Held annually in Quebec City, Canada, the Quebec City Winter Carnival is regarded as their most significant Canadian festival in the nation, and one of the largest carnivals in the world. The official ambassador of the festival is a snowman named Bonhomme Carnaval. Started in 1894, the Carnival was interrupted by World War I, the Great Depression, and then, again, during the second World War. Nevertheless, it has managed to survive the hardship of time. During the last twenty years, the style of the greatest Canadian festival was changed to a great extent, with the emphasis being placed on sports and cultural events. Each year it welcomes around one million participants.
The Stratford Festival of Canada is a celebration of theatre, held annually in the summer in Stratford, Canada. Among the prominent players of the Festival are American and Canadian actors and playwrights. Founded on October 31, 1952, as the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, the event is dedicated to the literary activities of William Shakespeare. The first performance occurred on the banks of the Avon River. During the six weeks of its duration, the Festival featured two Shakespearian plays: All's Well That Ends Well and Richard III. The following years have seen the expansion of the Festival to include the first non-Shakespearean play Oedipus Rex. In 1957, the Festival Theatre was opened, which resembles Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. As of 2004, the Festival lasts seven months and is comprised four permanent venues, including the Avon, the Festival Theatre, the Studio Theatre, and the Tom Peterson Theatre. Despite the fact that the Festival was originally dedicated to Shakespeare and still focuses on his works, Shakespeare is not the only playwright now staged. Currently there is also a wide range of classical, musical and contemporary performances.
The Toronto International Film Festival has the reputation of the top film festival in North America and is one of the best film festivals in the world. It ranks highest among world film festivals for public attendance. The Festival commences on the first Monday in September and lasts for ten days .The visitors are provided with the opportunity to view approximately 400 films at 23 screens. In addition to the large amount of Asian, South American and African films, the Toronto International Film Festival features the highlights of the Canadian cinema. Established in 1976 as a collection of the top films from festivals worldwide, TIFF has grown due to the constant promotion of its sponsors and organizers of this event. The polls of the TIFF, which were conducted in 1984, 1993, and 2004, aimed at identifying the top ten Canadian films.
Another prominent Canadian festival is the Edmonton International Film Festival, held in September-October, in Edmonton. The festival is seen as a celebration of independent films, focusing on movies from around the world. It has determined its main objective to be to introduce new ideas, new ways of storytelling, and to create new stories, too. Owing to the constant innovations and improvements, Canadian festivals currently remains among the top festivals of the world.