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Canadian Music Week
May 6 - 10, 2014
Various Venues

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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Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
April 24, 2014 to May 4, 2014
Various Venues

Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. Hot Docs will mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

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Inside Out LGBT Film Festival
May 22 - June 1, 2014
Various Venues

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 25 & 25, 2014
Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits in nearly 600 unique locations across the city. It is Canada's largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world.

The 15th annual Doors Open will offer residents and visitors an opportunity to take a peek behind the doors of nearly 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city on Saturday May 24 and Sunday May 25, 2014.

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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
May 1 - 31, 2014
Various Venues

CONTACT takes place at over 200 venues across the Greater Toronto Area. As the largest photography festival in the world, CONTACT has become a premiere cultural event with a broad range of international programming. CONTACT participants, whether acclaimed international artists or local emerging photographers, exhibit in a variety of venues, from major public museums to private galleries and many alternative spaces including billboards, Pearson International Airport and the facades of significant cultural buildings.

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Ritz Bar 6-8-10
Monday - Friday; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
$10 selections at Ritz Bar

The team at Ritz Bar and Hapa Izakaya bring you a unique range of Japanese tapas and Handcrafted cocktails at only $10 each to enhance your early evening cocktail experience.

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Lunch Table
Monday - Friday; 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
$12 per person with purchase of an entree or $24 for the lunch table only

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Luminato
June 6 - 15, 2014
Luminato: Toronto’s Festival of Arts & Creativity has taken centre stage as the world's newest international multidisciplinary arts festival encompassing a broad spectrum of creative expression including music, dance, theatre, film, literature, visual arts and lectures. Discover a world of creativity at Luminato with free events all over the city as well as ticketed shows and events.

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NXNE: North by North East Music & Film Festival
June 13 - 22, 2014
Various Venues

Now in its 18th year, North by Northeast (NXNE) has become the Canadian festival destination for emerging artists and major-label headliners, for music filmmakers, and for digital interactive innovators bridging the gap between technology and the arts. Seen as the most anticipated summer music event in Canada, NXNE Music, NXNE Film, and NXNE Interactive are an essential gathering for artists, industry, and fans.

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TD Toronto Jazz Festival
June 19 - 28, 2014
Various Venues

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
June 20 - 22, 2014
HTO Park | 399 Queen’s Quay West

The Redpath Waterfront Festival is an annual festival celebrating Toronto’s waterfront. It is a unique festival that provides on-water and on-land programming. This year, Toronto’s Waterfront will come alive when Nova Scotia and New Brunswick come together at Saltscapes. Be welcomed with warm Maritime hospitality and celebrate the east coast lifestyle, culture to culinary, all weekend long.

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Pride Toronto Festival + WorldPride 2014
June 20 - 29, 2014
Various Venues

WorldPride 2014 Toronto (WP14TO), presented by Pride Toronto, is shaping up to be one of the biggest international events of our times. These ten days of queer celebration will turn streets into parades, parks into parties and strangers into friends. Come out and meet the people from around the world expected to gather downtown and in neighbourhoods right across the city.

This will be an international celebration incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. Highlighting Canada’s continued progress in human rights, WP14TO also celebrates the diversity and dynamism of Toronto, one of the world’s most progressive and livable cities.

* Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning, 2 Spirited, Allies

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Ritz Bar 6-8-10
Monday - Friday; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
$10 selections at Ritz Bar

The team at Ritz Bar and Hapa Izakaya bring you a unique range of Japanese tapas and Handcrafted cocktails at only $10 each to enhance your early evening cocktail experience.

Click here for more details.

Digital Dreams Festival
June 28 - 29, 2014
Various Venues

Electronic Nation presents the Digital Dreams Festival - Canada’s largest EDM festival! 90 DJs on 4 stages over Canada Day weekend

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Lunch Table
Monday - Friday; 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
$12 per person with purchase of an entree or $24 for the lunch table only

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TIFF in the Park
July 2014
David Pecaut Square | 55 John Street (Located Directly Across The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto)

Every Wednesday beginning in July, TIFF and the Toronto Entertainment District BIA, with support from the CN Tower and media partner CP24, present FREE outdoor screenings of romantic classics at David Pecaut Square.

