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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
May 1 to 31, 2015
A month-long festival of photography with over 1,000 local, national and international artists at more than 200 venues across the Greater Toronto Area each May.
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Inside Out LGBT Film Festival
May 21 to 31, 2015
For more than two decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto’s LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world.
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Doors Open Toronto
May 23 & 24, 2015
Toronto was the very first city to host Doors Open in North America! Over 130 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings open their doors for the weekend and highlight the people who built the city. All for free!
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Honda Indy Toronto
June 12 to 14, 2015
Honda Indy Toronto is among the most respected motorsports events in North America and features a week-long festival-like atmosphere that includes the fastest racing series on the planet, celebrity athletes, live entertainment and interactive activities.
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Mississauga Waterfront Festival
June 12 to 14, 2015
Spend some quality family time at Port Credit Memorial Park, a beautiful, world-class waterfront park in Mississauga. Enjoy a colourful carnival, outdoor concerts, theatre and a petting zoo. Be sure not to miss this event for kids of all ages.
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Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
June 13 & 14, 2015
As the largest outdoor art exhibition in Canada, the TOAE offers a fresh air and free alternative to conventional art shows and galleries. Approximately 500 artists participate and over 100,000 visitors attend the exhibition every year.
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NXNE: North by Northeast Music & Film Festival
June 17 to 21, 2015
Five days of great music and the coolest music-related films from around the world. Hear original music you’ve never heard and get a first look at hand-selected music films.
TD Toronto Jazz Festival
June 18 to 27, 2015
Brought to you by North America’s premiere jazz festival producers, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival delivers the sounds of the world’s greatest jazz musicians from the quaint and most intimate of venues to the large concert halls. Be sure to schedule this smooth festival into your summer calendar.
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Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto
June 19 to 21, 2015
Get ready for the excitement at this year’s Redpath Waterfront Festival. With a footprint of 2 kilometres along Toronto’s waterfront from Spadina to Sherbourne, the action-packed festival will have something for everyone!
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June 19 to 28, 2015
For ten days each June, the Luminato Festival transforms theatres, parks and public spaces across the city and creates a home for artists to come play, share and create.
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Pride Toronto Festival
June 19 to 28, 2015
One of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, with an estimated attendance of over 1 million people. It includes a three-day street festival, a special Family Pride program, Trans Pride, the Dyke March and the infamous and fabulous Pride Parade.
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Digital Dreams Festival
June 27 & 28, 2015
Electronic Nation presents the Digital Dreams Festival. Canada’s largest EDM festival.
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Toronto Fringe Festival
July 1 to 12, 2015
Fringe festival-goers measure the quality of the experience not by the script (or absence thereof), but rather, by the pure enthusiasm of the performance. It’s city’s liveliest grassroots theatre festival.
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July 3 to 19, 2015
Enjoy mouth-watering fare offered by some of the city’s finest restaurants with three course, prix-fixe menus for lunch or dinner. Check out several of the over 200 participating restaurants and you can experience an amazing array of culinary excellence. Bon Appetit!
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Salsa on St. Clair
July 4 & 5, 2015
Brought to you by TLN Telelatino, Hillcrest Village BIA and the City of Toronto. Join in on the fun as St. Clair Avenue West transforms into a showcase of Latin life.
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Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games
July 10 to 26, 2015 (Parapan Am: August 7 to 15)
In Summer 2015, 7,000+ athletes from across the Americas will put their years of intense training, perseverance and sacrifice to the test in this world-class competition.
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Beaches International Jazz Festival
July 10 to 26, 2015
Unfolding each summer in the heart of the lakeside neighbourhood, this celebration of music features a dynamic musical roster, multiple stages, and even an enticing line-up of gourmet food trucks.
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Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival
July 30 to August 2, 2015
An exciting cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry and visual and performing arts. Over nearly fifty years, it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America.
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Krinos Taste of the Danforth
August 7 to 9, 2015
Greektown hosts the annual Krinos Taste of the Danforth festival. This event brings the delectable cuisine out of local restaurants and into the streets. Listen to Greek bands while getting your fill of authentic souvlaki, stuffed grape leaves, grilled lamb and moussaka.
