Toronto - The 41st annual Cavalcade of Lights, presented by Scotiabank, illuminates Nathan Phillips Square with a lighting display by renowned designer Brian Gluckstein in partnership with the Bay and with financial and marketing support from Tourism Toronto. The new design will use more than 300,000 dazzling LED lights to transform Nathan Phillips Square into one of the most spectacular holiday displays in North America this holiday season.

“The Cavalcade of Lights display at Nathan Phillips Square provides a stunning backdrop for a month-long series of free festive events and this year it will be more spectacular than ever,” said Mayor David Miller. “I’m thrilled that Scotiabank, the Bay and the Gluckstein team along with Tourism Toronto, have committed their support for the city during the holiday season by enhancing this magical time of year for residents and visitors alike.”

The festivities officially kick-off on Saturday, November 24 at 7 p.m. with the opening celebration featuring the official tree lighting, fireworks, live musical performances by Nikki Yanofsky & the Imani Gospel Singers and a Holiday Concert starring Jully Black, Sarah Slean, Murray McLauchlan, Kim Stockwood, and Louise Pitre. DJ Boogie will spin dance favourites for skaters on the Nathan Phillips Square ice rink until 10 p.m.

The fireworks, free concerts and skating parties continue Saturday nights in December at 7 p.m.:

December 1 - Tomi Swick with opening act Suzie McNeil and DJ Alvaro C
December 8 - Jully Black with opening act Hayley Sales and DJ Tricky Moreira
December 15 - The Golden Dogs with opening act In-Flight Safety, and DJs Ted Dancin’,
Rollin’ Cash, and Nick & Pierre

Beyond Nathan Phillips Square, the Cavalcade of Lights Festival goes city-wide, illuminating 19 neighbourhoods and tourist attractions, including: Albion-Islington, Bloorcourt Village, Bloordale Village, Bloor West Village, Bloor-Yorkville, Chinatown, Church-Wellesley, Downtown Yonge, GreekTown on the Danforth, Junction Gardens, Korea Town, Little Italy, Queens Quay Harbourfront, Rosedale Main Street, St. Clair Gardens, St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood, Yonge Lawrence Village, CN Tower and Toronto Eaton Centre. Many of these will feature first lighting celebrations and a free LED-light exchange offered by Toronto Hydro. Residents can visit www.torontohydro.com/sled for complete details.

Bus tours of some of these unique neighbourhood lighting displays are offered Friday and Saturday nights from Nathan Phillips Square at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and are approximately 90 minutes in length. Residents and visitors can call 416-868-0400 or visit www.torontotours.com/cavalcade.pdf for more information.

Tourism hotel packages with the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel and the Metropolitan Hotel allow visitors to experience the magic of Toronto during the holiday season.

For more information about all Cavalcade of Lights events and other events produced by Toronto Special Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit www.toronto.ca/special_events.