Published May 28, 2015As previously reported, Toronto will be hosting the Pan American and Parapan American Games this summer. To help get in the winning spirit ahead of time, a new anthem for the sporting events has been unveiled. You can hear the Serena Ryder-sung "Together We Are One" now.
The track was written by Murray Daigle, Bobby John and Jasmine Denham, and hits upon triumphant and united themes you'd expect from a song attached to a global sporting event ("There is no obstacle / We are unstoppable").The song is presented as a friendly arrangement that includes Ryder's booming pipes, symphony strings, Native drumming, and a team of backup vocalists.
"I think official songs for sporting events are key," Ryder told CBC. "They are most important, in a sense, because it's what joins everyone together."
You can check out a quick interview with Ryder about the track, as well as a full in-studio performance, down below. The song is also available on iTunes, as is a French version sung by Denham and a Spanish-language rendition delivered by Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila.
The Pan Am Games run from July 10 to 26, while the Parapan Am Games follow from August 7 to 15. In addition to the competitions, the Games will host a series of free shows from the likes of the Flaming Lips, Janelle Monáe, A Tribe Called Red, Death From Above 1979, the Roots and more.