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Kanye West, Pitbull headline Pan Am closing ceremony

The 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games will come to an end with the closing ceremony at the Pan Am Dome Sunday night. Kanye West, Pitbull and Serena Ryder headline an exciting event celebrating the athletes.

CBC will broadcast event live on TV, online and app

International music icons Pitbull and Kanye West will headline the 2015 Pan Am Games closing ceremony. (Glenn Pinkerton/Associated Press, Dave Allocca/AP, Starpix)

It was a controversial choice and it's certain to draw a lot of attention — American rapper Kanye West will headline the Pan Am Games closing ceremony in Toronto on Sunday night.

The hip hop icon will be joined by Pitbull and Canadian singer Serena Ryder to close out two weeks of action at the 2015 Pan Am Games. The ceremony starts at 8 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre, which has been known as the "Pan Am Dome" over the course of the Games. 

The ceremony will be broadcast live on CBC TV starting with the pre-show at 7 p.m. ET, streamed to mobile devices on the CBC Sports app, and on desktop on the CBC Sports Pan Am website.

Kanye, Pitbull, and Serena Ryder's appearances are only part of the star-studded program, where the torch will be handed off to the next Pan Am host — Lima, Peru.

All of the artists are expected to perform several songs, while Toronto-born Ryder is expected to be sing Together We Are One, the official song of the Pan Ams. 

Although organizers have been secretive about plans for the ceremony, they allowed a few details to be made public at a news conference on Friday.

The ceremomy is a huge production — the show will feature 500 costumes made from 3,000 yards of fabric, 510 volunteers who make up the show's cast, 150 broadcast cameras and 300 lights.

As of Friday, organizers said a "couple thousand" tickets remained available, although the opening ceremony in the same venue drew a sold-out crowd of roughly 45,000.

CEO of the TO2015 organizing committee Saad Rafi also promised the show would close with a "huge, captivating" fireworks show even bigger than the opening ceremonies.

In addition, the cauldron for the Games which has been lit for 16 days will be extinguished.

And the parade of nations will give the athletes a chance to celebrate their accomplishments. 

Viewers can also follow along on the @CBCSports and @CBCOlympics Twitter accounts, while also keeping up with the live blog which will be up on the CBC Pan Am website. 

With files from The Canadian Press


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