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*Please note all dates and locations for 2014 Toronto festivals
remain to be confirmed; unless otherwise stated.
These are approximate dates based on previous year.


September 2014

September 3 - 13
CARIBBEANTALES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Various Locations
www.caribeantales-events.com

If there's one art form that defines the city of Toronto, it's cinema; many Hollywood flicks are shot here and we're home to one of the world's top-ranked film festivals, along with many smaller ones.


September 4 - 14
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Various Theatre Locations
www.tiff.net

The Toronto International Film Festival is the leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September. TIFF programmers have earned a reputation for excellence, and a diverse array of films are shown: Hollywood galas, complete with red carpet glam- our; the best in international cinema, the latest homegrown comedies… and everything in between. The Toronto International Film Festival ranks among the most prestigious international film festivals in the world. For ten days, film lovers, filmmakers, industry professionals and media watch the best in new cinema from established masters and new talent. The Toronto International Film Festival presents one of the world's largest annual showcases of Canadian film with the Canada First!, Short Cuts Canada and Canadian Open Vault programmes.


September 5
TASTE OF KINGSWAY

Bloor Street (Prince Edward Drive to Montgomery Rd)
www.kingswaybia.ca

Discover international cuisines, quality entertainers, a fresh food market, and celebrity chefs at a culinary theatre - all conveniently located at Royal York Station on the subway line. I mean, who can drive on a full stomach? This annual fall festival, presented by the Kingsway BIA that runs along Bloor Street West between Prince Edward Drive and Montgomery Rd., isn't the same old food festival - this is a culinary experience! Two main stages at either ends of Bloor

Street feature continuous live entertainment from well-known artists, performers and musicians. Over 200 exhibitors will be participating in this year's event along with the ever
popular Scotiabank Dog Show, Rock Climbing Walls and Street Performers.


September 5 - 7
SOUTHSIDE SHUFFLE: BLUES + JAZZ FESTIVAL

Memorial Park-Port Credit
www.southsideshuffle.com

The Blues Pavilion plays host to a fantastic line-up of acoustic and electric musicians. A large grassy seating area directly in front of the ground level stage provides the perfect set- ting to relax and enjoy the music. The Food Court and Beer Garden located nearby ensure you are well-fed and refreshed for the day. As the gateway to the Festival, Mississippi Dave de Eyre Square welcomes visitors to the festival with an eclectic mix of acoustic and electric performers. Great sound, wide-open spaces and clear sightlines create a comfortable viewing area to stop and enjoy the music.


September 5 - 7
VEGETARIAN FOOD FESTIVAL

Harbourfront Centre
www.harbourfrontcentre.com/what- son/today.cfm?id=4832

Regarded as the largest event of its kind in North America, the annual Vegetarian Food Festival gives you an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy a diverse cross-section of vegetarian cuisine.


September 5 - 7
CABBAGETOWN ART FESTIVAL

Cabbagetown District (bounded by Parliament, Wellesley, Gerrard and Yonge)
www.cabbagetownartandcrafts.org

The Cabbagetown Art & Crafts Sale is held each year during the Cabbagetown Festival and Riverdale Farm Fall Festival. The sale takes place on the weekend after Labour Day and attracts over 20,000 visitors to Riverdale Park West, in the heart of Toronto's historic Cabbagetown.


September 6
JESUS IN THE CITY PARADE

Queen's Park
www.jesusinthecity.com

It's a party in the streets as thousands join in this year's Jesus in the City Parade, meeting at Queen's Park, for a day of music, worship and celebration. With a colourful display of banners, floats, biblical costumes, gospel music and more, the event aims to spread a message of peace, love and joy through the downtown streets.


September 6 - 7
RIOT FEST

Downsview Park
www.riotfest.org

Riot Fest takes over Downsview Park for two days this September, showcasing top acts like the Billy Talent, The Cure, Rise Against, The Flaming Lips, City an Colour, Metric and dozens more. The festival celebrates punk, rock and alternative music and during the nine years that the festival has been in operation, organizers have focused on their mandate of putting music first.


September 7 25th Anniversary
Organic Advocates FEAST OF FIELDS

Cold Creek Conservation Area, King Twp.
www.feastoffields.org

A leisurely, sumptuous experience celebrating the sustainable growth, preparation & consumption of organic food. Feast of Fields will be an afternoon of indulgence, featuring abundant samples of local wines, craft beers and farm-fresh organic delicacies created by top Southern-Ontario chefs.


September 12 - 20
TORONTO BEER WEEK

Various Locations
www.torontobeerweek.com

The weeklong event features some of the city's experts in the industry. Attendees have the opportunity to visit top restaurants, bars, breweries, markets and more to learn and appreciate the amber brew. Participating venues include Mill St. Brew Pub, the Monarch Tavern, Beer Bistro, Bar Hop, The Painted Lady and more. The Homebrew Competition is back as well, and features the best in homemade beers.


September 12 - 14
BLOOR WEST VILLAGE TORONTO UKRAINIAN FESTIVAL

Bloor West Village
www.ukrainianfestival.com

The Annual Toronto Ukrainian Festival in the Bloor West Village! The Toronto Ukrainian Festival is the largest Ukrainian street festival in North America showcasing the best of Ukrainian arts and culture. The Festival is free and provides an entertainment experience for the entire family.


