07/10/2013 04:56 EDT

'Degrassi' Season 13 Premiere: Screen It Live With Show Stars, Fans In Toronto


MuchMusic is celebrating summer, and the return of "Degrassi," with an exclusive screening event on Thursday, July 11.

The highly anticipated fourth-annual screening at Much HQ in downtown Toronto is putting the stars of the new season of "Degrassi" up-close and personal with fans, as they sign autographs and pose for photos. Returning favourites Munro Chambers (Eli), Melinda Shankar (Alli) and Jessica Tyler (Jenna) will be among the cast attending the event.

It's not all "Degrassi" veterans, though; fresh new faces of "Degrassi" (Ana Golja, Andre Kim, Eric Osborne) will be introduced to fans for the first time by screening hosts and MuchMusic VJs.

The MuchMusic parking lot opens to fans who have RSVP'd for the event at 5 p.m. ET. Anyone with a MuchCloser account can RSVP for the screening event here. Counting down to the premiere, Much goes all-out "Degrassi" as "New.Music.Live" airs live in the parking lot at 6 p.m. ET. The evening culminates with the live screening of the special, hour-long Season 13 premiere, "Summertime," Parts 1 and 2, at 8 p.m. ET.

In the Season 13 premiere, a few lucky Degrassi students are bound for a once-in-a-lifetime romantic trip to Europe, accompanied by some fresh new faces. Maya is looking to play it cool and put the past behind her, but things heat up when she makes a questionable judgment call and winds up banned from the trip. Clare thought her summer would be a bummer with Eli off in New York City, but the Europe trip on the horizon promises sunny skies ahead, as long as her cancer results come back negative. Meanwhile, Adam got an awesome summer job at Degrassi's Kid's Camp, but his beach babe Becky is Florida-bound for the next two months. He's insecure about being apart and wonders if the time and distance will kill their relationship.

After Season 12's insane finale, we can only imagine the madness that'll happen in Season 13.

Also this season, fans can get a whole lot more of "Degrassi" with "After Degrassi," premiering July 18 at 8:30 p.m. ET. The all-new, 30-minute MuchMusic original after-show recaps the events that just transpired in the all-new episodes, and features exclusive interviews with cast members, behind-the-scenes footage, and interactive content with the live studio audience.

Check out the hour-long "Degrassi" Season 13 premiere on MuchMusic at 8 p.m. ET.

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