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					   Torino Closing Ceremony

   Vancouver 2010 Segment
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        February 26, 2006

                                   TORINO CLOSING CEREMONY
                                   VANCOUVER 2010 SEGMENT
                                       February 26, 2006


I.     Introduction & Overview                                             /4

II.    Facts at a glance                                                   /7

III.   Running order                                                       /9

IV.    Credits                                                             /18

V.     Appendix I: Background Information                                  /21

           About VANOC
           About Vancouver 2010
           About Canada
           About British Columbia
           About Vancouver
           About Whistler

VI.    Appendix II: Four Host First Nations                                /23

           Participation with VANOC
           About the Four Host First Nations
           First Nations Witnessing Ceremony
           Four Host First Nations & Vancouver 2010 Ceremonial Medallion
           Call to Witness: Remarks
           Ceremonial Medallion image

VII.   Appendix III: Biographies                                           /28

       Honoured Participants
       • His Worship Sam Sullivan, Mayor of Vancouver
       • Chief Gibby Jacob
       • Four Host First Nations Chiefs:
                 o Chief Leonard Andrew of the Lil’wat Nation
                 o Chief Ernest Campbell of the Musqueam Nation
                 o Chief Bill Williams of the Squamish Nation
                 o Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation

       Featured Performers:                                                /29
       • Ben Heppner
       • Avril Lavigne

Appendix III: Biographies cont.

        Creative Team                        /30
           Paul Airey
           Jody Broomfield
           Mark Godden
           Lyn Heward
           Judy Jonker
           Marti Kulich
           Jean-Sébastian Piquette
           Ian Pool
           Jean Renaud
           Burke Taylor
           Érick Villeneuvwe

        Creative Contributors                /32
           Robert Lepage
           Jacques Lemay
           Jillian Keiley
           Salvador Ferreras
           Alan Clark

        Contributing Companies               /33
           L’Ecole Nationale de Cirque
           Les 7 doigts de la main
           Cirque du Soleil

                                   TORINO CLOSING CEREMONY
                                   VANCOUVER 2010 SEGMENT
                                       February 26, 2006

This show is the first chapter in the story of Canada’s Games in 2010. Our segment is both a celebration
of play and winter sport, and an invitation to the world to join us in Vancouver in 2010. Featuring
uniquely Canadian talent, the presentation also showcases the host country, province and city with
themes that reflect Canada from coast to coast to coast.

Show Concept
“Come Play With Us”

All sport begins with play and friendship. “Come and play” is a universal expression of welcome that carries
an implicit understanding of trust. It is also a reflection of our shared interest in the joy of winter sport
and creates the opportunity for dreams of greatness.

Show Summary
Our invitation reflects Canada’s playful celebration of winter and the pleasure we find in friendly
competition and teamwork. From the four corners of the world, generations have come to Canada to
explore a world of possibility. We enjoy a fine balance between individual potential and fiercely loyal team
spirit – a combination fundamental to our cosmopolitan Canadian society.

Highlights of the VANOC Presentation:

        His Worship Sam Sullivan, Mayor of the City of Vancouver
            o   As the Mayor of Vancouver receives the Olympic Flag and the gift of the XXI Olympic
                Winter Games, it is Canada’s turn to invite people from around the world to “Come Play
                With Us” in Vancouver in 2010.
            o   Mayor Sam Sullivan is the first quadriplegic mayor to accept the Olympic flag on behalf of
                a host city.
            o   A specially designed stainless steel holster has been added to the Mayor’s high-tech
                wheelchair in order to assist him to receive the flag.

        “O Canada”
            o   Performed by British Columbia’s Ben Heppner, one of the world’s finest dramatic tenors.
            o   Mr. Heppner regularly performs on the world’s top stages with leading opera companies, in
                concert with orchestras, and in recital.

        Opening Video
            o   A short video montage transports the audience from Torino to Canada, highlighting the
                spectacular beauty of the 2010 host country, province and city.

Vancouver 2010’s Invitation to the World & Four Host First Nations Witnessing Ceremony:
   o The XXI Olympic Winter Games falls within the traditional territories of four of Canada’s
       Aboriginal peoples
                The Lil’ Wat (lill-watt) Nation
                The Musqueam (muss-kwee-um) Nation
                The Squamish (squwa-mish) Nation
                The Tsleil-Waututh (tss-layl-wha-tooth) Nation
        For the Vancouver 2010 Games these peoples are collectively referred to as the “Four
        Host First Nations.”
    o   The VANOC performance begins as representatives of the Four Host First Nations, in
        keeping with their oral traditions, call upon and entrust each member of the audience to
        formally witness VANOC’s performance and then carry its message of invitation to their
        communities throughout the world.
    o   The Witnessing Ceremony is led, and VANOC’s invitation is presented, by Vancouver 2010
        Board Member Chief Gibby Jacob on behalf of all Canadians.
    o   A specially designed ceremonial medallion is freely given to each audience member in
        recognition of this agreement.

“Come Play With Us”
    o   The show begins in Canada’s vast north, representing our huge land of equally huge
    o   The action begins with the arrival of a ski-doo carrying an ice fisherman with big dreams
        of his own.
    o   A ski-doo is an engine-powered snow scooter with skis for steering. A Canadian invention,
        it is designed to travel across snow or ice and has become the workhorse of the North.
    o   The ice fisherman is joined by gleeful children as we are transported to Canada’s Prairies.
        The kids delight and revel in winter play in their snow-covered surroundings.
    o   The playfulness evolves into adolescent games and organized sport as, through
        projection, we move through memory and geography to settle in cosmopolitan Vancouver.
    o   International superstar Avril Lavigne emerges from the group, mounts the stage and
        performs her hit “Who Knows,” a song that underscores our message of limitless
        possibility, fun and welcome. Groups of teens surround her in depictions of curling,
        hockey and other Canadian games of winter.
    o   Canadians’ passion for teamwork and exploration underscores an emerging portrait of a
        land of Olympic dreams and opportunity as we are transported to a modern city of steel
        and glass: Vancouver, host city of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The Emblem
    o   Ilanaaq, VANOC’s official emblem and a symbol of friendship, is revealed and welcomes
        the world to Canada, a land of Olympic dreams and limitless opportunity.

Closing Video
   o   As the cast departs the stage a collage of video images captures the dynamic spirit and
       drive of Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver and Whistler in the 21st century, reinforcing
       VANOC’s invitation to the world to come and play, to compete, to celebrate with us in
       Vancouver in 2010.

