The Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Come to TorontoFun | Written on July 6, 2015
Let the games begin! Our city has been abuzz for months in anticipation of the Pan Am and Parapan Am games and with only a few days to go until the Pan Am games get underway, “panamania” is at a maximum. The Pan Am games run from July 10-26 (and the Parapan Am games are from August 7-15), and, in addition to the incredible display of athleticism and the host of competitions on the way, there are also lots of events planned leading up to the games.
Starting on July 7, the Berkeley Street Theatre will be showing The Watershed by Anna Soutar and directed by Chris Abraham. This theatre production is based in Canada and “follows an artist and a country struggling to chart a sustainable course between economic growth and environmental stewardship.” Then, for several weeks beginning on July 8, there will be an exhibition at Design Exchange on Parliament Street that showcases the diversity of sports and its presence in many avenues of daily life. Water’s Edge, another exhibition, starts on July 9 and features photographs of water and water-related resources taken by several renowned pan-American photographers. Water’s Edge will be on display at Union Station. Those events are just the beginning. The complete Panamania schedule is filled with theatre productions, music, fashion, comedy, dance, exhibitions and more, celebrating the 41 participating countries. Many of these events will start ahead of the games and continue for several weeks after the games end so don’t worry if you can’t make it in first weeks of July. There’ll still be time.
There’s also a distinct possibility that the Pan Am and Parapan Am games will provide all the excitement and entertainment that you need for the next two months. From archery, athletics and badminton to fencing, gymnastics and judo; from wrestling to equestrian to hockey and shooting to water polo and volleyball, the program’s sports line-up offers something for everyone. If you’re interested in taking in as much as possible (after all, it’s not every day that these games come to our city), there’s a bit more that you’ll need to know.
The official website for the games is full of information. You can view the event schedule, purchase tickets, learn about the Pan Am opening and closing ceremonies and the Parapan Am opening and closing ceremonies, find out which countries will be participating in this year’s games and oh so much more! The sports venues will be in Mississauga, Markham, Scarborough, North York, Caledon, Welland, Etobicoke, Oshawa, Mono, Ajax, Oro-Medonte, Milton, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Innisfil and Downtown Toronto— all commutable places and easily accessible (especially when you live in Liberty Central By The Lake Two). The opening and closing ceremonies will be held in Downtown Toronto, though, we should note as well that a home in Liberty Central By The Lake Two means particularly easy access to the following venues:
The Varsity Stadium: 299 Bloor Street West
Pan Am/Parapan Am Fields: Hoskin Avenue at Devonshire Place
Pan Am Ceremonies Venue: Located beside the CN Tower
Sugar Beach: 11 Dockside Drive
The games being in Toronto is a very, very exciting thing. Getting to the event venues is anticipated to be a seamless process—the city has been working hard to ensure no hiccups on the TTC and have also restricted traffic in some places and instituted carpooling rules in others. “Don’t worry. Be happy.” The Pan Am and Parapan Games are coming to Toronto and they are going to be very fun enjoyable experience!