From icewine and cool jazz to rodeos and com­edy, Cana­di­ans sure love their fes­ti­vals

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Just For Laughs Fes­ti­val When: July 2008 Where: Mon­treal Why go? About 2000 per­form­ers fill the streets of Mon­treal for this rau­cous fes­ti­val; half of the events are free. More: www.ha­ Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val When: Septem­ber 6-15 Where: Toronto Why go? If you like movies, par­ties and celebrity sight­ings, this is the place to be. World pre­mieres, the glit­terati and lots of star­dust are on hand for this pop­u­lar event, along with the screen­ing of 300 movies from 50 coun­tries. More: www.toron­toin­t­er­na­tion­al­film­fes­ti­ Okana­gan Fall Wine Fes­ti­val When: Septem­ber 28 to Oc­to­ber 7 Where: Okana­gan Val­ley, Bri­tish Columbia Why go? Dis­cover the taste of a unique wine re­gion. Tours, com­pe­ti­tions and wine tast­ings abound at this au­tumn fes­ti­val in Bri­tish Columbia’s famed wine­grow­ing re­gion. More: Cal­gary Stam­pede When: July 2008 Where: Cal­gary, Al­berta Why go? If you like rodeos, cow­boys and live­stock, this is the hottest ticket in town. More than just a show, the Cal­gary Stam­pede has rodeo events, a pa­rade, races and night events with bands, clowns and dancers. More:­gar­ys­tam­ Ni­a­gara Icewine Fes­ti­val When: Jan­uary Where: Ni­a­gara Falls, On­tario Why go? If you like icewine, wine tours and tast­ings, this is for you. The 10-day fes­ti­val in­cludes frozen­grape pick­ing, din­ners with wine­mak­ers, con­certs, tours and tast­ings of fastest-grow­ing ex­port. More:­a­garaicewine­fes­ti­ Edmonton In­ter­na­tional Fringe Fes­ti­val When: Au­gust 16-26 Where: Edmonton, Al­berta Why go? About 150 troupes from across the world en­ter­tain 600,000 spectators. The fes­ti­val’s 13 in­door and two out­door stages spot­light 1000 in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances. The fes­ti­val hosts food and craft booths, street per­form­ers and beer tents. More: www.fringeth­e­atread­ven­ At­lantic In­ter­na­tional Bal­loon Fi­esta When: Septem­ber 7-9 Where: Sus­sex, New Brunswick Why go? An awe­some spec­ta­cle of 30 hot-air bal­loons, craft fair and non­stop en­ter­tain­ment for a fly­ing fi­esta of fun. More:­lanticbal­loon­fi­ Fes­ti­val In­ter­na­tional de Jazz de Mon­treal When: Late June 2008 Where: Mon­treal Why go? More than 2000 mu­si­cians en­ter­tain one mil­lion peo­ple at this nine-day jazz ex­trav­a­ganza. Jazz is the fo­cus, but mu­si­cians also play reg­gae, world beat and ex­per­i­men­tal. More: www.mon­tre­al­jaz­ Win­ter Car­naval de Que­bec When: Win­ter Where: Que­bec City Why go? The largest car­ni­val of its kind in the world, with an ice palace as the cen­tre­piece. There are night pa­rades, con­certs, sleigh rides, dogsled­ding, ice-skat­ing and snow sculp­tures ga­lore. More:­




Run­ning hot: At­lantic In­ter­na­tional Bal­loon Fi­esta

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