                                         FACTS AT A GLANCE

        Introduction of Vancouver Mayor
        “O Canada”
        Flag Handover Ceremony
        “Come Play With Us”

Feature Performers
        Ben Heppner
        Avril Lavigne

Honoured Participants
        His Worship Sam Sullivan, Mayor of the City of Vancouver
        Chief Gibby Jacob
        Four Host First Nations Chiefs:
           o Chief Leonard Andrew of the Lil’wat (lill-watt) Nation
           o Chief Ernest Campbell of the Musqueam (muss-kwee-um) Nation
           o Chief Bill Williams of the Squamish (squwa-mish) Nation
           o Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh (tss-layl-wha-tooth) Nation

        Selected dancers and performers from the Greater Vancouver area
        Members of Ecole Nationale de Cirque, Les 7 doigts de la main and Cirque du Soleil

        “O Canada,” Canada’s national anthem composed by Calixa Lavallée in 1880 in Montreal.
        Original music composed and arranged by Vancouver composer Paul Airey, performed by
        Vancouver musicians
        “Who Knows,” written by Avril Lavigne and Chantal Kreviazuk; performed by Avril Lavigne

Background Notes – VANOC and Four Host First Nations
        VANOC is the acronym for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic &
        Paralympic Winter Games
        First Nations, Inuit and Métis are three distinct groups of Aboriginal or First peoples in Canada
        who trace their ancestry to the original habitants of North America.
        The Four Host First Nations -- Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh -- are the First
        Nations on whose traditional and shared traditional territories the 2010 Games will be held.
        Traditional Territory refers to the original hunting and trapping ground of the First Peoples.
        For the first time in Olympic history, First Nations people are formal partners with an organizing
        committee for the planning and hosting of an Olympic Games. VANOC is committed to achieving
        unprecedented Aboriginal participation in the planning and hosting of the 2010 Olympic and
        Paralympic Winter Games.

Background Notes – Flag Handover Ceremony

          Started at the Closing Ceremony of the Oslo 1952 Winter Games, the flag handover ceremony is
          Olympic protocol.
          The Mayor of the current host city (Torino) hands the Olympic flag to the President of the
          International Olympic Committee, who in turn hands over the Olympic flag to the Mayor of the
          next host city (Vancouver).
          This symbolizes the official beginning of Vancouver’s responsibility to host the world at the 2010
          Olympic Winter Games.

His Worship Sam Sullivan, Mayor of Vancouver

          Elected Mayor of the City of Vancouver in November 2005. He previously served as a Vancouver
          City Councillor for 12 years.
          First quadriplegic mayor to accept the Olympic flag of behalf of a host city.
          Mayor Sullivan is quadriplegic due to a break in his neck resulting from a ski accident at age 19
          He is the founder of numerous societies to benefit people with disabilities
          A specially designed stainless steel holster has been added to the Mayor’s high-tech motorized
          wheelchair in order to assist him to receive the official flag.
          The holster and custom pole (approximately 5 metres or 16.4 feet) were designed and
          manufactured by City of Vancouver engineers in collaboration with two Vancouver disability
          organizations: Tetra Society and Neil Squire Society.

Royal Mounted Canadian Police (RCMP)
          Canadian national police service and an agency of the Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency
          Preparedness Canada
          Officially created in 1920 by merging the Royal North-West Mounted Police and the Dominion
          Internationally renowned for the RCMP Musical Ride, a spectacular riding display performed by a
          full troop of 32 riders and horses.

Ben Heppner
          Recognized as one of the world’s finest dramatic tenors
          Native of British Columbia and graduate of University of British Columbia School of Music in
          Officer of the Order of Canada (2002)
          Regularly performs in the music world’s top stages with leading opera companies, in concert with
          orchestras and in recital

                                      “COME PLAY WITH US” RUNNING ORDER

Title: The Place
Beginning Time: 00:00:00
Duration: 00:19
End Time: 00:00:19

Projected Image(s)
Video footage that locates Canada and spans across the country,
finally arriving at a Vancouver coastal forest in winter.

Theme/Concept                                                        Action/Description
To visually transport audience from Torino to Canada, and to         See above
share the spectacular beauty of the host country, province and

Performers                                                           Costumes & Props
Enter to pre-set position                                            None
Four Host First Nations chiefs plus Vancouver 2010 Board
Member Chief Gibby Jacob

Note: See Appendix II: Four Host First Nations

Music                                                                Notes
Music by Vancouver composer Paul Airey.                              Canada
                                                                       Two official languages: English & French
See Appendix III: Biographies                                          Population: 32.3 million
                                                                       Host of two previous Olympic Games: Montreal (Summer 1976)
                                                                       and Calgary (Winter 1988).

                                                                     British Columbia (BC)
                                                                       Canada’s most western province, bordering Pacific Ocean (W),
                                                                       Alaska (N), Washington & Montana (S) and Alberta (E)
                                                                       Renowned for its old growth forests

                                                                       BC’s largest city, with two million+ people living in the Greater
                                                                       Vancouver area
                                                                       Located by the Pacific Ocean
                                                                       Incorporated in 1886 and named after British naval Captain
                                                                       George Vancouver

                                                                       Located 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver
                                                                       Home to 9500+ permanent and 4500 seasonal residents
                                                                       Part of the Coast Mountains range and largest ski area in North

                                                                     Note: See Appendix I: Background Information

Title: The Invitation
Beginning Time: 00:00:19
Duration: 00:45
End Time: 00:01:04

Projected Image(s)
West Coast forest scene in winter

Theme/Concept                                                Action/Description
Witnessing invitation                                          Chief Gibby Jacob, speaking on behalf of VANOC and all Canadians, asks
  Chiefs of the Four Host First Nations (FHFN) and             audience to witness events and entrusts them with the responsibility
  VANOC                                                        to extend VANOC and Canada’s invitation to their home countries
  Board Member Chief Gibby Jacob call upon the
  audience to witness the VANOC show and carry its             Chief Jacob holds up ceremonial medallion as record of obligation for,
  message of invitation to come to Vancouver in 2010.          and in consideration of, the audience’s commitment to witness.
  The Four Host First Nations are the First Nations on
  whose traditional and shared traditional territories the     Audience members hold up their ceremonial medallions.
  2010 Games will be held (see appendix).
                                                             FHFN and Chief Jacob exit downstage at conclusion
Notes: Witnessing ceremony
  An ancient tradition of Canada’s West Coast and            Note: Audience medallions have been pre-set.
  Interior First Nations peoples.
  Being called to witness is an honour that entrusts the
  witness to record an event and take its message home
  A token of appreciation may be offered in thanks

Note: See Appendix II: Four Host First Nations

Performers                                                   Costumes
  Chief Gibby Jacob, representing all Canadians and            FHFN chiefs in traditional regalia
  VANOC (centre stage)                                         Chief Gibby Jacob in business attire with accents of traditional Regalia
  Four Host First Nations (FHFN) Chiefs::
  - Chief Leonard Andrew of the Lil’wat (lill-watt)          Props
    Nation (upstage centre)
                                                               Commemorative medallion, designed by Squamish artist Jody
  - Chief Ernest Campbell of the Musqueam (muss-
                                                               Broomfield (see Appendix III: Biographies).
    kwee-um) Nation (downstage centre)
                                                               Audience medallions
  - Chief Bill Williams of the Squamish (squwa-mish)
                                                               FHFN chiefs each carry a hand drum decorated with a symbol
    Nation (stage left)
                                                               representing his/her respective First Nation
  - Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh (
    tss-layl-wha- tooth) Nation (stage right)

Music                                                 Notes
Atmospheric forest soundtrack, created by Vancouver   For the 2006 Flag Handover Ceremony, VANOC and the FHFN have
composer Paul Airey                                   provided a ceremonial medallion to each member of the audience to
                                                      entrust them to witness VANOC’s invitation to the world.

