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104th Grey Cup Championship Game

November 24, 2016 

Governor General to Attend 104th Grey Cup in Toronto 

OTTAWAHis Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will attend the Canadian Football League’s (CFL®) 104th Grey Cup Championship Game, at BMO Field in Toronto, on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at 6 p.m.                                                                                                           

The Governor General will conduct the coin toss to officially kick off the championship game between the Ottawa REDBLACKS and the Calgary Stampeders. 

“I’m honoured to do the coin toss at the Grey Cup. This will be my third CFL championship game as governor general. Every experience has been unique and I very much look forward to watching and cheering on both teams with all Canadians who are passionate about this sport.” 

About the Grey Cup and the CFL
In 1909, then-Governor General Earl Grey donated a trophy to the Rugby Football Championship of Canada. Originally, only teams registered with the Canadian Rugby Union were eligible to compete for the trophy, which subsequently became known as the Grey Cup. Over time, Canadian football became markedly different from its rugby origins. The Grey Cup subsequently became the property of the CFL, which had evolved into a professional football league. 

In October 2012, the Grey Cup came home to Rideau Hall and was on display for four days to mark the 100th anniversary of the championship game.For more information about the CFL, visit


Media wishing to cover the Grey Cup Championship Game
must be accredited through the CFL.

Media information:

Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-302-0912 (cell)

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