Toronto Star

The end of a marathon


The Panamania festival winds down after today, before picking up again in August during the Parapan Am Games. We’ve whittled down the daily offerings to three top picks. Gold: Grand finale At press time, there were still tickets remaining for tonight’s Pan Am Games closing ceremonies (at $155 to $205 apiece) at the Rogers Centre. But if that price is too high, you can still catch free victory celebratio­ns at Nathan Phillips Square (7 p.m.), or watch the ceremony on CBC and TLN (beginning at 7 p.m.), followed by what’s sure to be a stellar fireworks display to close out two weeks of competitio­n. Silver: Sergio Mendes The Brazilian legend is perhaps best known here as one of bossa nova’s most prolific exporters going back half a century, but he has continued recording and is anything but a onetrick pony. Despite being up against Kanye West at the closing ceremonies, today’s Panamania lineup is particular­ly strong, with Aline Mo- rales (2 p.m.), Alex Cuba (at 4:30 p.m.) and others on the bill. — Chris Young

(Nathan Phillips Square, 9 p.m.) Bronze: Niagara Most events commission­ed for Panamania wrapped up before today; even the free concerts at the Distillery and Pan Am Park ended Saturday. Some of the visual arts exhibition­s will continue through the summer, however, and one theatrical event ends its run today: Niagara, from director Veronica Tennant, a multimedia work inspired by a poem written at the famous falls in 1824 by exiled Cuban poet Jose Maria Heredia. At press time there were still tickets remaining.

(8 p.m., Daniels Spectrum, $38 at youngcentr­

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