Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts


In accordance with the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar, New Year’s day lands on Saturday, January 28th this year. Celebrations typically begin 7 days prior to New Year’s Eve. Chinese New Year’s is meant to signify a rest before the new year, as well as the traditional start of spring. 2017 is the year of the Rooster, which is tenth in the Chinese zodiac. For those born in a previous year of the Rooster, this could mean a year of bad luck lies ahead. If you were born in 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, or 2017  you should seek out luck this year in the form of numbers (5, 7, 8) or colours (gold, brown, and yellow). While there are many different traditional celebrations, such as decorations, lantern lighting, and family dinners, this is how the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts will be celebrating the Chinese New Year. 


CUAUT Spring New Year Gala


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Presented by the CUAUT, this Spring New Year Gala will celebrate the 2017 New Year with students and local performances, including 3 Chinese pop stars – Tanya Chua, Victor Wong, and Khalil Fong. This celebration will happen Friday, January 20th at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased online!


CSSA Chinese Spring Gala


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Brought to you by the CSSA, which is represented by individuals from 12 universities across the province, this first time event will bring together students from across the country. This memorable evening will help to welcome the new year with open arms and smiling faces. The gala will happen Saturday, January 21st at 6pm. Get your tickets ahead of time!


2017 CNTV Chinese New Year Gala


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The CNTV Chinese New Year Gala is the largest and most extravagant celebration for the Chinese community. With the blessing of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto, the event was able to bring together over 800 of the most elite artists from both China and Canada to perform in this exciting event! Not only will there will be a live audience of 3,200 at the Sony Centre, but the gala will also be broadcast live to tens of thousands of families nationally and globally. This extravaganza will take place Friday, January 27th at 8pm, and tickets can be bought in advance.


How will you be celebrating the arrival of the year of the Rooster?


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