Media Advisory - TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay to Celebrate in Toronto on July 9

Pan Am flame will visit Christie Pits Park and evening celebration at Nathan Phillips Square

TORONTO, July 6, 2015 /CNW/ - On Thursday, July 9, Day 40 of the Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President's Choice® and OLG, the Pan Am flame will visit Toronto, ON.

The flame will start the day at Mount Dennis Public Library for a community celebration before visiting Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the West End YMCA. The flame will then visit Christie Pits Park for a community celebration.  In the afternoon, the flame will pay a special visit to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The relay day will conclude at Nathan Phillips Square where Greivis Vásquez, NBA basketball player, will light the community cauldron.

Thursday, July 9, 2015 (Relay Day 40: Toronto, ON)

Mount Dennis Public Library 10:20 a.m. (ET) (1123 Weston Road, Toronto, ON)
Start of day celebration:

  • Torchbearer Zhen Wang will depart the celebration at 10:30 a.m. carrying the Pan Am flame.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – (1001 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1H1, Canada, Toronto, ON)
Photo opportunity:

  • Catherine Zahn, CAMH president and chief executive officer, will arrive at 12:05 p.m. carrying the Pan Am flame.

West End YMCA – (931 College Street, Toronto, ON)
Photo opportunity:

  • Torchbearer Russell Maye will arrive at 1:40 p.m. carrying the Pan Am flame.

Christie Pits Park – (779 Crawford Street, Toronto, ON)
Day celebration:

  • Michael "Pinball" Clemons, former CFL player and head coach of Toronto Argonauts and the official quarterback of TO2015's volunteer team, will arrive at 2:15 p.m. carrying Pan Am flame.

Legislative Assembly of Ontario – (111 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, ON)
Photo opportunity:

  • Tanisha Martinez will arrive at 4:15 p.m. carrying the Pan Am flame.

Nathan Phillips Square – (100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON)
Evening celebration:

  • Greivis Vásquez, NBA basketball player, will arrive at 7 p.m. carrying the Pan Am flame and will light the community cauldron.

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 40 highlight images and videos are available on Flickr by copying and pasting this URL into a web browser:
https://www.flickr.com/gp/133157263@N06/83r1P8.

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: Jill MacCannell, Coordinator, marketing and communications, TO2015, 416.996.4076, relaymedia@toronto2015.org

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