Tom Cochrane To Ring In New Year At Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto

Written By Matthew Lomon on November 7, 2023
Tom Cochrane

‘Life is a Highway’ and all signs are pointing towards a can’t-miss stop at Canada’s largest casino on New Year’s Eve.

Great Canadian Entertainment recently announced that Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto will soon welcome eight-time Juno Award winner and member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Tom Cochrane. The iconic recording artist will take centre stage at The Theatre, a 5,000-spectator venue, on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.

However, the former Red Rider frontman will not be the first act to break in the state-of-the-art site. The Ontario casino said in the same release that it will reveal the grand opening performer, along with the 2024 lineup “in the near future.”

Tickets soon available in phased rollout

Tickets for the New Year’s celebration will go on sale in a phased rollout, starting with presale on Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. EST. Notably, the presale event will also conclude same-day, on Nov. 9 at 10 p.m. EST.

According to the release, this time window is exclusive to the following patrons:

  • Great Canadian Rewards members
  • Live Nation customers
  • Ticketmaster customers

Recently, the Great Canadian Rewards program became the first in Ontario to allow for online registration. The program does, in fact, apply to the Toronto property.

Tickets will then become available to the general public starting Friday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. EST on

Cochrane’s career highlights

With a career spanning nearly 50 years, there’s a lot to be said about the pride of Lynn Lake, MB.

Cochrane earned his first big break with Red Rider in 1978, where he took over as lead singer and main songwriter. Altogether, Cochrane and Co. released nine albums, featuring hits such as “Lunatic Fringe,” Victory Day,” “Human Race,” and chart topper, “Big League.”

He later launched his solo career, defined by the release of the anthemic, nostalgia bomb “Life is a Highway.” This record, in particular, sold more than one million copies in Canada and another six million copies worldwide.

The song earned certified diamond status in Canada, resulting in a Grammy nomination for Cochrane in 1993.

A member of the Order of Canada and Canada’s Walk of Fame, Cochrane’s home province honoured his achievements by renaming a 322-kilometre section of Manitoba’s provincial highway “Tom Cochrane’s Life Is A Highway” in 2016.

Photo by Amy Harris / Invision / AP Photo
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Matthew Lomon has been a contributor at Catena Media’s network of regional sites since July 2022. He first broke into covering the legal North American gambling industry with PlayCanada. Since then, Matthew's reporting has extended to PlayMichigan, PlayPennsylvania, and PlayIllinois. Based out of Toronto, Ontario, Matthew is an avid (bordering on fanatic) sports fan.

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