November 20, 2013

Banff to host Team Send-Off Party; Calgary and Edmonton will welcome Canada’s Olympians home after Sochi 2014 Olympic Games

CALGARY – Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced the host cities for next year’s Celebration of Excellence. Three Alberta communities will welcome Canada’s Olympic heroes and fans in events taking place before and after the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

“I am excited to announce that next year’s Celebration of Excellence is coming to beautiful Alberta,” said Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee. “Our goal in Sochi is to contend for the top spot in total medals won, and I know our athletes will be giving the residents of Alberta and Canadians across our great country so much to cheer about.”

The Canadian Olympic Team Block Party will take place on January 11, 2014 in Banff, where our Olympians will be sent off in pure Canadian style. “This much-anticipated event will be hosted by award-winning broadcaster, CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos, host of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and performances from Canadian bands The Sheepdogs and The Arkells have also been confirmed.

“Banff could not be more proud to host the block party for the Canadian Olympic Team,” said Karen Sorensen, Mayor of Banff. “We invite all Canadians to join us on Banff Avenue to ensure our athletes receive a resounding sendoff heard across Alberta and the country, and all the way to Sochi.”

“Like many Canadians, we’ll be watching our athletes compete in the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, so we’re thrilled to be part of the Banff Block Party next January, said Ewan Currie, Sheepdogs. “We’ll make sure to give them the send-off they deserve.”

The post-Sochi Hall of Fame Gala and Parade will be hosted by the City of Calgary; and the Heroes Tour, consisting of school and hospital visits, will be making its way through Calgary and Edmonton.

“On behalf of the citizens of Calgary, I am very proud that we will host a celebration of our returning athletes,” said Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary. “To be awarded the homecoming for Canada’s Olympians is an honour that has special meaning to Calgarians. Together, with our new winter heroes, we’ll have quite a party.”

“What an honour it was to be part of today’s exciting announcement,” said Helen Upperton, two-time Olympian and Vancouver 2010 silver medallist. “It’s a great day anytime an event of this magnitude makes its way through the streets of our great cities. I can’t wait to watch, cheer and celebrate all of our Olympic achievements in Sochi.”

Come Sochi, the Canadian Olympic Team will be attempting to make history by becoming the first country in Olympic history to host and then exceed their medal count at the following Games.

“We are very honoured to be hosting the 2014 Celebration of Excellence in Alberta, putting our province at the centre of the Olympic excitement that will be felt all across Canada,” said Dr. Richard Starke, Minister of Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation. “Sport is an important part of Alberta’s identity, and I can’t think of a better place to celebrate Canada’s athletic excellence.”

Proceeds from the Hall of Fame Gala in Calgary will go to the Canadian Olympic Foundation. The 2012 Hall of Fame Gala in Toronto raised more than $3 million for high performance sport and athletes in Canada.
About the Canadian Olympic Foundation:
Established in 2007, the Canadian Olympic Foundation gives to priority partners that drive high performance athletic achievement for Canada’s Olympic podium potentials and for our next generation of Olympic athletes. The Foundation also funds athlete, coaching, and sport awards and scholarships. Learn more at

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