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November 14, 2007
Cavalcade of Lights 2007 features new lighting design for Nathan Phillips Square
  
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 season.

“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 information.

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.


Media contact:
Giannina Warren, Toronto Special Events, 416 395-7318, gwarren@toronto.ca

Note - three backgrounders are below with information on:
- the Christmas tree lighting at Nathan Phillips Square
- Canadian artists performing
- lighting displays in 19 neighbourhoods


Backgrounders:

Nathan Phillips Square lighting revitalization for Cavalcade of Lights

The City of Toronto has partnered with the Bay and GlucksteinHome, with the support of Tourism Toronto, to showcase Nathan Phillips Square in a whole new light this holiday season.
The Bay has generously donated all the lights, decorations and ornaments for the official Christmas Tree through 2009 from their exclusive GlucksteinHome collection available at all stores.

Additionally, in order to establish Nathan Phillips Square as a tourist destination for the holiday season, Toronto Special Events is implementing a Cultural Enhancement Plan with Tourism Toronto, who is generously sponsoring the redesign of the square with innovative LED lighting and décor.

Renowned designer Brian Gluckstein and the design team at GlucksteinHome created the new design theme for both the tree and the lighting at Nathan Phillips Square, entitled “Enchanted Holiday,” using unique decorations and 300,000 LED lights to create an environment of festivity celebrating peace and goodwill for all cultures.

Brian Gluckstein, a graduate from Ryerson University’s renowned Interior Design program in Toronto, has been a pillar in the design community throughout North America and abroad for more than 20 years. Gluckstein is reputable for designing beautiful interiors that are sophisticated and luxurious, yet feel comfortable and effortless, for many prominent families, corporations, and hotels throughout Canada and abroad. Gluckstein was named Canada’s Favourite Interior Designer by the reader’s of Canada’s largest design magazine, Canadian House and Home, and is recognized internationally as one of the top 35 designers in the world in Andrew Martin’s Interior Design Journal. Gluckstein’s media coverage ranges from numerous magazine and newspaper articles, to a regular feature on television’s CityLine with Marilyn Dennis.

Tourism Toronto’s Cultural Enhancement Program will invest in select, new cultural experiences that have the potential to be significant tourism draws for the city, attracting visitors and increasing the length of their stays. Tourism Toronto, known formally as the Toronto Convention and Visitors Association, is an industry association of more than 1,000 members established to strategically market the Greater Toronto Region as a remarkable destination for tourists, convention delegates and business travellers around the globe.

Cavalcade of Lights, presented by Scotiabank, is one of Canada’s leading festivals of illumination. Along with free concerts and the lights and fireworks at Nathan Phillips Square, Cavalcade of Lights also features energy-efficient LED lighting displays in 19 Toronto neighbourhoods and tourist attractions, a neighbourhood bus tour, and tourism hotel packages with the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel and the Metropolitan Hotel.

Hbc is Canada’s largest diversified general merchandise retailer, operating in department store (the Bay), mass merchandise (Zellers), specialty (Home Outfitters and Designer Depot) and discount (Fields) formats. With more than 580 retail outlets and nearly 70,000 associates located in every province in Canada, Hbc provides Canadians with stylish, quality merchandise at great value, through retail banners focused on exceptional customer service. Hbc is a Canadian retail leader in corporate social responsibility. The fifth annual Hbc CSR report can be found at www.hbc.com.

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.



Canadian artists light up Nathan Phillips Square at Cavalcade of Lights

The 41st annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Scotiabank kicks-off on Saturday, November 24 at 7 p.m. with an 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, with DJs Ted Dancin’,
Rollin’ Cash, and Nick & Pierre

Nikki Yanofsky
Teenage singing sensation Nikki Yanofsky has been surprising audiences with her powerful voice and spunky spirit since she was 11 years old. Television appearances on Global, CBC, CTV and headlining concerts at the Montreal International Jazz Festival have catapulted her status as a not-to-be-missed artist. She sings with a unique flavour, whether she is performing jazz standards or belting out other jazz, blues and soul classics.

Imani Gospel Singers
Imani means ‘faith’ in Swahili. The Imani Gospel Singers were founded in 1993 and come from all walks of life, but share a common mission to touch, inspire and uplift listeners with positive messages conveyed via the powerful vehicle of music.

Jully Black
Jully’s rich, distinct voice delivers an infectious sense of joy and injection of soul, whether in a heart-wrenching ballad or a room-shaking dance track. A Toronto native, she has shared the stage with major R‘n’B stars, collaborated with virtually every influential hip-hop artist in the country and some of the nation’s best songwriters. Her much-anticipated sophomore album ‘Revival’ follows her compelling debut ‘This is Me,’ which firmly established her reputation as one of Canada’s most revered music stars.

Sarah Slean
The local singer-songwriter broke into the Toronto music scene at the tail end of her teens and has enjoyed increasing success in Canada and beyond ever since.

Murray McLauchlan
Murray’s career has spanned 18 albums in 30 years, earning him 11 JUNO awards, as well as RPM ‘Big Country’ awards and Toronto music awards. Unabashedly passionate about Canada, he injects a sense of national pride into his songwriting, painting and writing, and received the Order of Canada in 1993. Despite an infrequent performance schedule, his songs continue to appeal and inspire audiences of all ages.