                                                      Note: See Appendix II: Four Host First Nations

Title: The Ice Fisherman
Beginning Time: 00:01:05
Duration: 01:49
End Time: 00:02:54

Projected Image(s)
  Arctic vista with aurora borealis (northern lights)
  reflected on surface of snow
  At daybreak, sun rises on snow-covered tundra

Theme/Concept                                             Action/Description
Canada – a vast, open land of opportunity where each of     Ice fisherman enters on ski-doo with sled trailer and completes an arc
us can leave a mark.                                        of the stage. Ski-doo stops downstage left.
                                                            Large (projected) “C” has been inscribed in the “snow” on the stage
                                                            Ice fisherman crosses to ice floe, drills hole in ice. Ice cracks.
                                                            Ice fisherman returns to ski-doo to pull tarp off sled trailer,
                                                            revealing kids

Performers                                                Costumes
Ice fisherman                                             Ice fisherman’s costume is a medley of traditional and modern Arctic

                                                            Motorized electric ski-doo and sled trailer
                                                            Snow shoes
                                                            Ice auger

Music                                                     Notes
Winter soundtrack, including sound effects such as ski-   A ski-doo is an engine-powered snow scooter with skis. A Canadian
doo driving over snow, ice cracking, footsteps in snow,   invention, it is designed to travel across snow or ice and has become the
etc.                                                      workhorse of the North.

Title: The Kids
Beginning Time: 00:02:55
Duration: 01:35
End Time: 00:04:30

Projected Image(s)
Rural Prairie winter pond scene

Theme/Concept                                             Action/Description
Celebration of winter in Canada, recalling the youthful     As kids tumble out of ski-doo trailer, other kids join them onstage. They
exuberance of children playing outdoors in the snow         begin to play in the snow, leading to a complicated juggling sequence
                                                            involving icicles
                                                            Kids begin to play with snow blocks randomly scattered on stage
                                                            Ice fisherman continues to fish & interacts with kids
                                                            Scene ends with kids creating “snow angels” on stage (see notes) &
                                                            fisherman catching a fish

Performers                                                Costumes
19 “children”, made up of students from Ecole Nationale     Warm, heavy winter clothing, typically worn by kids when playing
du Cirque and performers from Les 7 doigts de la main       outdoors: toques, mufflers, ski pants and jackets.
Ice fisherman                                               Costumes are predominantly white with colour accents

                                                            Snowballs, icicles, “snow” and “ice” blocks
                                                            German wheels

Music                                                     Notes
Original score by Vancouver composer Paul Airey           Making “snow angels” is an age-old favourite winter activity. Kids create
                                                          angel-like impressions on the snow by lying flat on their backs and
                                                          brushing their arms and legs sideways in sweeping motions.

Title: The Teens
Beginning Time: 00:04:31
Duration: 01:17
End Time: 00:05:48

Projected Image(s)
Transition from rural pond scene to eastern Canadian city
urban street in winter

Theme/Concept                                               Action/Description
Celebration of winter in Canada continues: play               Ice fisherman returns fish back into the ice fishing hole
incorporated in urban landscape as groups of young            Avril Lavigne is revealed onstage and mounts sled trailer to perform
teenagers enter the scene. Winter play transforms to          Group of teens – snowboarders and street hockey players – join kids
organized winter sport activities.                            onstage and continue to play, adding favourite Canadian sports like
                                                              hockey and snowboarding.
                                                              Teen dancers join cast onstage and perform throughout song
                                                              Some “kids” transition to curling
                                                              German wheel “ice crystals” enter and perform
                                                              Building with snow blocks continues

Performers: Teen performers join existing cast              Costumes
  Feature artist: Avril Lavigne                               Boarders: bright, hip “boarder” clothing
  4 snowboarders                                              Hockey players: bright “street/boarder” clothing
  8 street hockey players                                     Dancers: contemporary hip teen winter fashion
  9 dancers                                                   Kids: transition from primarily white outfits to contemporary
                                                              hip fashion
Notes: Avril Lavigne
  One of today’s hottest young performers, known for        Props
  her edgy, rock ‘n rock style and compelling lyrics.         Motorized electric snowboards
  Born and raised in Napanee (nap-ann-ee), Ontario,           Hockey equipment & nets
  Canada                                                      Curling rocks and brooms
  Sold 23 million albums and received 8 Grammy                Diablo acrobatic equipment (see notes)

Note: See Appendix III: Biographies

Music                                                       Notes
“Who Knows” written by Avril Lavigne and Chantal              The diablo is a traditional Chinese performance prop. The hourglass-
Kreviazuk; performed by Avril Lavigne                         shaped rubber prop (10-12 cm) is balanced on a string running
                                                              between hand-held two sticks used to support & spin it.
                                                              German wheels are a popular acrobatic apparatus consisting of two
                                                              metal hoops joined at six points. They are approximately 2.1 metres
                                                              (six feet) in diameter.

Title: The Adults
Beginning Time: 00:05:49
Duration: 01:30
End Time: 00:07:19

Projected Image(s)
Transition to modern city scene, complete with concrete,
steel, glass cityscape, high-tech communications,
satellites, etc.

Theme/Concept                                                 Action/Description
Winter recreational sport gives way to competitive              Cast transitions into series of choreographed routines, portraying
sports: adults celebrate the friendly spirit of competition     competitive, adult side of sports: speed skating, luge, hockey, figure
through play                                                    skating, and cross-country skiing
                                                                Avril Lavigne continues to perform, accompanied by dancers
                                                                Remaining cast continues to build, using snow blocks and “human
                                                                scaffolding” (see notes).

