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Top 100 Pride Torontoadd to idea book

Toronto
#1 Festival & Parade
Pride expanded to the fashion entire month of June in 2016 and made history by having a sitting prime minister, Justin Trudeau, participate in the annual parade for the first time. Other bigwigs in attendance were Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Next: June 2017 western canadian fashion week blogs

Photo: NaJin Lim

Top 100 Calgary Stampedeadd to idea book

Calgary
#2 Festival & Parade
Sponsorship for the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth was strong in 2016, with Spotify and online bed retailer Casper joining Bell and McDonald’s. But dismal weather drove attendance down to just over one million, with the city experiencing the most rain during Stampede since 1927. Next: July 7-16, 2017

Photo: Chris Bolin/Calgary Stampede

Top 100 Toronto Caribbean Carnivaladd to idea book

Toronto
#3 Festival & Parade (up from #5)
Great weather and a favorable exchange rate for U.S. visitors helped push attendance at the Scotiabank-sponsored celebration to 1.25 million in 2016. The King and Queen contest were broadcast live to the U.S. and 22 countries in the Caribbean and South America. Next: Summer 2016

Photo: Courtesy of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival

Top 100 Canada Dayadd to idea book

Ottawa
#4 Festival & Parade (up from #6)
About 350,000 gathered for the party on Parliament Hill this year, which included, for the first time, a musical fireworks show with 2,000 aerial shells. Chicken Farmers of Canada was the national sponsor. A banner year is expected in 2017, when Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. Next: July 1, 2017

Photo: Steve Gerecke

Top 100 Winterludeadd to idea book

Ottawa
#5 Festival & Parade
The winter celebration, which routinely attracts about 600,000 people, added the Sub-Zero concert series in 2016, featuring Canadian artists. Warm weather meant the Rideau Canal was only open for skating two out of three weekends. CIBC and Enbridge were official sponsors. Next: February 3-20, 2017

Photo: Trevor Lush

Top 100 Québec Winter Carnivaladd to idea book

Québec City
#6 Festival & Parade
The largest winter carnival in the world attracted about 400,000 people in 2016, 45 percent of them tourists. New this year will be a symphony in the newly built Videotron Centre. And back by popular demand: the massive snowball fight. The festival is sponsored by Loto-Québec. Next: February 2017

Photo: Simon Armstrong

Top 100 Les Grands Feux Loto-Québecadd to idea book

Québec City
#7 Festival & Parade (up from #10)
For an additional thrill, the international fireworks show moved its launching platform closer to shore this year, anchored by two tugboats, bringing spectators nearer to the action. Pre-show parties were also new in 2016, but key sponsors remained the same: RBC and Loto Québec. Next: Summer 2017

Photo: Philippe Moussette

Top 100 Celebration of Lightadd to idea book

Vancouver
#8 Festival & Parade (up from #10)
About one million viewers witnessed the three-country fireworks competition, which was won by the U.S.A.’s Walt Disney Parks and Entertainment in 2016. Shorefest, the event’s free beachfront concert series, featured 20 musicians on two stages and reserved seating sold out at the Honda-sponsored event. Next: Summer 2017

Photo: Gabriel Authier

Top 100 Halifax international Busker Festivaladd to idea book

Halifax
#9 Festival & Parade (up from #10)
For its 30th anniversary, the oldest festival of its kind in Canada introduced Busker Brunch, held at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, with private performances for V.I.P. guests. This year’s free, ungated event featured acts from Canada, the United States, and Italy, with Mazda and Bell Aliant as sponsors. Next: August 2-7, 2017

Photo: Chris Smith

Top 100 Canadian Tulip Festivaladd to idea book

Ottawa
#10 Festival & Parade (up from #10)
The fragrant flower festival introduced a second location in 2016 at Ottawa’s newest hotspot, Lansdowne Park, with an indoor tulip and sculpture garden. National Capital Commission and the City of Ottawa were the main sponsors. Next: May 12-22, 2017

Photo: Courtesy of the Canadian Tulip Festival

Top 100 Victoria Symphony Splashadd to idea book

Victoria
#11 Festival & Parade (up from #10)
Beautiful weather brought out plenty of tourists this summer for a free concert on the floating stage in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, sponsored by British Columbia Lottery. Highlights for 2016 included Star Wars and Star Trek music, the 1812 Overture, and the chicken dance. Next: August 6, 2017

Photo: Daniel German

Top 100 Collingwood Elvis Festivaladd to idea book

Collingwood
#12 Festival & Parade (up from #10)
The Blue Suede Shutes—Elvis-impersonating skydivers—landed at this year’s festival, which also featured concerts, storytelling, and head-to-head musical battles. The winning Elvis came all the way from Germany. The event is sponsored by the Province of Ontario. Next: July 27-30, 2017

