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Toronto's New Gem: $1 Billion Casino Resort Revolutionizes Entertainment


Michael Chen

May 5, 2024 - 22:05 pm


Grandeur Unveiled: Toronto's $1 Billion Entertainment Destination Wows with Star-Studded Launch

Toronto, May 5, 2024 (PRNewswire) – In a glamorous display of luxury and entertainment, the Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto commemorated its Grand Opening this weekend with an array of celebrations. The event drew a prominent crowd that included the likes of Ontario Premier Doug Ford and key figures from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, among other dignitaries. The event marked a new era for Toronto, with an investment that promises immense community benefits and a significant economic uplift for the region.

The much-anticipated launch weekend began with an electrifying atmosphere as three-time Grammy Award winner Gwen Stefani performed the opening show at the resort's cutting-edge 5,000-person Theatre. The exquisite live entertainment venue is now touted as the most versatile in the city. Stefani's magnetic performance set a high bar, leaving fans in awe with her stage presence and hit songs.

Gwen Stefani's performance was brimming with charm and fan engagement, leading to an electrifying atmosphere within The Theatre. The crowd's energy escalated when Stefani teased them about attending her husband Blake Shelton's performance the following night, given its coincidence with the Maple Leafs' pivotal Stanley Cup playoff game. Her playful banter emphasized the auspicious choice of her as the Casino’s inaugural act.

Blake Shelton took the stage the next evening, showcasing his inimitable blend of humor and musical prowess through his back-to-back hits, treating fans to a night to remember. Between songs, Shelton playfully jested about Stefani's preceding performance, eliciting laughs and admiration from the sold-out crowd. His acknowledgement of the grandeur of the casino resort was coupled with praise, a testament to its allure and extensive amenities.

The Grand Opening also featured an auspicious Lion and Dragon dance in the lobby of the vast casino resort that exemplified success and prosperity. This came ahead of the formal ceremonies, which were graced by Premier Ford, Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy, CEO Matthew Anfinson, and other notable guests. A traditional dotting ceremony accompanied by a video presentation showcased the transformative journey of this privately funded project, designed to reinvent the region's leisure and hospitality scene.

Matthew Anfinson, CEO of Great Canadian Entertainment, expressed pride in the property, highlighting the five-year journey and the billion-dollar investment that brought it to life. He noted, “With the new 5,000-person Theatre and our star-studded shows, we’re not just filling a gap in Toronto’s entertainment offerings; we’re establishing a major hub for live performances that will impact far beyond our region.” The Casino Resort now boasts a 400-room hotel, a medley of dining venues, and a rich events calendar.

Premier Doug Ford lauded the visionary nature of the team behind the resort, underscoring their forward-looking approach and commemorating the project as a remarkable addition to the economic landscape. Minister Bethlenfalvy also joined in the accolades, pointing out the half a billion dollars of economic impact the venue contributes to Ontario, noting its significant role in job creation and providing unparalleled entertainment experiences.

Over 2,700 construction jobs were created during the resort's development, with the property now sustaining over 1,700 operational positions. As part of its commitment to the community, Great Canadian Entertainment infused $5 million into the construction of the local childcare center and upheld hiring and procurement practices that benefitted the local and social communities.

Duncan Hannay, CEO of OLG, took pride in the resort as a substantial addition to Greater Toronto Area's offerings, acknowledging its creation of thousands of local jobs. OLG's contributions to Toronto since 1999 have accumulated to $387 million, funds that bolster the city's vital services and infrastructural growth.

The high-profile unveiling ceremony peaked with the key stakeholders pulling an oversized slot machine lever, setting off an exuberant mix of confetti, lights, and sounds to officially declare the entertainment hotspot open.

The event also highlighted the resort's dedication to social responsibility. A significant donation was presented to The Haven on the Queensway, an organization supporting those in need through food distribution, clothing, and programs targeting poverty and homelessness.

For further information on the resort and its events, visitors can explore or connect with the resort on social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

The Pinnacle of Gaming and Entertainment: Canada's Newest Destination

Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto emerges as Canada's latest premier gaming and entertainment venue and stands among the largest in North America. The resort blends modern sophistication with ultimate leisure and delivers an opulent gaming experience with its 4,800 slot machines, 175 live table games, including classic favorites and an exclusive 30-table poker room.

The resort's immersive entertainment extends beyond gaming. Guests can savor fine dining experiences, relax in the 400-room upscale hotel with incredible racetrack views, and experience top-tier performances at the 5,000-person Theatre. With Live Nation’s collaboration, the theatre solidifies the resort's standing as a complete entertainment hub.

Integral to the resort's ethos is its commitment to responsible gambling. With two on-site PlaySmart Centres, guests can access interactive tools and information, promoting responsible gambling practices and offering voluntary breaks from gaming.

Spotlight on Great Canadian Entertainment

Founded in 1982, Great Canadian Entertainment stands as Canada's preeminent gaming and hospitality operator. It possesses a diverse portfolio spanning 25 properties across Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Its expansive offerings include more than one million square feet of gaming space and are highlighted by Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto, its crown jewel.

The company's commitment to community involvement is evident through its PROUD program, through which they support a myriad of charitable causes. They ensure that a significant portion of the gross gaming revenue aids programs critical to healthcare, education, and social services across Canada.

More Information on Great Canadian Entertainment

For more information on the company and its community involvement, guests can visit the official website,, or engage with Great Canadian Entertainment via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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