Performers                                                    Costumes
  As previous                                                   Cast transitions to sleek, colourful clothing resembling sport
  4 stilt walkers                                               competition apparel
                                                                Costume colours reflect the palette of the 2010 Games’ graphic

                                                                Cross-country skis and equipment
                                                                Hockey equipment

Music                                                         Notes
As previous: “Who Knows” by Avril Lavigne &                   Human scaffolding is an acrobatic feat involving several gymnasts
Chantal Kreviazuk                                             and/or acrobats who create a human wall or scaffold by standing and
                                                              balancing on one another’s shoulders, torsos or legs in a stacked

Title: Ilanaaq – The VANOC Emblem
Beginning Time: 00:07:20
Duration: 00:00:15
End Time: 00:07:35

Projected Image(s)
  As inukshuk is completed, sun sets and casts a giant
  shadow of the inukshuk across stage
  Shadow image transforms to become Ilanaaq, the
  official emblem of the 2010 Games

Theme/Concept                                            Action/Description
The 2010 emblem, Ilanaaq, is created from blocks of        Lavigne and half the cast continue activities as previous
snow by the entire cast working together as one,           At the same time, other half of cast continues building inukshuk using
symbolic of all Canadians working together in unity to     stacked people as human scaffolding
extend a welcome to the world.                             Building blocks and human scaffolding gradually take shape of giant
                                                           6.7 metres x 6.7 metres (22 ft x 22 ft) inukshuk
                                                           Inukshuk casts giant shadow across stage
                                                           At conclusion of building, a hockey player skates in front of inukshuk
                                                           and takes a slapshot towards it
                                                           As inukshuk shadow transforms into Ilanaaq, the official emblem of the
                                                           2010 Games, a burst of snow fills the air around the inukshuk. See

Performers                                               Costumes & Props
Full cast                                                As previous

Music                                                    Notes
As previous                                                An inukshuk (in-ook-shook) is a series of stacked rocks in human form
                                                           originally created as a guidepost by the Inuit (in-u-wit) people of
                                                           Canada’s Arctic. Over time, it has become a symbol of friendship and
                                                           welcome. (see appendix)
                                                           Ilanaaq, (ill-la-nawk) the official emblem of the 2010 Games, is a
                                                           contemporary interpretation of the inukshuk.

                                                         Notes: See Appendix II: Four Host First Nations

Title: “Come Play With Us” (video roll)
Beginning Time: 00:07:35
Duration: 00:40
End Time: 00:08:15

Projected Image(s)
Vancouver 2010 emblem

Theme/Concept                                                        Action/Description
A light-hearted video capturing the spirit of Canada from coast to     Background: video footage of Vancouver, Whistler and Canada
coast to coast reinforces the invitation to “Come play with us in      reinforces invitation to the world to “Come Play with us
2010 “                                                                 in 2010”
                                                                       Performers exit via downstage through audience during
                                                                       applause, led by FHFN chiefs and Chief Gibby Jacob.
                                                                       Remaining cast members disassemble inukshuk as video rolls

Performers                                                           Costumes & Props
All cast exits                                                       As previous

Music                                                                Notes
Instrumental reprise of “Who Knows”


Honoured Participants
       His Worship Sam Sullivan, Mayor of the City of Vancouver
       Chief Gibby Jacob
       Four Host First Nations Chiefs:
           o   Chief Leonard Andrew of the Lil’wat Nation
           o   Chief Ernest Campbell of the Musqueam Nation
           o   Chief Bill Williams of the Squamish Nation
           o   Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Feature Performers
       Ben Heppner, “O Canada”
       Avril Lavigne, “Who Knows”

Vancouver Area Performers                                   From Ecole Nationale de Cirque
Brian Agala                                                 David Bernbaum
Kevin Bastedo                                               Guillaume Biron
Sharon Bayly                                                Gonzalo Coloma Rospigliosi
Sabrina Bhachu                                              Kristina Dniprenko
Jeremiah Doubt                                              Gisle Henriet
Caroline Fitzner                                            Celine Jean
Amber Funk                                                  Evelyne Laforest
Yeva Glover                                                 Martin Laliberte
Marissa Gomez                                               Frederic Lemieux-Cormier
Jordan Hoffart                                              Ruben Urdiales
Darren Hon                                                  Loic Quesnel
Andrea Marino                                               Marie-Claude Roulez
Gabrielle Martin                                            Jacob Skeffington
Jason Matte                                                 Corine Turcotte-Latreille
Heather Morrison                                            Arno Wauters
Monica Munn
Barbara Murray                                              From Les 7 doigts de la main
Ben Ngui                                                    Heloise Bourgeois
Harjit Rai                                                  Francisco Cruz
Jyla Robinson                                               Raphael Cruz
Kira Schaffer                                               Silvia Gertrudix Gonzalez
Trevn Sharp                                                 Bradley Henderson
Jamie Silva                                                 Patrick Leonard
Ferdinand Tocol                                             Sebastien Soldevila
Monica Tse                                                  Samuel Tetreault
Michael Ward                                                William Underwood

                                                            From Cirque du Soleil
                                                            Igor Issakov

Chief Executive Officer                                  John Furlong
Senior Vice President, Service Operations & Ceremonies   Terry Wright
Vice President, Culture & Ceremonies                     Burke Taylor
Program Director, Culture & Ceremonies                   Marti Kulich

Creative Team
Executive Producer                                       Burke Taylor
Producer                                                 Marti Kulich
Creative Advisor                                         Lyn Heward
Director                                                 Mark Godden
Music Director/Composer                                  Paul Airey
Costume Designer                                         Judy Jonker
Lighting Director                                        Jean Renaud
Projection Producer                                      Érick Villeneuve
Technical Director & Production Manager                  Ian Pool
Medallion Artist                                         Jody Broomfield
Illustrator                                              Jean-Sébastien Piquette

Creative Contributors
Robert Lepage                                            Actor/Director/Playwright/Filmmaker
Jacques Lemay                                            Choreographer/Director/Producer
Lyn Heward                                               Creative Advisor - Cirque du Soleil
Sal Ferreras                                             Percussionist/Composer/Producer
Jillian Keiley                                           Artistic Director - Theatre Fraud/Director
Alan Clark                                               Television Consultant

Production Team
Acrobatic Coach                                          Andre St-Jean
Equipment Technician                                     Michel Leblanc
Head of Props                                            Nik von Schulmann
Company Manager                                          Anna Lam
Production Coordinator                                   Marie-Josée Adam
Stage Managers                                           Patrick Roberge, Simona Zipursky
Production Assistants                                    Marie-Soleil Charest, Sylvie Lalonde
First Nations Coordinators                               Hilary Dunn, Tewanee Joseph
Costume Supervisor                                       Suzanne Canuel
Associate Lighting Director                              Vincent Colbert
Projection Assistant                                     Louis-Pierre Morin
Image Creation Assistant                                 Valérie Gareau
Props Design & Fabrication                               Paragon Props
Medallion Manufacturers                                  Executive Promotions
Video Production                                         Ace Films, karacters design group

Special Thanks
The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games extends its thanks
and appreciation to Cirque du Soleil, Ecole Nationale de Cirque and Les 7 doigts de la main for their creative,
production and technical assistance in creating “Come Play With Us.”

VANOC gratefully acknowledges the Government of Canada through Foreign Affairs Canada; Canadian
Tourism Commission; Tourism BC; Tourism Vancouver; and Tourism Whistler for their financial support of the
VANOC segment of the Torino Closing Ceremony.

