Government of Canada

Government of Canada

December 03, 2009 14:00 ET

Programming for the Passage of the Olympic Torch Through Canada's Capital Region Unveiled

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2009) - The Government of Canada and the National Capital Commission today announced the artistic programming for the celebrations marking the Olympic Torch relay's passage through Canada's Capital Region on December 12.

The programming will feature internationally known artists like Gregory Charles and Tom Cochrane. Charles, who composed the celebration communities' song, will direct a choir of 100 singers from the region, and an Aboriginal dance performance by artists from across Canada will add to the evening's excitement. Joe Juneau, an Olympic medallist at the 1992 Albertville Games and former player for the Montreal Canadiens, will have the honour of lighting the Olympic Flame. The festivities will conclude with a performance by Tom Cochrane.

The passage of the Olympic Torch through Canada's capital marks the 44th day of a 106-day odyssey from one end of the country to the other.

Hosting the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and the Olympic Torch relay are a unique opportunity for Canada to show the world not only Canadian athletic excellence, but our cultural, social, and environmental excellence as well.

The Government of Canada has invested $24.5 million so that communities across the country can experience the enthusiasm and excitement of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Torch relays.

For more information on government support for the torch relays or the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, visit

The 25th edition of the NCC's Christmas Lights Across Canada Program official illumination ceremony will coincide with the arrival of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay on Parliament Hill on December 12. This year, more than 300,000 multicoloured lights-including 200,000 LED lights on NCC sites-will illuminate the National Capital Region every evening from 4:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. until January 7, 2010. For more information on NCC celebration programming, visit

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