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November 12, 2009
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 19 Toronto neighbourhoods with a series of magnificent energy-efficient LED lighting displays sponsored by the Toronto Hydro-Electric System.

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 the following dates:

Thursday, November 12

• Bloor West Village - N-W corner of Bloor Street West and Jane Street (First Lighting: 6 p.m.; LED Lighting Exchange: 6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Friday, November 13

• Korea Town, 750 Bloor St. W at Christie Street (First Lighting: 6 p.m.)

Saturday, November 14

• Downtown Yonge, Yonge-Dundas Square and along Yonge Street (First Lighting: 6 p.m.)

Thursday, November 19

GreekTown on the Danforth, Alexander the Great Parkette (near Danforth and Logan avenues) (First Lighting: 6:30 p.m.; LED Lighting Exchange: 6:30 - 8 p.m.)

Friday, November 20

• St. Clair Gardens, St Clair Garden's Parkette (3 Prescott Ave.) First Lighting: 6 p.m.; LED Lighting Exchange: 6-8 p.m.)

• Chinatown, 280 Spadina Ave. (LED Lighting Exchange: noon-4 p.m.)

Saturday, November 21

• Albion Islington Square, S-E corner of Albion Rd. and Islington Avenue (LED Lighting Exchange: 6:30-8:30 p.m.)

• Bloordale Village, Bloor Street West (from Dufferin Street to Landsdowne Avenue) (Light, Art & Food: 4-8 p.m.)

• Bloor-Yorkville, Corner of Cumberland Street and Bellair Street (First Lighting: 5-6 p.m.)

• The Kingsway, N-W corner of Royal York Road and Bloor Street (First Lighting: 5-8 p.m.; LED Lighting Exchange: 6-8 p.m.)

• Rosedale Main Street, 10 Scrivener Square (First Lighting: 5-6 p.m.; LED Lighting Exchange: 5-6:30 p.m.)

Thursday, November 26

• Little Italy, College Street at Grace Street (First Lighting 6 p.m., LED Lighting Exchange: 6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Friday, November 27

• Corso Italia, 1277 St.Clair Ave. West at Earlscourt (First Lighting at 6:30 pm; LED Lighting Exchange: 6-8 p.m)

• Downsview Park, 1-35 Carl Hall Road (Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue West) (Trail of Lights begins: Friday, November 27 (ticketed). LED Lighting Exchange: Saturday, Nov. 28, 2-4 p.m.)

Saturday, November 28

• Waterfront, Address: Queens Quay West at Simcoe Street.

Sunday, November 29

• Emery Village, 3100 Weston Rd. at Sheppard Avenue (First Lighting 3:00 pm; LED Lighting Exchange: 3-6 p.m. in community centre)

Tuesday, December 1

• Church-Wellesley Village, Cawthra Square Park (Church Street at Monteith Street)

Saturday, December 5

• Bloorcourt Village, S-W corner of Bloor Street West and Concord Avenue (LED Lighting Exchange: (1-3 p.m)

For more information about Cavalcade of Lights the public can call 311 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 light displays at 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 28 - December 31, 2009.

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: Giannina Warren, Economic Development Culture and Tourism, City of Toronto, 416-395-7318,



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