Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Toronto City Hall 40th Anniversary:
Don't miss this extraordinary event

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A spectacular celebration of a Toronto landmark

Toronto City Hall 40th Anniversary Saturday, September 17, 2005
8:30 - 10 pm

The September 1965 opening of the newly designed City Hall launched Toronto into an era of architectural experimentation. Finnish Architect Viljo Revell gave Toronto one of the world's most distinctive civic symbols and helped to create an instantly recognizable and attractive cityscape.

Forty years later Toronto is marking the anniversary of City Hall with a spectacular evening celebration hosted by Mayor David Miller. Don't miss this extraordinary event and the opportunity to show your pride and community spirit!

One night only!
This FREE event features performances by more than 100 local and international artists, culminating with the production Of Angels and Light by Italy's Studio Festi and presented in collaboration with members of Toronto's Circus Orange, Danny Grossman Dance Company, Dance Theatre David Earle, High Strung Aerial Dance, Kaeja d'Dance and The School of the Toronto Dance Theatre created specifically for Nathan Phillips Square.

8:30 to 9 pm
Members of The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory of Music featuring brass, strings, woodwinds and vocal performers blanket Nathan Phillips Square with sweet sounds.

From graceful bodies in motion to passionate whirls and twirls, talented Toronto dancers bring their moves to City Hall. Feature performers include bharatnatyam dancer Nova Bhattacharya accompanied by live tabla music, the shebang! break dance crew, flamenco dancer Carmen Romero with guitarist Miguel de la Bastide, contemporary dancer Julia Aplin, and Toronto-based tap dance company What's on? TAP!

Gather inspiration from watching the creative process in motion, then add your own mark to a stunning mural. To the sounds of live cello, Toronto artist Dave Atwell masterfully illustrates the dance moves of Heather Hammond on canvas. The Art Gallery of Ontario erects their traveling community art mural and welcomes your contribution. Vibrant panels from Niiwin Dabaagjimowin, Our Stories will also be on display. This eighty-foot mural depicts the narratives of the Anishnaabe people of Ontario from the beginning of time to present day.

9 to 10 pm
Of Angels and Light an open sky tale
This Canadian debut performance takes place on the ground, in the air and on the buildings! Designed to accentuate the architectural grandeur of Toronto's City Hall towers, this open air theatrical spectacle creates an enchanted world where voluminous celestial spheres representing Sun, Moon and Wind carry graceful acrobats while enchanting angels flutter across the evening sky.

Dancers perform in enormous transparent spheres that roll through the audience and ten white angels with massive crinoline skirts sway gracefully around the Square's upper walkway.

This breathtaking show of live music, dance, opera, theatre, dazzling lighting effects and pyrotechnics is sure to captivate audiences.

City Hall's 40th Anniversary celebration launches the Live With Culture campaign, a 16 month celebration of Toronto's cultural communities.

Take a virtual tour of Toronto City Hall

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