02/11/2016 01:36 EST | Updated 02/11/2016 03:59 EST

Why Toronto Is The Perfect Home For NBA All-Star Weekend

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For the first time, the NBA will host their All-Star weekend outside of the United States, and this year, it's Toronto's time to shine.

Starting Friday (and for some, even before this), A-list celebrities, athletes and basketball fans will take over Canada's concrete jungle with fancy parties, charity events and sneaker pop-up shops.

The Toronto Raptors, Canada's only NBA basketball team, will not only rub shoulders with some of the league's finest players, but our very own DeMar Derozan and Kyle Lowry will also take part in the All-Star game on Sunday.

But coming to Toronto for the first time can seem overwhelming and with the weather forecasting a low (and cold) -17 (closer to feel like -30, or -22 Farenheit, sorry), it's going to be one jam-packed weekend for the 6. But hey, we can handle it. Not only does basketball have Canadian roots, but the city is well-equipped to host a large-scale event.

Here are some reasons why Toronto will be the perfect host of this year's All-Star games.