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Toronto Intl. Film Festival
Annual world-class public cinema celebration delivers 300-plus pics, red-carpet world preems and biz heat.
Where: Toronto
When: Sept. 8-18

Ottawa Intl. Animation Festival
Major global fest and toon industry confab presents more than 150 titles.
Where: Ottawa
When: Sept. 21-25

Stratford Shakespeare Festival
Internationally renowned event presents works by the Bard and music, literary and workshop sidebars.
Where: Stratford
When: April to November

Shaw Festival
North America’s second-largest rep theater company presents Shaw and his contemporaries.
Where: Niagara-on-the-Lake
When: April to October

Hot Docs Canadian Intl. Documentary Festival
North America’s premiere docu cinema showcase (200-plus pics), mart and confabs.
Where: Toronto
When: April 26-May 6

Luminato
Stages and public spaces invaded with local, international multi-disciplinary arts events.
Where: Toronto
When: June 8-17

NXNE
Canuck and global music, film and interactive innovators converge for public fest and confab.
Where: Toronto
When: June 11-17

Hillside Festival
Three-day, five-stage, island-set celebration of music & spoken word dubbed Canada’s best kept secret.
Where: Guelph
When: July

Toronto Fringe Festival
Artist-driven launchpad presents 140+ new (lottery-selected) shows in 25 venues and kids sidebar.
Where: Toronto
When: late June, early JulyWhen: late June, early July