MEDIA ADVISORY - TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay to Celebrate in Toronto on July 8

Pan Am flame to celebrate at Mel Lastman Square, ride on a TTC streetcar and join the community celebration at Earlscourt Park

TORONTO, July 6, 2015 /CNW/ - On Wednesday, July 8, Day 39 of the Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President's Choice® and OLG, the Pan Am flame will visit several neighbourhoods in Toronto.

The relay day will begin at the North Albion Collegiate Institute and travel through the streets of Toronto before travelling to a community celebration at Mel Lastman Square. Singer-songwriter Eva Avila will arrive at the celebration carrying the Pan Am flame and will light the community cauldron. In the afternoon, the flame will be carried by a number of torchbearers, including travelling by handcycle by torchbearer Robert Buren, by streetcar with torchbearer Andy Byford, chief executive officer, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). The relay day will conclude at Earlscourt Park where singer-songwriter Amanda Martinez will arrive carrying the flame and will light the community cauldron.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 (Relay Day 39: Toronto, ON)

North Albion Collegiate Institute 9 a.m. (ET) (2580 Kipling Avenue, Toronto, ON)
Start of day celebration:

  • TO2015 public torchbearer contest winner David Rodriguez will be the first torchbearer of the day and will depart from this celebration at 9:30 a.m.

Driftwood Community Recreation Centre– (4401 Jane Street, Toronto, ON)
Photo opportunity:

  • Community torchbearer and community youth worker Francis Atta to arrive at 10:30 a.m. carrying the Pan Am flame.

Mel Lastman Square 12:30 p.m. (5100 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON)
Day celebration:

  • Leading up to the celebration, Bruce Bowen, former NBA player for the San Antonio Spurs and ESPN analyst, will carry the Pan Am flame at 12:20 p.m. as part of the relay segment leading into the day celebration.
  • Eva Avila, Canadian singer-songwriter, will arrive to the community celebration at Mel Lastman Square at 12:30 p.m. carrying the Pan Am flame.

Fairview Mall 3:40 p.m. (ET) (1800 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, ON)
Photo opportunity:

  • Robert Buren will handcycle with the Pan Am flame for more than three kilometres, travelling west on Sheppard Avenue, south on Don Mills Road and west on York Mills Road.

Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue West relay segment 4:35 p.m. (ET) (beginning at 3501 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON)

  • Marnie McBean, Olympic multi-medallist and Pan Am medallist in rowing, will carry the Pan Am flame at 4:55 p.m., starting at 2667 Yonge Street.
  • Jim Cuddy, Canadian singer-songwriter and Blue Rodeo frontman will carry the Pan Am flame at 5:05 p.m., starting at 2288 Yonge Street as part of the relay segment leading into the TTC segment along St. Clair Avenue West.
  • Andy Byford, chief executive officer, Toronto Transit Commission, will carry the Pan Am flame on a streetcar, beginning at Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue West at 5:30 p.m.

Earlscourt Park – (1200 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto, ON)
Evening celebration:

  • Amanda Martinez will arrive at 7 p.m. carrying the Pan Am flame and will light the community cauldron.
  • Conjunto Lacalú will perform at the celebration.

The Pan Am Games Torch Relay is a 41-day journey that will share the Pan Am spirit in more than 130 communities. The torch relay is one of the most exciting events as it sets the stage leading up to the Games.  There will be more than 3,000 torchbearers and 180 community celebrations taking place.

Media Materials
The following torch relay items are available at TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay: relay route map, full list of communities and dates, daily highlight summaries and media vehicle registration information.

All torch relay media advisories and news releases are available on CNW. Day 39 highlight images and videos are available on Flickr by copying and pasting this URL into a web browser: https://www.flickr.com/gp/133157263@N06/rA93fy

The torch relay can also be followed on Twitter.

About the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay  
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President's Choice® and OLG, is supported by community partner CIBC, signature supporters Star Media Group and Metroland Media, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Porter Airlines, and funding parties the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario. The torch relay will invite Canadians to celebrate and share the Pan Am spirit throughout its 41-day journey towards Toronto, the Host City of the Games.

The torch relay starts May 30, 2015, and concludes July 10, 2015, with the dramatic lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in downtown Toronto.

The TORONTO 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as Lead Partner CIBC and other partners and sponsors.

To learn more about the torch relay and when the Pan Am flame will visit a community near you, visit TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay or download the official TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games app, presented by CIBC.

SOURCE Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

For further information: Vanessa St. Louis, Host/communications assistant, TO2015, 416.697.7410, relaymedia@toronto2015.org

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