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August 12, 2004
Cavalcade of Lights sets Toronto aglow this holiday season
Toronto Special Events - The 38th annual Cavalcade of Lights presented
by Scotiabank sets Toronto aglow with a month-long calendar of spellbinding
events, sparkling lighting displays and one-of-a-kind shopping and dining
experiences in Toronto's picturesque neighborhoods. The winner of two 2003
International Special Events Society Esprit Awards and two International
Festivals and Events Association Pinnacle Awards, Cavalcade of Lights is one of
the city's most stunning collection of free events. Running from November 27 to
December 31, 2004, Cavalcade of Lights captures the snow-kissed magic of
Toronto's holiday season.

Building on decades of holiday tradition in Toronto, audiences are invited to
experience the Cavalcade of Lights First Lighting Celebration in the heart of
the city at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, November 27. This event marks
the premiere lighting of the Cavalcade of Lights Display, which includes the
radiance of 100,000 lights and the city's official Christmas Tree. Live music
will fill revellers with the spirit of the season and a vivid fireworks display
will illuminate Toronto City Hall.

The festivities continue every Saturday evening in December with the Weekends
of Wonder (December 4, 11 and 18), each reprising the explosive pyrotechnic
performance of the First Lighting Celebration. The 22nd annual Designs in Ice
competition runs December 27 through 29 at Yonge-Dundas Square. This popular
all-ages event will showcase the work of Ontario's top ice carvers. Capping off
the calendar of events is the live telecast of Citytv's Traditional New Year's
Eve Bash on Friday, December 31 at Nathan Phillips Square.

For those making Toronto their seasonal holiday destination, the Sheraton
Centre Toronto Hotel is offering a special Cavalcade of Lights package. The
Cavalcade of Lights Fireworks Package includes an outstanding view of Nathan
Phillips Square for the First Lighting Celebration and a full buffet breakfast
for two Bistro on Two, parking and a late check-out time. The Cavalcade of
Lights Fireworks package starts at $195 CDN. To call for inquiries into this
offer, the public can call 1-800-238-5251 (ask for the 'fireworks rate'). Some
conditions and restriction apply. Taxes and gratuities are extra.

The city's residents and visitors looking to take advantage of Toronto's
sensational shopping and dining experiences will be treated to a bus tour of
the city's famous neighbourhoods. This hop-on, hop-off opportunity allows for a
worry-free seasonal shopping excursion. Watch for more details on this tour to
be released soon.

The entire city is marking the season with celebrations and lighting displays
throughout the Cavalcade of Lights event calendar. Watch for more details on
citywide events and exciting new illuminated exhibits to be released soon.

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). Yonge-Dundas Square is located at 1 Dundas Street
East. Take the TTC Yonge Line subway (exit Dundas station).

For more information on all Cavalcade of Lights events and other Toronto
Special Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit

Media Contact:
Amber Authier
Event Supervisor, Marketing, Toronto Special Events,



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