TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Downtown Yonge BIA kicked off the holiday season with Illuminite last night, a spectacular tree-lighting ceremony and 360 degree theatrical experience at a crowded Yonge-Dundas Square.
Part of the DYBIA's annual Winter Magic event series, Illuminite lived up to its expectations by both surprising and delighting visitors and locals alike with an array of performances and music. A troupe of vertical dancers headlined the evening's entertainment, performing a vertical ballet on the walls of the newly-restored and heritage-designated HNR building on the Square's southern perimeter.
The evening's highlight was the lighting up of 52,000 LED bulbs on a 40ft sculptural light tree, as well as canopy column lighting around the Square and the ever-popular trio of polar bears at the corner of Yonge Street and Dundas Street East.
As always, Illuminite was came together through effective community collaboration.
"We would like to thank creative partner Creativiva; media partners City and Metro News; and the Eaton Chelsea hotel for their support and willingness to partner," says DYBIA executive director Mark Garner.
Holiday décor will remain up at both Yonge-Dundas Square and throughout Downtown Yonge during the winter season: including cross-street lighting displays on Yonge Street; the lit sleigh and reindeer at the College Street median; and lit treescapes along Elm Street.
Image with caption: "Defying Gravity: A vertical ballet on a newly restored and historically designated HNR Building headlined Illuminite, Downtown Yonge BIA's kick-off to the holidays. (CNW Group/Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141116_C5765_PHOTO_EN_8104.jpg
SOURCE: Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area
For further information: Winter Magic: www.wintermagic.ca OR Mark Garner, Executive Director and Chief Staff Officer, Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area, P: 416-597-0255 Ext 225, E: MGarner@downtownyonge.com