Photo: Dave West

Top 100 Toronto International Film Festivaladd to idea book

Toronto
#1 Entertainment Industry Event
Bell-sponsored TIFF presented 397 films, including 266 premiers, from 83 countries this year. Countless celebrities walked the red carpets along King Street West, which became a pedestrian-friendly Street Festival, welcoming about 100,000 star gazers daily. Next: September 7-17, 2017

Photo: Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox/AP Images

Top 100 Vancouver International Film Festivaladd to idea book

Vancouver
#2 Entertainment Industry Event
More than 140,000 film fanatics attended the Telus-sponsored festival in 2015, with about 500 public screenings, and the same amount is expected this year. New multi-experiential streams celebrate the intersection of movies with music, dance, and fashion. Next: September 29-October 14, 2016

Photo: Sarah Race

Top 100 Just for Laughsadd to idea book

Montreal
#3 Entertainment Industry Event (up from #4)
Louis C.K. was a late and welcome addition to this year’s lineup of more than 200 comedians who cracked up about 1.35 million attendees. The festival generates about million for Montreal’s economy and is presented by Vidéotron. Next: July 14-30, 2017

Photo: Vivien Gaumand

Top 100 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festivaladd to idea book

Toronto
#4 Entertainment Industry Event (up from #5)
Record-breaking crowds of more than 211,000 people attended this year, including more than 2,600 industry delegates for the workshops and conferences. A total of 232 films were shown on 15 screens for the 2016 Scotiabank-sponsored festival. Next: April 27-May 7, 2017

Photo: Taku Kumabe

Top 100 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festivaladd to idea book

Edmonton
#5 Entertainment Industry Event (up from #6)
Free outdoor programing prompted visits to the site to grow to a record 850,000 in 2016, with 122,000 tickets sold, for the festival’s 35th anniversary. New this year: the ATB Golden Ticket, which awarded one lucky winner with 100 tickets, dinner with the artistic director, and a room at the Metterra Hotel. Next: August 17-27, 2017

Photo: Katherine Kingston Humphrey

Top 100 Canadian Screen Awardsadd to idea book

Toronto
#6 Entertainment Industry Event
The awards broadcast, carried by CBC from the Sony Centre for Performing Arts, caps off Canadian Screen Week, geared toward industry and the public. The week includes four gala awards shows at four venues, including the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, and the Westin Harbour Castle. Next: March 12, 2017

Photo: Courtesy of the Canadian Screen Awards

Top 100 Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festivaladd to idea book

Vancouver
#7 Entertainment Industry Event (up from #8)
There’s something for every Shakespeare fan at the Goldcorp-sponsored waterfront festival, which expected about 100,000 audience members for the four plays produced this summer. Special events included family nights and nights for barbecue and fireworks. Next: June 1-September 23, 2017

Photo: David Blue

Top 100 St. John’s International Women’s Film Festivaladd to idea book

St. John’s
#8 Entertainment Industry Event (up from #9)
After a record turnout for the 25th anniversary in 2014, last year’s attendance receded to 2,800, with 46 films from 10 countries. For 2016, the Interactive Film Industry Forum will feature sessions on interactive and web-based storytelling. It’s sponsored by CBC. Next: October 19-23, 2016

Photo: Malin Enstrom

Top 100 Toronto Men's Fashion Weekadd to idea book

Toronto
#1 Fashion Industry Event (new to the list)
Since the demise of Toronto Fashion Week, TOMFW donned the mantle of most influential fashion event in Canada. The twice-yearly happening, which launched in 2014, moved to a bigger venue in August, the Mattamy Athletic Centre, to accommodate more than 32,000 dapper dudes. MAC Cosmetics is a key sponsor. Next: Spring 2017

Photo: Juan Neira

Top 100 Fashion Art Torontoadd to idea book

Toronto
#2 Fashion Industry Event
The arts and fashion festival expects to welcome about 5,000 attendees to 50 shows over five days when it returns to Daniels Spectrum next year. The theme for 2016 was Dress Code, and the David Bowie tribute fashion show was the highlight. Next: April 18-22, 2017

Photo: Brian de Rivera Simon

Top 100 Canadian Arts and Fashion Awardsadd to idea book

Toronto
#3 Fashion Industry Event (new to the list)
The prime minister’s wife, Sophie Trudeau, presented the Fashion Impact award and Elle Macpherson received the Hudson’s Bay Vanguard award this year, which marked the third year of the event. The Rogers-sponsored gala at the Fairmont Royal York grew to 720 designers, retailers, models, and more. Next: April 2017

Photo: Brian de Rivera Simon

Top 100 Toronto Fashion Incubator New Labelsadd to idea book

Toronto
#4 Fashion Industry Event (new to the list)
Toronto Premium Outlets was a key sponsor of this year’s sold-out runway show and gala at One King West, which welcomed 300 budding designers and contestants. Suzanne Rogers pledged,000 for Most Promising New Label. The event turns 25 in 2017. Next: Spring 2017