                                        APPENDIX I
                                  BACKGROUND INFORMATION

     The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC)
     was incorporated on September 30, 2003. Its responsibilities include the planning, organizing,
     financing and staging for the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games.
     VANOC’s vision is to build a stronger Canada whose spirit is raised by its passion for sport, culture and
     sustainability. Its mission is to touch the soul of the nation and inspire the world by creating and
     delivering an extraordinary Olympic and Paralympic experience with lasting legacies.

About Vancouver 2010
     The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will be held in Vancouver and Whistler, in
     the province of British Columbia
     17 days of Olympic Winter Games events: February 12 - 28, 2010
     Estimated number of Olympic athletes and officials: 5,000
     Countries expected to participate in the Olympic Winter Games: 80+
     2010 Games events tickets available: 1.8 million
     Estimated number of Games volunteers: 25,000
     7 competitive sports in 15 disciplines

About Canada
     Second largest country in the world, covering the entire northern part of North America except for
     Population: 32.3 million
     Two official languages: English & French
     One of the world’s most multilingual and culturally diverse societies, with over 100 languages
     identified by its citizens as mother tongues
     Renowned for its natural beauty, diverse landscapes, cosmopolitan flair and “can-do” attitude
     National sports: hockey & lacrosse
     Host of two previous Olympic Games: 1976 Montreal Olympic Summer Games & the 1988 Calgary
     Olympic Winter Games
     Canadian inventions include basketball, computerized Braille, electron microscope, film colorization,
     heart pacemaker, insulin process, snowmobile, telephone, Trivial Pursuit, the zipper
     Further information about Canada:

About British Columbia
      Canada’s most western province
      Borders the Pacific Ocean (west), the US state of Alaska (north), the province of Alberta (east) and the
      US states of Montana and Washington (south)
      Population: 3.91 million, concentrated in Vancouver and Victoria
      Canada’s third most populated province (after Ontario and Quebec)
      Capital city: Victoria, located on Vancouver Island
      Only province in Canada to offer a West Coast special: ski and golf in the same day
      Entered Canadian confederation in 1871
      Renowned for spectacular natural scenery and some of the continent’s most important old-growth
      Major industries include forestry, mining, film and tourism
      Further information about British Columbia:

About Vancouver
      Largest city in British Columbia; third largest city in Canada
      Incorporated in 1886 and named after British naval Captain George Vancouver
      Located in the southwest corner of the province, next to the Pacific Ocean
      Surrounded by water on three sides and overlooked by the Coast Mountain Range
      Population of the City of Vancouver: 560,000
      Number of people living in the Greater Vancouver area: 2+ million
      Features more than 180 city parks, sandy beaches and mountain views
      Major centre for software development, biotechnology and film industry (known as Hollywood North)
      Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest, most diversified port, trading more than CDN $43 billion in
      goods with 90+ trading economies annually
      Host to 1986 World Exposition; 1987 Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference; 2001 World
      Figure Skating Championships
      Rated as the number one city in the world in terms of quality of life (Mercer 2001 survey)
      Further information about Vancouver:

About Whistler
      Located 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver via the scenic “Sea To Sky” highway
      Home to 9500+ permanent and 4500 seasonal residents
      Part of the Coast Mountains range and site of the largest ski area in North America, with more than
      7,000 acres of skiable terrain
      Summer activities include hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, white-water rafting
      Consistently rated one of the top ski resorts in North America and the world
      Further information about Whistler:

                                            APPENDIX II
                                      FOUR HOST FIRST NATIONS

First Nations peoples are one of three distinct groups of Aboriginal or First peoples in Canada (First Nations,
Inuit and Métis). They are peoples with unique heritages, languages, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. In
Canada there are approximately one million Aboriginal people including 600+ distinct First Nations, speaking
over 50 unique languages.

Participation with VANOC
The Four Host First Nations -- Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh -- are the First Nations on
whose traditional and shared traditional territories the 2010 Games will be held.

VANOC and the Four Host First Nations (FHFN) signed in November 2005 a historic protocol defining the
relationship and commitment to work in partnership to achieve a successful 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games. The first of its kind, this protocol marks the first time in Olympic history that Aboriginal peoples
have been formal partners with an Olympic Organizing Committee.

The protocol encompasses a number of areas in which the FHFN will work with VANOC and its partners, such as
increased showcasing of FHFN traditions, history and culture, and the creation of lasting social, economic and
cultural opportunities and benefits. To date, various initiatives have been already undertaken by VANOC and the
FHFN, including the formation of the FHFN Secretariat, an Aboriginal Participation Department within VANOC
and First Nations representative on the VANOC Board of Directors.

About The Four Host First Nations
Lil’wat Nation
The community of Mount Currie is home to the Lil’wat Nation. Located approximately 160 kilometres (99 miles)
from Vancouver and 22 km north of Whistler, the Lil’wat Nation has a membership of 1800+ people.
Approximately 1400 of its members reside on reserve, making Lil’wat Nation the fourth largest on-reserve
community in B.C. Chief Leonard Andrew will represent the Lil’wat Nation at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

Musqueam Nation
The Musqueam people’s traditional territory occupies much of what are now Vancouver, the University of British
Columbia and surrounding areas. Descendants of the cultural group known as the Coast Salish tribe, today’s
Musqueam community counts 1,000+ members who live on the Musqueam Indian Reserve located near the
mouth of the Fraser River. Chief Ernest Campbell will represent the Musqueam Nation at the 2006 Olympic
Winter Games.

Squamish Nation
The Squamish Nation is comprised of Coast Salish peoples, descendants of the Aboriginal peoples who lived in
the present- day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing (north of Vancouver) and Squamish River watershed.
The total area of Squamish Nation Traditional Territory is 6,732 sq. km. The Nation’s population is scattered
among nine communities stretching from North Vancouver to the northern area of Howe Sound, with 2,239 of
its 3,324 members living on reserve. Membership is determined by marriage and birthright. Chief Bill Williams
will represent the Squamish Nation at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Also known as People of the Inlet, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation are Coast Salish people whose members live in a
community on the north shore of Burrard Inlet. The traditional territory of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation
encompasses 186 hectares (720 sq. miles), reaching from the Fraser River (south) to Mamquam Lake near

Whistler (north). Their ancient culture is based on a “seasonal round” involving a complex cycle of food
gathering, hunting, spiritual and cultural activities. Chief Leah George-Wilson will represent the Tsleil-Waututh
Nation at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

First Nations Witnessing Ceremony
Vancouver’s segment in the Torino Closing Ceremony begins with a traditional witnessing ceremony, lead by
Chief Gibby Jacob.
        Being called to Witness by members of Canada’s West Coast and Interior First Nations peoples is an
        honour, a tradition dating back long before contact with European cultures. The Coast Salish peoples’
        history is an oral history. The role of a witness is to remember and validate a special occasion by
        observing and absorbing all the action, and to reiterate and/or verify it at a later date.
        Being called to “witness” a celebration or event asks the participant to absorb the message of the
        event and, afterwards, take that message home to spread and share it with friends, neighbours and
        community members.
        Prominent dignitaries and invited guests are recognized at witnessing ceremonies and asked to take
        on the role of recording the celebration in their hearts and minds. They may share words of
        encouragement, or proclaim contention if appropriate, and they assume rights and responsibilities.
        They are recognized as having “teachings” and authority.
        A small token of appreciation may be offered in thanks for the Witnessing and taking part in the
        ceremony. For the Torino Closing Ceremony, VANOC and the FHFN have created a ceremonial
        Uts’am or witness is a custom still practiced widely in present times and is considered an honourable
        gesture of recognition.

