Monday 18 January 2010

Just One Month til the Games Begin

With just one month left until the 2010 Winter and Paralympic Winter Games kick off in Vancouver, up-and-coming Canadian musicians, dancers and actors involved in the Cultural Olympiad are hitting the road with a national touring program featuring over 40 shows in cities large and small to connect the entire country in the culture, spirit and excitement of Canada’s Games. The performances in some locations start on 19 January and carry into March during the Paralympic Winter Games.

The Olympic Winter Games are Friday, February 12 to Sunday February 28, 2010. The Paralympic Winter Games take place Friday March 12, to Sunday March 21, 2010.

Performers and artistic companies involved in the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad National Presentation and Touring Program include: The Alberta Ballet and its presentation of famed Canadian songbird Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and The Drum, Quebec-based Compagnie Marie Chouinard and Cirque √Čloize, as well as musical performances by Nova Scotia’s Jenn Grant, Saskatchewan’s Jason Plumb & the Willing, Yukon’s Spring Breakup, and Alberta’s John Wort Hannam.

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“We want all visitors to Canada to feel they can share in the cultural celebrations surrounding the 2010 Winter Games,” said Burke Taylor, vice president of culture and celebrations for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). “We invite everyone to come out and enjoy a taste of the cultural excitement of the Games.”

The performers will travel widely and visit the country from coast to coast to coast, with stops, ranging from Victoria, BC, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, to Yellowknife, North West Territories, supported by their home provinces and territories (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon) together with the Government of Canada and Canada Council for the Arts.

The tours will coincide with hundreds of free and ticketed performances and exhibitions that make up the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad festival, which kicks off 22 January 2010 in Metro Vancouver and British Columbia’s Sea to Sky corridor. The festival features almost 200 incredibly diverse projects by artists from across Canada and around the world in music, theatre, visual arts, dance, and digital programming projects. Tickets and information are available at

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