1. Toronto International Film Festival
When: September 5 to 15
The most internationally recognizable of all the Toronto festivals, TIFF put the city on the map before Drake did. One of the largest film festivals in the world, it brings the biggest names and the best movies to the public rather than just the industry. Directors and performers flock to Toronto to attend premieres and meet fans, singing its praises as a rare festival that celebrates the audience rather than the critics. Its People’s Choice Award has accurately predicted which film will go on to be an Oscar frontrunner for decades.