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THE Canada Pavilion will celebrate its official opening tomorrow with a cultural program featuring the dance show "Tono," a multi-cultural collaboration of musicians and artists from China, Canada and Mongolia.

The opening celebration is the first of five cultural programs that will be presented by the pavilion during the Expo period.

The dance "Tono," by Ontario aboriginal dance troupe Red Sky, celebrates horse culture, a common theme in Asian and North American plains.

The troupe performed the dance in the American Square yesterday at noon.

It will be performed in the Expo Center on Saturday and again at American Square at 7:30pm on Sunday and Monday.

The opening celebration tomorrow will also feature songs from renowned Acadian singer Marie-Jo Therio, music from Jean-Philippe Tremblay conducting the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and pianist Alain Lefevre.

"I'm very honored to be here for grand Expo with the dance. It shows the great diversity of China, Mongolia and Canada, which is what we have in common," said Sandra Laronde, the show's artistic director and co-choregrapher.

She added the dance was inspired by her own culture as Canadian and her travels to Asia.


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