Saturday, November 29, 2014 | 7 pm | Nathan Phillips Square | 100 Queen St. W.
Saturday, November 29, 2014 will mark the official start to the holiday season in Toronto with the celebration of the 48th annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Great Gulf.
Featuring the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, performances by top Canadian talent, a brilliant fireworks presentation and a DJ skating party at Nathan Phillips Square, the free event is a holiday tradition in Toronto.Food trucks
Food trucks will be available on Bay St. at this year's event.
Skating at the Nathan Phillips Square ice rink continues all season long. Skate rentals are available on site.
7 pm Opening Ceremony.
Holiday medley led by Adrian X featuring the Cavalcade Drumline and a capella group Retrocity.
This year's Cavalcade of Lights musical director Adrian 'X' Eccleston is a writer, producer, seasoned live guitarist and studio musician. His creative vibe and successful track record make him one of the most sought after musicians by artists such as Grammy Award winners Drake and Kylie Minogue.
Directed by Adrian X, the Cavalcade Drumline is made up of experienced percussionists from schools across Toronto, put together specifically for this year's event.
Their bold, textured a cappella arrangements capture an astonishing range of instrumental imitation. Guitar riffs, sax solos, drum beats and synths are performed with the human voice.
7:15 pm First lighting of Toronto’s Official Christmas tree.
7:20 pm Music and dance performances with special guests:
One of Canada's most influential artists, he is often credited as Canada's "hip hop ambassador" and regarded as one of the country's best hip hop producers. A Juno Award-winner, he is known for his distinctive reggae and dancehall-influenced style of hip hop.
Canadian rising star singer/songwriter Kellylee Evans is a chameleon-like performer, whose natural charm and improvisational jazz vocal style shine. She has earned two Juno Award nominations (winning Best Jazz Vocal Album for Nina, her impassioned tribute to Nina Simone) and performed around the world, opening for artists like John Legend and Willie Nelson.
Maestro Fresh Wes
Wes Williams (a.k.a. Maestro Fresh Wes) is considered one of Canada’s premier multidisciplinary artists (rapper, actor and author). CBC recently listed him as the greatest Canadian rapper of all-time. His 2013 Juno Award nomination, Best Rap Recording for his Black Tuxedo EP, reinforces his contribution to hip hop in Canada.
Artistic directors Caroline Torti and Bree Wasylenko, are experts in creating thrilling live performances with models, singers, aerialists and high impact dance routines. Both Caroline and Bree placed within the Top 20 of So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and choreograph for hit films, TV shows and stage performances for artists like Carly Rae Jepsen.
8:20 pm. Fireworks display.
8:30 pm Concert featuring Shad.
Concert sponsored by Great Gulf featuring Juno Award-winning hip hop artist Shad.
Highly regarded for his rhymes and rapping style, Shad continues to pique new levels of international interest. His latest album, Flying Colours, was shortlisted for a 2014 Polaris Music Prize.
9:30 pm Open-air skating party with DJ Grouch.
DJ Grouch has performed with many Canadian and International hip hop artists including Jully Black, Choclair and Maestro Fresh Wes. A mainstay in Toronto's nightlife scene, he also teaches at Trebas Institute, the Remix Project, the Regent Park School of Music and is one of the head instructors at Scratchlab.