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^^ Well for $300,000 I'm sure there could have been more.

The flyover video sequence seemed out of place during the middle of the handover ceremony, it should have been at the start. The butterflies had no real integration with the rest of the ceremony, it should have been referenced with the contemporary dancers (perhaps some dressed as butterflies, perhaps even be part of the cable rigging that would have some "fly" up and down the stadium floor).

More references and homages to native culture with more representatives of the First Nations within Ontario present at the handover.

Mock props of distinct Toronto buildings such as the CN Tower, City Hall and Skydome towards the end of the ceremony alongside projections of Toronto. Nothing fancy, just the general shape of such buildings should be recognizable enough.

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^^ Well for $300,000 I'm sure there could have been more.

The flyover video sequence seemed out of place during the middle of the handover ceremony, it should have been at the start. The butterflies had no real integration with the rest of the ceremony, it should have been referenced with the contemporary dancers (perhaps some dressed as butterflies, perhaps even be part of the cable rigging that would have some "fly" up and down the stadium floor).

More references and homages to native culture with more representatives of the First Nations within Ontario present at the handover.

Mock props of distinct Toronto buildings such as the CN Tower, City Hall and Skydome towards the end of the ceremony alongside projections of Toronto. Nothing fancy, just the general shape of such buildings should be recognizable enough.

Well I disagree with the "More references and homages to native culture with more representatives of the First Nations within Ontario present at the handover." Toronto is a mixed bag of cultures and I have yet to see a group of aboriginals in Toronto in person, so they received some time which was adequate.

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Here is an explanation of the handover ceremony:

By presenting a fusion of athletics and art, and an unexpected collision of cultures (Aboriginal, Francophone, Latin American and Caribbean), the eight-minute Toronto 2015 handover segment during the Closing Ceremony of the Guadalajara 2011 Games provided an invitation and welcome to the next Pan American Games Host City.

The presentation was in five parts.

Protocol Segment and Overture

During the raising of the Canadian Flag, an instrumental performance of the national anthem set the tone for the artistic segment.

Once the dignitaries completed the official Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) flag Handover Ceremony, a theatrical collision of lighting, sound and projection revealed an intensely coloured collage of athletes.

As the images danced to the music, the audience was immersed in the glory, thrill, intensity and sacrifices faced by world-class athletes. Themes of training, determination, ambition and perseverance were featured.

Component One

A group of performers, reflecting the people of the Pan American countries, presented a mosaic of athleticism, ability and ethnicity representing the cultural canvas of Toronto. Incorporating a highly athletic dance style, the dancers created dynamic and unforgettable silhouettes. This dance story explored youth, sport and the human drive that strives to achieve perfection in athletics.

Through all the youthful faces seen on screen and on the stage, audiences became aware of the compelling human story behind every athlete, every coach and every dream. At this time in their journey, what lay ahead was infinite possibility. The final tableau of the dancers was a freeze-frame of shapes that mirrored a dozen sports at pinnacle moments—the picture was shattered by the opening musical strains of the next component.

Component Two

A child emotionally embraced by the group of performers created a sense of safety, guidance and care. The child moved from one dancer to the next, striking the same athletic pose and absorbing all the lessons learned before. This child represented every child, every athlete or every dancer. The child could be anything—with limitless potential.

As the dancers supported the child, we understood the village was helping the child on her journey. A beautiful monarch butterfly was released.

Component Three

A dazzling feast of projected images that illustrated the migration north of the monarch butterfly quickly transitioned to lush and cinematic pictures of land, water and sky colliding on screen.

As the story of this component was primarily told in projection, we saw and understood that it was not just the butterfly that was drawn north, it was the people of the Americas who were being inspired to be part of the celebration in 2015. Travelling swiftly across the latitudes and through time zones, the city of Toronto appeared with its people presenting an open and welcoming invitation.

With aerial views of Toronto's attractions and landmarks, we began to discover the infinite possibilities offered by the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

Component Four

As the final image of the projected sequence rested, the stage exploded again with an exciting urban performance of dance and celebration that characterized a street party of no bounds.

A sense of informality and acceptance permeated the choreography, with each performer allowed to shine alone at various moments. The audience was treated to a vast tapestry of artistic dance styles and rhythms. The cast and crowd encouraged the soloing artists to push each other to take it up notch after notch—not unlike one athlete pushing another to strive faster, stronger and higher.

As dancers performed, the projection shifted to showcase the people of Toronto, extending invitations in all the Pan American languages, to come to Toronto in 2015. The screens, stage and lighting exploded in a symphony of red and white—the colours of the Canadian flag.

