Sting may be hitting the road this summer for the highly anticipated Rock Paper Scissors tour with Peter Gabriel, but the former frontman of the Police is warming up with a very special appearance in Toronto. The 16-time Grammy winner was announced on Thursday (Jan. 28) as the headliner at the NBA All-Star Game halftime show, which takes over the city on Feb. 14.
But first, a performance by Canadian company Cirque du Soleil will tip off the game. The circus-inspired performers will transport fans and viewers into a basketball dream, illustrated through their use of dance and acrobatics blended with technology. The finale will herald the 2016 group of NBA All-Stars competing in the game.
The All-Star weekend is shaping up to be exciting, and not only because it's the first time the event has taken place in Canada. On Feb. 12, American talent will take on homegrown Canuck stars in the All-Star Celebrity Game at Ricoh Coliseum, with captains Kevin Hart and Drake at the helm, respectively.
The comedian's team includes Creed’s Michael B. Jordan, Blackish’s Anthony Anderson, Horrible Bosses star Jason Sudeikis, Empire’s Bryshere "Yazz" Gray, Nick Cannon and NBA legend Muggsy Bogues. The singer and champion of "The Six" will vie for victory with two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, Toronto Blue Jays right fielder José Bautista, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, Property Brothers' Drew and Jonathan Scott, actor Stephan James, tennis star Milos Raonic and actor-singer Kris Wu, among others.
See which celebrities have the most game on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, and watch Cirque du Soleil and String rock the court on Feb. 14 at 8:30 p.m. ET on TNT.