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July 10, 2013
Mayor Rob Ford declares Pan Am/Parapan Am Day in Toronto
Mayor Rob Ford officially declared today to be Pan Am/Parapan Am Day in celebration of the two-year countdown to the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

"I am very proud to proclaim Pan Am/Parapan Am Day in our great city." said Mayor Rob Ford. "Hosting the 2015 Games will strengthen Toronto's international reputation, further increase economic development opportunities across the city and create a sport and infrastructure legacy while showcasing Toronto as a dynamic and diverse city."

A two-year countdown event held at Commerce Court (25 King St. W. at Bay Street) today profiled many of the exciting sports that will be featured during the 2015 Games: an award-winning trampoline routine by Olympic silver medallist Jason Burnett, demonstrations from top Ontario BMX riders as well as trials in rugby, modern pentathlon and sitting volleyball. Olympic and Paralympic athletics were also present to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans.

The event also featured the unveiling of the Pan Am Mural Experience presented by CIBC. Ten murals created by sports artist David Arrigo were officially presented and displayed for the first time. The one-of-a-kind artworks capture the unique cultural and sporting history of each of the municipalities and/or community areas serving as venues for the 2015 Games. After the Games, the murals will remain in the communities as permanent mementoes.

Also on display were some of the 41 pianos that were transformed into works of art by visual artists from the Pan American community. Each piano represents the spirit and culture of a country participating in the Games and has been donated to Toronto by the Games' organizing committee, TO2015. The pianos will be installed at community centres across the city later this year.

Music and a variety of food trucks rounded out the celebration.

"Today's event offers a mere sample of what this city can expect during the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in 2015," said Councillor Mark Grimes (Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore), the Mayor's Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Champion. "We're going to see elite sports competition, cultural celebrations and interaction with an international audience that will make a lasting impression. And of equal importance, our investment in the 2015 Games will benefit Torontonians for generations to come."

After welcoming 10,000+ athletes, coaches and officials as well as hundreds of thousands of visitors from across North and South America, the Games will leave a lasting legacy for Toronto residents and businesses through new and improved athletic infrastructure across the city.

For more information about the TORONTO 2015 Games visit

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