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November 4, 2004
Cavalcade of Lights shines spotlight on Toronto’s famed neighbourhoods
  
Toronto Special Events – As part of the 38th annual Cavalcade of Lights
presented by Scotiabank, the City of Toronto is working with seven of Toronto’s
famous neighbourhoods’ Business Improvement Areas. This joint effort is
designed to profile Toronto’s growing reputation as one of the hottest shopping
destinations in North America and is another step towards achieving Toronto’s
Beautiful City goals. This innovative partnership includes the launch of
specially designed energy efficient neighbourhood lighting displays and the
development of a hop-on, hop-off guided bus tour conveniently linking the
shopping, dining and entertainment experiences offered by each of the
participating neighbourhoods.

The new Cavalcade of Lights lighting displays, which are supported by Toronto
Hydro, are created with energy efficient LED lights, which are more durable,
use up to 95 percent less electricity and can last up to seven times longer
than traditional lights. From flowing fountains of light to ten-foot
illuminated angels suspended on high, these brilliant creations will serve as
the focal point for the holiday celebrations in seven Toronto neighbourhoods.

These new lighting displays will be easy to get to with the Cavalcade of Lights
hop-on, hop-off guided bus tour. The tour will run Fridays, 4 to 9 p.m.,
Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. from November 26 through
January 2. A $15 adult ticket provides unlimited two-day travel upon a
luxurious coach bus, which makes hourly stops in each of the seven shopping
areas.

Participating neighbourhoods include:

Bloor West Village
Boutiques, bakeries and spots for a brewed cup cluster along Bloor Street West.
The "Village" vibe comes from Eastern European delis and pastry shops that
reveal the community's roots, quiet side streets and nearby High Park. Bloor
West Village unveils two new energy efficient LED lighting displays in 2004:
■ A five metre high fountain of light (corner of Jane Street and Bloor Street
West)
■ Santa Claus in his sleigh (corner of Bloor Street West and Glendonwynne Road)
■ Audiences are invited to celebrate the first lighting of Bloor West Village
on Wednesday, November 17 at 6 p.m.

Bloor-Yorkville
Glitzy Bloor-Yorkville is home to some of the city's most exclusive boutique
shops, shopping centres, restaurants, lounges, art galleries and luxurious
hotels. Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada are just a few of the area's
lofty commercial residents. Pampered guests of luxury hotels, the Windsor Arms,
Park Plaza Hyatt, Four Seasons, Marriott Bloor Yorkville and Sutton Place are
greatful of their close proximity. Bloor-Yorkville unveils two new energy
efficient LED lighting displays in 2004:
■ Beautiful drapes of white LED lights (Village of Yorkville Park and Festival
Walk)
■ Trees in the Village of Yorkville Park decked with red and white LED lights
■ New Bloor-Yorkville retailer displays can be seen at Cartier, En Provance,
Manulife Centre, Tiffany & Co., The Collonade, The Toy Shop and William Ashley
China.
■ Audiences are invited to celebrate the Holiday Magic lighting in
Bloor-Yorkville on Thursday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Downtown Yonge
Bright lights, big city. Shopping malls, Broadway-style theatre, street level
retailers, historical
buildings and architectural gems, concerts and more. The bigger the better is
the unspoken mantra of this colourful and vibrant area. Downtown Yonge unveils
"Urban Lights, Festive Sights", new energy efficient LED lighting displays in
2004:
■ Two giant five metre pyro-like bursts that radiate beautiful colours in
lights (Yonge-Dundas Square)
■ Three garlands of light suspended across Yonge Street at Queen, Gerrard and
College Streets
■ Audiences are invited to celebrate the first lighting of Downtown Yonge on
Friday, November 19 at 6 p.m.

