Jeff Mackey The City of Regina from the sky.

2013 could prove to be a watershed year for the Queen City. Regina will be hosting two major national events in the upcoming year: the 101st Grey Cup and the 2013 Juno Awards.

“It gives us a chance to showcase our city, who we are as a people and how well we can put on these great events,” said Regina Mayor Michael Fougere in a year-end interview. “We expect the entire city to be behind the Junos and the Grey Cup.”

Hosting the 2013 Grey Cup is an exciting opportunity for what is arguably the fiercest – and loudest– football community in Canada. The big game will be stretched into a four-day festival from Nov. 20 to Nov. 24 in which tailgating, football and Rider pride will no doubt be difficult to ignore on the streets of Regina.

Regina hasn’t hosted the Grey Cup since 2003; Already hotels rooms across the city are difficult to find for the big weekend.

For the more artsy crowd the 2013 Junos awards will be held in Regina on April 21 at the Brandt Centre. The Canadian music award show may only be one night, but the event has turned into a week-long extravaganza starting on April 15 that will bring great Canadian musicians and stars to the prairies.

Highlights from the festivities will include a two-day music festival, a chance for fans to meet their favorite stars, a songwriting circle and, of course, the star-studded award show.

Along with all these national events Regina will still be hosting its beloved annual events like the Regina Folk Festival, the Mosaic festival, the Queen City Ex and the Agribition.

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