Photo: Brian de Rivera Simon

Top 100 Western Canada Fashion Weekadd to idea book

Edmonton
#5 Fashion Industry Event
About 4,000 Western Canadian fashion lovers were expected at this fall’s event, where local, national, and international designers showcased spring and summer lines. Shows and competitions were at the ATB Financial Arts Barns again, and Phabrik magazine sponsored. Next: Spring 2017

Photo: Courtesy of Western Canada Fashion Week

Top 100 Eco Fashion Weekadd to idea book

Vancouver
#6 Fashion Industry Event
With a motto “Fashion for life, not for waste,” ticket sales for the five-day event, sponsored by Value Village, surpassed 18,000 in 2016. For the last runway show, by Prophetik, the audience was invited on stage to dance. Next: Spring 2017

Photo: Jules Francisco

Top 100 Canadian National Exhibitionadd to idea book

Toronto
#1 Trade Show & Convention
In 2016 about 1.5 million visitors attended Canada’s biggest fair, which has an economic impact of over 2 million every year, according to Enigma Research. New this year: waterskiing and wakeboarding on the waterfront. Sponsors included Coca-Cola and Pride Marine Group. Next: August 18-September 4, 2017

Photo: Courtesy of the Canadian National Exhibition

Top 100 TED Conferenceadd to idea book

Vancouver
#2 Trade Show & Convention
TED’s signature West Coast event was hosted by the Vancouver Convention Centre again in 2016, when a capacity crowd of 1,400 learned from the likes of Al Gore and Uber C.E.O. Travis Kalanick. The theme for 2017 is “The Future You.” Next: April 24-28, 2017

Photo: Siyanda Mohutsiwa

Top 100 Royal Agricultural Winter Fairadd to idea book

Toronto
#3 Trade Show & Convention
High tech meets old-fashioned farm business at the Royal this year when live streaming capabilities allow global buyers and audiences to view the livestock. About 300,000 people are expected to attend at Exhibition Place, where watch-maker Longines is a key sponsor. Next: November 4-13, 2016

Photo: Mackenzie Clark

Top 100 National Home Show and Canada Bloomsadd to idea book

Toronto
#4 Trade Show & Convention
The Enercare Centre hosts Canada’s largest home and garden event again in 2017, when the theme will be smart home technology. Attendance last year increased by 6 percent to 185,500 and included 750 exhibitors. Lowes Canada and Best Buy were sponsors. Next: March 10-19, 2017

Photo: Courtesy of National Home Show and Canada Blooms

Top 100 Canadian International AutoShowadd to idea book

Toronto
#5 Trade Show & Convention
The feast for automotive fans had record attendance in 2016, with more than 320,600 guests checking out the cars, trucks, SUVs, and motorcycles at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Toronto Star and RBC returned as sponsors. Next: February 17-26, 2017

Photo: Courtesy of Canadian International AutoShow

Top 100 Fan Expo Canadaadd to idea book

Toronto
#6 Trade Show & Convention
The pop culture fest drew about 130,000 guests this year, taking in more than 1,000 exhibitors at the North and South buildings of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. William Shatner, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols were on hand for Star Trek’s 50th anniversary tour. Next: August 31-September 3, 2017

Photo: John Biehler

Top 100 Global Petroleum Showadd to idea book

Calgary
#7 Trade Show & Convention
Attendance dropped in 2016 due to the ongoing downturn in the energy industry, but the show still attracted 45,000 people from 92 countries and 18,700 companies. Clean tech was the focus of many exhibitors and ATCO was the main sponsor. Next: June 13-15, 2017

Photo: Courtesy of Global Petroleum Show

Top 100 P.D.A.C. International Trade Show, Convention and Investors' Exchangeadd to idea book

Toronto
#8 Trade Show & Convention
Fewer people attended the world’s leading mining convention in 2016—with attendance at 22,100—but they represented more countries than the year before: 125, up from 116. Participation by the Royal Canadian Mint and a display by DeBeers Canada were highlights. Next: March 5-8, 2017

Photo: Envision Digital Photo

Top 100 Canada’s Farm Progress Showadd to idea book

Regina
#9 Trade Show & Convention
The biggest trade show in Canada by square footage booked 0 million in international sales in 2016, when 41,000 attendees took in 700 exhibits. RBC and Viterra were sponsors. Next year marks the 40th anniversary for the rural show. Next: June 21-23, 2017

Photo: Calyn Richard Olson

Top 100 Daffodil Balladd to idea book

Montreal
#1 Benefit
The theme for 2016 was Mardi Gras, featuring a parade, Dixieland jazz, and Cajun cuisine. More than 600 fun-loving philanthropists attended this year, again at the elaborately decorated Windsor Station, where.6 million was raised for the Canadian Cancer Society. Sponsors included Cascades and Cogeco. Next: April 20, 2017

Photo: Stephane Poirier

Top 100 BC Cancer Foundation Inspiration Galaadd to idea book

Vancouver
#2 Benefit
The gala moves to a new venue this year, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, aiming to boost attendance by 25 percent to 500. Last year.9 million was raised for immunotherapy clinical trials, and the goal this year is million. Encana is the presenting sponsor. Next: October 29, 2016