GreekTown on the Danforth
Old World ambience and the convenience of New World amenities merge
effortlessly on this eastern chunk of the Danforth Avenue, which becomes
GreekTown a few blocks east of the Bloor Viaduct. A wave of Greek immigration
to the community in the early part of the 20th century is reflected in the
Greek and Mediterranean-inspired restaurants, cafés and bakeries that populate
the main strip. If a few storefronts appear familiar, it may be because you've
seen them before. Many scenes from the hit film My Big Fat Greek Wedding were
shot on the Danforth. GreekTown on the Danforth unveils two new energy
efficient LED lighting displays in 2004:
■ A magnificent waterfall, created from blue lights, standing over two metres
high and eight metres wide at Alexander the Great Parkette at Logan and
Danforth Avenues
■ Seven large trees surrounding Alexander the Great Parkette will be decorated
in blue and white lights
■ Audiences are invited to celebrate the first lighting of GreekTown on the
Danforth on Saturday, November 20 at 6 p.m.

Little Italy
A vibrant strip with an intimate European atmosphere. Best known for its cool
coffee bars, hip lounges and romantic trattorias. The residents — young,
upwardly mobile professionals mix with an ageing population of first-generation
Italian and Portuguese Canadians – give the area its distinctive energy. Little
Italy unveils a stunning new energy efficient LED lighting display in 2004:
■ Three angels in colour combinations of red, blue and green, each over three
metres in length will be suspended above Lombardi Square (College and Grace
Streets)
■ Audiences are invited to celebrate the first lighting of Little Italy on
Thursday, November 25 at 5:30 p.m.

St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood
Old Town Toronto with gourmet highlights. At the hub you'll find the famous St.
Lawrence Market surrounded by local landmarks the Flatiron Building, St. James
Cathedral and St. Lawrence Hall. Holiday theatre patrons of the Hummingbird
Centre and St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts add a festive flavour. Dubbed the
"Nutcracker Neighbourhood" for the National Ballet's holiday performances, this
area offers vacation and tour packages. St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood
unveils three new energy efficient LED lighting displays in 2004:
■ A Dickens’ scene on the facade of the St.Lawrence Market measuring up to 12
metres wide
■ Nine Nutcracker designs on light poles and above the fountain in Berczy Park
(Front and Church Streets)
■ Plus, two giant Dickens’ horns and four holly leaves measuring up to six
metres high
■ St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood will be illuminated as of Friday, November
26.

The Kingsway
Quiet affluence. Tasteful tradition. A neighbourhood planned in the 1920s in
the English garden suburb style. Iron benches and coach lanterns beautify Bloor
Street West, the main shopping boulevard. The Kingsway unveils two new energy
efficient LED lighting displays in 2004:
■ A four metre high Christmas tree covered in hundreds of lights
■ 16 decorative light post motifs
■ Audiences are invited to celebrate the first lighting of The Kingsway on
Wednesday, November 24 at 6 p.m.

For those making Toronto their seasonal holiday destination, the Cavalcade of
Lights tour is included in a special Cavalcade of Lights package offered by the
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. 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 at Bistro on Two, parking and a
late check-out time (if available). The Cavalcade of Lights Fireworks package
starts at $195 CDN. For inquiries and bookings of 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.

For more information on the retailers and restaurants in these seven
neighbourhoods, the public can visit http://www.toronto.ca/special_events. The
Cavalcade of Lights bus tour will provide a guided exploration of these new
lighting displays in all seven neighbourhoods. Riders can get off in each
neighbourhood to find that perfect gift in a one-of-a-kind store or take a
break over a meal, then hop back on the bus to move on to the next stop. An
expert guide will provide fascinating stories about Toronto along the way. A
$15 ticket provides unlimited travel between the seven districts for two days
with hourly stops in each neighbourhood. Tickets may be purchased on the bus or
reserved in advance by calling 416-868-0400.

A tradition spanning close to four decades, the Cavalcade of Lights festival
expands citywide 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 city's most stunning collection of free events. Running from November 27 to
December 31, 2004, Cavalcade of Lights captures the magic of Toronto’s holiday
season.

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
http://www.toronto.ca/special_events.

Media Contact:
Amber Authier, Event Supervisor, Marketing, Toronto Special Events,
416-395-7318, aauthie@toronto.ca



 

 

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