June 30, 2015 | Charlene Lee

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Panamania 2015

July 10 will mark the start of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. As thousands of athletes descend upon Toronto, so will thousands of artists. Bringing their A-game in music, dance, theatre, comedy, fashion, and the visual arts, this kaleidoscope of creativity is aptly called PANAMANIA.  

Presented by CIBC, this 35-day arts and culture festival will celebrate the Games as well as the diversity that surrounds them. With more than 130 musical performances by Grammy, Latin Grammy, and Juno-award winning artists, music lovers better start clearing their schedules from July 10 to August 15. Catch local musicians like Stars, Lights, and Jann Arden, or check out Puerto Rican duo Calle 13 or some Afro-Colombian hip-hop with Choc Quib Town

For some raucous dance-punk, catch Death From Above 1979 on Sunday, July 12 at Nathan Phillips Square. More than a decade since their first release You're a Woman I'm a Machineand a split and reunion, the Toronto duo can still bring the punch and grit. 

Also on July 12, you can see Canadian electronic group A Tribe Called Red at CIBC Pan Am Park. The Juno-nominated trio combines a unique fusion of styles including dubstep, hip-hop, and reggae with elements of First Nations music, to produce colossal, emotive tracks. Have you ever been intimidated by music? Check them out for raw, powerful anthems. 

A Tribe Called Red
A Tribe Called Red, photo courtesy of Falling Tree Photography

On Friday, August 7 Montreal duo Chromeo will be taking over the stage at Nathan Phillips Square. Get your groove on as the group brings some electro-funk to the Games.  

For some hip-hop and neo soul, check out American band The Roots on Saturday, August 8 at Nathan Phillips Square. The group formed in 1987 and have quite an expansive catalogue from which to play. 

There are plenty of events happening in addition to the Games, check the PANAMANIA website for more event information. You can also join us this summer for a range of free programming in celebration of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.