Last night at The Forks more than 2,000 people came to be a part of the official Countdown to the Games: One Year To Go celebration. One year from today, Winnipeg will be buzzing as 4,000 athletes and coaches and 20,000 visitors begin their first day at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
Ace Burpee kept the energy up as the evening’s host, with DJ Mama Cutsworth mixed her music to open the celebration before Leonard Sumner, Kelly Bado, and JP Hoe took turns performing on stage.
The nine men who make up The Dirty Catfish Brass Band interacted as close as they could with their fans by roaming around The Forks’ grounds as they played, giving everyone a front row seat to their show.
In between the musical performances representatives from the federal and provincial governments and the Canada Games Council shared their excitement in anticipation of the Games, Mayor Brian Bowman made an appearance, and 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society Co-Chairs Hubert Mesman and Mariette Mulaire turned the heat up as they explained what people can expect for the Games next summer.
Jeff Hnatiuk, President and CEO of the 2017 Canada Summer Games also announced four new Games sponsors: Frank Digital, New Flyer and Motorcoach Industries, Oxygen Technical Services, and Quintex. And then, at 7 p.m., Niibin gathered his friends on stage, they counted 5...4...3….2...1 and the Games countdown clock officially started ticking!
The 2017 Canada Summer Games Opening Ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. exactly one year from last night. We are so thankful to Payworks, the presenting sponsor of the Countdown to the Games: One Year To Go, our volunteers, our sponsors and partners, and each and every single person who got excited about the Hottest Summer in Half a Century with us yesterday!
Only 365 days to go!