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Toronto Hydro helping power the Cavalcade of Lights


Lighting up the holiday season with LEDs

TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - This year's Cavalcade of Lights, presented by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto will be a little extra special, thanks to the addition of new LED lights from Toronto Hydro. The event takes place tomorrow, Saturday, November 26 at 7 p.m. from Nathan Philips Square (100 Queen Street West).

As the electricity company for the city, we're not only powering the lights, we're also making sure they're energy efficient.

This multi-year partnership has enabled the city to cover all of Nathan Philips Square and the Christmas tree with more than 525,000 energy-efficient lights powered by Toronto Hydro. New this year will be the addition of more than 1,700 feet of LED lights lining the arches above the Nathan Phillips Square ice rink and the elevated walkways surrounding the square.

The new LED lights come in the form of icicle string lights that will help transform the square into a festive area for everyone to enjoy. The lights will be officially lit as part of the ceremony and will remain in place until the middle of January.


  • This year's event is the 50th annual Cavalcade of Lights
  • The event takes place on Saturday, November 26 and starts at 7 p.m. at Nathan Philips Square (100 Queen St. West)
  • The official lighting of the square and Christmas tree takes place at 7:30 p.m.
  • Festive LED lights use 75% to 85% less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs




Audience sing-a-long with Choir! Choir! Choir!, including John Lennon's song "Imagine" with special guests Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet


7:30 p.m. 


Countdown with Mayor John Tory for first lighting of Toronto's official Christmas tree sponsored by Hudson's Bay and powered by Toronto Hydro

7:35 p.m. 

Cris Derksen's Cavalcade Orchestra with guest vocalists Don Amero, Dan Talevski and Kiran Ahluwalia


8:30 p.m.        

Procession of Light by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts


8:35 p.m.    

Spectacular fireworks display


8:40 p.m.   

Whitehorse concert sponsored by Great Gulf


9:40 p.m.        

Skating party with DJ General Eclectic



"With LED lights lining the square, this year's Cavalcade of Lights will be bright and merry, while also using less energy. We're proud to help kick off the holiday season in Toronto."
- Tori Gass, Spokesperson, Toronto Hydro


Toronto Hydro owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 759,000 customers located in the city of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in the province of Ontario.

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SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation

Image with caption: "Toronto Hydro is helping to power the 50th annual Cavalcade of Lights. Photo Credit: City of Toronto (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161125_C4094_PHOTO_EN_826018.jpg

For further information: Tori Gass, Communications and Public Relations, 416-903-4037, media@torontohydro.com; 24-hour media line: 416-903-6845, media@torontohydro.com
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