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The handover ceremony for Toronto was average at best. That was definitely put together on a low budget..lol..Atleast it wasn't a disaster. I still think Toronto will put on an amazing Pan Ams in 2015 especially if they plan to double the amount of Olympic qualifiers taking place at the Pan Ams plus the royalty fees they plan to pay out to get the superstar athletes to actually attend a Pan Am Games. It will also be icing on the cake if they actually get FIBA to agree to have the Olympic qualifiers for Basketball here in 2015 too. That would be a highlight.

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The handover ceremony for Toronto was average at best. That was definitely put together on a low budget..lol..Atleast it wasn't a disaster. I still think Toronto will put on an amazing Pan Ams in 2015 especially if they plan to double the amount of Olympic qualifiers taking place at the Pan Ams plus the royalty fees they plan to pay out to get the superstar athletes to actually attend a Pan Am Games. It will also be icing on the cake if they actually get FIBA to agree to have the Olympic qualifiers for Basketball here in 2015 too. That would be a highlight.

The thing is if the USA wins the 2014 World championship, which seems like a strong possibility which NBA stars will play? I can only think of Tristan Thompson for Canada.

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Here is an explanation of the handover ceremony:

By presenting a fusion of athletics and art, and an unexpected collision of cultures (Aboriginal, Francophone, Latin American and Caribbean), the eight-minute Toronto 2015 handover segment during the Closing Ceremony of the Guadalajara 2011 Games provided an invitation and welcome to the next Pan American Games Host City.

The presentation was in five parts.

Protocol Segment and Overture

During the raising of the Canadian Flag, an instrumental performance of the national anthem set the tone for the artistic segment.

Once the dignitaries completed the official Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) flag Handover Ceremony, a theatrical collision of lighting, sound and projection revealed an intensely coloured collage of athletes.

As the images danced to the music, the audience was immersed in the glory, thrill, intensity and sacrifices faced by world-class athletes. Themes of training, determination, ambition and perseverance were featured.

Component One

A group of performers, reflecting the people of the Pan American countries, presented a mosaic of athleticism, ability and ethnicity representing the cultural canvas of Toronto. Incorporating a highly athletic dance style, the dancers created dynamic and unforgettable silhouettes. This dance story explored youth, sport and the human drive that strives to achieve perfection in athletics.

Through all the youthful faces seen on screen and on the stage, audiences became aware of the compelling human story behind every athlete, every coach and every dream. At this time in their journey, what lay ahead was infinite possibility. The final tableau of the dancers was a freeze-frame of shapes that mirrored a dozen sports at pinnacle moments—the picture was shattered by the opening musical strains of the next component.

Component Two

A child emotionally embraced by the group of performers created a sense of safety, guidance and care. The child moved from one dancer to the next, striking the same athletic pose and absorbing all the lessons learned before. This child represented every child, every athlete or every dancer. The child could be anything—with limitless potential.

As the dancers supported the child, we understood the village was helping the child on her journey. A beautiful monarch butterfly was released.

Component Three

A dazzling feast of projected images that illustrated the migration north of the monarch butterfly quickly transitioned to lush and cinematic pictures of land, water and sky colliding on screen.

As the story of this component was primarily told in projection, we saw and understood that it was not just the butterfly that was drawn north, it was the people of the Americas who were being inspired to be part of the celebration in 2015. Travelling swiftly across the latitudes and through time zones, the city of Toronto appeared with its people presenting an open and welcoming invitation.

With aerial views of Toronto's attractions and landmarks, we began to discover the infinite possibilities offered by the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

Component Four

As the final image of the projected sequence rested, the stage exploded again with an exciting urban performance of dance and celebration that characterized a street party of no bounds.

A sense of informality and acceptance permeated the choreography, with each performer allowed to shine alone at various moments. The audience was treated to a vast tapestry of artistic dance styles and rhythms. The cast and crowd encouraged the soloing artists to push each other to take it up notch after notch—not unlike one athlete pushing another to strive faster, stronger and higher.

As dancers performed, the projection shifted to showcase the people of Toronto, extending invitations in all the Pan American languages, to come to Toronto in 2015. The screens, stage and lighting exploded in a symphony of red and white—the colours of the Canadian flag.

U shouldn't have to explain. Every ceremony, like logos, etc., must be self-explanatory. If not, then they failed in their communication. These multi-national Games are of a universal nature, transcending political and cultural boundaries. Therefore, every graphic, every image, every story must be SELF-EXPLANATORY. No explanations required.

(That was one of my big problems with Athens. Somebody had to explain a number of parts for them to make sense.)

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U shouldn't have to explain. Every ceremony, like logos, etc., must be self-explanatory. If not, then they failed in their communication. These multi-national Games are of a universal nature, transcending political and cultural boundaries. Therefore, every graphic, every image, every story must be SELF-EXPLANATORY. No explanations required.

(That was one of my big problems with Athens. Somebody had to explain a number of parts for them to make sense.)

That was a media release. :lol: Not my explanation.

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