Photo: Sombilion Photography

Top 100 Power Balladd to idea book

Toronto
#3 Benefit
Italian fashion house Max Mara created onsite installations of its latest collections again at this year's gala for the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. V.I.P. guests took in a performance by New York-based artist Ryan McNamara. Attendance grew to 1,360 this year, and Jack Daniel's was a sponsor. Next: June 2017

Top 100 Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festivaladd to idea book

Toronto
#4 Benefit
BMO Wealth Management returns as the presenting sponsor for the party and exclusive in-home dining experience this year. In 2015, the event raised million, which included an auction of a Jaguar car for 0,000, all benefiting University Health Network. Next: October 29, 2016

Photo: Courtesy of Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival

Top 100 Crystal Balladd to idea book

Toronto
#5 Benefit
Reach for the Rainbow’s benefit is looking to raise million for its 30th anniversary to help integrate children with disabilities into mainstream society. This year marks the introduction of Club Crystal, an after-hours party following dinner at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Next: November 12, 2016

Photo: Mark Chamberlin

Top 100 National Arts Centre Galaadd to idea book

Ottawa
#6 Benefit
Diana Krall is the guest artist this year at the newly renovated Southam Hall, with a capacity of 2,000, and Sophie Trudeau is the honorary chair. Last year a record-breaking million was raised NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust. Next: October 22, 2016

Photo: Courtesy of the National Arts Centre

Top 100 True Patriot Loveadd to idea book

Toronto
#7 Benefit (new to the list)
The cocktail reception and formal dinner at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre is expecting 1,500 guests this year and has a goal of raising.8 million for Canadian Armed Forces, veterans, and military families. Bell is the presenting sponsor. Next: November 9, 2016

Photo: Michelle Prata Photography

Top 100 Toronto Tasteadd to idea book

Toronto
#8 Benefit (new to the list)
Some 1,500 philanthropic foodies feasted at Corus Quay in 2016, raising more than 0,000 to feed vulnerable Torontonians. New this year: the chance to win a spot on stage and work with one of the city’s hottest chefs. Delta Air Lines and Beretta Farms were new sponsors. Next: June 2017

Photo: Courtesy of ACE Bakery

Top 100 DX Intersectionadd to idea book

Toronto
#9 Benefit
In 2016 the design celebration is called Dispatch, and will honor Canadian designer Tyler Brulé, this year’s award winner. Live music, performances, and food and drink for 900 are on tap, with a V.I.P. dinner for a select crowd. It is sponsored by Le Germain Hotels. Next: November 4, 2016

Photo: Ryan Emberley

Top 100 Teddy Bear Affairadd to idea book

Toronto
#10 Benefit
The Children’s Aid Foundation benefit for children in the welfare system raised.4 million in 2015 when Amazing Race Canada host and Olympic gold medalist Jon Montgomery emceed. It returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this fall for its 30th anniversary. CGI returns as the patron sponsor. Next: November 26, 2016

Photo: George Pimentel

Top 100 Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinneradd to idea book

Ottawa
#1 Political Event (up from #2)
Older than Canada itself, the hilarious and historic event celebrated 150 years in 2016 with a record crowd of 600 journalists, editors, and political pundits. The Grand Hall at the Canadian Museum of History was the venue for the black-tie affair. Next: Spring 2017

Photo: Courtesy of the Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner

Top 100 Parliamentarian of the Yearadd to idea book

Ottawa
#2 Political Event
The gala, held next door to Parliament Hill at the Fairmont Château Laurier, is one of the hottest tickets in town. Voted on by Members of Parliament, the awards honor the year’s most accomplished parliamentarians in categories including hardest-working and rising star. Next: November 15, 2016

Photo: Blair Gable

Top 100 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Galaadd to idea book

Ottawa
#3 Political Event
Colm Feore returns to host the gala event’s 25th anniversary in 2017 at the National Arts Centre’s Southam Hall. New for 2016—when the 2,200 available tickets sold out—was an after-party, which kept guests dancing and sipping cocktails until the wee hours. Next: June 29, 2017

Photo: Courtesy of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala

Top 100 Luminato Festivaladd to idea book

Toronto
#1 Art & Design Event
Artistic director Jorn Weisbrodt capped off his five years with Luminato by moving the event to the waterfront’s decommissioned Hearn Generating Station. For the festival’s 10-year anniversary, 40 percent of corporate partners were new, with L’Oréal Canada returning as the lead. Next: June 2017

Photo: George Pimentel Photography

Top 100 Nuit Blanche Torontoadd to idea book

Toronto
#2 Art & Design Event
The economic impact of last year’s dusk-til-dawn art party grew to.5 million in 2016, according to the City of Toronto, drawing more than 1 million people—200,000 of them from out of town. The event featured more than 300 local, national, and international artists. Next: September 30, 2017

