Celebrating some events every year has been somewhat a part of our tradition. Whether you celebrate it as part of an advocacy, or you just want to celebrate it with friends and family, it brings us sense of fulfilment and happiness.

Here are some of the annual events in Toronto and reasons why you might want to participate in it.

Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche is an event of arts and artists. It is the largest contemporary art event in North America, and is held annually in Toronto. For one night, the streets of Toronto are filled with numerous exquisite artworks made by Canadian and international artists. On its 14th edition, Nuit Blanche 2019 explores the theme “Continuum”. It illustrates the interconnected and often contradictory ironies of life in the constantly changing city.

Last Nuit Blanche event was held last October 5, 2019, and the next one will be on the same date, October 5, 2020. The artworks are exhibited from sunset to sunrise, at 7 pm to 7 am. A few extended projects will remain on site so others will have a chance to revisit them. Nuit Blanche is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with Toronto’s arts community. 

Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival, or TIFF, is one of the most awaited festivals every year. Since 1976, it has been screening various films and is attended by more than 250, 000 people. It was then called Festival of Festivals but was renamed to Toronto International Film Festival in 1995. TIFF runs for 10 days, on Thursday after Labor Day in Canada. With more than 300 films showcased in this festival, a lot of movie goers and industry professionals go over to watch debuting films. Many films were popularized after winning awards and receiving good reviews at the TIFF, including The Hurt Locker (2008), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), and American Beauty (1999).   

Every year, the TIFF is held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Reitman Square. They offer lectures, workshops, discussions, screenings, industry support, and chance to meet Canadian and international filmmakers. The TIFF Bell Lightbox located on the north west corner of King Street and John Street in downtown Toronto. Its exact address is at 350 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario.

Cavalcade of Lights Festival

A great way to start the holiday season is by going to the Cavalcade of Lights Festival. This annual event is a celebration that marks the official start to the holiday season in Toronto. Since 1967, they light up the official Christmas Tree as well as more than 300, 000 energy-efficient LED lights. With great live performances, fun skating parties, and fantastic firework displays, it is indeed one of the liveliest festivals of the year.

Cavalcade of Lights Festival will be celebrated on November 30, 2019 in Nathan Phillips Square at 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario.

Santa Claus parade

One of the oldest festivals and most attended by the people is the Santa Claus Parade of Toronto. Also known as “The Original Santa Claus Parade”, this event has begun since 1905 and has been the largest parade productions in North America. Many bands and beautifully decorated floats march along the streets with great music and festive vibes on mid-November every year to celebrate the coming Christmas holidays.

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