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October 25, 2005
Cavalcade of Lights illuminates 14 Toronto neighbourhoods this holiday season
Cavalcade of Lights presented by Scotiabank, Toronto's multi-award-winning
holiday season celebration, will illuminate 14 Toronto neighbourhoods in 2005
with a series of magnificent new energy-efficient LED lighting displays.

The 14 neighbourhoods are: Little Italy, Bloor West Village, Bloor-Yorkville,
Yonge Lawrence Village, Queens Quay Harbourfront, Downtown Yonge, Rosedale Main
Street, GreekTown on the Danforth, St. Lawrence Market, The Junction, The
Kingsway, Kennedy Road, Old Cabbagetown and Korea Town.

New for 2005, 10 of the neighbourhoods will alight as one on Saturday, November
19 at 6 p.m., just in time for Toronto's Annual Santa Claus Parade.
Bloor-Yorkville will light their display on Saturday, November 19 at 4:30 p.m.
while Little Italy will light up on Wednesday, November 16 at 6 p.m. and both
Bloor West Village and Yonge Lawrence Village on Thursday, November 17 at 6 p.m.

Toronto Hydro is also getting into the spirit of the season offering the public
one free set of energy-efficient LED lights in exchange for two sets of old
strings of seasonal lights. The LED lighting exchange will take place during
the neighbourhood lighting events at the following nine locations: Little
Italy, Bloor West Village, Yonge Lawrence Village, GreekTown on the Danforth,
Korea Town, Old Cabbagetown, Rosedale Main Street, The Junction and The
Kingsway (see specific BIA location for date/time). Visit the Toronto Hydro
booth at your neighbourhood lighting celebration. For more information on the
LED lighting exchange, visit

From flowing fountains of light to 10-foot illuminated angels suspended high
above, these brilliant creations in 14 Toronto neighbourhoods serve as the
focal point for the Cavalcade of Lights neighbourhood bus tour that runs
Fridays to Sundays from November 25 to December 18. The hop-on, hop-off tour,
priced at $20 for a full weekend pass, allows passengers to shop by day and
view the beautiful lights by night. Tickets may be reserved in advance by
416-886-0400 Monday to Friday, or 416-676-5685 Saturday and Sunday, or may be
purchased on the bus. All tours are 90 minutes in length.

Tour Times:
Fridays 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (hourly pick-up at Nathan Phillips
Saturdays noon to 8 p.m. (pick-up every half hour at Nathan
Phillips Square)
Sundays noon to 5 p.m. (hourly pick-up at Nathan Phillips Square)

A complimentary Cavalcade of Lights Bus Tour is included in all Cavalcade of
Lights Fireworks Packages offered by the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Priced
from $199, the package also includes overnight accommodation with a room
overlooking the lights and fireworks on Nathan Phillips Square, a buffet
breakfast for two at Bistro on Two and complimentary parking. To book the
package, call 1-888-627-7175 (ask for PKGLIGHT). Subject to availability. Some
conditions apply.

Cavalcade of Lights is one of Canada's foremost festivals of illumination
featuring sparkling lighting displays throughout the city, bus tours, and
brilliant fireworks at City Hall's Nathan Phillips Square every Saturday night
from November 26 to December 17. The 2004 edition of the festival was honoured
with the prestigious Best Festival Award by the Canadian Event Industry
Association and the Silver Award for Best Tourism Marketing Campaign by the
Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation.

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

Toronto Hydro and Home Hardware are proud to sponsor the 2005 Cavalcade of
Lights Neighbourhood Lighting program.

Media contact:

Grant Ramsay
Toronto Special Events
416 395-7318



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