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Toronto’s leading festivals


The Toronto International Film Festival or TIFF (w is one of the most respected film festivals in the world – and the largest in North America. A ten-day affair, the festival begins on the first Thursday in September and queues to get into the films can be fearsome. Single, same-day tickets are available from the Film Festival’s box offices (or as rush tickets immediately before screenings), but regular TIFF attendees mostly buy books of tickets in advance – a somewhat more economical method – or opt for one of several passes, which can be purchased from the TIFF website. In all cases, book well ahead. In June, there’s the outstanding Toronto Jazz Festival (w, which usually overlaps with the week-long Gay & Lesbian Pride (w, culminating in a whopping Pride Day Parade.

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