(Fort McMurray, AB – February 1, 2023) The Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games Host Society is thrilled to announce the release of ‘Time to Shine’ – the official theme song of the 2023 Games and its accompanying lyric video.

‘Time to Shine’ is written and produced by local musicians who were chosen following a region-wide artist call in January 2021.

Words and music by:

Zion Afuang, Kaydence Gladue, Darren Mercredi, Rory O’Hearn, Dan Tulk, William Whiston, Katie Williams, Jerome Cardinal.

Performance by:

Zion Afuang, Kaydence Gladue, Darren Mercredi, Rory O’Hearn, Dan Tulk, Katie Williams, Jerome Cardinal.

“Time to Shine is a cultural celebration of our region and the event itself and we are excited the song has been created and performed by such talented local artists,” said Theme Song Committee Co-chair Rick Kirschner. “The creation and use of a theme song not only inspires and motivates participants but also adds to the total Games experience for participants, visitors and volunteers.”

The artists performed ‘Time to Shine’ at the Opening Ceremonies presented by Bouchier on Sunday, January 29 at Legacy Dodge Field.

The Host Society would like to thank the Theme Song committee chaired by Kirschner and Willi Whiston for their planning and creation of the song.

Listen to ‘Time to Shine’ and watch the video on our website awg2023.org.

The Arctic Winter Games is an international biennial celebration of circumpolar sports and culture taking place in the Wood Buffalo region from January 29 – February 4, 2023. The Games will highlight the region and its culture through the spirit of sport to an international audience and visitors from around the world. The week-long event will see participants from our own backyard along with international circumpolar North regions during their Time to Shine.


Media Contact: communications@awg2023.org

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