PANAMANIA to showcase hundreds of arts and musical acts during Pan Am Games

The Roots are just one of many bands that will be performing during PANAMANIA, a 35-day arts and cultural festival during Toronto's Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Noam Galai/Getty Images for (Red)

TORONTO – Beyond the sport and competition, organizers of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are hoping to dazzle spectators with an array of arts and musical events throughout the Games.

Kicking off on July 10, the PANAMANIA arts and cultural festival will showcase more than 1,300 artists in 250 performances and exhibitions in venues across Toronto.

The presentations range from circus performances, comedy shows, theature, visual arts, music and fashion exhibitions.

While some of the events are ticketed, many are free and open to the public.

PANAMANIA Live @ Nathan Phillips Square

Musician Sebastien Grainger of Death From Above 1979 performs during Day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2011 in Indio, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Among some of the marquee events, PANAMANIA Live @ Nathan Phillips Square will host more than 130 musical acts on three stages. Every day, bands including Death From Above 1979, the Flaming Lips, Chromeo and The Roots, will play free shows at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West, Toronto).

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Serene Ryder and Wyclef Jean will headline the opening weekend of PANAMANIA Live on Sat. July 11. Click here for the full Live @ Nathan Phillips Square schedule.

Serena Ryder performs at the Juno Awards in Winnipeg, Sunday, March 30, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Where Art Meets Sport

From July 11 to 25, Where Art Meets Sport takes over the CIBC Pan Am Park (200 Princess Boulevard, Toronto).

Every day, live performances will take place on two stages. The shows are free and open to the public. The lineup includes bands such as USS, A Tribe Called Red, Lights and Colin James. Click here for the full schedule.

Lights poses on the red carpet during the 2015 Juno Awards in Hamilton, Ont., on Sunday, March 15, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

PANAMANIA Live @ The Distillery District

Toronto’s historic Distillery District (55 Mill Street) will play host to a number of music, threatre and street performances throughout the Pan Am Games. Shows are free and open to the public and will run daily, excluding Mondays.

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The lineup includes musicians Basia Bulat and The Afro-Cuban All Stars. Click here for the full schedule.

Singer/songwriter Basia Bulat is photographed during an interview at the Soho House on Sept.25 2013. Fred Lum/ The Globe and Mail

PANAMANIA runs from July 10 to August 15, 2015.

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