Project Description

SkyDome Opening Ceremonies (Toronto)

Broadcast nationwide on the CBC, The Opening of SkyDome: A Celebration — Andrea Martin and Alan Thicke co-hosted the event, complete with songs written specifically for the celebration.

Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, rock band Glass Tiger, musical impersonate Andre-Phillippe Gagnon , guest stars Liberty Silver, Tommy Ambrose, David Clayton Thomas, various construction workers such as ironworkers, carpenters and electricians in an Olympic style parade and thousands of “People of Toronto” showcasing multi-cultural heritage performed.  It also featured a Guinness Book of World Records longest dancer kick line.

Executive Producer was Paddy Samson, Producer/Director was Stan Jacobson, Artistic Director was Roland Kirouac, Associate Producer was David Rosen, Musical Director was Rick Wilkins, Technical Director was Bob Mitchell, Stage Managers were Pat Thomas and Toby Simkin.

SkyDome (now called the Rogers Centre), the world’s first stadium with a fully retractable roof — is a multi-purpose stadium in Downtown Toronto, Canada, next to the CN Tower on the shore of Lake Ontario.  It is now the home to the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB).   A 1987 public contest (sponsored by the Toronto Sun) to name the stadium drew over 150,000 suggestions.

Construction began in October 1986 with EllisDon winning the lucrative lead contractor bid, and spearheaded by Chuck Magwood, president of the crown corporation formed to run the Dome.  Two years and $570 million dollars (in 1989 dollars)