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Top 100 Contact Photography Festivaladd to idea book

Toronto
#3 Art & Design Event (up from #4)
In 2016, the festival’s 20th year, the number of featured photographers tripled to 1,500 and Steam Whistle Brewing joined Scotiabank as a sponsor. Next year the focus will be on Canada as the country celebrates its 150th birthday. Next: May 1-31, 2017

Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Top 100 Doors Openadd to idea book

Toronto
#4 Art & Design Event (new to the list)
A chance for regular people to get behind-the-scenes tours of usually off-limits locales, the 2016 edition saw 230,000 visitors access 127 sites. In-demand sites included the Art Deco water treatment plant in the Beaches and a historic fire station. It’s sponsored by residential developer Great Gulf. Next: May 27-28, 2017

Photo: Ben Rahn/A-Frame

Top 100 Sobey Art Awardadd to idea book

Ottawa
#5 Art & Design Event (new to the list)
The prestigious prize for artists age 40 and under began a partnership with the National Gallery of Canada in 2016 and moves its 800-person gala to Ottawa this year. A total of 25 artists will share the 0,000 prize, with half of the purse for the top artist. Next: November 1, 2016

Photo: Courtesy of the Sobey Art Awards

Top 100 Toronto Design Offsite Festivaladd to idea book

Toronto
#6 Art & Design Event
Attendance at TO DO, Toronto’s independent design festival, tripled to 99,000 in 2016 and is expected to grow again in 2017. More than 400 designers and 70 venues participated this year, with Canadian furniture maker Keilhauer as presenting sponsor. Next: January 16-22, 2017

Photo: Saghi Malekanian

Top 100 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Artsadd to idea book

Ottawa
#7 Art & Design Event
As many as seven artists receive,000 each for their artistic achievements during a private ceremony at the Governor General’s residence. Air Canada sponsored the vernissage at the National Gallery of Canada in 2016. Next: March 2017

Top 100 IIDEXCanadaadd to idea book

Toronto
#8 Art & Design Event
The design and architectural expo and conference returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in 2016, expecting 30,000 attendees and 1,600 exhibits. The event is co-presented by Interior Designers of Canada and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Next: November 30-December 1, 2016

Photo: Courtesy of IIDEX

Top 100 Papier Contemporary Art Fairadd to idea book

Montreal
#9 Art & Design Event (new to the list)
Dedicated to the promotion of art on paper, the event turns 10 in 2017 and announced plans to move to a new, as-yet-undisclosed venue. In 2016, 38 galleries showcased pieces by more than 300 artists. Educational programming, panel discussions, and tours rounded out the offerings. National Bank was a main sponsor. Next: April 2017

Photo: Courtesy of Papier Contemporary Art Fair

Top 100 Scotiabank Giller Prize Galaadd to idea book

Toronto
#1 Media & Literary Event
The televised gala for the richest prize in Canadian fiction returns to downtown’s Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, hotel this year when 450 authors, editors, and publishers celebrate the 0,000 winner. André Alexis won in 2015 for his anthropomorphic novel 15 Dogs. Next: November 7, 2016

Photo: Tom Sandler

Top 100 Vancouver Writers Festadd to idea book

Vancouver
#2 Media & Literary Event
About 100 authors are expected at this year’s event, including two Europeans commemorating the joint 400th anniversary deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes. Some 17,000 lit lovers will attend more than 85 events at the festival sponsored by the Granville Island CMHC. Next: October 18-23, 2016

Top 100 Word on the Streetadd to idea book

Toronto
#3 Media & Literary Event
The festival lost attendees in 2015 when it relocated from Queen’s Park to Harbourfront, but more than 200,000 were expected this year. Author Boat Cruises on Lake Ontario, a highlight of 2015, returned in 2016. TD and Gildan sponsored. Next: Fall 2017

Photo: Kent Robinson

Top 100 International Festival of Authorsadd to idea book

Toronto
#4 Media & Literary Event
Irish literature and graphic novelists are the focus this year, when upwards of 12,000 book lovers are expected to attend and more than 200 Canadian and international authors are scheduled to participate. Publishers Penguin Canada and Harper Collins are sponsors. Next: October 20-30, 2016

Photo: Tom Bilenkey

Top 100 Blue Metropolisadd to idea book

Montreal
#5 Media & Literary Event (up from #7)
The literary festival with a social conscious grew to 60,000 attendees, including attendance at partner events, in 2016. The main venue was Hotel 10, and CBC and Concordia University were sponsors. God and literature is just one of the themes for 2017. Next: April 24-30, 2017

Photo: Louis-Étienne Doré

Top 100 Banff World Media Festivaladd to idea book

Banff
#6 Media & Literary Event
Roughly 1,700 entertainment and digital-media V.I.P.s flocked to the Rocky Mountain event in 2016, which focused on drama, comedy, branded, reality, and kids programming. It was sponsored by HBO and Bell Media. Next: June 11-14, 2017

