DAY ONE of the One-Year countdown to TO2015

Nathan Phillips Square has come alive with exciting free programming from Friday, July 11 to Saturday, July 12 kicking off celebrations marking one year to go until the start of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

Canadian Military Helicopters flying over Old City Hall.

Canadian Military Helicopters flying over Old City Hall.

Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver addressing the crowd.

Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver addressing the crowd.

Chief M. Bryan LaForme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations addressing the crowd

Chief M. Bryan LaForme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations addressing the crowd.

Cirque du Soleil helps to unveil the one-year countdown clock!

Cirque du Soleil helps to unveil the one-year countdown clock!

Quick Facts on the Cisco TORONTO 2015 Countdown Clock:

    • – Stands 5.5 metres tall (the same height as the average male giraffe).
    • – Weighs 7.3 metric tonnes (greater than the weight of three ‘average’ cars combined).
    • – Uses five kilometres of fibre optic internet cable (more than six times the height of the CN Tower).
    • – Took 7,000 hours to build.
    • – Features five screens — each measuring 119 centimetres.
    • – Contains a metal frame with an aluminum cladding exterior.
    • – Fully funded and constructed by Cisco and its partners.
Pachi (TO2015 Mascot), handball goalie Ryan Homsy and Nitin Kawale, President of CISCO Canada take a #groupie.

PACHI (TO2015 Mascot), handball goalie Ryan Homsy and Nitin Kawale, President of CISCO Canada take a #groupie.

Using the kiosk’s photo app, visitors can take a shot of themselves in Nathan Phillips Square, download the photo with their smartphone, and email it or share it via social media from the clock’s photo page at ciscotoronto2015.ca.

See the first official photo!

Help paint a picture with Chevrolet!

Help paint a picture with Chevrolet!

Working on your 3-pointer!

Working on your 3-pointer!

Kicks and Tricks in the Soccer Zone!

Kicks and Tricks in the Soccer Zone!

Grab a refreshing glass of water from the HTO-to-go tent!

Grab a refreshing glass of water from the HTO-to-go tent!

Soaring Heights Trampoline Show Watch trampoline champions perform thrilling stunts, featuring Karen Cockburn, Jason Burnett and Samantha Sendel.

Soaring Heights Trampoline Show
Watch trampoline champions perform thrilling stunts, featuring Karen Cockburn, Jason Burnett and Samantha Sendel.

CIBC Human Foosball Game Join athletes and celebrities in a life-size game of foosball.

CIBC Human Foosball Game
Join athletes and celebrities in a life-size game of foosball.

Overhead look at Nathan Phillips Square during the one-year countdown celebrations.

Overhead look at Nathan Phillips Square during the one-year countdown celebrations.

Crowd anticipating the unveiling of the countdown clock!

Crowd anticipating the unveiling of the countdown clock!

 

Friday evening schedule:

6:00pm
Learn to Salsa
Learn to salsa with Los Salsomanos Dance Company and the team from Salsa on St. Clair as they strut their stuff on the mainstage.

6:30pm
Sitting Volleyball Challenge
Watch PACHI and other mascots challenge athletes in the Parapan Zone.

6:45pm
Art Battle presented by CIBC
See live competitive painting, where the winner is chosen by you!

7:00pm
3-on-3 Basketball
Watch celebrities in a 3-on-3 basketball game, with commentary by Warren Sawkiw.

7:15pm
Rugby Skills and Drills
Join Olympian Heather Moyse in the Rugby Zone for a demonstration of rugby skills and drills.

8:00pm
Florent Vollant 
Renowned Innu singer-songwriter Florent Vollant performs on the mainstage.

8:45pm
Full Throttle 
An urban choreographer’s series takes over the mainstage with awe-inspiring dance moves.

9:00pm
Dr Jay de Socaprince with Jay Martin, with a special appearance by DJ Dextrous One from 9:15pm to 9:30pm

10:00pm
Walk Off The Earth
Unconventional Canadian sensation Walk Off The Earth close the evening with their innovative popular hits.

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Be sure to check out the WE ARE PAN AM schedule and map for more information about all the events taking place at Nathan Phillips Square on Friday and Saturday. All events are free and accessible.Facebook at facebook.com/Toronto2015

Twitter at @TO2015, #TO2015 and #WeArePanAm