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November 4, 2009
City launches heritage lighting installation on some of Toronto’s most photographed landmarks
Join Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale), representatives of the City of Toronto and community members as they flick the switch at the official lighting of the façade of St. Lawrence Market. Other buildings being lit Friday night include: the Flatiron Building, St. James Cathedral, St. Lawrence Hall, and the south façade along Front Street south of Berczy Park.

Date: Friday, November 6
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Market Lane Park, (corner of Front and Jarvis Streets, west of the North Market)

The lighting of these buildings is part of a larger heritage initiative for the Old Town. Lighting, especially in winter cities like Toronto, is a way to animate the streets and bring life to the public realm. In Old Town, this lighting will support tourism and showcase some of Toronto's most important heritage buildings. Bring your cameras for this first-ever glimpse of these buildings lit at night.

The lighting installation is, in part, a demonstration project (the Flatiron Building, St. James Cathedral and the Front Street side of the south Market building) which will help in developing future permanent installations. Temporary installations will only be lit the evenings of Friday November 6 and Saturday November 7.

Coinciding with the heritage lighting demonstration, Toronto Hydro will hold its Festive Light Exchange in front of the north market Friday, November 6, 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors are invited to bring two strings of energy-guzzling incandescents in exchange for a string of free LEDs. The exchange will be held in front of the north market.

The lighting installation is the kick-off event to St. Lawrence Market’s 205th anniversary celebrations. For a complete list events and activities, 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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Bruce Hawkins, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-392-3496,



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