Sunday, July 26, 2015

Panamania Live Fireworks

Pan Am fun includes fireworks at Toronto City Hall. Victory celebrations and concerts start nightly at 7 pm and fireworks are put on every night. The 35 day festival called Panamania is presented by CIBC and includes over 250 performances and exhibitions of music, theatre, dance, visual arts and fashion - some events are even free.
Waiting for the sun to go down in front of the 3D TORONTO sign

Schedule: Saturday, July 25 12:30 p.m. - Battle for the North Showcase 2:00 p.m. - Jane Bunnett & Maqueque 3:00 p.m. - Justin Hines 4:00 p.m. - Art Battle Canada 6:00 p.m. - Black Violin 7:30 p.m. - Francesco Yates 8:00 p.m. - Damien Robitaille 9:00 p.m. - The Thirst for Love and Water 9:30 p.m. - Calle 13.
The closing group Calle 13 was from Puerto Rico, with some musicians from Cuba, that rocked the house in Spanish.
Calle 13 on stage

They liked to jump when they sang and for one song they asked everyone to jump at his command. You could feel the pedestrian walkway vibrate to the rhythm. They got quite a few calls for encores and the fireworks didn't start until 11 pm.

The Pan Am 2015 Closing Ceremony happens at Rogers Centre, doors open at 5 pm on Sunday, July 26, and will feature Kanye West, Pitbull and Serena Ryder. If you haven't got tickets to the big show, you can watch the event in the atrium of CBC headquarters on Front Street West. The festivities finish with putting out the Pan Am cauldron flames as well as fireworks at Nathan Phillips Square and on the CN Tower.
At City Hall the final day activities start at 2 pm with Ontario Steel Pan, Calypso Rose with Kobo Town and finishing with Sergio Mendes from Brazil.

The City's temporary traffic changes on Sunday, July 26 are:
• Bremner Boulevard from Navy Wharf Court to Simcoe Street will be closed from 3 p.m. to midnight. Bremner Boulevard from Navy Wharf Court and Van de Water Crescent will remain open to local vehicle traffic.
• The eastbound lanes of Front Street, from John Street to Simcoe Street, will be closed from 1 p.m. on July 26 to 1 a.m. on July 27. The two westbound lanes will remain open and will be converted to temporarily accommodate two-way traffic direction.
• There will be temporary closures along Front Street East between Trinity Street and Church Street in both directions between 6 p.m. and midnight. Parking will also be restricted between 3 p.m. to midnight.
• Residents living in the area of the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes' Village may experience intermittent traffic delays between 6 p.m. and midnight.
• Wellington Street, from Church Street to John Street, will be closed from 5:45 p.m. to midnight.
• Rees Street will be closed in both directions from 3 p.m. to midnight.
• All parking and stopping will be restricted on the south curb lane of Front Street from just west of John Street to east of Bathurst Street from 11 a.m. until midnight.
• The sidewalk on the south side of Front Street from Simcoe Street to John Street will be closed from 1 p.m. to midnight.
• The John Street Bridge will be closed from noon until midnight.
• Rogers Centre stairs (east of Gate 2) will be barricaded at the top and bottom from 3 p.m. to midnight.
• The Rogers Centre underground parking (south side of Bremner Boulevard) will be closed to the public on July 26.

See scenes from The Thirst for Water after the jump.

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