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Toronto Fringe Festival
July 2 - 13, 2014
Various Venues

The Toronto Fringe Festival is this city’s largest performance festival, featuring over 150 productions at 30 venues across downtown Toronto. In what has become the city’s liveliest grassroots theatre festival, the best alternative, innovative and avant-garde art-makers cross their fingers every year in the hopes of being selected in the lottery process: hundreds and hundreds of companies apply, and the winning 150 productions are literally pickled out of a hat. The Fringe is a thoroughly unique and exciting arts organization with a mandate to remain populist and democratic, which is what makes the festival so vibrant – there’s always something for everyone, from gut-busting comedies to main-stage musicals, from FringeKids! family shows to experimental dance.

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Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
July 4 - 6, 2014
City Hall

As the largest of its kind in Canada, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 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. Side by side, established artists, undiscovered talents and innovative students sell their work directly to the public and make lasting connections with art dealers and collectors.

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Summerlicious
July 4 - 20, 2014
At 150 of Toronto’s favourite restaurants

Toronto's favourite summer foodie celebration turns 10 in 2012 and continues to shine the spotlight on our fantastic restaurant industry. Enjoy delectable, three-course prix fixe menus, available at more than 180 of Toronto’s top restaurants.

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Honda Indy
July 18 – 20, 2014
Exhibition Place | Lake Shore Boulevard

The Honda Indy Toronto takes place on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto. The 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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10th Annual Salsa on St. Clair
July 19 - 20, 2014
Hillcrest Village

TLN Telelatino, the Hillcrest Village BIA and the City of Toronto will once again join forces to present Canada's largest Latino-themed street festival which has attracted millions of salsa lovers to the streets of Toronto since it's launch in 2005.

St. Clair Avenue West will be transformed into a showcase of Latin Life where live music, dance lessons, fiery food and family fun will take over the streets of Toronto.

This year's festival promises to be bigger and better than ever! Bring your dancing shoes, it's going to be CALIENTE!

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Ritz Bar 6-8-10
Monday - Friday; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
$10 selections at Ritz Bar

The team at Ritz Bar and Hapa Izakaya bring you a unique range of Japanese tapas and Handcrafted cocktails at only $10 each to enhance your early evening cocktail experience.

Click here for more details.

Lunch Table
Monday - Friday; 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
$12 per person with purchase of an entree or $24 for the lunch table only

Click here to make your reservations online.

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto (formerly Caribana)
July / August (TBA)
Various Venues

Feel de vibe at the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto (formerly Caribana) – an exciting cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. In its 45th year it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. Toronto comes alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Hip Hop, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. The Grand Parade takes place on August 4.

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Rogers Cup
August 2 - 10, 2014
Rexall Centre | York University

Since 1881, the best men's tennis players in the world have showcased their skills on Canadian courts. Only Wimbledon and the U.S. Open have longer histories than the major Canadian stop, which is acknowledged by the tennis world to be one of the best-run tournaments on the Tour. Classified as a Masters 1000 event on the ATP World Tour tournament calendar, Rogers Cup presented by National Bank offers more than $3 million in prize money and attracts the biggest stars of men's tennis year after year.

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TD IRIE Music Festival
August 1 - 4, 2014
Various Venues

The IRIE Music Festival (IRIEFEST) is a multi-day, music and arts festival that will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2012. IRIEFEST will take place in two of Ontario's largest cities: Toronto and Mississauga and will present artists in the areas of music, dance, spoken word and visual arts. The festival will also include an awards event, a greening initiative and an historic component. IRIEFEST Toronto will take place August 3rd to 6th in two great downtown locations: Nathan Phillips Square (August 1 to 4) and Mississauga Celebration Square (August 23 & 24).

