weekend of July 15. You'll get to see professional drivers manoeuvre around the track in sweet rides like the Dallara DW12 and Reynard 98i. The event also boasts all the bells and whistles of a festival, including gourmet food vendors, food trucks, its own Beer fest, meet and greets and more.

Canadian Open (July 18-24)
Mid-July the Canadian Open will kick off just outside of city bounds at the The Jack Nicklaus-designed Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville. If you want to see PGA Tour pros like Ernie Els and Matt Kuchar aim to get as many hole-in-ones as humanly possible, this is where to go.

Rogers Cup (July 23-31)
The Rogers Cup rolls into town for an 9-day stint, closing out the month of July. Tennis A-listers like Milos Raonic and Rafael Nadal will battle it out for the Rogers Cup at the Aviva Centre beginning July 23. Unfortunately, if you want to see the ladies take to the courts, you'll have to make the journey to Montreal.

Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC (August 27)
Montreal Impact and Toronto FC will go head to head at the end of August on the brand new BMO Field. This game promises to be quite the event, but please, TFC fans, remember the lesson we learned last year: no matter how riled up you get, do not verbally abuse reporters (or anyone, for that matter).

World Cup of Hockey (Sept 17-Oct 1)
Don't consider hockey a summer sport? Think again, my friends. The World Cup of Hockey touches down in Toronto a few days before fall begins for a two-week affair. The international tournament will pit Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe and Team North America against each other to find out which team reigns supreme.

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