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Popular Events & Festivals


There are tons of great festivals, concerts, and events in Canada, especially during the summer. Some of Bakpak Guide’s favorites are:

Toronto International Film Festival

The largest film festival in North America. Films of all kinds including contemporary, non conventional, documentary, short and experimental will be shown by film makers from all over the world. Get your coupons, passes or individual tickets in advance - crowds are large. Sept 10-19. (416) 968-FILM

The Fringe: Toronto’s Theater Festival

Over 90 independent theatre companies from Canada, the US and around the world will stage over 670 performances including drama, comedy, stand-up, musicals, dance, multi-media, improv and more. Max ticket price $8. July 1 to 11. (416) 966-1062

Vancouver Int’l Jazz Festival

The biggest names in jazz hit various venues in the Vancouver area. There’s also a free New Orleans-style street festival held in Gastown for 2 days.
Jun 26-July 5. (604) 872-5200

Vancouver Int’l Comedy Festival

Held on Granville Island, this festival features a mix of comic artists from around the world. Over 120 free outdoor performances. September 17-27. (604) 685-0881

Calgary Stampede

Calgary’s largest event with 10 days of rodeo, stage shows, agricultural exhibits and a parade. At the Stampede Grounds. July 3-12. (800) 661-1767

Canada Day (Ottawa)

A massive celebration of Canada’s birthday, complete with street performers, food, games, performances, Canadian traditions, and fireworks! July 1. http://www.canadaday.gc.ca/

Ottawa's One World Film Festival

A film and video festival dedicated to helping aspiring filmmakers display their works about the issues of issues of social justice, human rights and the environment. October 29 – November 6. http://wiam.ca/programs/one-world-film-festival/

Banff Sunshine Village Slush Cup

Marking the last ski event of the season, the Slush Cup features skiers and snowboarders daring enough to jump across pools of ice water. Really entertaining! Mid May. (403)762-6500.

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