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2015 Pan American Games opening ceremony


2015 Pan American Games opening ceremony

The Rogers Centre (Pan Am Ceremonies Venue) hosted the opening ceremony
CN Tower during the opening ceremony

The opening ceremony of the 2015 Pan American Games took place on Friday July 10, 2015, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT at the Rogers Centre (Pan Am Dome) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[1] The opening ceremony was produced and directed by Cirque du Soleil.[2] The production was become the largest event produced by the company.[3]

The tickets for the ceremony ranged between CA$100 and CA$350.[4] It was later announced in January 2015 that tickets to the ceremony were sold out.[5]


The cultural segments of this opening ceremony were themed around the journey and aspirations of an athlete, from their dreams, to reality.[6] The ceremony opened with a dance segment reflecting Toronto's multiculturalism and the aboriginal peoples of the Golden Horseshoe region, set to music by DJ Shub (formerly of electronic music group A Tribe Called Red).[6][7] The scene symbolized the arrival of a character known as "The Messenger", and also included 183 dancers representing various cultures.[8] After the auditions, 133 children and youth were selected to perform at the ceremony.[9]

In a pre-recorded segment, the Pan-American Games Torch was relayed to the stadium through Toronto neighbourhoods by Canada's gold-medal winning 4x100 m relay team from the 1996 Summer Olympics, culminating with a scene depicting Bruny Surin passing the flame to Donovan Bailey on the CN Tower's EdgeWalk, and then parachuting onto the stadium roof. Bailey was then lowered into the stadium with the torch, and passed it to future athlete Faith Zacharias, who placed the torch on a stand to serve as a focal point for the remainder of the ceremony.[8] [10][7] The Canadian national anthem "O Canada" was performed by Véronic DiCaire and Chilly Gonzales, accompanied by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by the parade of nations.[8]

Governor General David Johnston officially opened the games.[11] The official cauldron, located outside Rogers Centre, was lit by Canadian basketball player Steve Nash. The ceremony concluded with a fireworks display shot off the CN Tower.[8][6][7]

Parade of nations


  1. ^ "Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Ticket Program Guide" (PDF).  
  2. ^ McKnight, Zoe (24 September 2013). "Cirque du Soleil signs on with Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games".  
  3. ^ Khandaker, Tamara (16 January 2015). "Cirque du Soleil seeks kids, hip-hop dancers for Pan Am opening ceremony".  
  4. ^ Anderson, Gary (18 August 2014). "Toronto 2015 reveals ticket prices with Opening Ceremony most expensive". Insidethegames. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Goddard, Emily (29 January 2015). "Toronto 2015 Pan American Games Opening Ceremony tickets sold out". Insidethegames. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Pan Am Games opening ceremony is bizarre and brilliant, absurd and breathtaking". National Post. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c "Pan Am Games opening ceremony an extravaganza". Toronto Star. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Pan Am’s opening ceremony attempts to excite uninterested Torontonians". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Kean, Gary (15 February 2015). "N.L.-born teen in youth portion of Pan Am Games opening".  
  10. ^ "Pan Am Games: Dispatches from the opening ceremony". CBC Sports. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Office of the Governor General of Canada (June 29, 2015). "Governor General to Participate in Pan Am Games Torch Relay at Rideau Hall: Share in the Moment!". Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
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