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Pilaro's Taste of the Danforth
August 8 - 10, 2014
Danforth Avenue | From Broadview Avenue to Jones Avenue

Get to Pilaros Taste of the Danforth and celebrate the fun flavours of Greece and summer in the city! Every year in August, the city of Toronto flocks to GreekTown on the Danforth. Everyone who comes to the Danforth gets to be Greek for the day.

There are a number of exhibitors offering contests, prizes and free samples and, of course, dozens and dozens of tasty food stations from Danforth’s amazing array of multi-ethnic restaurants.

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Canadian National Exhibition
August 15 - September 1, 2014
Exhibition Place | Lake Shore Boulevard West

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) 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. Step right up and try your hand at a game of chance to win your sweetie a plush toy.

The Ex culminates with the thrilling and crowd pleasing Air Show that fills the sky with a range of exciting aircraft and planes, including the iconic Snowbirds. A terrific way to cap the summer!

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Scotiabank BuskerFest
August 21 - 24, 2014
St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood

Comedy, spontaneity and a dash of the unbelievable: 4 days and 4 nights of non-stop, action-packed, fun-filled entertainment. Comedians, contortionists, musicians, magicians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists, clowns and daredevils all come together for North America’s largest street performer festival, the largest epilepsy awareness event in the world on the world’s longest, most vibrant Street!

Admission is by donation in support of Epilepsy Toronto. Prepare to be amazed!

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Telus TAIWANfest
August 24 - 26, 2014
Harbourfront Centre | 235 Queens Quay West

Telus TAIWANfest, Co-produced by the Asian-Canadian Special Events Association. A three-day culinary arts, music, dance and film fest that sparks a new dialogue on Canada's multifaceted lifestyles between new immigrants and Canadians who have been here for generations.

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Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto (formerly Caribana)
July / August (TBA)
Various Venues

Feel de vibe at the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto (formerly Caribana) – an exciting cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. In its 45th year it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. Toronto comes alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Hip Hop, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. The Grand Parade takes place on August 4.

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Toronto International Film Festival
September 4 - 14, 2014
Various Venues

The Toronto International Film Festival is the most successful public film festival in the world. World premieres, galas, associated shmoozes and parties comprise this illustrious event where stars, directors and industry honchos make the rounds. If you are a cinephile or simply just love to experience new and innovative films, the Festival is the place to be.

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Tim Hortons Soutside Shuffle
September 5 - 7, 2014
Port Credit

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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Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival
September (TBA)
Various Venues

Three days of 100% Canadian Entertainment!
Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival is three days of music featuring some of Canada’s most popular and iconic performers. The Festival is held at a variety of venues in downtown Toronto, most of them free.

Audiences will enjoy a broad range of events, from Canada’s most celebrated performers to exciting emerging artists breaking out onto the world stage.

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Canadian National Exhibition
August 15 - September 1, 2014
Exhibition Place | Lake Shore Boulevard West

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) 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. Step right up and try your hand at a game of chance to win your sweetie a plush toy.

The Ex culminates with the thrilling and crowd pleasing Air Show that fills the sky with a range of exciting aircraft and planes, including the iconic Snowbirds. A terrific way to cap the summer!

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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
October 4, 2014
7:03 p.m. to Sunrise

For one sleepless night experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of artists. One night only. All night long. Discover art in galleries, museums and unexpected places. From churches and grocery stores to chimney stacks and bus stations, choose from 130 projects spread out over the 3 zones.

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International Festival of Authors
October 23 - November 2, 2014
Harbourfront Centre

Approaching its 35th year in 2014, the International Festival of Authors brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, lectures, round-table discussions, public book signings and a number of special events, including readings by Governor General’s Literacy Awards and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalists, as well as the awarding of the Harbourfront Festival Prize.

