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October 31, 2006
“Immersion” by French projection artist Xavier de Richemont to illuminate Old City Hall for Cavalcade of Lights
  
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Cavalcade of Lights presented by Scotiabank, Toronto’s city-wide holiday celebration, the City of Toronto in association with Tourism Toronto present “Immersion” by French artist Xavier de Richemont, a light installation and illumination of Old City Hall, one of Toronto’s most prominent buildings.

“In the past three years, Toronto Special Events has transitioned Cavalcade of Lights from a one-night event in Nathan Phillips Square to a six-week, city-wide campaign including the participation of 19 neighbourhoods,” said Jaye Robinson, Director of Toronto Special Events. “The addition of Xavier de Richemont’s “Immersion” to the 2006 program is yet another step in the strategic plan to position Cavalcade of Lights as Canada’s premier festival of light and a major holiday season tourist attraction for the city of Toronto.”

Inspired by Canada’s natural abundance of water and using Old City Hall as his canvas, de Richemont will employ video projections to illuminate the hidden structural and architectural aspects of Toronto’s third City Hall and its exquisite Romanesque Revival craftsmanship including the distinctive clock tower and the grotesques by Arthur Tennison.

Xavier de Richemont’s poetic visions, dramatized projections and skill at layering colour and light, will cast this building in a richly hued light and inspire a renewed appreciation for this important city landmark.

“Immersion,” presented as a 15-minute projection and light show choreographed to an original audio track, will be on display from Saturday, November 25 (the launch of Cavalcade of Lights and the official tree lighting) and will continue every night until Saturday, December 23. “Immersion” can be seen hourly every night from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the ½ hour (except Saturday nights at 8:30 p.m.).

Born in Algeria in 1959, Xavier de Richemont trained as a painter. An originator of images and light and a creator of large-sized plastic installations including permanent installations for historic sites and museums, de Richemont’s recent work includes luminous installations for cities and festivals around the world including Just For Laughs 2005 and 2006 (Montreal), the 24e International Festival of the MIME (Périgueux, France), the Festival Euroland Art 2006 in France and Germany, and the Festival LichtRouten 06. Commissions for 2007 and 2008 include installations for the towns of Seville and Malaga (Spain), Evora (Portugal), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Montreal (Canada), Reno (USA), San Luis Potosi (Mexico) and Chartres, Angers, Versailles, the Charity-on-Loire, Talmont (France).

Designed by Toronto archictect E.J. Lennox, Old City Hall officially opened in 1899 and is currently a courthouse for the Ontario government.

“Immersion” is made possible by an investment from Tourism Toronto’s Cultural Enhancement Program. The recently announced $1-million annual marketing initiative has been developed to augment the Greater Toronto Region’s cultural tourism experiences. The Cultural Enhancement Program was developed to build on the momentum of Toronto’s surging cultural energy and its positioning as a global centre of creativity.

Cavalcade of Lights, presented by Scotiabank, Toronto’s city-wide holiday celebration, returns for its 40th year with brilliant fireworks, sparkling lighting displays, a calendar of festive events and one-of-a-kind tours of some of Toronto’s most unique neighbourhoods. One of Canada’s foremost festivals of illumination, the award-winning Cavalcade of Lights captures the magic of the holiday season from November 25 to December 31, 2006.

Created in 1967 to showcase Toronto’s newly constructed City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square, Cavalcade of Lights is now a Toronto holiday tradition spanning four decades. Toronto’s Cavalcade of Lights at City Hall’s Nathan Phillips Square features a breathtaking display of 100,000 sparkling LED lights, the city’s magnificent Christmas tree and spectacular fireworks.

Admission to Cavalcade of Lights events at Nathan Phillips Square is free and is located at 100 Queen St. W. Take the TTC Queen Streetcar (501), the Yonge Line subway (exit Queen station) or the University Line (exit Osgoode station).

For more information on all Cavalcade of Lights events and other Toronto Special Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit the website at http://www.toronto.ca/special_events.

Media contact:
Grant Ramsay, Toronto Special Events, 416 395-7318


 

 

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