“We couldn’t be more excited to have secured some truly outstanding, internationally renowned talent for the Closing Ceremony of the Games,” said Michael Burns, CEO, Invictus Games Toronto 2017. “It was important to us to offer a week filled with memorable experiences on and off the field of play, for the competitors, their friends and family members and the spectators across Canada and around the world, and this will mean closing out the week in spectacular fashion.”
Presented by Jaguar Land Rover and the Government of Canada, and produced by Patrick Roberge Productions (PRP), the Closing Ceremony will bring together competitors, family members and supporters in a spectacular send-off to a fierce week of competition. Through vivid storytelling and appearances by world dignitaries and internationally-renowned talent, the Ceremony will be an unforgettable experience celebrating competitors’ incredible performances, triumphs and displays of perseverance during the Games. The Closing Ceremony will also mark the official handover to Sydney, Australia — host city of the 2018 Invictus Games.
“I encourage everyone to attend the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Toronto 2017 Invictus Games, which put Canadian artists centre stage and celebrate our diversity,” said The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “Let’s take this opportunity to honour the brave men and women who uphold and defend our values, including those of liberty, equality, respect and compassion. Together, let’s support these amazing athletes and their families!”
Tickets for the Opening Ceremony on September 23 are still available. The ceremony includes equally exceptional talent, with international stars Sarah McLachlan, Alessia Cara, the Tenors, Laura Wright and La Bottine Souriante. Competitors from the 17 participating nations will also join in the ceremony for the Parade of Nations and the raising of the Official Invictus Games Flag.
“Jaguar Land Rover Canada is immensely proud of our partnership with this year’s Games. We are even more proud of our multi-year role as Presenting Partner for the Invictus Games globally,” said Wolfgang Hoffmann, President of Jaguar Land Rover Canada. “Our company’s values match the passionate, unstoppable, determination of veterans. Our goal, in partnership with Invictus, is to continue inspiring and encouraging injured and wounded military personnel.”
“The excitement is building for the Invictus Games as locals and visitors from around the world are getting prepared to be inspired by incredible feats of strength, courage and bravery on the field of play, and a spectacular line-up of talent at the opening and closing ceremonies,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “What a great way to end an impressive summer of sport in Ontario, which included the North American Indigenous Games, in this milestone 150th anniversary year.”
Taking place from September 23 to 30, 2017, in state-of-the-art venues across Toronto, the 2017 Invictus Games will feature adaptive sports such as wheelchair basketball, archery, swimming, athletics and, new to these Games, golf. Sports tickets are just $25 and can be purchased online at invictusgames2017.com.
About the Invictus Games Toronto 2017
The Invictus Games use the power of adaptive sport to help wounded warriors on their journey to recovery. Established by Prince Harry, the inaugural Invictus Games took place in London in September 2014; the second, and equally successful, Games took place in Orlando in May 2016. The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Organizing Committee is tasked with planning and executing a Games that will feature more than 550 competitors from 17 nations participating in 12 adaptive sports, including, for the first time, golf. The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 presented by Jaguar Land Rover, will capture the imaginations of the Canadian public, corporations and governments, as well as soldiers, veterans and their families. The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto as well as Presenting Partner Jaguar Land Rover and other partners and sponsors.