Four Host First Nations and Vancouver 2010 Ceremonial Medallion
For the 2006 Flag Handover Ceremony, VANOC and the FHFN have provided a special medallion, designed by
Squamish artist Jody Broomfield, for each member of the audience to entrust them to witness VANOC’s
invitation to the world.

        Front face:
            o   The emblem reflects the unique cultures of the FHFN and their shared commitment to work
                together cooperatively, united within the sacred circle of life. The rim of the medallion
                represents the Creator and ancestors watching over a human face that symbolizes each of
                the Four Host First Nations.
            o   In the centre, four feathers point to the cardinal directions – north, south, east and west –
                extending an invitation to the peoples of the world.

        Back face:
            o   Ilanaaq (ill-la-nack), the official emblem of the 2010 Games, is a contemporary interpretation
                of the inukshuk (in-ook-shook). The inukshuk is an Inuit (in-u-wit) symbol of friendship and
                welcome. The Inuit are one of Canada’s Aboriginal or First peoples living in Canada’s Arctic
            o   For centuries, the Inuit people of Canada’s Arctic stacked rocks in human form to create a
                guidepost -- an inukshuk -- that provided direction across the vast horizons of the North.
                Over time, the symbol has become a symbol of hope and friendship throughout Canada,
                reflecting the hospitality of a nation that every day warmly greets the world’s people.
                Inukshuks can be found across the country, from rural areas and parks to city centres.
            o   The official emblem was designed by Rivera Design Group of Vancouver, BC and introduced to
                Canada and the world in Spring 2005.

                                           Call to Witness
                                  Remarks by Chief Gibby Jacob

Greetings. My name is Chief Gibby Jacob.

I am honoured to be here with Chiefs from the Lit’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and
Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

On behalf of all Canadians, with this ceremonial medallion, we are entrusting you with
the responsibility to “witness” our invitation to the world, and to share our message to
“Come Play with Us” in Vancouver, in 2010.

Huy Chexwa - Coast Salish
Kuk wstum ckaw – Lilwat

             [Front face]

             [Back face]

                                               APPENDIX III

Honoured Participants

Sam Sullivan, Mayor of Vancouver

Sam Sullivan was elected Mayor of the City of Vancouver in November 2005, having previously served as a
Vancouver City Councillor for 12 years. In 2004, he was awarded Canada's highest honour when he was
invested as a member of the Order of Canada for his community work on behalf of people with significant

Mayor Sullivan broke his neck while skiing at age 19 and is quadriplegic. Since then he has obtained a
Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University and founded several non-profit organizations
that have benefited thousands of people with significant disabilities across North America, including the 30-
chapter Tetra Society which recruits technically-skilled volunteers to create assistive devices for people with
disabilities. He also was integral to the creation of the Martin 16 sailboat, which gives people with significant
disabilities the opportunity to sail unassisted.

Chief Gibby Jacob
Chief Gibby Jacob carries the title of Hereditary Chief and is a member of the Squamish Nation, North
Vancouver, BC. Elected a Councillor in December 1981, he has since served six consecutive four-year terms in
the position. In addition, Chief Jacob is a member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games, Olympic Bid Corporation.

Chief Jacob manages the Squamish Nation’s Land Claims Department. In this role, he has been instrumental as
a political spokesperson for the Squamish Nation and as a chief negotiator for the development of treaties
between First Nations, British Columbia and Canada. He is also Chairperson of the Land Issues & Environment
Committee, and is the Founding Director of EAGLE (Environmental Aboriginal Guardianship through Law and

Chief Leonard Andrew, Lil’wat Nation
Chief Leonard Andrew has been Chief of the Lil’wat Nation since 2003, a leadership role he previously held
from 1981-1989. First elected Councillor in 1973, he also served as Capital Projects Manager for 20 years.
Chief Andrew fought successfully to protect the environmentally fragile Stein Valley, home of the Lil’Wat
Nation, and also has played an integral role in modernizing the community’s infrastructure.

Chief Ernest Campbell, Musqueam Nation
Chief Ernest Campbell was first elected as Councillor to the Musqueam Nation in 1964. He served three terms
as Chief in the 1980s, and is currently in the ninth year of his present term. Chief Campbell was the principal
negotiator for the Musqueam Nation in the provincial and federal treaty process and also has been involved
with Musqueam business affairs for many years.

Chief Bill Williams, Squamish Nation
Chief Bill Williams is a Hereditary Chief of the Squamish Nation. An elected representative of his community
since 1980, he also serves as Chairman of the 16-member Squamish Nation Council. A graduate in business
administration, Chief Williams has played a major part in helping negotiate business contracts on behalf of his

community. He also developed the land use plans for the Squamish territory, which were used as a model in
the federal treaty settlement process.

Chief Leah George-Wilson, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Chief Leah George-Wilson is a member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the first female to be elected its
Chief. Prior to her current role, she held various positions with the First Nation, most notably Director of the
Tsleil-Waututh Nation Treaty, Lands and Resources Department.
Chief George-Wilson holds a degree in anthropology from Simon Fraser University and was the recipient in of
the outstanding graduate award by Leadership Vancouver. She is a board member of the Legal Service
Society, the Chief Dan George Centre, and the Fraser Basin and Georgia Basin Councils. In 2004, she was
elected to serve as Co-Chair of the First Nations Summit, an organization that represents First Nations in the
BC Treaty process.

Featured Performers
Ben Heppner
Ben Heppner is recognized worldwide as the finest dramatic tenor before the public today. Acclaimed in music
capitals around the world for his beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship and sparkling dramtic sense, his
performances on the opera stage and on recordings have set new standards in his demanding repertoire.

Mr. Heppner's career regularly takes him to the world’s leading opera houses and also includes recitals and
performances with leading orchestras. He has been recorded by every major international recording label and
is now an exclusive artist for Deutsche Grammophon.

