It was one for the books as the second CCYAA (Canadian Chinese Youth Athletic Association) Celebrity Classic powered by Virgin Plus, took place last night at the University of Toronto‘s GoldringCentre! Headlined by and featuring guest appearances by the likes of Simu Liu and NBA star Jeremy Lin, Comedian Ronny Chieng, Comedian Hasan Minhaj, Bling Empire star Kim Lee, Shang-Chi star Meng’er Zhang and more, the weekend was highlighted by a series of events leading up to the match. The event raises funds for the Jeremy Lin Foundation and the CCYAA’s new Community Centre.
Among the festivities this weekend were three Comedy Shows at Yuk Yuk’s with Comedian Julie Kim headlining. Kim recently wrote the Script for the JUNOS, hosted by Liu, and is confirmed for the upcoming Just for Laughs Festival! There also was a Youth Jam held at Goldring Centre, plus a four-day vendor Festival, FRESH FEST, at indoor Asian Night Market, SUPERFRESH in the Annex. For one day only, popular California Bubble Tea Chain BOPOMOFE CAFE did a pop-up shop which saw at one point, a 90-minute queue outside the hotspot.
As expected, Lin strut his stuff at the tournament, not to be outshined by Content Creator Mike Wu, whom many were saying deserved MVP! Fans went wild seeing up-close and personal some of their Asian-Canadian/American idols!
Funnyman Hasan Minhaj brought his The King’s Jester Tour to Toronto, playing not one but FOUR shows at Coca Cola Colisseum over two nights. Minhaj has the distinction of being the first Comedian ever to play four shows at that venue, situated on Canadian National Exhibition grounds. And the fans were taking to Twitter after the Shows to express their love after having had their phones locked away on arrival.
Known best for his work on The Daily Show as a Senior Correspondent, and also his acclaimed Netflix Series Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, he is a regular on the Just for Laughs Festival circuit, and his Toronto fans made noise after noticing they were excluded originally. Most recently he was seen on Season Two of Apple TV+‘s hit Series THE MORNING SHOW.
So happy we got to meet Minhaj during his visit, and he was so cool, slipping-on his shades for the Snap. Love him! If you missed him, worry not. He’s actually going to be back in Toronto again early July at the CCYAA Celebrity Classic with Simu Liu and Jeremy Lin! Details on that here. There are a few other events linked to the game, so who knows if he’ll show up to those as well!