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Toronto International Film Festival (September, Toronto, Ontario)

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is the launching pad for the best of international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema, and is now recognized as the most important film festival after Cannes, attracting more than 500,000 movie lovers to view over 350 films from 64 countries screened at approximately 37 screens in downtown Toronto venues.

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Winterlude (early February, Ottawa, Ontario)

The annual Winterlude festival held in Canada’s capital city celebrates winter with a host of outdoor activities including public skating and skating displays, ice sculpture competitions, musical concerts, children's play areas, largest ice playground, an 'ice lounge', and numerous off-site events.

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Calgary Exhibition & Stampede (mid July Calgary, Alberta)

Preserving and promoting western heritage and values, the Calgary Stampede, also known as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", is a 10-day agricultural fair and rodeo held every July in Calgary attracting more than two million visitors. One of the biggest events in the Canadian calendar,

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Edmonton Folk Music Festival (August, Edmonton, Alberta)

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival is one of the world’s biggest and best attended folk festivals. This annual four-day outdoor event attracts folk musicians from around the world offering traditional and contemporary folk music including Celtic, country, blues, gospel, soul and world music, workshops, jam sessions and fully fledged concerts.

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Quebec Winter Carnival (end January to mid February, Quebec)

For more than 56 years, the Quebec Winter Carnival has been the biggest winter festival in the world offering 17 days of fun for all the family including over 300 shows and activities, an Ice Palace, two Magical Night Parades, a 400-foot-long Ice Slide, a Day Parade, and an outdoor stage with dance and music shows every Friday and Saturday night.

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Just for Laughs (June, Montreal, Quebec (QC)

The world’s largest comedy event, Just for Laughs brings close to 2 million people together to celebrate comedy in gala performances, theatre, club shows, comedic films, open-air shows, television specials and an industry marketplace. A Montréal institution for almost 30 years, the Just For Laughs Festival has been treating spectators to the widest array of international comedians and purely funny people ever assembled.

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Celebration of Light (July/August Vancouver, British Columbia)

The Celebration of Light, Vancouver's two-week midsummer fireworks bonanza, attracts more than 1.6 million spectators when the sparkles hit the skies on four separate nights over two weeks - Wednesday, Saturday and Wednesday and Saturday again at the end of July and beginning of August.

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Canadian Western Agribition (November Regina, Saskatchewan (SK))

WCanadian Western Agribition is Canada’s premier international livestock show and marketplace featuring the finest livestock in North America including 4,000 head of cattle, horses, bison and sheep, more than 12 breeds of purebred beef cattle, including four Canadian National Shows,

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Celtic Colours International Festival (mid October, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia)

Autumn is the time when the sounds of fiddles, pipes and voices in song echo over the magical island of Cape Breton as tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world flock to Cape Breton Island for nine days in October to take part in an extensive line-up of more than 250 community events all over the island and to celebrate the music and the culture of the Celtic peoples.

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Folklorama Festival

Folklorama Festival, (early August, Winnipeg, Manitoba (MB)

The largest and longest-running multi-cultural festival in the world, the Folklorama Festival presents over 44 cultural pavilions where guests can sample ethnic food, meet traditionally costumed volunteers, enjoy lively cultural entertainment, interactive fun and learn about cultures and countries from around the world. Folklorama attracts close to half a million visitors each year.

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