Alyssa Reid, Roch Voisine, Andee, Brett Kissel, Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia, Frédéric
Darveau and Whip Cream Band, Oliver Jones, Daniel Clarke Bouchard headline acts
May 29,2014(ISN) – CALGARY – Today, the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees announced a stellar
list of musical and artistic talent performing in Calgary on Friday June 6 for the
2014 Celebration of Excellence, which includes the Parade of Champions and the Canadian
Olympic Hall of Fame Gala and Induction Ceremony at the Saddledome.
The day’s entertainment begins at 11:30 a.m. with the Parade of Champions which
incorporates a special performance by Cavalia for spectators on the sidelines in
downtown Calgary, with more than 200 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and coaches
taking part. Canadian pop superstar and JUNO Award nominee Alyssa Reid will headline
the Parade of Champions entertainment.
Local Calgary CBC personalities Doug Dirks and Rosa Marchitelli take to the stage
as parade hosts alongside Olympic Champion and Sochi 2014 Assistant Chef de Mission,
Jean-Luc Brassard. The Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi, will join as the official
Parade Grand Marshall.
In the evening, Canadian Olympians from Sochi along with Canadian Paralympic flag
bearers from Sochi, Sonja Gaudet and Josh Dueck, will attend the Canadian Olympic
Hall of Fame Gala and Induction Ceremony. Additional top Canadian musical acts Roch
Voisine, Brett Kissel, Andee, Frédéric Darveau and Whip Cream Band, Cirque du Soleil,
Oliver Jones Daniel Clarke Bouchard and Alyssa Reid will rock the night away at
the Hall of Fame Gala as CBC’s Scott Russell and two-time Olympic champion Catriona
Le May Doan hit the stage as hosts.
“The Olympic and Paralympic Games are beacons of patriotism in our country,” said
JUNO Award nominee and Canadian pop star, Alyssa Reid. “As a proud Canadian artist,
it is such an honour to perform for my fellow Albertans and the entire team for
such an amazing Canadian event honouring our athletic heroes.”
Hall of Fame Gala guests can even expect a special Cirque du Soleil performance.
In addition, Olympians Natalie Spooner, Gilmore Junio, Eric Radford, Dylan Moscovitch,
and Jan Hudec will hit the stage for a ‘one night only’ musical jam session.
“After performing the official Canadian Olympic anthem, Living Out My Dreams, for
the Olympic athletes in Sochi, I am honoured to be part of the 2014 Celebration
of Excellence,” said Roch Voisine. “I am excited to perform at and support such
an important event – one that recognizes the achievements of our Canadian athletes
who competed in Sochi and everything they have done for their country.”
“The 2014 Celebration of Excellence has a star-studded lineup that will have guests
and fans screaming for more,” said Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee.
“This will truly be a celebration to remember. They deserve this.”
Throughout the 2014 Celebration of Excellence over 200 Olympians, Paralympians and
coaches will be making public appearances starting on June 4 at Ottawa-area schools
and hospitals as well as the House of Commons. The Heroes Tour, consisting of school
and hospital visits, will be making its way through Calgary, Banff, Red Deer and
Edmonton on June 5; and the post-Sochi Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala, Induction
Ceremony and Parade of Champions will take place in the host City of Calgary on
Proceeds from the Hall of Fame Gala in Calgary will go to the Canadian Olympic
as well as a legacy coaching program in Calgary to support the next generation of