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TORONTO CULTURE - CULTURE IN TORONTO CANADA

Toronto Theatre DistrictToronto Culture – Housing more that 100 different cultures, Toronto truly is one of the most diverse cities on earth. The two official languages in Canada are English and French, but the top 5 languages spoken in Toronto are Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, Tamil and Spanish. Great efforts are taken by the City to preserve these cultural values, and it shows. There are cultural centers for almost every nationality you can possibly think of, and diversity is celebrated through festivals and gatherings year round.

Multiculturalism sets Toronto apart from other North American cities. Toronto is home to virtually all of the world's culture groups and is the city where more than 100 languages are spoken. Toronto appreciates this and in return has bilingual street signs, ethnic restaurants, and many varieties of ethnic shopping centers.

The city is proud to house many museums, historic sites and performing and Visual Arts Centers, as well as encouraging public and individual art projects and community arts organizations. Art is a major pastime in Toronto; there are hundreds of talented local bands, performing artists and visual artists. Wherever you go, there is always something creative to feast your eyes on.

Lately, Toronto has been given the nickname Hollywood North, due to the large film industry. The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the biggest in the world, and truly something to see. It is on every September. If you want to visit during the Film Festival, you’re in for a treat, but be sure to booking advance because it is a major attraction.

When you visit Toronto, be sure to take in one of the spectacular street festivals. The most notable is the Toronto International Carnival (formerly known as Caribana). It is a celebration of Caribbean culture, and one of the biggest cultural events in North America. It attracts hundreds of thousands of people from all over the globe. The sights, sounds, and food are to die for. The Toronto International Carnival is one of a kind.

Other notable festivals arte the Toronto Gay Pride Parade, which attracts over a million people to the city every year, The Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival and The International Festival of authors.