Photo: Kristian Bogner

Top 100 Writers at Woody Pointadd to idea book

Woody Point
#7 Media & Literary Event
The small but mighty festival sold out again in 2016, when authors Lawrence Hill and Guy Vanderhaeghe were joined by Newfoundland comedian Rick Mercer. A tribute to ailing Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie, sung by 250 festival attendees, was an emotional highlight of the Scotiabank-sponsored event. Next: August 15-20, 2017

Photo: Tom Cochrane

Top 100 Politics and the Penadd to idea book

Ottawa
#8 Media & Literary Event
Hosted in 2016 by former prime ministers’ children, Catherine Clark and Ben Mulroney, the sold-out dinner at the Fairmont Château Laurier drew 500 politicians, diplomats, and writers. John Ibbitson won the,000 prize for his biography, Stephen Harper. CIBC and Aimia were sponsors. Next: Spring 2017

Photo: Matthew Usherwood

Top 100 Vancouver International Wine Festivaladd to idea book

Vancouver
#1 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event
“The Wine World Celebrates Canada” is the theme for 2017, when 25,000 attendees can try wines from British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and 15 countries. Located in the Vancouver Convention Centre, the festival is sponsored by Acura and Delta. Next: February 11-19, 2017

Photo: Christine McAvoy

Top 100 Niagara Wine Festivaladd to idea book

St. Catharines
#2 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event (up from #4)
Ontario’s fall bacchanalia grew to more than 140,000 attendees in 2015, up from 116,000 in 2014. Forty wineries were expected in 2016 and new additions to the festival included kids’ cooking demonstrations and pre-parade fun zones. Grape Growers of Ontario and RBC are sponsors. Next: September 2017

Photo: Courtesy of the Niagara Wine Festival

Top 100 Montréal en Lumièreadd to idea book

Montreal
#3 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event (up from #4)
Organizers had great success when they moved this festival to Québec’s school break week in 2016, and plan to replicate that in 2017 when 50 restaurants will participate and Shenzhen, China, will be the featured city. Bell and RBC return as the main sponsors. Next: February 23-March 12, 2017

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Top 100 Gourmet Food and Wine Expoadd to idea book

Toronto
#4 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event (new to the list)
About 45,000 guests are expected to sample more than 1,500 wines, beers, spirits, and gourmet fare at the four-day food frenzy. Mott’s hosts the Best Caesar in Town contest when the event returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s North Building this year. Next: November 17-20, 2016

Photo: Courtesy of Gourmet Food and Wine Expo

Top 100 Toronto Food and Drink Marketadd to idea book

Toronto
#5 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event
Once known as the Good Food & Drink Festival, the three-day licensed show turns 25 next year and moves to the Toronto Congress Centre. Highlights from 2016 include the Canadian Cheese Counter, sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada, and Food Truck Alley. Next: March 31-April 2, 2017

Photo: Reg Vertoli

Top 100 Toronto Festival of Beeradd to idea book

Toronto
#6 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event
More than 30,000 suds sippers gathered at the Exhibition Place’s Band Shell for the festival in 2016. Headline musicians included House of Pain and Big Sugar, and Club House joined as a sponsor. Next year Canada will be the featured country. Next: July 28-30, 2017

Photo: Andrew Williamson

Top 100 Restaurants Canada Showadd to idea book

Toronto
#7 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event
The industry event at the Enercare Centre grew to more than 14,000 chefs, owners, managers, and buyers in 2016, with 1,000 exhibits and 150 presentations. Sponsors included Faema and Ciroc. The 2017 show will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with the theme “Hospitality Unleashed.” Next: February 26-28, 2017

Photo: Courtesy of Restaurants Canada Show

Top 100 Cabane Panache et Bois Rondadd to idea book

Montreal
#8 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event (new to the list)
Attendance at the urban maple sugar festival grew by nearly 38 percent in 2016, to 55,000. Set in the pedestrian zone of Promenade Wellington, the traditional celebration features food, folk music, and lots of maple syrup. Sponsors included Metro and Desjardins. Next: March 23-26, 2017

Photo: Cabane Panache et Bois Rond/Aline Dubois

Top 100 Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festivaladd to idea book

Charlottetown
#9 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event (new to the list)
Attendance rose 13 percent at the 2016 edition of the festival to more than 10,000 people. Also notable: the festival broke the record for the world’s longest lobster roll with one measuring 120 feet. Festivalgoers could help stuff the lobster roll and later try a sample. Next: September 14-17, 2017

Photo: Courtesy of Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival

Top 100 Canadian Culinary Championshipsadd to idea book

Kelowna
#10 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event
Last year marked the 10th anniversary celebration of what’s also known as the Gold Medal Plates finale, bringing 11 winning chefs from across Canada to cook for guests and compete to win gold. Deloitte and BMW are sponsors, and proceeds go to the Canadian Olympic Foundation. Next: February 2-7, 2017

