Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Rock Gaming LLC have unveiled artist drawings for a downtown Toronto casino at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).

Caesars, which is home to iconic entertainers, such as Celine Dion, Elton John and Shania Twain, released the images of the group’s vision for the convention centre on Friday.

Last month, MTCC owner Oxford Properties Group proposed a $3-billion redevelopment of its 4.4 hectare downtown site that would include an expanded convention centre and new retail, office and residential space, as well as an integrated casino and hotel complex.

Caesars believes the project could be “another world-class tourism anchor.”

“We believe that the convention centre site provides a prime opportunity to achieve these important goals,” Jan Jones, a Caesars executive vice-president, said in a release.

A Caesars spokeswoman said the group has expressed interest in the Toronto market for the past six months.

“We have been consulting with stakeholders, city officials and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation [OLG] since the OLG released its modernization strategy last spring,” Kathleen Napier said in an email.

The OLG has been pushing the city to accept a casino, which has sparked a grassroots protest against a mega gaming complex.

Mayor Rob Ford has reservations about the location and said he’d have to see the numbers before endorsing the MTCC project.

“The Port Lands, Exhibition Place — that’s my preference. We can make more money when we own the property obviously,” he said last month.

City manager Joe Pennachetti is expected to deliver a report on the pros and cons of a Toronto casino later this month.

With files from Erin Criger