Still A Good, Good Night – Scheduling conflict forces Taboo to cancel performance at Toronto 2017 NAIG
STILL A GOOD, GOOD NIGHT
Scheduling conflict forces Taboo to cancel performance at Toronto 2017 NAIG
Toronto, ON – July 6, 2017 – Due to a new scheduling conflict with Black Eyed Peas, the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (Toronto 2017 NAIG) Host Society announced Thursday that Taboo has cancelled his performance at the Toronto 2017 NAIG Opening Ceremony presented by Hydro One.
The ceremony, a kickoff to the week-long event, remains the highlight of the Games with a star-studded lineup of musicians, dramatic performances and presentations. Toronto 2017 NAIG Opening Ceremony presented by Hydro One is scheduled for Sunday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the world-class Aviva Centre.
“While we are disappointed that Taboo will not be joining us later this month, we know he will be with us in spirit as we celebrate the achievements of Indigenous youth from across Turtle Island. The Toronto 2017 NAIG Opening Ceremony presented by Hydro One will be a memorable evening showcasing amazing Indigenous performers in music and dance, while we honour the past, celebrate the present and bring hope for the future.”
-Marcia Trudeau-Bomberry, CEO, Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games
“The Toronto 2017 NAIG is one of the largest sport and cultural gatherings of Indigenous peoples in North America and I am extremely disappointed that I am no longer able to perform at the opening ceremony. The message of Team 88 is truly inspiring and I wish all of the athletes every success during the Games. I hope to make up for my absence in the near future. I will be there in heart and spirit”.
Toronto 2017 NAIG Quick Facts
From July 16-23, 2017, the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (Toronto 2017 NAIG) are expected to be the largest sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous Peoples in North America. The Toronto 2017 NAIG will host more than 5,000 participants, and thousands of spectators for 14 sport competitions being held within world-class venues located across the Greater Toronto Area, including the Region of Hamilton and Six Nations of the Grand River.
- The 14 core sports of the Toronto 2017 NAIG include: 3-D Archery; Athletics; Badminton; Baseball; Basketball; Canoe/Kayak; Golf; Lacrosse; Rifle Shooting; Soccer; Softball; Swimming; Wrestling; Volleyball.
Equally important, Toronto 2017 NAIG will host two week-long cultural festivals open to the public, showcasing a variety of Indigenous artists, traditional learning, vendors, food, cultural performances and nightly entertainment.
Participating teams represent all 13 provinces and territories of Canada, as well as up to 13 regions from the United States; more than 5,000 participants are expected.
The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario, have each committed $3.5 million dollars to help fund the 2017 Games, in recognition of the NAIG as an important agent in promoting Indigenous sport development and recreation in Canada.
The Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO), in collaboration with the City of Toronto and Government of Ontario, won the bid to host 2017 NAIG. As the sole rights holder, ASWCO created Toronto 2017 NAIG Host Society, a separate corporation to manage and operate the Games.
Toronto 2017 NAIG Host Society honours the traditional lands and homelands on which the 2017 North American Indigenous Games will take place. We honour and thank the Huron-Wendat Nation, Metis Nation of Ontario, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and Six Nations of the Grand River as our community partners and traditional inhabitants of the lands of the City of Toronto, Region of Hamilton, Durham Region and surrounding areas.
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