Thousands Fill Nathan Phillips Square Nightly for PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC, TO2015's 35-Day Arts and Culture Festival

More Great Concerts to Come for the Parapan Am Games including Jann Arden, A Tribe Called Red, Whitehorse, The Roots, Janelle Monae and Tanya Tagaq

TORONTO, July 29, 2015 /CNW/ - Building on the success of PANAMANIA's first two weeks of non-stop music and entertainment, the 35-day arts and culture festival for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games continues with events through August 15. More than 250,000 people experienced the fun and excitement at the three PANAMANIA free festival sites and PANAMANIA Presentations and exhibitions across the city.

PANAMANIA Live @ Nathan Phillips Square returns during the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games with free music and fun from August 7 to 12. Headliners include Chromeo, The Roots, Tanya Tagaq, Whitehorse, Jann Arden, A Tribe Called Red, Brigitte Boisjoli, Janelle Monae, Explosions in the Sky and Austra. Nathan Phillips Square will also be the site for nightly Victory Celebrations, presented by CIBC, to honour medal-winning athletes, and fireworks at 10:50 p.m.

During the Pan Am Games, the numerous PANAMANIA Presentations across the city received rave reviews from both media and the public with several shows selling out. Free and ticketed presentations and exhibitions at venues throughout Toronto continue through August 15, including performances of Obeah Opera by Nicole Brooks (August 4–8), Mix by Deborah Colker (August 7–8) and PUSH! Real Athletes. Real Stories. Real Theatre. by Ping Chong (August 11–14). Many free exhibitions had their world premieres in July during PANAMANIA and continue to run through August 15.

Unprecedented in scale, PANAMANIA features more than 1,300 artists in 250 performances and exhibitions. The festival showcases the diverse cultures and artistic excellence of the Americas through music, theatre, dance and more, with free and ticketed events.

From August 7 to 15, Toronto will host the largest ever Parapan Am Games, where more than 1,600 athletes will compete in 15 sports. Visit Toronto2015.org/tickets to experience wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, swimming, athletics and more.

PANAMANIA has been financially assisted by the Community Celebrations Fund, a program of the Government of Canada and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation, and the City of Toronto.

For the full PANAMANIA schedule and ticket information, visit TORONTO2015.org/PANAMANIA.

SOURCE Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

For further information: Media Contact: FLIP Publicity, Carrie Sager | 416.533.7710 ext. 224 | carrie@flip-publicity.com; Press room: http://panamania.pr.co/

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