TORONTO, Nov. 14 /CNW/ - The 41st annual Cavalcade of Lights, presented
by Scotiabank, illuminates Nathan Phillips Square with a lighting display by
renowned designer Brian Gluckstein in partnership with the Bay and with
financial and marketing support from Tourism Toronto. The new design will use
more than 300,000 dazzling LED lights to transform Nathan Phillips Square into
one of the most spectacular holiday displays in North America this holiday
"The Cavalcade of Lights display at Nathan Phillips Square provides a
stunning backdrop for a month-long series of free festive events and this year
it will be more spectacular than ever," said Mayor David Miller. "I'm thrilled
that Scotiabank, the Bay and the Gluckstein team along with Tourism Toronto,
have committed their support for the city during the holiday season by
enhancing this magical time of year for residents and visitors alike."
The festivities officially kick-off on Saturday, November 24 at 7 p.m.
with the opening celebration featuring the official tree lighting, fireworks,
live musical performances by Nikki Yanofsky & the Imani Gospel Singers and a
Holiday Concert starring Jully Black, Sarah Slean, Murray McLauchlan, Kim
Stockwood, and Louise Pitre. DJ Boogie will spin dance favourites for skaters
on the Nathan Phillips Square ice rink until 10 p.m.
The fireworks, free concerts and skating parties continue Saturday nights
in December at 7 p.m.:
December 1 - Tomi Swick with opening act Suzie McNeil and DJ Alvaro C
December 8 - Jully Black with opening act Hayley Sales and
DJ Tricky Moreira
December 15 - The Golden Dogs with opening act In-Flight Safety, and
DJs Ted Dancin', Rollin' Cash, and Nick & Pierre
Beyond Nathan Phillips Square, the Cavalcade of Lights Festival goes
city-wide, illuminating 19 neighbourhoods and tourist attractions, including:
Albion-Islington, Bloorcourt Village, Bloordale Village, Bloor West Village,
Bloor-Yorkville, Chinatown, Church-Wellesley, Downtown Yonge, GreekTown on the
Danforth, Junction Gardens, Korea Town, Little Italy, Queens Quay
Harbourfront, Rosedale Main Street, St. Clair Gardens, St. Lawrence Market
Neighbourhood, Yonge Lawrence Village, CN Tower and Toronto Eaton Centre. Many
of these will feature first lighting celebrations and a free LED-light
exchange offered by Toronto Hydro. Residents can visit
www.torontohydro.com/sled for complete details.
Bus tours of some of these unique neighbourhood lighting displays are
offered Friday and Saturday nights from Nathan Phillips Square at 6 p.m. and
8 p.m. and are approximately 90 minutes in length. Residents and visitors can
call 416-868-0400 or visit www.torontotours.com/cavalcade.pdf for more
Tourism hotel packages with the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel and the
Metropolitan Hotel allow visitors to experience the magic of Toronto during
the holiday season.
For more information about all Cavalcade of Lights events and other
events produced by Toronto Special Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338
or visit www.toronto.ca/special_events.
Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality,
innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government
is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.
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