Toronto is putting on a massive fireworks show to kick off the holiday season

Nov 2 2016, 3:21 am

The City of Toronto is marking the start of the holiday season by lighting up Nathan Phillips Square.


The 50th annual Cavalcade of Lights returns on November 26, and will feature the first lighting of Toronto’s official 60-foot Christmas tree along with some spectacular fireworks.

The holiday traditions brings thousands of people down to Nathan Phillips Square each year. Besides all the lights, the event will include live performances, and a skating party.

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Musical performances that evening will include singing group Choir! Choir! Choir!, followed by performances sponsored by Great Gulf, featuring the smooth and soulful sounds of Don Amero, YouTube R&B sensation Dan Talevski and captivating world music from JUNO-award-winning artist Kiran Ahluwalia. These performers will be accompanied by the Cavalcade Orchestra led by musical director Cris Derksen and including Chippewa Travellers, Raven Kanatakta, Megan Hodge and Dr. Draw.

Cavalcade of Lights/City of Toronto

Cavalcade of Lights/City of Toronto

After the fireworks display, the evening will continue with a concert by Whitehorse – the JUNO-award-winning husband-and-wife folk-rock duo – and end with a skating party featuring DJ General Eclectic.

The tree is scheduled to arrive at Nathan Phillips Square on November 5, when it will be decorated and adorned with more than 700 individual ornaments and 3,810 metres of LED lights to be ready in time for the first lighting on November 26.

Cavalcade of Lights/City of Toronto

Cavalcade of Lights/City of Toronto

Cavalcade of Lights

Where: Nathan Phillips Square
When: November 26, 2017
Time: Kick off starts at 7 pm, fireworks are at 8:30 pm.

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