Yesterday's shocking revelation that Raptor's star centre Jonas Valančiūnas was heading to the Grizzlies was a hard pill to swallow for some of the player's most passionate fans. Valančiūnas himself had even stated in a recent interview that he wished to stay in Toronto and was paying no mind to trade rumours. “I’ve been in rumours so many times I don’t even look at it,” he once said, according to TSN.
Tributes to the celebrated ex-Raptor have flooded social media, with Valančiūnas fans of praising him for his contribution to the team and the city as a whole. Valančiūnas was first drafted to the Raptors back in 2012 making his NBA debut with them on October 31st.
Although the many fans mourned the loss of Valančiūnas, there were also more than a few who considered his replacement former Grizzlies centre Marc Gasol, an exciting addition to the team.
His new teammates seemed equally as excited to see Gasol put on a Raptors jersey and get to work. “He’s one of the best fives in the league for a long time now,” gushed Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, according to TSN. “A perennial all-star, Defensive Player of the Year, so just really excited to see how we can acclimate him to what we do and see how much he can give us a boost. Obviously, we are very excited about that.”
It was no doubt a risky move for the Raptors to trade the 26-year old Valančiūnas for the 34-year old Gasol. However, despite the fact that Gasol is not the player that he used to be, his experience and record speak for itself and his new spot on the Raptors is sure to make things very interesting this season.
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Toronto and Peel recently issued Section 22 Orders that requires businesses with five or more COVID-19 cases among staff to close for a duration of ten days, if those cases span over the course of two weeks and may have been reasonably acquired in the workplace — however, some critical businesses are exempt from these closures.
None of these hotels have had to undergo full closures, despite the Crowne Plaza recording 13 cases, as officials claim the hotels are providing an essential service, according to reports by City News.
Presented by The Concierge Club, the evening events will feature the renowned theatre company The 7 Fingers, and you can expect to see spectacular acrobatic performances in a physically distanced setting.
The show hopes to open for live audiences and will have safety protocols such as mandatory face coverings, screenings, and private platforms for audience members to sit at with up to five members of their household.
The show could also take place as a drive-in event if restrictions do not allow for the planned opening.
Early bird tickets are already on sale, and guests must book a minimum of four spots for each platform.
Price: $65 + regular admission per person
When: Thursdays - Sundays, July 1 - August 1, 2021
Address: 10801 McCowan Rd., Markham, ON
Why You Need To Go: Enjoy an outdoor performance in a unique, distanced setting this summer.