Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

May 16, 2015 13:00 ET

Minister of State Gosal Announces Support for Community Celebration

Government of Canada supports cultural activities in communities for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 16, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today announced that Friends of the Pan Am Path is receiving funding of $100,000 through the Community Celebrations Fund to plan and carry out the Pan Am Path Art Relay Grand Finale on August 15.

This support from the Government of Canada will help Friends of the Pan Am Path offer an exceptional celebration to strengthen our national pride and raise awareness of vibrant cultural communities in the region. Over the course of the Games, community celebrations across the country will offer cultural experiences and performances to thousands of Canadians and visitors alike.

Quick Facts

• The Community Celebrations Fund for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games is a two-year initiative that is supporting cultural activities throughout Canada in connection with the Toronto 2015 Games.

• The Fund is part of the Government of Canada's commitment of up to $500 million to the Games.

• The Toronto 2015 Games will be one of the largest multisport events ever hosted in Canada and will gather over 10,000 athletes, coaches and officials from across the Americas.

• Friends of the Pan Am Path is an independent community led effort responsible for art and community activities on the Pan Am Path in Toronto. From May 16 to August 15, the Pan Am Path will come alive with a city-wide relay of art installations and weekly events.

• The Pan Am Path Arts Relay Grand Finale on August 15 will coincide with the end of the Parapan Am Games. It will provide participants with the opportunity to experience and celebrate the diverse cultures of the Aboriginal communities who are hosting these Games.

Quotes

"We want to spread the Pan Am and Parapan Am excitement through support for community celebrations that will help create connections and highlight our diverse culture, our accomplishments and our unique heritage. I encourage everyone to share the experience, take part in Pan Am Path Art Relay activities and contribute to a cultural legacy."

-The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)

"The Pan Am Path Art Relay will unite Toronto's downtown core and the inner suburbs through the power of art, sport and culture. The Friends are motivated by the chance to celebrate the best of the region: art, nature and diversity-while also creating a meaningful legacy of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games for residents. Many thanks to our key supporters in helping us carry this vision forward, particularly the City of Toronto, Toronto Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Toronto Arts Council, Canadian Heritage, Trans Canada Trail, United Way Toronto, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority."

-James Meers, Executive Director, Friends of the Pan Am Path

Associated Links

Community Celebrations Fund for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

Pan Am Path Arts Relay

TO2015

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Contact Information

  • Robert Lynch
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    819-934-1122
    robert.lynch@sports.gc.ca

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca