About the Organizations
Current Participating Events & Festivals
Hot Docs was founded in 1993 by the Documentary Organization of Canada (formerly the Canadian Independent Film Caucus), a national association of independent documentary filmmakers. In 1996, Hot Docs became a separately incorporated organization with a mandate to showcase and support the work of Canadian and international documentary filmmakers and to promote excellence in documentary production. In addition to the annual documentary festival, Hot Docs owns and operations the historic Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, showcasing documentaries year-round.
Hot Docs is a national, charitable organization dedicated to advancing and celebrating the art of documentary. Our mission is to advance and celebrate the art of documentary, and to showcase the work of and create production opportunities for documentary filmmakers.
The Inside Out LGBT Film Festival in Toronto is Canada’s largest LGBT Film Festival and one of the top 5 such festivals internationally. Over 11 days each May we showcase over 150 local, national and international films with visiting guests, industry events and Festival parties at local venues. Inside Out strives to be a cultural leader for the LGBTQ film and media arts industry, bringing the best in LGBTQ cinema to Toronto audiences and promoting Canadian LGBTQ filmmakers on the world stage.
DOT is a popular city-wide weekend celebration that features free access to approximately 130 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings. Special programs, tours and sometimes interactive opportunities are offered. Visitors are invited into properties that are either not usually open to the public or normally charge an admission fee.
Now in its second decade, Luminato is Toronto’s international multi-arts festival dedicated to performance, visual art, music, theatre, dance, and cultural programming that cuts across traditional art form boundaries. Every June, the festival takes over venues big and small, indoor and outdoor throughout the downtown core with pop-up programming across the GTA.
Arts in the Parks brings free, family-friendly arts events and activities to a park near you. Think theatre performances, dance classes, workshops, movies, festivals and more, right in your backyard!
Perfect for the whole family, Arts in the Parks is a city-wide initiative, taking place in parks across Toronto. Events take place in parks throughout Toronto, from Etobicoke to Scarborough and North York to the downtown core. Arts in the Parks is a new initiative of the Toronto Arts Foundation and the Toronto Arts Council, being presented in partnership with the City of Toronto and Park People.
Pride Toronto is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to bring people together to celebrate the history, courage and diversity of our community.
Uniting and empowering people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions, the annual Pride Toronto festival has become a major Canadian arts and cultural event and the largest Pride celebration in North America. Pride showcases Toronto on the world stage with diversity, inclusion and vibrant creativity.
Toronto Fringe is a grassroots, charitable organization that runs the Toronto Fringe Festival each July, the Next Stage Theatre Festival each January, and various year-round programs that benefit youth, artists, and the theatre community at large. We are a creative match-maker, connecting artists with audiences, and empowering everyone to unleash their inner artist. Our mandate is to create opportunities for both emerging and established artists to produce their work with artistic freedom, while engaging members of the community by making productions as affordable and accessible as possible.
TIFF is dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema to film lovers. What began as the Festival of Festivals over 40 years ago, has become the world’s most important publicly attended film festival and grown to embrace programming 365 days a year.
As a premier cultural institution TIFF offers screenings, lectures, discussions, festivals, workshops, industry support and the chance to meet filmmakers from Canada and around the world.
From sunset to sunrise, city spaces and neighbourhoods are transformed into temporary
exhibitions. Unusual or forbidden spaces become sites of contemporary art open for all-night discovery and rediscovery. Cultural institutions, from museums and galleries to Artist-Run Centres, open their doors and offer free access to contemporary art. The everyday is suspended as the city & landscape is changed to welcome a variety of artistic experiences.
Located on Toronto's beautiful waterfront, Harbourfront Centre is an innovative non-profit cultural organization that provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation.
Our volunteer program was established more than 30 years ago and is built on the strengths of a vibrant team of individuals of varying ages and from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
imagineNATIVE is the world's largest presenter of Indigenous screen content. The organisation is recognised locally, nationally, and internationally for excellence and innovation in programming and as the global centre for Indigenous media arts. imagineNATIVE (legal entity: The Centre for Aboriginal Media) is a registered charity committed to creating a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples and cultures through the presentation of contemporary Indigenous-made media art (film, video, audio and digital media).
imagineNATIVE is committed to public education and strives towards dispelling stereotypical notions of Indigenous peoples through diverse media presentations from within our communities. To this end we conduct professional development workshops and panels, public education initiatives, research projects, and curriculum/educators’ packages for secondary schools created from Indigenous pedagogies.
The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by East, South and Southeast Asian artists in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world. As Canada’s largest Asian film festival, Reel Asian provides a public forum for Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada.
Founded in 1997 by producer Anita Lee and journalist Andrew Sun, this non-profit community-based festival has grown into an eagerly anticipated annual event that attracts thousands of attendees to 10 exciting days of galas, screenings, forums, workshops and parties.
Reel Asian is a not-for-profit charitable cultural organization that advocates for Asian representation through media arts.
A well-loved Toronto tradition, Cavalcade of Lights kicks off the holiday season in the City.
Revelers gather every year for the first lighting of the beautifully decorated Christmas Tree and Nathan Phillips Square with thousands of lights in colors of red, white and silver. This special evening also includes live musical performances and a fireworks finale.
Toronto loves a good party, and Canada Day is no exception. On July 1st the City of Toronto hosts activities across the city, culminating in an exciting display of fireworks. This one day event is a highlight, not only in Torontonians, but for all Canadians!
Past Participating Events & Festivals
EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology is a biennial festival produced by Design Exchange that showcases design projects that are changing our world for the better. The inaugural EDIT took place from September 28 to October, 2017 inside an abandoned soap factory in Toronto’s Port Lands. Inspired by the United Nation’s 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the 2017 edition of the expo explored five core themes: Nourish, Shelter, Care, Educate and the overarching message of Prosperity For All. Accompanied by 10-days of talks, workshops, and installations, the experience challenged guests to consider how they, too, can make the planet a better place for all people.