Northeast host Pan Am torch run Tuesday

Little Current’s front street shutting down for day of celebration

LITTLE CURRENT—The 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay will be stopping in Little Current on Tuesday, June 2 as part of the 41-day torch relay. This momentous occasion will be marked with a community celebration including a free concert from Juno award winning musician Crystal Shawanda.

Downtown Little Current, along Water Street, will be shut down for the day starting at 7 am to allow the set up of the stage and vendors. Water Street will reopen following the Crystal Shawanda concert and stage takedown later Tuesday evening.

The event will get started at 4:30 pm in downtown Little Current with entertainment for the whole family, including inflatables and food vendors.

The Pan Am torch is estimated to arrive around 5 pm at the Rendezvous Pavilion, where Ivan Wheale will begin the community torch relay, travelling east on Water Street, arriving downtown at 5:20 pm. The torch will then continuing east on Sims Street, ending at the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre.

The town will also be hosting a free community concert, followed by a meet and greet with Crystal Shawanda starting at 5:30 pm downtown.

“I am happy that the municipality and the Island as a whole gets to share in the celebration of the 2015 Pam Am Torch Relay,” said Northeast Town Mayor Al MacNevin. “I am looking forward to seeing Ivan Wheale represent our community as our torch bearer and I can’t wait to listen to Crystal Shawanda. It will be a great event to kick off the summer on Manitoulin.”

Mr. Wheale is one of 3,000 torchbearers who will complete, on average, a 200-metre relay segment. The torch will be carried by more than 60 modes of transportation and exceed 5,000 kilometres on the road and 15,000 kilometres by air.

Torch bearer Ivan Wheale
Torch bearer
Ivan Wheale

The aluminum torch stands 65 centimeters high and weighs 1.2 kilograms (roughly the same weight as a baseball bat). With a burn time of 10 to 12 minutes, the flame can withstand winds of up to 70 kilometres per hour and is visible in all kinds of weather conditions.

The 41-day torch relay starts this Saturday, May 30 at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, travelling to the Distillery District before making its way north to Thunder Bay on Day 2 (May 31). From Thunder Bay the torch will travel to Nipigon, Terrace Bay, Marathon, White River, Wawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Thessalon, Blind River, Serpent River First Nation, Massey, Espanola and Manitoulin. From Little Current, the torch will make its way to Sudbury and east across the North, making stops in areas such as Sturgeon Falls and Algonquin Park and then looping back west towards Toronto after a stop in Ottawa and concluding July 10 with the dramatic lighting of the cauldron at the 2015 Pan Am Games opening ceremony in downtown Toronto.

To see the full list of Pan Am Torch Relay stops or for more information about the Toronto 2015 games, visit www.toronto2015.org