The 2013 lineup featured over 60 authors, including Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Joseph Boyden, Anne Carson, Douglas Coupland and Canada Reads 2013 winner, Lisa Moore

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Toronto Zombie Walk & Halloween Parade
October (TBA)
The zombie walk started one gloomy Sunday, a week before hallows eve in 2003. A handful of the living dead rose from their graves to wander the streets of Toronto in search of brains.

The plague returned every year, and the zombie count grew into a large and dedicated legion of the undead. Not only did the plague hit Toronto, it hit New York, Vancouver, Ottawa, Melbourne and numerous other cities around the world. In 2006 The Toronto Zombie Walk joined forces with the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, to ensure zombies have an enjoyable evening of flicks to see after their flesh eating endeavors.

2012 marked the ten-year anniversary with over 10,000 people!

The Toronto Zombie Walk is pleased to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation as their charity of choice to help raise public awareness about the importance of learning the three simple steps to hands-only CPR™ through their CPR Makes You Undead campaign to educate and save lives.

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Toronto Oktoberfest
October (TBA)
Dig out your lederhosen and dirndls! Inspired by traditions started in Munich, Germany over 200 years ago, Toronto Oktoberfest brings a taste of Munich to the City as it captures the essence of Bavarian festivities through authentic food, drink and merriment. Experience a genuine Festhalle filled with traditional Bavarian dancers, polka bands, German and European biers, authentic Bavarian fare, singing and dancing and so much more!

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Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
November 7 - 16, 2014
Exhibition Place | Lake Shore Boulevard West

Since its inception in November 1922, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has become the largest indoor agricultural and international equestrian competition in the world. The Royal combines everything agriculture and draws more than 340,000 visitors annually to see over 300 vendors, regal horse shows, entertaining dog shows and everything in between. Celebrating its 90th year and promising to be the biggest year ever, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the largest of its kind and truly is part of Canadian tradition.

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Winter Festival of Lights
November 9, 2014 - January 31, 2015
Niagara Falls

The CAA Winter Festival of Lights turns Niagara Falls into a winter wonderland, with over three million sparkling lights along a 6km route, Niagara Falls ice skating at the TD RINK at the Brink, grand holiday displays throughout the city, and unique Niagara Falls events like the Christmas Concert Series. With weekly fireworks, waterparks and casinos, this wintertime Niagara Falls festival offers plenty to experience.

The CAA Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a tradition for over one million people from around the globe on winter getaways.

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International Festival of Authors
October 23 - November 2, 2014
Harbourfront Centre

Approaching its 35th year in 2014, the International Festival of Authors brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, lectures, round-table discussions, public book signings and a number of special events, including readings by Governor General’s Literacy Awards and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalists, as well as the awarding of the Harbourfront Festival Prize.

The 2013 lineup featured over 60 authors, including Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Joseph Boyden, Anne Carson, Douglas Coupland and Canada Reads 2013 winner, Lisa Moore

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Cavalcade of Lights
November 29, 2014
Nathan Phillips Square | 100 Queen Street West

This festive event, a 48-year holiday tradition in Toronto, will feature the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent, a brilliant fireworks show and a skating party at Nathan Phillips Square.

The evening begins at 7:00pm with performances followed by a breathtaking fireworks display at 8 p.m.

The celebration will continue at 8:15pm with a live concert followed by an open-air skating party with DJ Dopey under the glow of thousands of lights in Nathan Phillips Square.

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Winter Festival of Lights
November 9, 2014 - January 31, 2015
Niagara Falls

The CAA Winter Festival of Lights turns Niagara Falls into a winter wonderland, with over three million sparkling lights along a 6km route, Niagara Falls ice skating at the TD RINK at the Brink, grand holiday displays throughout the city, and unique Niagara Falls events like the Christmas Concert Series. With weekly fireworks, waterparks and casinos, this wintertime Niagara Falls festival offers plenty to experience.

The CAA Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a tradition for over one million people from around the globe on winter getaways.

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