News release

Opening Ceremonies Marks the Official Kick-off to the 2016 Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga

Entertainment and activities | August 8, 2016

On August 11, media are invited to attend the Opening Ceremonies for the official kick-off to the Mississauga 2016 Ontario Summer Games (OSG), the largest multi-sport event in Games history. The Opening Ceremonies marks the start of four days of friendly, athletic competition in 34 different sports for more than 3,500 athletes, ages 12 to 18 from across Ontario.

The Opening Ceremonies will ignite the celebration of sport, culture and recreation, showcasing Mississauga’s civic pride and community spirit. Toronto Raptors announcer, Mark “Strizzzy” Strong, will co-host the event with Dan James, content creator and founder of The Danocracy channel on YouTube.

Photo Opportunity


Ontario Summer Games Opening Ceremonies


Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 7 to 8:45 p.m.

6 p.m. Doors open
7 p.m.
  • Athlete Parade
  • Live performance by: John River & Rhythm Works
7:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Aboriginal blessing
  • Dignitary greetings
  • Athlete’s and Official’s oaths
  • Introduction of 2018 Ontario Summer and Winter Games Host Cities
  • Live performance by: Virtual Youth Choir
8  to 8:45 p.m. Live performances by:

  • Canadian Pop Sensation, Tyler Shaw
  • Closing Dance Performance
8:45 p.m. Event finishes

*Please note that the Opening Ceremonies will be streamed live on the City’s website from 7 to 8 p.m. at


Hershey Centre
5500 Rose Cherry Pl.
Mississauga, ON


The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie
Members of Council
Members of the OSG Host Committee
OSG athletes and families, coaches and officials


Closed ticketed event (media will have to show media accreditation to enter the event)

The 2016 Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga is presented by the Province of Ontario, Games Ontario, the City of Mississauga and Tourism Toronto.

For a detailed list of competitions, locations, news and updates about the Games, visit: Follow the Ontario Summer Games on Twitter and use the hashtag #BringItHome.


Games Ontario

2016 Ontario Summer Games is supported by the Ontario Government, through its Games Ontario program. This program delivers or supports multi-sport events, including the Ontario Winter and Summer Games for youth, the Ontario 55+ Summer and Winter Games, the Ontario ParaSport Games, the 2017 North American Indigenous Games and the 2017 Invictus Games.

Supporting Ontario sporting events is part of Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan, which is encouraging as many people as possible to play organized sports, helping Ontario’s high-performance athletes pursue excellence and promoting increased tourism and economic development.

Mississauga 2016 Ontario Summer Games

The City of Mississauga is the official host for the 2016 Ontario Summer Games, taking place August 11 to 14, 2016. The Mississauga 2016 Ontario Summer Games are the largest multi-sport event in Games history. More than 3,500 athletes from across the province will arrive in Mississauga to compete in individual and team events. More than 500 coaches and managers, 700 officials and sports fans will also be attending the Games.

The majority of the Games will be held at 16 Mississauga venues and neighbouring municipalities: Brampton, Caledon, Etobicoke, Innisfil and Welland.

About the City of Mississauga

As Canada’s sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 752,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses. These include more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario, in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. Mississauga is focused on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.

Media Contact:      
Karen Flores
Senior Communications Advisor
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200, ext. 5053
TTY: 905-896-5151