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November 5, 2003
Cavalcade of Lights First Lighting Celebration Backgrounders
Strange Fruit is an Australian company that produces and performs stunning
shows using four-metre high flexible poles. Over the past six years the troupe
has achieved a reputation throughout the world for their unique performances
that combine dance, circus and spectacle in a highly accessible and
entertaining manner. The company has performed at over 200 international
festivals and events in more than 30 countries in Europe, Asia, North America,
Latin America and Australia.

Founded in 1978 by Jean Ashworth Bartle, the Toronto Children's Chorus is one
of the world's premiere choral ensembles for children. More than 300
Toronto-area vocalists, aged 7 through 17, learn to sing with one aspiration:
choral excellence. Offering its children unique musical, educational and
life-enhancing experiences through the finest repertoire - especially Canadian
works and world premiere commissions - the Toronto Children's Chorus is proud
to be a role model in the international children's choir movement, and
celebrates a rich tradition of touring, recording and award-winning

Formed in 1985, The Ontario Guild of English Handbell Ringers exists to promote
Handbell Ringing in Ontario. The Guild's objectives are to bring handbell
ringers in contact with each other for the purpose of exchanging ideas, to
assist newly-formed choirs, to provide a forum for discussion, and the
practical advancement of the Art of Handbell Ringing. The Guild currently has
over 100 choirs representing estimated 1200 ringers. On Saturday, August 7,
2004, hundreds of English Handbell ringers from around the world will
participate in a unique and spectacular concert event at Toronto's Air Canada
Centre for the Final Massed Handbell Concert of the 11th International Handbell

Kathleen Doody began creating lanterns in 1982 for Welfare State, an English
outdoor theatre company, while living in Japan. Since returning to Canada,
Goody has worked in the theatre communities in Toronto, Vancouver, Britain and
Italy. She has headed workshops for Toronto's Shadowland Theatre, which
included a workshop for the New Year's Eve tradition First Night, and annually
organized First Parade on Ward's Island. Doody has constructed seven lanterns
made of bamboo, round reef and wire and covered in translucent nylon grid cloth
for the Cavalcade of Lights First Lighting Celebration.

Admission to Cavalcade of Lights First Lighting Celebration 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

Media Contact:

Amber Authier
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events



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