Photo: Salt Food Photo

Top 100 Fall Okanagan Wine Festivaladd to idea book

Okanagan Valley
#11 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event
With the festival coinciding with Canadian Thanksgiving this year, a two-day harvest celebration is scheduled to take place in the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, along with 100 events in the region. West Jet and Valley First credit union return as sponsors. Next: September 29-October 9, 2016

Photo: Glassworks Creative

Top 100 C2 Montréaladd to idea book

Montreal
#1 Advertising & Marketing Event
The brainchild of Sid Lee and Cirque du Soleil drew a record 6,000 attendees in 2016, including 300 from China. The venue, an art gallery in a former shipbuilding yard, hosted talks and exhibits on commerce and creativity. Speakers included David Suzuki and hometown hockey hero P.K. Subban. Next: May 24-26, 2017

Photo: Jimmy Hamelin

Top 100 Canadian Marketing Association Awardsadd to idea book

Toronto
#2 Advertising & Marketing Event
More than 1,400 of the industry’s top creative and account people are expected to attend this year’s celebration of advertising genius at the Westin Harbour Castle. A new award this year recognizes the best use of Facebook platforms. Next: November 18, 2016

Photo: Courtesy of the Canadian Marketing Association Awards

Top 100 ‘Marketing’ Magazine Marketing Awardsadd to idea book

Toronto
#3 Advertising & Marketing Event
The sold-out award show at downtown’s elegant Carlu event space judged 1,500 entries in a record 70 categories. The organization embarked on a transparency campaign in 2016 and used the tagline: “More awards. Less mystery.” Next: June 2017

Photo: Courtesy of Marketing Magazine

Top 100 Strategy Agency of the Yearadd to idea book

Toronto
#4 Advertising & Marketing Event
The media, digital, and PR awards move to the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall in 2016 with Ground Glass Media and Megafone as sponsors. In 2015, Leo Burnett took home gold, with J. Walter Thompson and Taxi close behind. Next: November 8, 2016

Photo: Ryan Walker

Top 100 Juno Awardsadd to idea book

National
#1 Music Event
Calgary hosted in 2016, when more than 32,000 people attended the weeklong party, including the Juno Cup hockey game and the Juno Cup Jam. The awards move to Ottawa in 2017 and will be broadcast live from the Canadian Tire Centre. Sponsors include Tourism Ottawa and Google Play Music. Next: March 27-April 2, 2017

Photo: CARAS/iPhoto

Top 100 Festival International de Jazz de Montréaladd to idea book

Montreal
#2 Music Event
A new musical park for kids was a hit with families in 2016 when more than two million jazz enthusiasts attended some 800 concerts by more than 2,000 musicians. Big names included Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea. TD Bank and RioTinto returned as sponsors. Next: June 29-July 8, 2017

Photo: Courtesy of Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Top 100 OVO Festadd to idea book

Toronto
#3 Music Event (new to the list)
Kanye West and Rihanna were the surprise guests at the show, which moved to the Air Canada Centre to accommodate founder Drake’s never-ending fan base. Will Smith was also on hand at one of the hometown boy’s three shows. Next: Summer 2017

Top 100 Beaches International Jazz Festivaladd to idea book

Toronto
#4 Music Event (new to the list)
Canada’s largest free jazz festival topped 750,000 attendees over 23 days in 2016. Multi-arts programing expanded this year thanks to Ontario Trillium Foundation grants, and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport became a sponsor. Next: July 2017

Photo: Michael Wiensczyk

Top 100 Toronto Jazz Festivaladd to idea book

Toronto
#5 Music Event
Free and ticketed performances drew about 400,000 to downtown Toronto in 2016. Highlights included a rare Toronto appearance by Avishai Cohen, as well as Vancouver’s Sarah McLachlan and Wynton Marsalis. TD Bank remained the title sponsor. Next: June 2017

Photo: Don Dixon

Top 100 Osheaga Music and Arts Festivaladd to idea book

Montreal
#6 Music Event
The Radiohead finale was the highlight of this year’s sold-out festival where more than 100 bands played for 130,000 indie music lovers. Virgin Mobile and Molson Canadian sponsored the three-day music and arts party. Next: August 4-6, 2017

Photo: Tim Snow

Top 100 Winnipeg Folk Festadd to idea book

Winnipeg
#7 Music Event (up from #9)
More than 60,000 people attended concerts small and large over four days at Bird’s Hill Provincial Park this year. The Bluegrass Situation, a festival within a festival hosted by actor Ed Helms, was a surprise hit. CBC Manitoba and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network sponsored. Next: July 6-9, 2017

Photo: Jenn Kostesky

Top 100 IglooFestadd to idea book

Montreal
#8 Music Event (up from #10)
Mild winter weather pushed attendance at the outdoor electronic music festival to 79,000 over 12 evenings in 2016. The site, on the Jacques-Cartier Quay in the Old Port of Montreal, was redesigned for the event’s 10th anniversary. Sapporo returned as the main sponsor for the fifth consecutive year. Next: January 12-February 4, 2017

