The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 will engage the hearts, minds and imaginations of Canadians across the country. With help from this nation’s leading cultural institutions, philanthropic organizations, Indigenous communities, and business and government partners, the Games will provide an important opportunity to create and share unique artistic works and projects that align with the Invictus Games mandate and ultimately enhance the cultural fabric of Toronto and the 2017 Invictus Games experience.
Royal Canadian Military Institute and Roy Thomson Hall
The Royal Canadian Military Institute, in conjunction with Roy Thomson Hall, is delighted to present UNCONQUERED: an evening of military band music in celebration of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017. This Massed Military Band Spectacular will feature the best military bands from across the nation in honour of our wounded warriors competing in the Invictus Games.
Tickets are now available for $39.50–$89.50. Invictus Games Toronto 2017 newsletter subscribers can use this special promotion code: IG2017
Get your tickets now at roythomsonhall.com/unconquered. Sponsored by TD Bank Group.
Canadian Opera Company
Canadian Opera Company (COC) will be hosting a free concert on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The concert will feature artists from the COC’s Ensemble Studio, who will perform art songs or arias programmed around the ideas of war, loss, overcoming adversity and the indomitable spirit of the competitors at the 2017 Invictus Games.
Royal Ontario Museum
On Tuesday, September 26, Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) will feature an Invictus Games-themed program as part of the ROM Speaks series.
These are just a few of the planned culture activities and they are part of a larger all-encompassing strategy to provide competitors and their friends and families the opportunity to reconnect outside of the competition.
Contact! Unload is a creative initiative where a group of counsellors and artists collaborate with military veterans to produce theatre and visual art. The creative process offers an expressive vehicle for veterans to publicly reinterpret their struggles and experiences of transitioning from active service overseas to civilian life in ways that build resilience.
Their authentic stories will be vividly brought to life in a theatre piece that features six veterans performing. The play will be accompanied by the lestweforgetCANADA mural, made up of 162 canvas panels portraying images that reflect the sacrifices made by soldiers, families and friends of those killed in Afghanistan.
The project is led by Marv Westwood, Foster Eastman and George Belliveau.
Heroes Highway Ride
Join the 2017 Heroes Highway Ride as they partner with the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 in support of our wounded warriors, taking place on Saturday June 3rd, 2017. For the past 9 years, this free ride has taken to the Highway of Heroes in honour of Canadian servicemen and women and their families.
In Canada’s largest motorcycle rally, over 3,000 riders will depart from the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, ON and ride the Highway of Heroes, concluding in Port Hope. For more information or to register for the ride, visit the Heroes Highway Ride Facebook group.