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November 4, 2004
First night aglow celebrated at Cavalcade of Lights
Toronto Special Events – 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 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 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 award-winning St. Michael’s Choir School launches the evening with a medley
of holiday classics. Canadian recording artists Shaye and Jully Black will also
share their renditions of favourite holiday tunes in a 30-minute all-star

The First Lighting Celebration also marks the official launch of the Cavalcade
of Lights Display at Nathan Phillips Square. At the centre of this dazzling
display is the City’s spectacular Official Christmas Tree, sponsored by the
Toronto Star, surrounded by more than 100,000 dazzling lights that shine from
dusk to 11 p.m. every evening throughout the holiday season.

Four new energy efficient LED displays are added to Nathan Phillips Square in
2004. The additions include a series of festoons and stars suspended from the
Freedom Arches above the ice rink and three animated gateways guiding
pedestrians into the Square from Queen Street West and Bay Street. These new
displays will be illuminated for the first time at the First Lighting

This memorable evening will be capped off with free skating under the stars on
the landmark rink at Nathan Phillips Square. Accomplished DJ, radio personality
and music industry insider Tony Sutherland will add to the ambience of the
holidays created by the surrounding Cavalcade of Lights Exhibition. Sutherland
soundtracks the evening with a mix of popular modern and classic holiday

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 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.

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).

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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