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There's more than just one of the
world's biggest music events to
attract visitors, writes Melinda
The cities of eastern Canada have a 400-year
history of European settlement and reflect
the different styles of a unique, bilingual
country. A raft of festivals are packed into the
three months of the short Canadian summer,
with some winter festivals as a defence against
the cold thrown in for good measure.
Canada's largest city is home to more than 4
million people and is vibrant, cosmopolitan and
culturally diverse, with a similar style to
Going rasta: In July and August every year,
Toronto hosts Caribana, the largest Caribbean
festival in North America. It's a massive
multicultural street party culminating in a vibrant
parade along the city's lake with colourful floats,
flamboyant costumes and thousands of dancing
During the two-week festival, revellers can
enjoy reggae, hip-hop, steel bands, soca and
calypso, buy Caribbean crafts and clothes and
sample tasty cuisine.
W e July to August
Lights, camera, action: The Toronto Inter-
national Film Festival screens between 300 and
400 films at 23 screens to more than 300,000 film
buffs every year. It is regarded second only to
W e 10 days in September
Art on the streets: For one sleepless autumn
Festivals and all that jazz
night, downtown Toronto comes alive as 550
contemporary artists entertain at Nuit Blanche.
This year you can discover 132 installations,
digital and performance artists. A giant
illuminated light sculpture will hang suspended
above City Hall. In the Toronto Stock Exchange,
performance artist Iain Baxter will host a celebrity
Monopoly game using real money.
W e October 3
Beautiful, historical: Ottawa is Canada's
capital and is alive with festivals all year round.
Winter Wonderland Bal de Neige, or Winterlude,
celebrates the Canadian winter with towering
snow and ice sculptures, ice slides and skating on
the 7.8 kilometres of the Rideau Canal, the world's
longest skating rink.
W e February, 2011
Blooming lovely: In May, Ottawa heralds the
beginning of spring after the bitter winter with
the Canadian Tulip Festival.Three million tulips of
more than 50 varieties bloom in the city's parks.
W e May 7-24, 2010
Feeling funky: In July, Ottawa holds its annual
Blues Fest with 220 musical acts on 11 stages.
W e July, 2010
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CANADA Legendary B.B.
King is one of the
artists to have
played at the
jazz festival in
festival runs for
11 days from July
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