Distillery District to host fan village during World Cup of Hockey

The World Cup of Hockey 2016, a best-on-best international tournament featuring more than 170 of the best players in the NHL, will include a 10-day fan festival in Toronto at the historic Distillery District from Sept. 16 to 25.

The World Cup of Hockey Fan Village, which will serve as the epicenter of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 for fans, will be free and open to the public.

Throughout the 10 days, Fan Village will host a variety of free, live programming including illusionist Darcy Oake; a visit to the kids zone by Paw Patrol; Brady Brady and Hero The Hero book readings; and musical performances by collective singing group Choir! Choir! Choir!, Theo Fleury and the Death Valley Rebels, Chris Weaver Band and Abba Mania, among others.

The family-friendly festival will occupy the Distillery District plus more than 200,000 square feet of an untouched lot east of Cherry Street, which will be known as the 'East Fan Village.'  Every game of the tournament will be broadcast live on giant screens for the ultimate fan viewing experience, enabling thousands to unite and cheer for their country. 

Other free attractions and experiences fans can expect are a virtual arena, Molson Canadian Hockey House and perhaps the best thing on the agenda -- the first-ever human bubble hockey game. Yes, that's right, there will be a life-size bubble hockey game.  

A full schedule of events, performances and appearances, including ticket information for the Sept. 16 concert and hours of operation, will be announced at a later date and available at wch2016.com/fanvillage.