Opening ceremony for Canada Winter Games goes Feb. 13

The 2015 Canada Winter Games opening ceremonies are on track to kick off Feb. 13.

The 2015 Canada Winter Games opening ceremonies are on track to kick off Feb. 13, broadcasted nationally by TSN from Prince George.

The event takes place from the CN Centre with an assembled cast of more than 180 performers, starting at 7 p.m.

“Athletes from more than 800 communities across Canada will journey to our region in 25 days for the 25th edition of the Canada Games, and we are so proud to kick off the 2015 Games with this professional production,” said 2015 Canada Winter Games CEO Stuart Ballantyne. “The opening ceremony, presented by the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, will allow us to celebrate the athletes and showcase our region’s northern story to the nation.”

The Lheidli T’enneh, the official First Nation host of the Games, will play a prominent role in the ceremony and B.C.’s own Dear Rouge and Prince George bands Bright City Heights and Black Spruce Bog will rock the CN Centre.

Other highlights will include the contemporary dance talents of Tristan Ghostkeeper and special appearances by high-ranking government officials, as well as notable Canada Games alumni.

“We want to harness the youthful energy of the athletes and celebrate the northern story of the region,” said producer Patrick Roberge. “Athletes, artists, performers and spectators alike all follow unique tracks to join us for the opening ceremony; together, we will celebrate their journey.”

Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall added he’s excited for the start of the Games.

“I would like to thank the Regional District of Fraser Fort George for presenting these Opening Ceremonies, which will be a fantastic highlight not only for the Games, but for a truly exceptional year in the City of Prince George,’’ Hall said.

“It is fitting that the event is being held at this location during Prince George’s 100th Anniversary year. The CN Centre has been the site of so many memorable events and performances in the history of our city and, just next door, is the redesigned Kin 1 Arena, one of the many lasting legacies of these Games.

“I am truly excited to officially welcome the nation to Prince George and to show the country everything this great city and region have to offer.”

Tickets for the opening ceremony are available at the Ticketmaster Prince George box office in the CN Centre, or online at www.ticketmaster.ca, or by phone at 1-855-985-5000.