CANADA: Lunar New Year Celebrations, Edmonton EXPO Centre's Newly Named Arena, Metro Toronto Convention Centre Sets Two Records, and More

BANFF: The annual SnowDays festival returns to Banff National Park this month with new enhancements to programming and the visitor experience. On Jan. 28, Skijoring will return to SnowDays’ programming for only the second time since 2020. Taking place in the heart of downtown Banff on Banff Avenue, 16 teams from Skijor Canada consisting of a horse, rider, and slider will take to the track to showcase skills, speed, and style on a 160-meter straightaway at speeds of up to 50 kph. Skijoring derives from the Norwegian term for “ski driving" and was first demonstrated in Banff in 1917 as part of the first Banff Winter Carnival.

CALGARY: The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre will host its Chinese Lunar New Year Festival this year from Jan.14-22. The event will feature dragon and lion dances, multicultural performances, an art exhibition, demonstrations of traditional handicrafts, lucky draw, food stalls, games, and a public marketplace. 

EDMONTON: Hall D at the Edmonton EXPO Centre has officially been named The Flair Airlines Hangar at the Edmonton EXPO Centre. The renamed space at the Centre welcomes sports, music, live performances, and community events. It's also home to the Canadian Elite Basketball League’s Edmonton Stingers, which will play home games at The Flair Airlines Hangar starting in May 2023. The arena is in the final stages of a multimillion-dollar revitalization.

TORONTO: The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) has announced that it has set two facility records for securing major conventions in 2022 and in fiscal year 2023/2024. In fiscal year 2023/2024, the MTCC is set to host 21 citywide conventions, the highest yearly total in the facility’s nearly 40-year history. These events will generate an estimated $246 million in direct spending economic impact for the region, and will bring more than 100,000 attendees to the heart of Toronto, according to an MTCC press release. In 2022, the venue broke another record when it booked seven international meetings for future years—the most ever secured in one year. 

VANCOUVER: This year, LunarFest Vancouver will run Jan. 20-21 at Vancouver Art Gallery's North Plaza. The event, celebrating Lunar New Year, is considered Canada’s premier presenter of contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture. Admission is free, and attendees can expect family friendly activities, live entertainment, and community booths. The event is produced by the Asian-Canadian Special Events Association.

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