Games opening ceremony offers free view

The 2015 Pan Am Games will host a free, live broadcast of the opening ceremony on multiple jumbo video screens at Nathan Phillips Square tomorrow (July 10).

The evening will kick off at 5 p.m. with live entertainment in the square, and at 8 p.m., the opening ceremony live feed from host broadcaster CBC will begin.

The hosts for the evening will be Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila and actor / comedian Rick Miller, creator and star of the PANAMANIA presentation Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

Canada’s globally celebrated cultural icon, Cirque du Soleil, creator and producer of this one-night-only original production, will infuse the ceremony with its revolutionary stagecraft, acrobatics and pageantry to welcome the 40 countries and territories of the Americas to Canada at the Pan Am Opening Ceremonies Venue at 1 Blue Jays Way.

The theatrical and cultural elements of the opening ceremony will frame iconic moments such as the Parade of Nations and the lighting of the Pan Am cauldron to officially open the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

The following day, PANAMANIA Live at Nathan Phillips Square (July 11 to 26 during the Pan Am Games and Aug. 7 to 12 during the Parapan Am Games) kicks off with headliners Serena Ryder and Wyclef Jean.

Each day’s free festivities will include live music and entertainment, victory celebrations presented by CIBC and nightly fireworks, co-produced with the City of Toronto. Additionally, the Parapan Am closing ceremony will be held in Nathan Phillips Square on Aug. 15.

Nathan Phillips Square is also home of the 10,000-square-foot Toronto 2015 Superstore, featuring Games apparel, made-in-Toronto leather goods, collectible coins, pins, PACHI plush and more.

Tickets to various events are available at