Please note, the event is not happening at the CN Tower – this is a completely virtual show.

CN Tower Animated Virtual Light Show

Celebrate the strength, diversity and resiliency of community through a work of sight and sound in virtual space featuring the iconic CN Tower. No need to leave home, this free experience can be appreciated from wherever you are.

Created by leading-edge Canadian artists AVA Animation & Visual Arts and celebrated composer/cellist Cris Derksen, this visual and sonic journey frames the CN Tower as a beacon of hope, using light and sound as metaphors of our unique human essence. The work emphasizes our capacity to shine through adversity and achieve great changes together. Using colours and patterns that honour the many diverse communities that call Toronto home, dare to imagine a future where Canada can move forward with justice and inclusion.

AVA Animation & Visual Arts is a woman-led Toronto-based animation studio with award-winning expertise in projection mapping and interactive content for immersive spaces. A creative team that thrives on creating exceptional visual solutions for live entertainment.

Cris Derksen is an internationally respected, Juno-nominated, cellist and composer. Derksen braids the traditional and contemporary, weaving her classical background and her Indigenous ancestry together with new school electronics to create genre-defying music.


View on YouTube

Portrait of Canadian artist Chris Derksen holding a cello.
Chris Derksen. Photo credit: Tania Tiziana

Original soundtrack featuring:

Labour Day Weekend Activities

Other activities to safely enjoy during the Labour Day weekend and this September include:


Patio patrons can choose from more than 1,000 restaurants across the city that are part of the City of Toronto’s CaféTO program. The program supports expanded outdoor dining options in curb lanes and on sidewalks, as well as expanded dining space on private property, such as in plaza parking lots, this year.
Find a patio near you, visit Destination Toronto’s website.


On wheels or by foot, residents can get outside with ActiveTO on Labour Day. The ActiveTO Cycling Network delivered the largest one-year expansion of on-street cycling routes in Toronto’s history. ActiveTO major weekend road closures to vehicles will be in place again this weekend. Times and locations are available on ActiveTO.

Funding Partner

Light of Hope was funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Government of Canada

Venue Partner

Black and white CN Tower Logo

Promotional Partners

Black and white logo of Cadillac Fairview

Union logo

Oxford logo

Black and white Yonge Dundas logo