Born and raised in British Columbia, Mr. Heppner is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s School of
Music in Vancouver. He is also the recipient of numerous accolades, most notably Officer of the Order of
Canada; two Grammy awards and three Grammy nominations; and five Honorary Doctorates.

Avril Lavigne
Described as “unapologetically original, unabashedly in your face,” Avril Lavigne's 2002 debut Let Go gave
young women a defiant voice and set it to music they could rock out to. The Canadian chanteuse released in
2004 another popular and critical record breaker, Under My Skin, confirming her status as one of today’s most
exciting and versatile young artists. The album debuted at No. 1 on charts worldwide and delivered her fourth
#1 single, My Happy Ending.

Born is the small town of Napanee, Ontario, Lavigne stood out from the crowd at an early age. Musical
ambitions were noticeable by the age of two; by the time she was an early teen, she was already writing
songs and playing guitar. During a trip to New York at age 16, Lavigne was signed to Arista Records when she
caught the attention of Antonio "LA" Reid. Soon after she moved to Los Angeles to work on her record, which
made its debut in early 2002.

Twenty-three million albums and numerous awards later, Lavigne has recently completed a two-year
whirlwind world tour that took her and her band to every corner of the globe. She is currently at work on her
third album, tentatively scheduled for release in 2007. In between, she continues to pursue her other
interests, acting and fashion, and recently signed a contract with Ford Models in New York.

Creative Team

Paul Airey, music director/composer
Paul Airey has been composing and producing music for radio, television, film and special events for more than
20 years. An accomplished pianist and arranger with many albums and Top 40 singles to his credit, Airey has
established himself as a respected contributor to the international music industry. His clients include Columbia
Pictures Television, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros, and Omni Films International; he has also created music
for many large-scale events, most recently the 2005 Grey Cup theme. In addition, Airey co-owns and operates
the well-known Vancouver-based Avenue Productions Inc. and Sound Kitchen Studios, a leading recording
studio facility that specializes in radio and television.

Jody Broomfield, medallion artist
Squamish artist Jody Broomfield has been involved with art since he was a child. Commissioned to paint
murals for several local schools and community centres, the up-and-coming young carver has also designed
several logos and themes for the Squamish Nation Recreation Centre. Broomfield apprenticed with Klatle-Bhi
(Cloth Bay), a well-known Kwakwaka’wakw/Coast Salish artist and has also assisted several celebrated First
Nations artists with totems, wall panels, doors and large masks. His work may be found in public and private
collections throughout the world.

Mark Godden, director
Well-known for his work for stage and film, internationally-acclaimed choreographer Mark Godden has created
original works for companies around the world, including Boston Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands
Ballet Canadiens, Compania National de Danza – Mexico and Ballet British Columbia. His full-length
ballet Dracula, originally created for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, was adapted for CBC Television’s popular
Opening Night series, with direction by Guy Maddin. The film went on to win both an Emmy for Best
Performing Arts film as well as Best Choreography in the Monaco Film Festival. His latest full-length
production, Magic Flute, is presently touring North America. The production was recently brought to television
film and premiered in February 2006 on CBC-TV.

Lyn Heward, creative advisor & creative contributor
Lyn Heward joined Cirque du Soleil in 1992, happily discovering an environment where she could merge her
experience, knowledge and interests. Quickly promoted to Creation Studio Director and Assistant Vice-
President of Creation, Heward moved on to become Vice-President of Creation from 1996 to 2000. During
those years, the creative content of the shows Quidam (1996), “O” and La Nouba (1998), and Dralion (1999)
were developed under her aegis. Heward served as President and COO of Cirque du Soleil’s Creative Content
Division from October 2000 to 2005. She is presently working as Advisor to Mr. Daniel Lamarre, President &
COO of Cirque du Soleil as well as the company’s Executive Producer for special projects. In this capacity she
recently produced and directed the creation of the Opening Ceremony for the XI FINA World Championships –
Montreal 2005.

Judy Jonker, costume designer
Award-winning designer Judy Jonker has created costumes for many of Québec’s performing arts companies,
among them Theatre du Nouveau Monde, Espace Libre and Cirque du Soleil. Her 20-year career spans theatre,
dance and television, and includes two seasons heading costume design for Sphere média’s hit television
series, Vice-caché.

Marti Kulich, producer
One of Canada's most accomplished ceremonies and large-scale production specialists, Marti Kulich has during
the last 20 years been involved with many of the country’s signature events, including the1999 Pan
American Games; 1997 Special Olympic World Winter Games; 1994 Commonwealth Games; and 1988 Calgary
Winter Olympics. As Consulting Producer, Ceremonies and Festivals for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Bid, he
developed concepts and plans for the 2010 Games’ ceremonies and related programs, producing both the
Evaluation Commission Visit and Prague Final Presentation. He is currently VANOC’s Program Director of
Culture and Ceremonies.

Jean-Sébastien Piquette, illustrator
Jean-Sébastien Piquette has been a member of Cirque du Soleil’s concept and creative content development
team since 2003. In this capacity, he has collaborated on a variety of Cirque projects, from special events to
company productions. Piquette began his career in illustration and graphic design, first working with Cirque as
a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist for the show Zumanity. Currently, he is developing content
surrounding the company’s newest production about the Beatles, scheduled to open in Las Vegas in 2006. He
is also involved with several of Cirque’s new creative ventures in other entertainment areas.

Ian Pool, technical director and production manager
Ian Pool recently completed four years as Production Manager with Blue Man Group for the popular troupe’s
in-house production facilities as well as their six shows in Canada, US and Germany. His extensive technical
and production credits include Production Director for XV Commonwealth Games, Ceremonies and Culture
Division; Technical Director for XV Winter Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies; and Production
Manager for the Canadian and international touring productions of The Phantom of the Opera. Pool also spent
several years as Production Manager with Canada’s National Arts Centre Theatre Department, where he
worked with both the English and French companies.

Jean Renaud, lighting director
Well-known for his 15-year association as Director of Photography for Montreal’s successful Just for Laughs
festival, Jean Renaud has for the last 20 years collaborated on many of Canada’s biggest productions. With
extensive experience in television and live events, Renaud’s credits include director of photography for the
Juno, Governor General and Gala des Olivier awards as well as for concerts with Diana Krall, Jann Arden and Le
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Most recently, he was a member of the creative team for the
televised production of Cirque du Soleil’s show, Corteo.

Burke Taylor, executive producer
Vice President of Culture and Ceremonies for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Burke Taylor is
overseeing a full suite of cultural programs and ceremonies, including the Cultural Olympiad, Olympic and
Paralympic Arts Festivals and the Games’ Opening, Closing, and medal ceremonies. Taylor is also Executive
Director of Arts Now, the cultural arm of 2010 Legacies Now. Formerly Director of the Office of Cultural
Affairs for the City of Vancouver for 16 years, Taylor also served as Executive Director of Cultural Programs
and Ceremonies for the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation and played an instrumental role in shaping the
cultural vision for the 2010 Winter Games. Previously, Taylor held key production roles for several large scale
international events, most notably the Canada Pavilion at EXPO 85 and EXPO 86 and 1988 Olympic Arts
Festival in Calgary, where he produced the Performing Arts Program for the Olympic Arts Festival.

