Toronto is hosting the annual Invictus Games September 23 to 30, 2017. Established by Prince Harry in order to celebrate servicemen and women, the games provide a forum for athletic excellence.
The games embody the strength and perseverance of those who serve their countries as “Invictus” is Latin for “unconquered.”
On September 23, the Opening Ceremony will be a spectacular, live two-hour event designed to welcome and honour the 550 competitors from 17 nations.
The show will feature hundreds of performers, including Sarah McLachlan and Alessia Cara, and men and women from the Canadian Armed Forces, in stunning presentations, combined with the pageantry of such time-honoured elements as the Parade of Nations and the raising of the official flag.
Celebrities, world dignitaries, headline music stars and special guests will all come together as the Opening Ceremonies showcase dramatic Invictus stories and celebrate the brave service members of the 2017 Invictus Games.
Fierce competition is the order of the day as 550 athletes contend in 12 adaptive sports, including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, a variety of track and field events and, new to the 2017 Games, golf.
All competitors will be active duty and veteran service members from participating allied nations who have become ill or injured as a direct consequence of their service.
As fully integrated Games, some competitions will see able-bodied and disabled competitors of both genders compete side-by-side.
On September 30, the Closing Ceremony will feature an array of international headline music artists, such as Bryan Adams, Kelly Clarkson and The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen! They will join together to celebrate the achievements and drive of the competitors and to hand off to Sydney, Australia, host of the 2018 Invictus Games.
Find the schedule and tickets for the ceremonies and competitions.
Several Toronto cultural presenters have programs related to the Games including The Royal Canadian Military Institute, at Roy Thomson Hall; Canadian Opera Company performing songs written around the ideas of war, loss and overcoming adversity and Royal Ontario Museum will feature an Invictus Games-themed program as part of the ROM Speaks series.
If you’re visiting Toronto and are looking for additional activities in and around the Games, check out: