Story by Vacay.ca Staff
George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Radcliffe, Julia Roberts, and Jennifer Aniston are just a few of the big names that will be at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013.
Oh, you’re looking for more reasons to check out TIFF? Okay, how about Mila Kunis, Keira Knightley, Hugh Jackman, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, and Idris Elba? And, yes, we could go on and on and on.
If you love movies and stargazing, then Toronto is the place to be in September as Hollywood’s heavy-hitters descend on Canada’s biggest city for 11 days of fun and excitement. Other excellent film festivals happening across the country include Cinéfest – Sudbury’s International Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Atlantic Film Festival.
Speaking of celebrities, another event happening in Toronto will be Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival. This year Craig and Marc Kielburger, Bob Ezrin, Terry Fox, Oscar Peterson, Christine Sinclair, and Alan Thicke (aka Robin’s dad) will be inducted.
If you’re thinking family fun and adventure, get out to Saint-Tite Western Festival for one of Canada’s best rodeos, second in this country only to the Calgary Stampede. There’s also the Fredericton Exhibition (FREX) filled with rides, games, and food that the whole family will love.
Here is Vacay.ca’s list of the top festivals happening across the country for September:
EDITORS’ PICK!!! Toronto International Film Festival
Dates: 5 – 15
TIFF is dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema to film lovers. The big releases are the world premieres of “The Fifth Estate,” about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” chronicling the life of the South African leader and Nobel Prize winner. Also, fans will want to see “Gravity,” starring Clooney and Bullock, and “August: Osage County,” with Streep and Roberts. New releases kick off this season with insightful documentaries, including Zachary Heinzerling’s “Cutie and the Boxer” (2013); a look at the true story behind Academy Award-winning “Argo,” with Drew Taylor and Larry Weinstein’s “Our Man In Tehran” (2013); Jennifer Baichwal’s latest collaboration with artist Edward Burtynsky in “Watermark” (2013); David Roach and Warwick Ross’s look deeper into the red wine boom in China with “Red Obsession” (2013) — to name a few.
Read further Vacay.ca TIFF coverage:
Niagara Wine Festival
Several beverages to choose from in one of Canada’s favourite wine regions.
Ottawa Folk Festival
Several wonderful performers including Amanda Rheaume, Kat Edmonson and Robyn Hitchcock.
29th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival
Dates: 6 – 8
Free talks and cooking demonstrations from leading vegetarian experts.
Activities include stage entertainment, pubs and patio entertainers, and street vendors.
EDITORS’ PICK!!! Cinéfest – Sudbury’s International Film Festival
Currently screening approximately 135 films, including full-length features, shorts, documentaries and animation, Cinéfest Sudbury provides first-class film works and industry discourse each September.
Toronto Ukranian Festival
The Festival takes pride in turning its spotlight on contemporary professional and amateur artists and performers from North America and Ukraine, and in celebration of Toronto’s diversity.
EDITORS’ PICK!!! Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival
Wow! The class of 2013 includes Terry Fox, Victor Garber, Alan Thicke and Oscar Peterson.
Port Hope All Canadian Jazz Festival
The All-Canadian Jazz Festival Port Hope has earned recognition as a showcase for the finest in Canadian jazz. Artists include Powder Blues, the Club Django Sextet and Alex Pangman.
Ottawa International Animation Festival
Every September, the Ottawa International Animation Festival presents the world’s most cutting-edge, quirky and important animation — and transforms Ottawa into the centre of the animation universe.
EDITORS’ PICK!!! Saint-Tite Western Festival
Great shows, jaw-dropping rodeo. Saint- Tite is one of the best rodeos in the world and a Canadian favourite.
POP Montreal International Music Festival
POP Montreal International Music Festival is an annual not-for-proﬁt curated cultural event that champions independence in the arts by presenting emerging and celebrated artistic talents from around the world.
FireFit National Championships
More than 350 firefighters from across the country are expected to be at this annual event taking place in the parking lot of the West Edmonton Mall. FireFit has travelled from coast to coast this summer putting on regional events that lead up to the national finals. This is the 20th anniversary for the event.
Calgary International Film Festival
Dates: 19 – 29
An 11-day celebration of visual arts and cinema, screening over 200 multi-genre films from around the world and highlighted by a series of gala events, awards ceremonies, and special presentations.
A celebration of theatre for everyone featuring more than 600 performances by 89 artists over 11 days. The Fringe employs an “everyone welcome” selection technique — the Mainstage shows are literally drawn out of a hat, giving all artists a chance to participate.
Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival
With many first-class chefs and wine makers now calling the Cowichan area home, it is becoming renowned for a vibrant wine and culinary scene with beautiful, peaceful, and relaxing country backroads to explore.
Vancouver International Film Festival
Dates: September 26 – October 11
The VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. It screens film from 80 countries on 10 screens. The international line-up includes the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems.
Harvest Moon Festival
An important economic development activity, the festival brings in over 1,200 patrons annually and revenue generated from the festival gives an important boost to Clearwater organizations and businesses.
FemFest is a national festival celebrating female theatrical artists.
Winnipeg International Writers Festival – Thin Air
Winnipeg welcomes writers from Canada and around the world for a week of readings, lectures, interviews, conversations, book launches, and other events.
EDITORS’ PICK!!! Fredericton Exhibition (FREX)
Attractions this year include lumberjack competition, chainsaw carving, draft horses and gospel music.
Miramichi Country Music Festival
Great food and music at affordable prices. All are welcome.
Giant Pumpkin Provincial Festival
This festival attracts on the last Sunday of September of each year a crowd estimated to be over 1,500 spectators from around the province and abroad.
Festival of the Midnight Sun
Performers include Eel House, Gary “Alaska” Sloan and Marc Brown.
Nova Scotia Fall Wine Festival
Dates: September 13 – October 14, 2013
The festival promotes Nova Scotia’s amazing wines and wineries. It also celebrates the harvest season and provides consumers with a month of entertaining wine and food events — including grape stomps, winemakers’ dinners, wine education seminars, accommodation packages and much more.
Hike the Highlands Festival
A 10-day hiking festival that features guided hikes, evening activities, presentations, the hiker distance award, opening and closing ceremonies, and a photo contest.
Whirligig and Weather Vane Festival
Dates: 21 – 22
This year’s special guest judge and master of ceremonies is award-winning journalist and radio host Don Connolly. His “Information Morning” show is a favourite among Nova Scotians.
Atlantic Film Festival
Dates: 12 – 19
The Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) is an eight-day celebration of film, media, and music from around the world. It’s a festival that turns Halifax — a charming and historic coastal city — into an international centre for the arts.
Inummarit Music Festival
Each September, the southern Nunavut community of Arviat hosts one of the territory’s liveliest musical celebrations at the Mark Kalluak Hall. Visitors and residents alike enjoy these four days of music and entertainment.