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November 6, 2002
David Usher headlines evening of music, lights and spectacle at Nathan Phillips Square
  
Toronto Special Events - Promising to be the most spectacular programme in the
event's 35-year history, the 2002 Cavalcade of Lights Festival presented by
Scotiabank celebrates the season's first lighting of Nathan Phillips. The event
includes a free outdoor concert by Juno Award-winning artist David Usher and a
breathtaking pyrotechnic and light show on Toronto City Hall's landmark curved
towers.

This magical celebration, scheduled for Saturday, November 30 from 7 to 11
p.m., begins with the season's dramatic first lighting of Nathan Phillips
Square with more than 100,000 dazzling lights. This year's illumination of the
Cavalcade of Lights exhibition is choreographed to live music by Toronto's
Nathaniel Dett Chorale with special guest vocalist Jackie Richardson and the
Joe Sealy Quintet.

Also new this year, the lights will go up on a stunning redesign for Toronto's
tree sponsored by White Rose and an extraordinary new light installation,
sponsored by the Government of Canada, on the Freedom Arches over Nathan
Phillips Square's famous outdoor ice rink.

The spectacle continues with a breathtaking pyrotechnic and light show on City
Hall's landmark curved towers integrating ambient and moving lights, space
canons, theatrical special effects and pyrotechnics with daring live
performances by Great Britain's Heliosphere and Toronto's Hi Xposure.

In a Toronto premiere, Heliosphere's 22-foot illuminated helium balloon will
rise like a giant lantern above the audience as a seemingly weightless
aerialist, suspended below, spirals and spins in a breathtaking airborne
ballet. Meanwhile, hundreds of feet above the ground, Hi Xposure's extreme-art
repellers convert the face of Toronto City Hall into a perpendicular stage for
their daring rock climbing dance theatre. The show culminates in a brilliant
6-minute pyrotechnic finale from the rooftop of City Hall.

The fireworks are immediately followed by a free outdoor concert by David Usher
performing material from his 2002 Juno Award-winning solo album, Morning Orbit.

The evening wraps up with a late night Toronto Eaton Centre skating party with
live music from 9:15 - 11 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square's famous outdoor
rink.

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).

For more information on the Cavalcade of Lights Festival and other 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

Heather Kaufman
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7405
hkaufman@.toronto.ca

 

 

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