Saturday, August 15, 2015

End of the Road - Pan Am / Parapan Am Toronto 2015

Merchandise is at 50% off and the closing ceremonies are Saturday, August 15 in Nathan Phillips Square, nothing is left but the tolls to come on the HOV lanes. Starting at 8pm Toronto City Hall will be filled with the sound of Grammy award-winner Wyclef Jean and singer-songwriter Meghan Patrick, the parade of nations and the extinguishing of the Parapan Am flame, finishing with fireworks - or thundershowers. It really is the end of the road because there are a ton of road closures this weekend, so start walking now. A list of the City's road restrictions and press release can be found at the bottom of this post.
The handover of the Americas Paralympic Committee flag will go to the new host city of Lima, Peru.

“We're thrilled to see the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games end on a high note with incredible Canadian and international talent on stage in the heart of downtown Toronto,” said John May, Live Nation Entertainment’s president – Ontario Region, EVP National Alliances. “Live Nation prides itself in working with the most diverse roster of talent in the world, and we’re proud to showcase Meghan Patrick, a Canadian star on the rise, alongside international superstar Wyclef for the can’t-be-missed Games finale.”
"Australian company FCT Flames designed and built the flame cauldron used for the 2015 Pan American/Parapan Games. The ceremonial extinguishing of the flame, which will be beamed around the world, will be one of the highlights of the closing ceremony on Saturday."

Road closures for events in Toronto this weekend...

"Several festival events along with the Parapan Am Games closing ceremony will involve road closures in Toronto this weekend. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the areas involved will remain open as usual.

The Parapan Am Games and other special events are important for Toronto, boosting the city's economy and providing opportunities to showcase local communities. Whenever possible, residents and visitors are encouraged to consider carpooling, public transit, walking or cycling to get around this weekend and throughout the Games.

Wheels on the Danforth and Fun in the Park – Saturday closures
Sections of Danforth Avenue and Danforth Road will be closed in both directions on Saturday, August 15 from 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. to accommodate this event. Closure details:
• Danforth Avenue from Byng Avenue to Leyton Avenue
• Danforth Avenue from Leyton Avenue to Warden Avenue
• Danforth Road from Landry Avenue to Danforth Avenue

International Street Festival – Saturday and Sunday closure
Eglinton Avenue from Dufferin Street to Marlee Avenue will be closed in both directions from Saturday, August 15 at 2 a.m. to Monday, August 17 at 2 a.m. for this street festival.

Festival of South Asia – Saturday and Sunday closure
Gerrard Street from Glenside Avenue to Coxwell Avenue will be closed from Saturday, August 15 at 10 a.m. to Monday, August 17 at 2 a.m. for the Festival of South Asia.

Fusion of Taste – Sunday closure
Islington Avenue from Albion Road to Wardlaw Crescent will be closed from Sunday, August 16 at 6 a.m. to Monday, August 17 at 1 accommodate this event.

Open Streets Toronto – Sunday closure
Bloor Street from Spadina Avenue/Road to Parliament Street and Yonge Street from Bloor Street to Queen Street will be closed onSunday, August 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During the Open Streets Toronto event, vehicles will be able to cross Bloor Street at Spadina Avenue/Road, Avenue Road, Bay Street, Ted Rogers Way, Church Street, Sherbourne Street and Parliament Street. Vehicles will be able to cross Yonge Street at College Street/Carlton Street, Gerrard Street, Dundas Street, Shuter Street and Queen Street.

Parapan Am Games Closing Ceremony – Saturday closures
The following roads will be closed to accommodate the closing ceremony:
• Bay Street will be closed from Queen Street to Dundas Street from 4 p.m. to midnight. Local traffic only will be permitted to access the area.
• Wellington Street will be closed from Church Street to University Avenue from 5 p.m. until midnight.
• Front Street will be closed from Church Street to Parliament Street from 5 p.m. until midnight.
• James Street and Albert Street will be closed from 4 p.m. to midnight.
• University Avenue northbound will be reduced to two lanes from Queen Street to south of Armoury Street from 8 a.m. to midnight.

Residents living in the area of the Pan Am Athletes Village may experience some traffic delays between 5 p.m. and midnight.

More information about transportation related to the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games is available at"

"Host City bids farewell to 2015 Parapan Am Games

The TORONTO 2015 Parapan American Games – the largest in history – will officially end tonight after the Closing Ceremony. The City of Toronto congratulates all of the athletes who competed over the past nine days and demonstrated great feats of athleticism and human spirit.
The City would also like to thank residents for welcoming visitors to the city and showcasing Toronto as proud Host City.

"We are proud to have hosted the largest Games in Parapan Am history,” said Mayor John Tory. "The Parapan Am Games were truly a spectacular show of courage, of athletic prowess, of the power of competition and determination. With the close of these Games, a new generation of future athletes have been inspired. Thank you to the athletes, volunteers, visitors, residents, businesses and the Games’
partners who embraced the Games and have shown the world what our great city has to offer.”

The top 1,600 athletes from Latin America, South America, the Caribbean and North America showcased their talents at the Games, which served as a qualifier for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in all sports. Venues in Toronto hosted archery, athletics, cycling (road), football 5-a-side, football 7-a-side, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.

Team Canada won a total of 168 medals, to finish second place behind Brazil who finished with 257 medals, making these Games the most successful Parapan Am Games in history. The City of Toronto is proud of the efforts of all of Team Canada's athletes and wishes them luck in future competitions.

The Games would not have been possible without a large, impressive volunteer contribution. The City would like to thank all the volunteers who served as ambassadors, ensured that the athletes, their families and Games officials got to their events, assisted visitors as they moved throughout the city and so much more.

PANAMANIA Live, the cultural celebration for the Games, continued at Nathan Phillips Square during the Parapan Am Games. Thousands of residents, visitors and athletes enjoyed performances by national and international acts such as Chromeo, The Roots, Janelle MonĂ¡e, Explosions in the Sky, Jann Arden and A Tribe Called Red. PANAMANIA Live, presented by CIBC, was a 35-day arts and culture festival that enriched the TORONTO 2015 Games experience."

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