The 46th annual Cavalcade of Lights Festival opened November 17, 2012 at Nathan Phillips Square at 7pm. This year’s festivities were amazing with performances by Suzie McNeill, Sean Jones, Alyssa Reid, Dragonette, and Circus Orange. There was an incredible fireworks display taking place after the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree! Throughout the festival there will be an opportunity for the public to have their photo taken with the Grey Cup and to enjoy a day of outdoor skating on December 1, 2012. The festival will be ongoing from the 17th till the end of December.
Aside from the celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square, many neighborhoods across Toronto are hosted their own Cavalcade of Lights Festivals! In fact, Rosedale Main Street Cavalcade of Lights Festival took place on Saturday, November 24th from 2pm to 6pm, with a series of activities planned along Yonge Street from Woodlawn Avenue to Crescent Road. This event included attractions such as a live band, $5 food and drink, horse and wagon rides, face painting, and so much more.
Both events were a great way to celebrate the holiday, enjoy amazing attractions, and spend time with fun for the entire family!
For more information on these events visit: http://www.rosedalemainstreet.ca/ and http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/cavalcade_lights/2012/post.htm
As in past years, CityEvents is proud to have assisted in the planning of the 19th annual Canadian Disability Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is well known for providing permanent recognition of outstanding Canadians who have made extraordinary contributions to enriching the quality of life for people with physical disabilities. Founded by the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons (CFPDP), this public exhibit was officially opened February 11, 1994 at Metro Hall, 55 John St., in downtown Toronto. Two years later a rededication ceremony was held on November 20, 1996 when the exhibit moved to a more visible location, and is now open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information on this event visit: http://www.cfpdp.com/cdhf/default.html
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Join Hope House on May 27, 2010 for a VIP fundraising event and after party at the Palais Royale!
In 2004 the film Born into Brothels won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. The Film tells a powerful story about young children in Calcutta’s red light district struggling to break a cycle of poverty and prostitution.
Soon after, the film makers set up ‘Kids with Cameras’ a non-profit organization that teaches the art of photography to marginalized children in communities around the world. Kids With Cameras uses photography to capture the imaginations of children, to empower them, building confidence, self-esteem and hope.
Kids With Cameras plans to break ground in early 2010 to construct Hope House (Asha Niwas).
The goal for Toronto’s fundraiser is to raise $25,000 – $50,000 US to build a music room in the Asha Niwas Hope House. The house will become a safe haven for 100 girls to live and study. There will be psychological and physical care on site and the house will be built with sustainable architecture.
VIP Event – Indian Garden Party
Time: 7 – 9:30 pm
Cost: $250 per ticket
Enjoy a celebrity chef dinner and open bar at the elegant VIP reception. The reception will also feature the Born into Brothels composer accompanied by a children’s choir.
Time: 9:30 pm – 1:00 am
Cost: $100 per ticket
DJ Rekha from New York City will be providing the soundtrack for this Hollywood meets Bollywood themed night. Enjoy samplings from Dessert and Liqueur stations while you get your henna tattoo!
Follow the link for more information on The Hope House Toronto Fundraiser.
In his inauguration speech Barack Obama spoke to the citizens of the world and reminded us that we each have a responsibility to the wider community. That is to look after those less fortunate than ourselves.
So how do we go about doing just that? How can one person’s actions make a difference to those around us who are in need? That’s a truly difficult assignment but, if a group of like-minded people can band together and put their individual talents and imagination together, who knows what could happen?
Such a group of people already exists and has in fact existed for over 100 years. That organization is called ROTARY and is open to your membership. The local club “Toronto Don Valley” meets every Thursday morning for a mix of fellowship, sustenance in the form of a light breakfast, and most important of all to hear ideas for the betterment of our world that we can put into action.
On Thursday, March 4th 2010 Deborah Lewis, CMP, and CEO of CityEvents was asked to speak to the members of the “ Toronto Don Valley” Rotary at their weekly meeting. She gave insight and guidance on the process of planning and promoting a non-profit event in the community. As well as some helpful tips and tricks on the staging of the event itself.Deborah is tirelessly committed to her community. She was a mentor with the TRIDEC mentoring program, a previous Rotary member, and remained on the fund-raising committee for the New Leaders of Sunnybrook Foundation for the past 10 years. Currently she works on The Fireball for Sheena’s Place.