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November 26, 2008
Cavalcade of Lights welcomes the holiday season with music and fireworks
The 42nd annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Scotiabank kicks off this Saturday at Nathan Phillips Square. The event includes the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree and a new lighting display designed by Brian Gluckstein in partnership with the Bay, and with support from Tourism Toronto. The night will also feature a free holiday concert and spectacular fireworks display coinciding with the first night of free skating at the Nathan Phillips Square rink.

Date: Saturday, November 29
7 p.m. - welcoming remarks by hosts Jennifer Valentyne and Maie Potts, with Andrew Craig and band performing a holiday medley
7:15 p.m. - tree and square lighting by Mayor David Miller during “We Must be the Light” - an original composition by Andrew Craig for Cavalcade of Lights (featuring a 200-person choir combining the Regent Park Music School, Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, “newchoir” and Gospels Dynamic Duets)
7:20 p.m. - holiday concert with Toya Alexis, Alex Cuba, Serena Ryder and the Canadian Tenors
8 p.m. - fireworks
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

The evening will continue until 10 p.m., with skating to tunes by DJ Tony Sutherland.

Cavalcade of Lights is produced by the City of Toronto and sponsored by Scotiabank. A holiday tradition spanning more than four decades, Toronto’s free city-wide holiday celebration offers brilliant fireworks, sparkling lighting displays, a calendar of festive concerts and events, and tours of some of Toronto’s unique neighbourhoods. One of Canada’s foremost festivals of illumination, the award-winning Cavalcade of Lights will capture the magic of the holiday season from November 29 to December 31.

For more information about Cavalcade of Lights, the public can call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit

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, Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Division, City of Toronto,



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