T02015 Set to Dazzle Guadalajara at the Closing Ceremony

Parapan Am Games Handover Ceremony will capture infinite possibilities

TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2011 /CNW/ - The Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) is getting ready to extend a warm invitation to the Americas to a celebration of infinite possibilities when the city of Toronto and the surrounding regions host the Parapan American Games in 2015.

Rehearsals are underway in Mexico this week for an eight-minute presentation that will take place on Sunday, November 20 during the Closing Ceremony of the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan Am Games.

"The presentation will remind us all of the intensity, sacrifice and glory faced by Parapan athletes as they strive for excellence," said Don Shipley, Creative Director, Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015). "Through original music and dance, we're inviting everyone in the Americas to join us in the journey to Toronto in 2015 and be a part of the infinite possibilities of the Parapan American Games."

During the Closing Ceremony at the Telmex Athletics Stadium, spectators will witness the official handover marking Toronto as the next Host City of the Parapan Am Games. The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and the Honourable Bal Gosal, Canada's Minister of State (Sport), will accept the Americas Paralympic Committee flag. Also attending will be Métis Nation of Ontario President, Gary Lipinski. The flag handover moment will begin the countdown to the Toronto 2015 Games.

Following the protocol segment, an artistic showcase involving nine acclaimed dance performers, including Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli who was born with a rare muscle disorder that limits motion in the joints. Acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Hines will also take centre stage. Hines, who has Larsen syndrome, a joint condition that confines him to a wheelchair, will perform the Canadian national anthem at the ceremony. He believes "we all have our things that challenge us; just some people's are a little more visible in the forefront."

BaAM Productions, a Toronto-based creative development and project services company, is the executive producer of the Toronto 2015 portion of the 2011 Parapan Am Games Closing Ceremony. The creative team designed the original music, choreography and specialized lighting for the segment. The team includes:

  • Lou Pomanti, who has more than 25 years of credits in scoring, songwriting and performing in music projects for film, television and albums.
  • Luther Brown, known for his unique, urban dance choreography and one of the judges on So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
  • Alexis Laurence, a specialist in the architecture of entertainment, creation, design and control of immersive environments and new media.

BaAM Productions and the creative team also produced and designed the Toronto segment of the Guadalajara 2011 Pan Am Games Closing Ceremony on October 30.

About the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

The Pan American Games are one of the world's largest international multi-sport events, held every four years for athletes of the 41 member nations of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO). The Games comprise all Olympic Summer Games sports, as well as traditional Pan American sports. The Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games will draw 10,000 athletes and officials and feature 48 sports in 17 municipalities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. The Toronto 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10-26 and the Parapan American Games August 7-14.

For more information about the Games, please visit toronto2015.org.

SOURCE Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

For further information:

For media inquiries, please contact: Carlene Siopis, Communications Advisor, TO2015, Tel:  647.206.0259

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