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November 13, 2008
Toronto neighbourhoods light up the city for the annual Cavalcade of Lights
Toronto’s multi-award-winning holiday celebration, Cavalcade of Lights presented by Scotiabank, illuminates 20 Toronto neighbourhoods and tourist attractions with a series of magnificent energy-efficient LED lighting displays in 2008.

Many neighbourhoods will be offering free first lighting celebrations featuring activities for families, entertainment and refreshments. In addition, Toronto Hydro - Electric System is also getting into the spirit of the season offering Toronto residents one free set of energy-efficient LED festive lights in exchange for two sets of old incandescent (traditional) seasonal lights (while quantities last; some restrictions apply). Full details can be found at:

The neighbourhood first lighting celebrations will take place on the following dates:

Thursday, November 13
• Bloor West Village BIA, Bloor Street West, Alex Ling Fountain (Bloor and Jane Streets), 6:30 p.m.

Friday, November 14
• Korea Town, Bloor Street West, at Christie Street (west of Bathurst Street), 6 p.m.

Saturday, November 15
• Albion Islington Square BIA, southeast corner of Albion Road and Islington Avenue, 6:30 p.m.
• Downtown Yonge BIA, Yonge-Dundas Square. Festivities begin at noon; lighting ceremony at 7 p.m.

Friday, November 21
• St. Clair Gardens BIA, St. Clair Garden’s Parkette, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• The Kingsway BIA, northwest corner of Royal York Road and Bloor Street West, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 22
• Rosedale Main Street BIA, 10 Scrivener Sq., 5:30 p.m.
• Queens Quay Harbourfront BIA, HtO Park, 339 Queens Quay W., 6 p.m.
• Church-Wellesley Village BIA, Cawthra Park, 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 30
• Emery Village BIA, Finch Avenue West and Weston Road, 5:30 p.m.

Neighbourhood Bus Tours
The Cavalcade of Lights bus tour offers an informative and entertaining guided exploration of energy efficient lighting displays in some of Toronto’s neighbourhoods and tourist attractions. Along the way participants will hear stories about Toronto from an expert guide.

Tours cost $25 each and run Thursday to Sunday nights from November 27 until December 21, with pick-up/drop-off from Nathan Phillips Square at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Each tour is approximately 90 minutes in length. Residents and tourists can call 416-868-0400 for more information and to purchase tickets, or visit starting November 19.

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

A holiday tradition spanning over four decades, Cavalcade of Lights, 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 most unique neighbourhoods. One of Canada’s foremost festivals of illumination, the award-winning Cavalcade of Lights captures the magic of the holiday season from November 29 to December 31.

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 numerous 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, City of Toronto, 416-395-7318,



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