Special Events Office

Great Gulf presents Cavalcade of Lights

Saturday, November 26, 2016 

Celebrate the 50th annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Great Gulf on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Nathan Phillips Square.

This holiday tradition features the first illumination of Toronto’s Official Christmas Tree, spectacular fireworks, a skating party, and performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent.

Skating at Nathan Phillips Square ice rink continues all season long. Skate rentals are available on-site.


7 p.m.

Choir! Choir! Choir!

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

Choir! Choir! Choir! This ultra-inclusive choir leads the audience into a joyous communal experience singing contemporary pop music. Listen, or join in on the fun!

7:30 p.m.

First lighting of Toronto’s Official Christmas Tree sponsored by Hudson's Bay and powered by Toronto Hydro.

7:35 p.m.

Cris Derksen
Don Amero
Dan Talevski
Kiran Ahluwalia

Cris Derksen's Cavalcade Orchestra:

Featuring the Chippewa Travellers, Raven Kanatakta, Jesse Baird, Dr. Draw, Jessica Deutsch, Megan Hodge and Michael Fedyshun with guest vocalists Don Amero, Dan Talevski and Kiran Ahluwalia.

Cris Derksen  Known for her multi-layered sound, JUNO-nominated Derksen combines classical music. Her aboriginal ancestry and new-school electronics, create genre-defying music. Cris Derksen is the musical director for the Cavalcade Orchestra.
Don Amero  Melting hearts from coast to coast with his silky vocals, inviting stage presence and soulful percussive guitar.
Dan Talevski   One of the original YouTube stars and MUCH Digital creator. Check out Talevski's pop, dance and R&B influenced music.
Kiran Ahluwalia  This two-time JUNO award-winning singer-songwriter creates a hybrid of the contemporary and traditional, incorporating vocal traditions of India and Pakistan.

8:30 p.m.

Red Pepper Spectacle Arts

Procession of Light by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts.

Red Pepper Spectacle Arts Interweaving arts with an aboriginal flair, this artist group will illuminate Nathan Philips Square with a procession of giant puppets, costumed characters, a street band, stilt walkers and fire artists.

8:35 p.m.

Spectacular fireworks display.

8:40 p.m.


Whitehorse Concert sponsored by Great Gulf.

JUNO award-winning husband-and-wife duo Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland tie the musical knot! They use extensive live looping, with percussion, and acoustic, electric and bass guitars.

9:40 - 10:30 p.m.

DJ General Eclectic

Skating party with DJ General Eclectic.

DJ General Eclectic This DJ truly lives up to his name as one of Canada's most diverse DJs, taking you on a musical journey around the globe and back again with the flick of his wrist!

Pre-Event Activities:

3 - 6 p.m. Red Pepper Spectacle Arts Lantern Workshop.  Make paper lanterns to help illuminate Nathan Phillips Square. Workshop located in the Toronto Public Library - City Hall Branch. All ages welcome!
6 - 7 p.m. Skating pre-party with DJ General Eclectic.
6 - 10:30 p.m.
NFB #GIFnTAKE Video Booth Move over photo booths, there’s a new player in town! Welcome to the NFB #GIFnTAKE, a new animated experience that puts you front and centre of an animated film. You can film by yourself or share the spotlight with a group of friends. The final product will be made into an animated GIF you can share on social media.