Culture Programs

Culture Programs

Commission Fund

TORONTO 2015 and its Arts and Culture team created a commission fund to seed new and innovative arts and arts-legacy projects related to the TORONTO 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. These are unique and innovative artistic concepts that align with the TORONTO 2015 mandate and ultimately enhance the cultural fabric of both the Greater Golden Horseshoe region and the TORONTO 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games experience. More than 25 exciting projects have been selected; please see below for more details.

The Toronto Arts Council has partnered with TO2015 to support 17 Toronto arts organizations, providing direct funding towards their projects to further enhance the development and presentation of the PANAMANIA program.

Ticket and schedule information will be available on our website as of spring 2015.



No.9: Contemporary Art & the Environment

Crow’s Theatre and Porte Parole

Meaghan Ogilvie

Textile Museum of Canada

The 20K Collective

Veronica Tennant


Canada’s National Ballet School with Demis Volpi and Shaun Amyot

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre


Design Exchange, Canada's Design Museum

Joan Pierre & Associates

Fresh Eyes

Devon Ostrom

Ravi Jain / Why Not Theatre

Verity Creative


Lula Music and Arts Centre

Songwriters Association of Canada

Spoken Word

Mustafa the Poet


Appledore Productions

Nightwood Theatre and Culchahworks Arts Collective

Robert Lepage / Ex Machina

Studio 180 Theatre

Tangled Art + Disability

bluemouth inc. and Necessary Angel Theatre Company

Visual Arts

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography

Planet IndigenUS, Harbourfront Centre and Woodland Cultural Centre

Six Nations of the Grand River

The Power Plant


In the summer of 2013, the TO2015 Arts and Culture program presented by CIBC hit the streets once again to celebrate the Games and the diverse cultures of the Americas and Caribbean through the power of music.

STREETSIDE presented by CIBC, the ultimate summer block party, followed the phenomenally successful Play Me, I’m Yours street piano project that invited everyone to sit down and play a tune at locations across downtown Toronto to mark the three-year countdown to the Games. For 2013, the music was mobile, thanks to a fleet of beautifully appointed vintage pickup trucks that travelled to street corners in Toronto, Markham and Hamilton.

The music officially started with a free, public concert on August 8 when the nine vintage pickup trucks and their travelling musicians — specializing in salsa, tango, samba, soca, reggae, funk and calypso — converged at Harbourfront Centre in the heart of Toronto’s waterfront.

Salsa supergroup the Lula All Stars opened the three-hour music and dance spectacle at Harbourfront Centre’s newly-opened Ontario Square, with musicians such as Jay Douglas, Joaquin Diaz and Quique Escamilla also performing. Canailles, an exciting new Québécois group that fuses foot-stomping bluegrass with Cajun and folk influences, closed out the night. The night took listeners on a winding musical journey from Canada to the southern tip of the Americas.

For three consecutive weekends in August, the bands spilled out of the vintage trucks and performed while parked at various locations across the Greater Golden Horseshoe, but never for too long, delighting the public and spreading joy through music.

Other musicians who performed as part of STREETSIDE included award-winning Latin Jazz singer Amanda Martinez, high-energy band Loco Zydeco and the calypso-inspired Kobo Town.

While watching the video, you may view closed captioning in any of the three official languages -- English, Français, Español -- of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games by clicking "CC" on the YouTube toolbar.

Play Me, I'm Yours

For three weeks in July 2012, the TO2015 Arts and Culture department produced one of its first installations as part of the TO2015 Arts and Culture Festival program presented by CIBC. Play Me, I’m Yours, by Luke Jerram, involved 41 pianos, 41 Pan American countries, 41 artists and 41 locations around the Greater Toronto Area. Local, professional visual artists from the 41 Pan American countries infused the spirit and culture of their respective countries as they visually designed their respective pianos. These stunning pianos were then located throughout the city — from the airport to Sunnyside Park to Nathan Phillips Square.

TO2015, together with its partners, invited the general public to come and enjoy the beautiful work of its 41 artists, play the pianos and share their stories at Whether they played chopsticks or Chopin, performed solo or invited fellow musicians to jam, the people of Toronto engaged in a dialogue with our city — and what better medium than music.

The stories that were created and shared spoke of people having wonderful spontaneous encounters with each other and the pianos. From impromptu concerts in Yorkville, to teams of enthusiastic music lovers racing around the city trying to visit all 41 pianos, to a wedding dance in the Distillery District, this interactive installation showed the public the kinds of projects that TO2015 will be bringing to the streets for the TORONTO 2015 Games.

Play Me, I’m Yours has been touring internationally since 2008, with over 700 pianos installed in city parks, squares, train stations, markets and even on bridges and ferries across the world. This presentation of Play Me, I’m Yours was brought to you in part by CIBC, presenting sponsor of the TO2015 Arts and Culture program.

While watching the video, you may view closed captioning in any of the three official languages -- English, Français, Español -- of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games by clicking "CC" on the YouTube toolbar.

One-Year Countdown

Event: One-year countdown to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games

Dates: July 11 and 12, 2014

Location: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto and in communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe region

Admission: FREE!

Nathan Phillips Square

Come down to Nathan Phillips Square for freelive music from headline artists as part of PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC.

But that’s not all. With world-class athlete appearances, the unveiling of the Cisco TORONTO 2015 Countdown Clock, amazing fireworks and a delicious selection of Pan American foods — WE ARE PAN AM will get you excited about the Games.

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.

Host Municipalities

TORONTO 2015’s host municipalities are also excited to celebrate one year to go until the Games! The communities of Ajax, Burlington, Caledon, Hamilton, Markham, Milton, Mississauga,Welland, St. Catharines and Oshawa are hosting their own special festivities — from carnival games and sports activities to live music, dancing and Zumba classes. Click on the links to get more information about the celebrations taking place throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe region.

Entertainment Registry

TO2015 may require professional artists/performers to participate in events leading up to and during the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. If you are interested in being considered for any such paid or unpaid opportunities — including participation in various official ceremonies, PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC, and/or performing at pre-Games announcements or community celebrations — please register yourself or your organization with TO2015 by December 31, 2014.

Please note that registration with TO2015 does not guarantee that TO2015 will contact you or select you or your organization for participation in any of the aforementioned opportunities. TO2015 will review all interested registrants and make decisions based on need, experience, talent and budget.

The entertainment registry is now closed. We look forward to celebrating PANAMANIA with you. For more information, please visit