Érick Villeneuve, projection producer
One of the pioneers of his craft, Érick Villeneuve is recognized across Canada and internationally for his
innovative work in multimedia production. With more than 20 years experience to his credit, his original image
projection techniques have forever transformed the art of scene design. Villeneuve is equally at home in the
worlds of music, theatre and large-scale events and counts Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the
Governor General of Canada Awards, the Florence Biennial, the opening of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
and the 50th Anniversary Gala of Radio Canada among his recent career highlights.

Creative Contributors

Robert Lepage, actor/director/playwright/filmmaker
Robert Lepage has established himself as an internationally acclaimed director (stage and film), designer,
playwright and performer, with numerous productions and awards to his credit. Artistic Director at the
National Arts Centre’s French Theatre in Ottawa from 1989-1993, his innovative stage directing led to an
invitation to be the first North American ever to direct a Shakespeare play at London’s Royal National Theatre.
In 1994, Lepage founded his own multidisciplinary production company, Ex Machina, where he created a long
list of critically acclaimed productions. He soon branched out into the world of cinema and opera, winning
audiences with the double-bill Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung at the Canadian Opera Company. He also
conceived and directed Peter Gabriel’s Secret World Tour (1993) and Growing Up Live (2002). Lepage’s work
has been recognized and honoured many times; most recently he received the Prix Denise-Pelletier (2003).
Recent projects include collaborations with Cirque du Soleil to create the company’s new permanent Las
Vegas show, KÀ and with London’s Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House on a new opera inspired by George
Orwell’s novel, 1984.

Jacques Lemay, choreographer/director/producer
Jacques Lemay has been described as one of Canada’s most talented and versatile
producer/director/choreographers. His credits include many of Canada’s most prestigious national and
international cultural and sports events: Artistic Director of the Opening Ceremonies for the 1988 Calgary
Olympics; Producer/Director of the 1989 and 1991 Jeux Canada Games; Producer/Director of the 1994 XV
Victoria Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies; and Producer/Director of the 1997 Special
Olympics World Winter Games. Mr. Lemay is the Co-founder and Managing Artistic Director of the Canadian
College of Performing Arts in Victoria.

Jillian Keiley, artistic director – Theatre Fraud/director
Jillian Keiley is the founding Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. Outstanding Artistic Fraud
productions include In Your Dreams Freud; Under Wraps: A Spoke Opera, The Cheat, and The Chekhov
Variations. Last year, Keiley directed Jack Five Oh for Sheila's Brush and Tempting Providence for Theatre
Newfoundland Labrador, both of which are currently playing in destinations around the world. Keiley was the
winner of the Canada Council's 1997 John Hirsch Prize; the 1996 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council's
Emerging Artist of the Year, and the 2004 Simonovitch Prize in Theatre. In addition to her creative leadership
of Artistic Fraud, Keiley also teaches at Memorial University and The National Theatre School of Canada.

Salvador (Sal) Ferreras, percussionist/composer/producer
Percussionist first and foremost but also a dedicated music educator and producer, Sal Ferreras has
collaborated in almost every musical genre on the Canadian music scene. One of Canada’s most in-demand
musicians, he has performed on recordings and in concerts ranging from rock to Latin to classical music.
Ferreras was the Artistic Director of International Talent at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and participated
as Assistant Director to the World Drum Festival at numerous international events, among them EXPO 86 and
the Calgary 1988 Olympic Games. Currently Artistic Director of the Listen Up Festival and the successful
Literary Cabaret at the Vancouver International Writer’s Festival, Ferreras also heads World Music studies at
Vancouver Community College. He was inducted in 2003 into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.

Alan Clark, television consultant
Alan Clark has had an extraordinary 40-year career as a sports and news television/radio broadcaster and
broadcasting executive. As Executive Director, CBC-TV Sports, his responsibilities included Hockey Night in
Canada, coverage of the Pan American, Commonwealth, Canada Games, Olympic Games’ Opening and Closing
Ceremonies and a host of other professional and amateur sports coverage. In 2000 Clark took on the role of
Executive Director - Business Development (Sports) and Olympic Chef de Mission at the CBC. In this capacity,
he was responsible for negotiating and executing worldwide Host Broadcast projects. During this period he

was also appointed to the International Olympic Committee Television Commission, a post he held until his
retirement from the CBC in 2003. Clark is currently engaged in a number of consulting projects.

Contributing Companies

Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil got its start in the early 1980s in Baie-Saint-Paul, a small town near Quebec. A band of
colourful characters roamed the streets, striding on stilts, juggling, dancing, breathing fire, and playing music,
including Guy Laliberté, who became founder and CEO of Cirque du Soleil. The company got its official start in
1984, and has since gone on to break extraordinary new ground in the circus arts. Headquartered in Montreal,
the company is currently presently 11 resident and touring shows around the world and counts as part of its
team more than 3000 employees and artists.

The heart of Cirque du Soleil’s activity remains creating live shows and presenting them under big tops or in
theatres. Since 1984, over fifty creators from the four corners of the globe have contributed their talents to
this end. In addition to creating shows, Cirque du Soleil has for many years created original and innovative
content for television, video and DVD and film through its multimedia division called Cirque du Soleil Images.

Ecole Nationale de Cirque
Ecole Nationale de Cirque (National Circus School) is an institution for higher education in the circus arts. The
only school in Canada to provide advanced circus arts training, its primary mission is to prepare circus artists
for professional careers as well as to allow young people aged 9-17 to begin professional training while
continuing their studies.

A pioneer in the renaissance of the circus arts in Canada and North America, Ecole Nationale de Cirque was
founded in 1981 by actor/ circus artist Guy Caron and top gymnast Pierre Leclerc. It quickly grew into an
international institution, and by 1991 the School was qualified to offer both artistic and academic programs.
Four years later, it instituted the Diploma of Collegial Studies in the Circus Arts. Since its inception, the School
has trained more than 200 circus artists who now pursue careers throughout the world.

Les 7 doigts de la main
Formed in Montreal in 2002, les 7 doigts de la main (Seven Fingers of the Hand) features seven circus artists
who, after years of performing with top circuses and cabarets, decided to pool their multi talents and
experiences to form a company true to their vision of circus on a human scale. The ensemble’s name – seven
fingers of the hand -- takes its inspiration from a French word idiom about working together with agility and
coordination, stressing both uniformity and individuality.

Since its first performance at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival, the award-winning troupe has brought its’
unique blend of circus arts to audiences in Canada and Europe, including appearances at Paris’ prestigious
Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain.