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Celebrities Help Close Invictus Games

first_imgLast week, thousands joined almost 500 servicemen and women from around the world to celebrate the conclusion of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, during an electrifying Closing Ceremony.Celebrities, dignitaries, and musical guests joined the competitors and their family and friends at Champion Stadium. For many competitors, the Closing Ceremony was the culmination of years of training and intense dedication to their recovery.The ceremony was also the final opportunity to cheer on the men and women who have exemplified the true meaning of Invictus. To start, each team paraded across the stage for the Medallion Ceremony.The medallions, which were given to each competitor by the Invictus Games Foundation, were distributed by Prince Harry; Ken Fisher, Chairman of Invictus Games Orlando 2016; Dr. Jill Biden and Chairman of the Invictus Games Foundation, Sir Keith Mills. Competitors smiled from ear to ear, beaming with excitement as they took a lasting photograph with both Prince Harry and Dr. Jill Biden.To celebrate four days of competition, world renowned musical artists took the stage to tell their Invictus stories through music. Jordan Smith, Season 9 winner of hit show, The Voice, performed Adele’s, “Set Fire to the Rain,” and accompanied by a gospel choir, sang “Somebody to Love.” Following Smith’s performance, the first nationally recognized wounded warrior band, Vetted, performed “No Man Left Behind.” American Idol Season 11 winner, Phillip Philips performed, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” among other songs.In a touching tribute, actor Wilmer Valderrama presented the Jaguar Award for “Exceptional performance” to Sarah Rudder from the U.S. team for displaying true determination and grit from start to finish. WWE superstar John Cena then joined the stage to present the Land Rover “Above and Beyond” award to the Sitting Volleyball team from Georgia, who won a Bronze medal in the competition. The team was honored for their inspiring example of the Invictus spirit, as not only competitors but also as teammates. Following, international popstar Rachel Platten gave an inspiring performance.Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden graced Champion Stadium to discuss her efforts to raise awareness about the sacrifices made by military families and to encourage 2016 competitors to never lose their Invictus spirit.“All of you have the world behind you, and you are not alone,” said Dr. Biden.Following Dr. Biden’s moving remarks, U.S. Team Captain, Will Reynolds, received a standing ovation as he took the stage to reflect on his Invictus Games journey, encouraging millions to uncover their Invictus story.“Our stories will memorialize all of our fortitude to come,” said Reynolds. “However, it does not stop here. We must continue telling our stories so others can also have this life-changing experience.”On Sunday, May 8, 2016 during the Opening Ceremony, the U.S. Air Force Color Guard raised the Invictus Games Flag next to the flag of the United States. During the 2016 Invictus Games, the Invictus Games Flag served as a reminder that the servicemen and women competing in the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 are and remain unconquered. As the U.S. Air Force Color Guard lowered the flag during the Closing Ceremony, U.S. Captain Will Reynolds, Invictus Games Orlando 2016 Chairman, Ken Fisher and CEO, Vicky Gosling passed the flag to Canadian Team Captain, Bruno Guevremont and CEO of Invictus Games Toronto 2017, Michael Burns. Understanding the competitors would soon meet again in 2017, the crowd roared with applause as almost 500 men and women closed this chapter of their Invictus journey to prepare for a new chapter in Toronto.Following the passing of the Invictus Games Flag, Prince Harry took the stage to resounding applause.“The competition has been fierce with performances of the highest international standard across a number of events,” said Prince Harry. “But what inspired me, was the courage to make it to the starting line, to take to the field or to dive into that pool, motivated by the goal of giving your all – medal or no medal. You showed your families, your friends and yourselves, just how far you’ve come, regardless of the result.”To bring the Ceremony to a close, artists Rascal Flatts and Flo Rida took the stage and gave stellar performances, which included Rascal Flatt’s hit single, “Life Is a Highway,” and international hip-hop sensation Flo Rida’s “My House.” The finale of the show included the explosive colors of a spectacular fireworks show while a video set to Rachel Platten’s, “Fight Song” played. “Fight Song” has become an anthem for this year’s competitors and their families.Fans can see highlights from the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 here.The Invictus Games Orlando 2016 Opening and Closing Ceremonies were produced by continuumLIVE and Donaldson Creative with Christopher Laue and Sara Donaldson jointly performing the roles of Executive Producer and Creative Director.last_img read more

What to see at Luminato 2017

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Breakin’ Convention: It’s explosive, gritty and hyper-kinetic and it’s finally coming to Canada. The International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre, a highlight of London’s Sadler’s Wells for the past 14 years, vaults the Atlantic to bring together some of the world’s best b-boy/b-girl crews along with leading Canadian hip hop companies and cutting-edge street dance troupes. Curated and hosted by UK hip hop pioneer Jonzi D, the headline Sony Centre stage performances are complemented by free-style sessions, workshops, graffiti art and a free outdoor park jam. The event is a blazing demonstration of the important place hip hop occupies in contemporary culture. (June 23 to 25, Sony Centre) —Michael CrabbIan Kamau/The Residents Project: The Theatre Centre, the much-valued live art incubator and performance space on West Queen West, is partnering with Luminato on a new initiative to extend its residency program. “Dozens of pieces have been created since 2004,” says Luminato’s Josephine Ridge. “A lot of them have not had lengthy presentation seasons, nor have there been opportunities for artists to return to the work.” Theatre Centre’s artistic director Franco Boni says the partnership will provide a vital opportunity for “work that’s happening in Toronto to be seen in an international context.” The program’s first selection, to run in 2018, will be announced in the Famous Spiegeltent at 4:30 pm on June 24. This will be followed at 6 p.m. by a performance by Trinidadian-Canadian writer, poet and hip-hop artist Ian Kamau, a current Theatre Centre resident. (June 24, The Famous Spiegeltent) —Karen Fricker Advertisement Notes of a Native Song: Earlier this year, the Musical Stage Company and the Obsidian Theatre produced Passing Strange, a rock musical about a young black man’s coming-of-age in California and Europe (winning three Toronto Theatre Critics Awards and earning eight Dora Award nominations). Luminato is bringing the duo responsible for that autobiographical musical — Mark Stewart, aka Stew, and Heidi Rodewald — and his band The Negro Problem, in their Canadian debut. Notes of a Native Song is dedicated to the work of writer and activist James Baldwin, playing off his famous collection of essays, Notes of a Native Son. An unmissable event. (June 15 to 18, The Famous Spiegeltent, David Pecaut Square) —Carly MagaUntil the Lions: British dancer/choreographer Akram Khan has built a loyal following during his several Toronto visits. Given that Khan, 42, plans to retire from the stage next year, this may be your last chance to experience the visceral impact of his sleek, lightning-fast dancing, inflected by the Indian Kathak style and his brilliant theatrical imagination. Until the Lions takes its title from contemporary poet Karthika Nair’s meditation on Sanskrit epic The Mahabharata’s female characters. An imperious warrior lord, a wronged princess and her reincarnated, demonic, gender-switching avenger do battle in this gripping dance-to-the-death drama. (June 15 to 18, Joey And Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre) —Michael CrabbLife Reflected: If you can’t make it to Stratford this summer, here’s your chance to catch it-director Donna Feore in our own city. Known mostly for her command of large-scale musicals, Life Reflected is an interesting shift for her (as director and creative producer) — merging storytelling, original compositions performed by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and immersive projects and technical elements to reflect four legendary Canadian women: anti-bullying advocate Amanda Todd (My Name is Amanda Todd), writer Alice Munro (Dear Life), astronaut Roberta Bondar (Bondarsphere) and poet Rita Joe (I Lost My Talk). Since Life Reflected sold out its Ottawa premiere and is only playing for one night, this will be a hot ticket. (June 18, Sony Centre, 1 Front St.) —Carly Magacenter_img Advertisement Facebook Skateboarders vs Minimalism: Always a tough fit with the festival, the visual arts program this year is, by Ridge’s own standards, admittedly thin. Past year’s made up for it with quality (Marina Abramovich, Geoffrey Farmer) over quantity, but those expecting such presence will be disappointed. Topping the list will likely be Australian video artist Shawn Gladwell’s “Skateboarders vs Minimalism,” a literal title for a work that shows skaters ollying up and back on replica versions of sculptures by Minimalism’s high priests Donald Judd and Carl Andre. A cheeky one liner — think of a moustache on the Mona Lisa — the subversion of the intended purity of high Modernism’s last gasps checks boxes for both crowd-pleasing and art world cred. (June 24, Drake Commissary, 128 Sterling Rd., starting at 1:30 p.m.) —Murray WhyteUncle Vanya: On first impression, a Chekhov classic sticks out as an uncharacteristically traditional entry in an otherwise adventurous Luminato program. But Ridge says the Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre’s production is a “very contemporary take on the piece stylistically.” Vakhtangov’s Lithuania-born artistic director Rimas Tuminas has directed the show in the tradition of Chekhov’s lesser-known contemporary Vsevolod Meyerhold, creating, in the words of Guardian critic Michael Billington, a “total-theatre mix of words, music, mime, and symbolism.” And, as Ridge points out, “nobody does Chekhov like the Russians. It’s so beautiful to have a chance to hear that language. The rhythms of Chekhovian writing in the original is fantastic.” (It will play with English surtitles.) Reviewing the production in London five years ago, Billington called it “mercurially brilliant” and gave it five out of five stars. (June 24 to 25, John Bassett Theatre, 255 Front St. W.) —Karen Fricker Twitterlast_img read more

Thiago Alcantara out for several weeks

first_imgBayern Munich will be without Thiago Alcantara for the next several weeks due to an ankle injuryThe Spanish midfielder sustained the damage to his ankle in Bayern’s 2-1 DFB-Pokal win over SV Roedinghausen on Tuesday.Thiago was replaced by Serge Gnabry in the 75th minute and received treatment on the sidelines afterwards for his injured ankle.Manager Niko Kovac admitted afterwards that he was facing an anxious wait for further updates on Thiago.“Thiago faces several weeks on the sidelines,” read a statement on the club website.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“The Spain international tore the lateral collateral ligament and the articular capsule in his right ankle in the DFB Cup tie against the Regional League side SV Rödinghausen (2-1).“That was the diagnosis by the club doctor Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt on Wednesday after returning from Osnabrück.”Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman are the other players currently sidelined for Bayern.The Bavarians will next face SC Freiburg in a Bundesliga match this Saturday.last_img read more