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Toronto to host 2016 NBA All-Star Game

Canadian rap star Drake turned out for the Raptors' All-Star Game announcement. (Ron Turenne/NBA/Getty)

Canadian rap star Drake joined Raptors' All-Star Game announcement.(Ron Turenne/NBA/Getty)

The NBA announced on Monday that Toronto will host its 2016 All-Star Game.

NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement in a Toronto news conference with Mayor Rob Ford and Canadian rap star Drake in attendance. The Raptors announced the appointment of Drake as their new "global ambassador."

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“We promise to you the best all-star game and week that we’ve ever had,” said Tim Leiweke, CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment at a press conference Monday at the Air Canada Centre. “We’re blessed that this sport has taken off in this country.”

The  2014 NBA All-Star game will be held in New Orleans, and New York will host the 2015 event.