Kim Stockwood
Kim’s energy onstage and on-air is hard to miss – whether she is performing as television host, solo star or member of the hit pop trio, Shaye. Her recent holiday favourite ‘I Love Santa’ is a contemporary holiday classic and a sincere and heartfelt tribute to the musical standards of Christmas past, performed with her trademark upbeat and spunky style.

Louise Pitre
Broadway star Louise Pitre has been performing on stages all over Canada and the U.S. since an early age, and has received three Dora Mavor Awards. She was nominated for her role on Broadway in Mamma Mia in 2002, and is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Ontario.

Suzie McNeil
A powerful and versatile artist with a magnetic stage presence, and multi-instrumental and vocal talents, Suzie’s appearances as the last woman standing on 2005’s RockStar: INXS and in the hit stage production of “We Will Rock You” have made her a citizen of everywhere. Her debut album is “Broken & Beautiful.”

Tomi Swick
Hailing from Hamilton, Tomi Swick has earned a reputation as an incredible vocalist with a collection of remarkable songs. The 13 songs on his debut album, “Stalled Out in the Doorway” showcase a beautiful voice and lilting melodies to tell honest tales of some of the harsh realities of relationships. Recently signed by Warner Music Canada, this new Canadian recording artist is creating quite a stir on the radio stations and in music circles with “A Night Like This,” which reached No. 3 on the Canadian charts.

Hayley Sales
Multi-generational influences mixed with reggae, jazz and rock from this Vancouver Island based singer/songwriter. Her debut album is “Keep Driving.”

In-Flight Safety
Halifax-based favourites In-Flight Safety deliver soaring atmospherics, plaintive lyrics and sweet-as-honey melodies. Their latest album, “coast is clear” was nominated for a JUNO award and two MuchMusic Video Awards, and the group won three 2007 East Coast Music Awards, including “Group Recording of the Year.”

The Golden Dogs
Expect energetic, adrenaline-charged, infectious songs complemented by rhythmic melodies from this Toronto-based pop-rock band. Their new album “Big Eye Little Eye” has been named by some critics as the best disc of the year and their live shows draw high-energy and frenzied audiences.



Cavalcade of Lights illuminates 19 Toronto neighbourhoods and tourist attractions for the holiday season

Toronto’s multi-award-winning holiday celebration, Cavalcade of Lights presented by Scotiabank, illuminates 19 Toronto neighbourhoods and tourist attractions with a series of energy-efficient LED lighting displays. From flowing fountains of light to shimmering Christmas trees, these brilliant creations beautify the city throughout the holiday season.

Participating neighbourhoods and tourist attractions include: 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 neighbourhoods will be offering free public lighting celebrations featuring activities for families, entertainment, refreshments, and First Lighting Ceremonies. In addition, Toronto Hydro – Electric System is also getting into the spirit of the season offering Toronto residents one free set of energy-efficient LED festive lights in exchange for two sets of old incandescent (traditional) seasonal lights (while quantities last/some restrictions apply). Visit www.torontohydro.com/sled for complete details.

Many first lighting celebrations will coincide with the Santa Claus Parade weekend, taking place the day before the parade on Saturday, November 17:
  • Bloor Yorkville BIA, Village of Yorkville Park (4 to 6 p.m.)
  • The Junction BIA, Dundas Ave. W. at Pacific Ave. (6 to 8 p.m.)
  • GreekTown on the Danforth BIA, Alexander the Great Parkette, Danforth Rd. at Logan Ave. (6 to 8 p.m.)
  • Albion-Islington BIA, S/E corner Albion Rd. at Islington Ave. (6 - 8 p.m.)
  • Korea Town BIA, Bloor St. West at Christie St. (6 - 8 p.m.)
  • Rosedale Main Street BIA, Rosedale LCBO, Yonge St. at Scrivener Sq. (6 - 8 p.m.)

Other first lighting celebrations will take place as follows:

Wednesday, November 14 – 6 to 8 p.m.
Little Italy BIA, College St. at Grace St., Johnny Lombardi Parkette

Thursday, November 15 – 6 to 8 p.m.
Bloor West Village BIA, Alex Ling Fountain, northwest corner Bloor St. W. at Jane St.

Friday, November 16 – 6 to 8 p.m.
St. Clair Gardens BIA, St. Clair Gardens Park, St. Clair Ave. W., west of CNR bridge

Sunday, November 18 – 6 to 8 p.m.
Queens Quay-Harbourfront BIA, HtO Park, Queens Quay W., west of Police Marine Unit

Neighbourhood Tours

The Cavalcade of Lights bus tour offers an informative and entertaining guided exploration of energy efficient lighting displays in some of Toronto’s neighbourhoods and tourist attractions. Along the way participants will hear stories about Toronto from an expert guide.

Tours run Friday and Saturday nights from November 23 until December 15, with pick-up/drop-off 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 information.

For more information about Cavalcade of Lights and other events produced by Toronto Special Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit www.toronto.ca/special_events.


Media contact:
Giannina Warren, Toronto Special Events, 416 395-7318, gwarren@toronto.ca


 

 

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