Sting is trading “Fields of Gold” for a court of all-stars.
The Grammy-winning artist will perform the halftime show at the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 14 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Cirque du Soleil will perform a routine before the game that illustrates “the story of a basketball dream.”
Earlier this month, organizers announced Toronto rapper Drake will coach Canada’s team at the NBA all-star celebrity game on Feb. 12 at the Ricoh Coliseum.
The Canuck team includes two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and Toronto Blue Jays all-star right-fielder Jose Bautista.
Comedy star Kevin Hart will coach the U.S. team, which includes actors Michael B. Jordan and Jason Sudeikis.
The decision to have Sting perform has drawn criticism from Rob Ford. On his Twitter account, a post indicated he would have preferred Toronto talent for the halftime show.
Really @Toronto2016? Sting? What were your backup options, Cher and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra? How about some TORONTO talent!
— Rob Ford (@TorontoRobFord) January 28, 2016