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10 things to do at the World Cup of Hockey Fan Village in Toronto

The World Cup of Hockey is gearing up in Toronto, and along with the tournament itself, there's a ton of activities and events planned to coincide with the on-ice action. The Fan Village at the Distillery District is where all the fun takes place from September 16-25. Look out for concerts, street entertainment, and constant opportunities to have your photo taken with the Stanley Cup.

Here are my picks for the top 10 things to do at the World Cut of Hockey Fan Village.

Sam Roberts Band and The Killers (September 16, Main Stage)
Hosted by Jay Barachel, this is a ticketed concert to help kick-off the World Cup of Hockey for 2016. Sam Roberts is on at 6:15p.m. and The Killers are on at 8:20p.m.

Choir! Choir! Choir! (September 17, Main Stage)
The city's favourite open form sing-a-long troupe is joined by Sahil Prashar to learn to sing the Canadian National Anthem like you've never heard it before. That is, with lots of harmonies and soul. Your lesson starts at 7p.m.

Virtual Arena (September 17-18, East Fan Village)
Get a feeling for what it's actually like to step on the ice with an ultimate virtual reality viewing experience. Think of it as putting on your hockey helmet and then BAM! You're in the game. This activation happens from 11a.m. to 11p.m. during these two days.

Human Bubble Hockey (September 17-18, East Fan Village)
The main entrance to the East Fan Village is at Mill and Cherry Streets, and it's where you'll be able to play a hilariously bouncy game of bubble hockey. This one's for players 19 or older and you're literally inside a bubble as you pass the puck around. Also from 11a.m. - 11p.m.

Elliott Brood (September 20, main Stage)
Catch this alt-country show from Toronto favourite Elliott Brood starting at 6:45p.m. This show is free.

David Arrigo Live Mural Experience (September 21, Streetmosphere)
The live mural experience is happening at various times throughout Fan Village celebrations, so keep an eye on the official schedule if you can't make it on this date. Watch street art happen in front of your eyes in broad daylight instead of illegally at night in an alleyway.

Green Day on the Main Stage (September 23, Main Stage)
Warning: This show will sell out, and might be close sold out as you read this post, but we still have to mention a Green Day show! Check out tickets here. Clearly the biggest event of the festival and it's only $25.

Illusionist Darcy Oake (September 24, Main Stage)
Darcy Oake is a very handsome man, but don't be fooled by his good looks, he's an illusionist! He'll disappear on you in the blink of an eye. He's a Britain's Got Talent phenom and a new schoolmaster magician worth checking out. He has a show at noon and 4:30p.m. on this day.

Jully Black and The Darcy's (September 24, World Stage)
Toronto's fave queen of R&B and indie darlings perform at 12:45p.m. and 3:30 respectively on a smaller, slightly more intimate stage. Don't miss these two stellar performers give it all they've got.

Yusuke Hoshi (September 24, Streetmosphere)
You might have a mind and ear altering performance from this didgeridoo street musician while walking around the city. He fuses technology with the traditional instrument with amazing results. It'll have you mesmerized. He's performing at different times all over Fan Village, so keep a lookout.

Hit up the official website for a full schedule of games, screenings and other fun stuff.

Photo from the Scotiabank Twitter page.

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