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November 5, 2003
Theatrical whimsy abounds at First Lighting Celebration
  
Toronto Special Events - The Cavalcade of Lights First Lighting Celebration
presented by Scotiabank marks the premiere lighting of the Cavalcade of Lights
Display including the city's official Christmas tree in Nathan Phillips Square.
Taking place on Saturday, November 29 from 7 - 10 p.m., the Celebration is an
evening of entertainment featuring The Spheres, the luminous orbs of
Australia's Strange Fruit. The free event also includes seasonal musical
performance and a spectacular pyrotechnic show that will leave Torontonians of
all ages breathless. The evening wraps up with a skating party at Nathan
Phillips Square's landmark ice rink.

Australia's Strange Fruit comes to Toronto for the First Lighting Celebration
with the debut of their latest production The Spheres. Continuing to push
theatrical boundaries, The Spheres is a 7-person performance using Strange
Fruit's trademark 4.5 metre flexible poles. Sleepy artists emerge from the
luminous giant, as The Spheres take a whimsical look at physics, the miracle of
birth and humanity's existential relationship to the planet.

Adding to the wonder of the evening will be two spectacular performances that
are sure to get audiences in the seasonal mood. 111 members of the
award-winning Toronto Children's Chorus will showcase their choral excellence
with some of the most-recognizable vocal pieces from their extensive
repertoire. The Ontario Guild of English Handbell Ringers has assembled several
of its member choirs, including St. John's York Mills Handbell Ringers, Bells
of St. Matthews, The Bells of St. Andrews, Eden United Handbell Ringers, Bells
of Bowmanville, Joybells of Kew Beach and Thornhill Ringers, to create a
chiming sensation. The collection of handbell ringers, totaling 93 people
ringing 352 bells, will warm the hearts of the audience.

The First Lighting Celebrations will move throughout the audience with a
special procession of balloons and specially created lanterns. These lanterns
are constructed out of bamboo, round reed, wire and covered with translucent
nylon grid cloth and are designed by Toronto Island lantern maker Kathleen
Doody. The lanterns will weave throughout the crowd to a beautiful soundtrack
providing a wash of light on this memorable evening. In keeping with the
evening's theme of light, this procession will launch the Cavalcade of Lights
Display.

Those fantastic musical and theatrical elements are only part of the evening's
activities. The First Lighting Celebration marks the premiere lighting of the
Cavalcade of Lights Display including the city's official Christmas tree, which
is sponsored this year by MerryCruises.com. This magical tradition that
continuously enraptures Torontonians will impress audiences with 100,000
stunning lights throughout the Square. After the switch is turned on, the city
will also be treated to a breathtaking fireworks show off the two towers of
Toronto City Hall.

The excitement doesn't end after the fireworks. The party continues underneath
the famous Freedom Arches on the ice rink where skating will be complimented by
live music by Toronto-based band Downstroke. Taking a skate underneath the
stars is the perfect end to this fun-filled evening. Festival partner
Starbucks Coffee will be at Nathan Phillips Square each Friday and Saturday
offering samples of their special holiday beverage.

Admission to Cavalcade of Lights First Lighting Ceremony is FREE and getting
there couldn't be easier! Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen
Street West. 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 presented by Scotiabank and
other events produced by Toronto Special Events, call Access Toronto at
416-338-0338 or visit http://www.toronto.ca/special_events.

Media Contact:

Amber Authier
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7318
aauthie@toronto.ca



 

 

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