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November 26, 2004
Get an advance look at the Cavalcade of Lights' Magic of Light
What: The Cavalcade of Lights First Lighting Celebration presented by
Scotiabank marks the premiere lighting of the Cavalcade of Lights Display
including the city's official Christmas Tree in Nathan Phillips Square.
Scheduled for Saturday, November 27 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. is the Magic of
Light spectacle and fireworks show and seasonal musical performances by top
Canadian recording artists. The evening wraps up with music to skate to on
Nathan Phillips Square's landmark ice rink.

Headlining this glittering celebration is the Magic of Light spectacle and
fireworks show, a commissioned production by Toronto's Hangtime Circus. This
breathtaking 30-minute performance incorporates pyrotechnic effects and fire
performances by Circus Orange with astonishing aerial acrobatic acts and
daredevil circus artistry. The production utilizes the multi-levels of Nathan
Phillips Square and features performances by Canadian Idol's Toya Alexis, the
martial arts flavour of Team Ryouko, ballerinas from Hit & Run, intricate
rhythms of the Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble and electric violinist Dr. Draw.

The Magic of Light performers will be participating in final rehearsals at
Nathan Phillips Square tonight. See bungee angels, toy soldiers, ballerinas,
drummers and trampolinists rehearse on the dual level stage. Some pyrotechnic
effects will also be tested (weather dependent).

When: Friday, November 26
Active rehearsals guaranteed for media from 6 - 6:15 p.m. sharp
Rehearsals will continue until 10 p.m.

Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

Why: A tradition spanning close to four decades, the Cavalcade of Lights
festival expands city-wide in 2004 to set Toronto aglow for the season with
sparkling lighting displays, brilliant fireworks, a calendar of festive events
and a one-of-a-kind tour of Toronto's picturesque neighbourhoods. 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 nation's foremost festivals of light. Running from
November 27 to December 31, 2004, Cavalcade of Lights captures the magic of
Toronto's holiday season.

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



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