Photo: Peter Ryaux-Larsen

Top 100 Dawson City Music Festivaladd to idea book

Dawson City
#9 Music Event
Canada’s “tiny, perfect festival” drew 1,000-plus sponsors and volunteers in 2016, increased the number of bands to 25, and moved to the historic Klondike Institute of Art and Culture. Grenon Entreprises was the lead sponsor, along with Air North and Big Rock Brewing. Next: July 21-23, 2017

Photo: Aaron Woroniuk

Top 100 Calgary International Blues Festivaladd to idea book

Calgary
#10 Music Event
New efforts to green the festival site, Shaw Millennium Park, couldn’t reverse the effects of bad weather and a poor economic climate in 2016 when attendance dropped to 14,000. Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Calgary Arts Development were sponsors. July 31-August 6, 2017

Photo: Courtesy of Calgary International Blues Festival

Top 100 Grey Cupadd to idea book

National
#1 Sports Event
This year the Argos’ hometown hosts the festival and game, to be played in the team’s new home, BMO Field, with natural grass, for the first time. The festival takes over the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Shaw is the main presenter. Next: November 23-27, 2016

Photo: Courtesy of the Grey Cup

Top 100 Rogers Cup Tennisadd to idea book

Montreal/Toronto
#2 Sports Event
Montreal hosted the best in women’s tennis this year, and men played in Toronto, where Cirque du Soleil staged live acrobatic performances between matches. Novak Djokovic won his fourth men’s title, while on the women’s side Simona Halep won her first. National Bank returned as the presenting sponsor for the tournaments. Next: August 2017

Photo: Courtesy of Tennis Canada

Top 100 Indy Torontoadd to idea book

Toronto
#3 Sports Event
The car race—dubbed Ontario’s largest sporting event—marked its 30th edition this year. The Nascar Pinty’s series was new for 2016, and other sponsors included Pinty’s Delicious Foods and Tim Horton’s. Next: July 2017

Photo: Courtesy of Indy Toronto

Top 100 Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canadaadd to idea book

Montreal
#4 Sports Event
Attendance grew again in 2015 for the European-style event that takes place at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, on Île Notre-Dame. Kids under age 15 received free admission, and seniors could buy tickets for half the price. Heineken, the worldwide Formula 1 sponsor, was the official beer. Next: June 2017

Photo: Peter Larsen for Octane Racing Group

Top 100 Canadian Openadd to idea book

Oakville
#5 Sports Event
The purse for the RBC-sponsored golf tournament, held at Glen Abbey Golf Club, grew to.9 million (U.S.) in 2016. Tickets for kids were free again this year, and a five-kilometer race around the historic golf course was added. Next: July 24-30, 2017

Photo: Bernard Brault

Top 100 Gran Fondo Whistleradd to idea book

Vancouver to Whistler
#6 Sports Event (up from #8)
Participation in the ultra-scenic bicycle ride grew to 4,000 in 2016. Regular riders and pros are welcome on the 122-kilometer race from downtown Vancouver to the mountains of Whistler. RBC returned as the title sponsor. Next: September 2017

Photo: Gameface Media

Top 100 Vancouver Marathonadd to idea book

Vancouver
#7 Sports Event (up from #9)
A record 16,500 runners from 50 countries participated in the BMO-sponsored races in 2016, with the marathon, half-marathon, and eight-kilometer race selling out early. The Health, Sports, and Lifestyle Expo took place at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Next: May 7, 2017

Photo: Courtesy of the Vancouver Marathon

Top 100 Queen’s Plateadd to idea book

Toronto
#8 Sports Event (up from #9)
Attendance at the country’s most prestigious horse race, with a million purse, grew to 37,000 in 2016. High society mixed with rockers as Canadian bands the Strumbellas and Hedley put on post-race shows. Stella Artois sponsored the Hats & Horseshoes party again. Next: July 2017

Photo: Courtesy of the Queen's Plate

Top 100 Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cupadd to idea book

Lake Louise
#9 Sports Event (up from #10)
Hosting both men’s and women's downhill and super-G races, the World Cup speed circuit event is held at the Lake Louise Ski Resort and broadcast to 184 million viewers worldwide. The event, the only one of its kind in Canada, welcomes fans with a free fan cheering zone. Next: November 26-December 4, 2016

Photo: Malcolm Carmichael, Alpine Peak Photography

Top 100 Yukon Questadd to idea book

Fairbanks, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon
#10 Sports Event (up from #11)
The purse for the 1,600-kilometer dogsled race grows by,000 (U.S.) to a minimum of 0,000 (U.S.) in 2017. The Sportsmanship Award went to a rookie musher, 19-year-old Laura Neese, in 2016, when sponsors included the City of Fairbanks and Tourism Yukon. Next: February 4, 2017

Photo: Julien Schroder



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