It seems like Torontonians have been preparing for July 2015 for years. This is the month we host the PAN AM Games. Personally, I've been dreading July 2015 for years. Road closures, millions of extra tourists, increased traffic, and athletic competitions don't interest me at all. However, I recently discovered that there is much more to the PAN AM Games than I initially thought. The PANAMANIA Arts & Culture Program is a 35 Day Festival created to enrich the whole PAN AM experience with music, dance, theatre, fashion, and more! Here are a few of the acts I'm looking forward to checking out this month:
YOUNG World Faces of Pan Am (July 10-August 15)
This exhibit of large-scale portraits by Canadian Artist Robert Young showcases the diversity of all 41 countries participating in the PAN AM Games. Plus, it's free! For details click here.
887 by Robert Lepage (July 14-19)
Robert Lepage has been one of my favourite theatre artists for years and I never miss the chance to see his work when it comes to town. Known for theatre pieces that are multi-media, multi-lingual, and larger-than-life, Lepage's work is always a unique experience that sweeps the audience into another world and embraces the power of the theatrical. His latest piece 887 explores the nature of memory in an age of data collection and digital storage, and Toronto is lucky enough to host the world premiere! For details click here.
Cuttin' Style Caribbean Fashion Show (July 16)
Head down to Queen's Quay for an outdoor fashion show celebrating Caribbean style. Curated by John Pierre & Associates, this free event will highlight the fashionable flair unique to many of the island countries participating in the Games. For details click here.
These are just a few of the amazing arts & culture events going on this month in honour of the Games. I'm also looking forward to the many many free outdoor concerts that will be offered in Nathan Phillips Square, the CIBC PAN AM Park, and in the Distillery District. Keisza, Lights, Stars, Austra, and Basia Bulat are just a few of the names you might recognize.
For full details on all PANAMANIA events click here.