September 13 - 14
RONCESVALLES POLISH FESTIVAL

Roncesvalles Avenue/Queen St. West
www.polishfestival.ca

Czesc! North America's largest celebration of Polish culture in Toronto's best neighbourhood! Now entering its eighth year, the Festival adds an old-world charm to today's Roncesvalles Village, well-known as one of Toronto's most vibrant, diverse and creative communities.


September 18 - 27
JFL 42

Various Locations www.jfl42.com

Just For Laughs presents a new kind of interactive festival, JFL42. Over 10 days, there will be 42 ‘cool things' happening in the city, including art, comedy, music, dance, and more. One pass gives access to all 42 events, in a schedule decided by the audience. Smart phone users can select what they want to see and based on interest events can change locations or have an extra date added. This year's headliners are comedians Seth Meyers, Lena Dunham, Joe Rogan, Nick Offermen, Wanda Sykes and Amy Schuner. Each pass comes with four credits, which give access to the 42 shows. Use your smartphone to check in immediately before or after an event to earn back a credit and see even more events. Pass options include access to all three of the headliners, or to one headliner of your choosing.

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October 2014
October 4
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Citywide
www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca

Toronto's free all-night contemporary art event. For one sleepless night experience Toronto transformed by artists. The familiar will be discarded as the city becomes the artistic playground for a series of exhilarating contemporary art experiences. One night only. All night long. All free.


October 11-November 2
TORONTO CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

www.TorontoChocolateFestival.com

The 8th Annual Toronto Chocolate Festival celebrates everything chocolate. Signature features of the festival include The Luxury Chocolate Show, The ChocElite Dinner+ Show and The Chocolate Ball.


October 16-24
TORONTO AFTER DARK FILM FESTIVAL

Scotiabank Theatre
www.torontoafterdark.com

9 amazing nights of outstanding new Horror, Sci-Fi, Action and Cult Movies!


October 23-November 2
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS

Harbourfront Centre
www.readings.org/?q=ifoa

The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) brings together the best writers in contemporary world literature.


October 24-26
CREATIV FESTIVAL 2014

South Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
www.csnf.com

Creativ Festival is trend spotting, inspiration, new products, spectacular shopping, hands-on conference workshops, industry experts, how-tos, make 'n takes, seminars, fashion, style & trunk shows, exquisite displays, meet and greets (tv hosts, authors, designer and artist), door pizes and more. It's where you go to get the insider tips, trade secrets and stay-in-the know on what's hot, what's new and what's next in the world of sewing, knitting, beading, quilting, needlework, paper crafts and more!


October 25
ZOMBIE WALK

Nathan Philips Square
torontozombiewalk.ca

The parade of bloodthirsty monsters starts at Trinity Bellwoods, where Torontonians put on their best dead faces for prizes and post-walk "flesh feasting. The dead will rise for the annual Toronto Zombie Walk!! Last year nearly 6000 corpses writhed, weaved and lurched their way through the streets of Toronto feasting on those unlucky enough to be living.
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November 2014
November 2
TORONTO LUXURY CHOCOLATE SHOW

Roy Thomson Hall
www.torontochocolateshow.com
(SIGNATURE EVENT OF THE TORONTO CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL)

The Toronto LUXURY CHOCOLATE SHOW celebrates everything chocolate under one roof. A diverse array of fine chocolates and chocolate-inspired products will be featured. Various vendors will be displaying, sampling and selling their fine chocolate products at show prices, just in time for the holiday season.
November 6-16
THE REEL ASIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Toronto and Richmond Hill
www.reelasian.com
November 7-16
ROYAL AGRICULTURE WINTER FAIR

Exhibition Place
www.royalfair.org
November 10-15
RENDEZVOUS WITH MADNESS FILM FESTIVAL

www.rendezvouswithmadness.com

Rendezvous with Madness is the world's first and longest running film festival dedicated to showcasing cinematic representations of mental health, addiction and recovery. Each screening is followed by a panel discussion with representatives from the filmmaking community, mental health professionals, and people recovering from mental illness and/or addiction. Showcasing independent Canadian and International work, the festival has screened to tens of thousands of people over the last nineteen years. Now in its 20th year you are invited to submit new films and videos in all genres that touch on issues of mental health and/or addiction.


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GOURMET FOOD AND WINE 2014

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
www.foodandwineexpo.ca

Celebrity guests, a fine wine tasting lounge, a Food Network stage, a spiritology pavilion and an extensive food and beverage exhibitor showcase are highlights of this annual event, which offers ample opportunities to sample gourmet foods and wines from around the globe.


November 29
TORONTO CAVALCADE OF LIGHTS 2014
Nathan Phillips Square
toronto-travel-guide.com/cavalcade-of-lights.html#.Ue03Fs2OhVU

Fabulous fireworks, magnificent music and dazzling lights - the annual Toronto Cavalcade of Lights features wonderful combination of these electrifying actions, right in the heart of the city centre.The Cavalcade of Lights kick-starts Toronto's festive holiday season with the sparkling illumination of Nathan Phillips Square and city's official Christmas tree in the final weekend of November.
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December 2014
December 31
New Year's Eve

Nathan Phillips Square
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