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October 1, 2003
Cavalcade of Lights excites with a month full of events
Toronto Special Events - The winner of two 2003 International Special Events
Society Esprit Awards, Cavalcade of Lights presented by Scotiabank returns as
one of the city's most stunning collection of free holiday events. Toronto's
spectacular month-long calendar of activity launches at Nathan Phillips Square
with the family favourite Cavalcade of Lights First Lighting Celebration on
Saturday, November 29, and ends in the same location with the live telecast of
Citytv's Traditional New Year's Eve Bash on Wednesday, December 31.

The Cavalcade of Lights First Lighting Celebration 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 breathtaking
Toronto debut of The Spheres by 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 underneath the Freedom Arches at Nathan Phillips Square's
landmark ice rink.

New to this year's calendar is the Cavalcade of Lights Weekends of Wonder. The
festive spirit continues every Friday and Saturday evening (December 5 - 20
from 7 - 10 p.m.) with encore performances of the theatrical, luminous orbs of
Strange Fruit's The Spheres, unique seasonal wares in the Cavalcade of Lights
Marketplace and family skating parties hosted by Toronto's favourite radio
stations. With so many things for the whole family to enjoy, Nathan Phillips
Square is the perfect December destination.

To accommodate audience attendance, Toronto's foremost ice sculpting
competition and display, Designs in Ice presented by Scotiabank, is expanding
to Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday, December 27 - Monday, December 29. The
theme for this holiday tradition, established in partnership with Alliance
Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution, continues with the third installment of
the Lord of the Rings films, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Large signature carvings, informative step-by-step demonstrations, interactive
audience voting for the People's Choice Award and several Canadian carvers
competing and creating before the audience's eyes make up this popular event.

Citytv's Traditional New Year's Eve Bash caps off the season in style on
Wednesday, December 31 from 10:30 p.m. - midnight. This alcohol-free evening of
top-notch entertainment is broadcast live from Nathan Phillips Square and
provides a grand finale for an amazing month of holiday celebrations. For more
information on this event please contact Citytv at 416-591-7400.

Admission to Cavalcade of Lights 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). Yonge-Dundas Square is located at 1 Dundas Street
East. Take the TTC Yonge Line subway (exit Dundas station).

For more information on all Cavalcade of Lights events and other Toronto
Special Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit

Media Contact:

Amber Authier
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events



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