Ontario Celebration Sites Add to 2015 Games Excitement
Free Events Include Live Music, Celebrity Chefs, Fireworks and Art Exhibits
Ontario is supporting seven exciting celebration sites for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games, where locals and visitors alike will have the opportunity to enjoy diverse cultural, culinary, arts and sport programming, starting July 10th:
Ontario's Celebration Zone at Harbourfront Centre will feature 38 days of the best of Ontario, with over 500 free events and activities. Highlights include: nightly concerts, theatre and dance productions, celebrity chef demonstrations and a weekly farmers' market, Latino-Hispanic and Caribbean events, performances featuring artists with disabilities, First Nations and Francophone showcases, water-based sport demonstrations, an accessible 400-foot zip line and more than 100 family-friendly activities and shows.
PrideHouseTO at The 519 and Barbara Hall Park will offer art and culture installations by local and international LGBT artists, Pan American food and drink, live Games coverage, yoga, storytelling, dance classes, kids and youth programming, performances by urban dancers and drag performers, Canada, Brazil and Latin America T-Dance, jazz in the park and interactive sport activities.
Franco-Fête at Yonge-Dundas Square will showcase Franco-Ontarian culture by featuring award-winning and multi-platinum selling Francophone artists from across Canada, as well as artists from the Americas.
Aboriginal Pavilion at Fort York will highlight First Nation arts, culture and sports, including a cultural village with six traditional houses representing several First Nations, musical performances, dance and theatre, artists talks, film screenings, a sports zone with lacrosse and soccer demonstrations, and an artisan and food marketplace.
PANAMANIA Live at Nathan Phillips Square will feature more than 130 acts from across the Americas, nightly fireworks and jumbo video screens with live Opening Ceremony and daily Games coverage. Victory celebrations for medal-winning athletes will be held nightly at 7:30 p.m.
Latam Pavilion at the Distillery District will feature products from Latin American countries, national and community musical performers, international culinary demonstrations, dance lessons, and photography exhibits.
The Caribbean Pavilion at the Distillery District will present a variety of activities including an art exhibition showcasing local Caribbean artists, an Athletes BBQ and Food Expo, musical and dance performances featuring steel pan performers and Junkanoo dancers, kids day, and a traditional Sunday morning Caribbean-style breakfast.
Supporting a memorable and successful 2015 Games is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Ontario’s Celebration Zone at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre is open daily July 10-August 16 from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. For programming updates, follow on Twitter @EpicIsON.
- PrideHouseTO Pavilion at 519 Church Street is open daily July 10-26.
- Franco-Fête is open daily from July 10-24 at Yonge-Dundas Square.
- Aboriginal Pavilion is open daily from July 10-26 at Fort York’s Garrison Common, and August 7-9 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.
- Latam Pavilion will be open daily from July 11-26.
- Caribbean Pavilion will be open daily from July 6-August 4.
- PANAMANIA Live at Nathan Phillips Square is open daily from July 10-26 and August 7-12 from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
- The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games will showcase Ontario as a premier sporting destination, attract 10,000 athletes and officials and an expected 250,000 visitors, create 26,000 jobs and generate $3.7 billion for Ontario’s GDP.
“The Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are about more than sports. The Games are a celebration of the human spirit in all of us and a chance to bring the people of the Americas closer together. For Ontario to host the best Games ever, seven action-packed celebration zones are taking this celebration of culture, friendship and diversity to a whole new level. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the excitement of the Games as we showcase our wonderful, diverse province to the world.”
“When the Games begin on July 10th, so does an incredible celebration of culture, art and music. With exceptional lineups and programming at seven different celebration sites, there's something for everyone. Be part of the excitement as we cheer on our athletes, enjoy new music, taste new foods, try new sports, and show the world what a truly diverse and great province we live in.”
“The Games are all about getting people in our communities outside and getting to know each other better, and the Games’ unprecedented 35 days of cultural programming will bring our public spaces to vivid and colourful life. These Games are also a chance to show our friends and partners in the Americas and Caribbean who we are — a community that values diversity, community and social inclusion.”