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August 8 to 16, 2015
Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is a prestigious professional tennis tournament organized by Tennis Canada. Since 1881 for the men and 1892 for the women, the best players in the world have showcased their skills on Canadian courts.
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Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
August 21 to September 7, 2015
This annual fair is fun for the entire family. Midway rides bring chills and thrills. The National Trade Centre boasts an International Marketplace with goods spanning the globe along with innovative products. Horse shows and dog shows entertain both young and old.
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August 27 to 30, 2015
The Scotiabank BuskerFest is Toronto’s wildly successful international street performer festival – a showcase for hundreds of the most spectacular street performers on earth!
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Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle
September 4 to 6, 2015
Get the blues along with over 50,000 others at Port Credit’s Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle and also enjoy the great pick-me-upper jazz acts throughout the festival. Over 150 Canadian and international acts.
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Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
September 10 to 20, 2015
The world’s largest public film festival, screening more than 300 films from around the world in venues across the city.
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Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival
September 2015 (dates to be announced)
The fifth annual Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival, presented by Tim Hortons, which covers three days of 100 per cent Canadian entertainment, will feature a stellar line-up of celebrated Canadian talent.
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September 24 to October 3, 2015
42 Things. 10 Days. 1 Pass. Just for Laughs presents a new kind of interactive festival, JFL42. It’s a 10-day festival featuring 42 ‘cool things’ happening in the city.
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September 18 & 19, 2015
Experience an authentic Oktoberfest Festhalle in Toronto!
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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Saturday, October 3, 2015
A contemporary art event that magically transforms Toronto’s streets and parks into an artistic playground with exhibitions, live performances and creative programs.
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World Mastercard Fashion Week
Fall 2015 & Spring 2016 (dates to be announced)
Whether you’re a fashion lover or fashion designer; whether you’re looking to see or be seen, or just interested in the scene altogether, Toronto Fashion Week is the place to be as some of the biggest names in Canadian fashion (and from all over the world) gather to showcase their collections.
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Toronto Zombie Walk & Halloween Parade
October 24, 2015
Join the undead horde of 10,000 zombies at Nathan Phillips Square! Includes spooky entertainment, contests and the new Halloween Parade.
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International Festival of Authors
October 22 to November 1, 2015
IFOA presents the finest international novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and biographers, and provides Canadian writers with an internationally-recognized forum in which to present their work.
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The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
November 6 to 15, 2015
Once a year, the country comes to the city bringing along over 300 vendors, regal horse shows, entertaining dog shows and everything else in between. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the largest of its kind and truly is part of Canadian tradition.
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Santa Claus Parade
Sunday, November 15, 2015
The Santa Claus Parade has been a Toronto tradition since 1905. Fantastic animated floats leave the corner of Christie and Bloor Street in the company of two dozen marching bands and a couple of thousand costumed participants, cheered along by excited kids.
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The Toronto Christmas Market
November 27 to December 20, 2015
Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products.
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Cavalcade of Lights
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Toronto’s annual Cavalcade of Lights returns to Nathan Phillips Square with the first lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, live performances and a spectacular fireworks display.
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January/February 2016 (dates to be announced)
Experience a series of mouthwatering culinary events and indulge in creative cuisine from around the world at great prix fixe value with the ever popular Winterlicious. Try something new, try something exotic, try something traditional or try it all!
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Toronto Sportsmen’s Show
February 2016 (dates to be announced)
The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show has introduced many generations to Canada’s outdoor heritage during its 65-year history. Many youth and adults alike had their first fishing, archery and outdoor experiences at the show.
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Canadian International AutoShow
February 2016 (dates to be announced)
Experience the Total Automotive Experience with over 600,000 square feet of dazzling displays, big prize giveaways and engaging exhibits!
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Hot Docs International Documentary Festival
April/May 2016 (dates to be announced)
North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market with a selection of more than 150 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe.
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Canadian Music Week
May 2016 (dates to be announced)
Canadian Music Week is one of the premier entertainment events in North America, and features Canadian Music Fest spanning 5 nights of performances, with 1,000 bands at more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto.
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