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
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.