RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 10, 2016  – The International ArtsGames Committee gains enormous momentum in its aspiration to provide artists with as many benefits as the Olympics provides athletes. Oliver Jones and Sheila E. will participate in a unique multidisciplinary artistic showcase presented at the Rio Media Center (RMC) on Thursday, August 11, at 8 pm. They are sharing the stage with other world-renown artists such as prodigy Daniel Clarke Bouchard, Florence K and Queen Ka. Representatives from world-renown arts competitions — structured like sports federations such as FIFA, FIBA and FINA — will attend the press conference, the same day at 10 am.

Launching the first multidisciplinary nation vs nation medaled arts competitions; the ArtsGames’ objective is to aggregate the top arts competitions in the world. It will provide a global platform upon which the world’s greatest artists and entertainers will attempt to elevate their nations to the highest step on the podium in five different art forms: dance, media arts, visual arts, literature and music. Montreal will be the host city of the inaugural 2018 ArtsGames.

International stars weigh in to support the ArtsGames

Oliver Jones is best known for stepping into the shoes of the late jazz legend Oscar Peterson. His career extends over seven decades. Born in Montréal, his talent was quickly recognized as he crossed cultural borders to become another Canadian ambassador of excellence. Awarded by both the Order of Canada and the Order of Quebec. He takes his final curtain call this year, announcing his retirement, after an exceptional career including the release of an impressive 23 albums. Oliver Jones, one of the most influential Canadian artists of his generation, has left a legacy that is sure to be celebrated for years to come.

The multitalented Sheila E. has shared the stage with some of the biggest names of the music industry, from Prince to Marvin Gaye and Herbie Hancock. Involved with community initiatives for decades through the Elevate Hope Foundation, which she co-founded, Sheila E. joins forces with the ArtsGames to demonstrate the excellence that exists in all cultures.

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