On Saturday, November 18, the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area (BYBIA) will kick off the holiday season with Holiday Magic, the spectacular annual community concert event in support of the Canadian Foundation for Aids Research (CANFAR).

Between 5:00pm – 6:30pm, families, friends and music lovers are invited to the Village of Yorkville Park (Cumberland & Bellair Streets) for the Official “Flick the Switch” Lighting Ceremony and a special performance by Keshia Chanté. Keshia Chanté is a Juno Award Winner, 5x Urban Music Award winner, and 2x Radio Music Award winner; and has also been a television personality as co-host of BET’s 106 & Park!

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The evening’s musical entertainment will start with a performance by The Rosedale Day School Choir.

The Rosedale Day School Choir from 2014


Global News Weekend Meteorologist Ross Hull will also be on hand to “flick the switch” and turn on the holiday lights to launch Holiday Magic in Bloor-Yorkville.

This is a FREE EVENT and attendees can also look forward to complimentary chocolates from Lindt, and hot beverage, courtesy of Starbucks, as they enjoy the glittering lights, majestic Christmas tree and storefronts swathed in festive decorations. Cash & cheque donations are welcome in support of CANFAR.  There will be representatives from our charitable partners on-site at the BYBIA Tent.

In addition to the new holiday lighting and the Christmas tree located in the Village of Yorkville Park, patrons can also look forward to Holiday Magic programming and events in Bloor-Yorkville throughout the holiday season, including strolling Traditional Carolers on Fridays and Saturdays in December and the annual 12 Trees of Christmas at the Gardiner Museum.

The Holiday Magic lighting ceremony will set the stage for holiday window displays, cheerful décor and festive lighting along tree-lined streets until the start of the new year.

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