Toronto is Canada’s largest metropolitan city, so there’s no doubt that our beloved city hosts some of North America’s most popular events with the most sought-after celebrities. Below is a list of just five of the largest events in Toronto that you should try to keep up to date with to ensure you’re caught up with pop culture phenomenons.

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1.OVO Fest

Drake is back hosting his 5th Annual OVO Fest this August in Toronto. The event that pulls in 40,000 + fans is one of the most anticipated hip-hop events of the year. The two night event takes place at The Molson Canadian Amphitheatre during Caribana and the line-up is always sure to impress. This year the event takes place August 3rd & 4th and to no surprise Drake will perform, as well as hip-hop duo Outkast, and other big-name artists. Past performers include heavy weights like Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Eminem, Nas, Rick Ross, J.Cole, and the list goes on. Need we say more? OVO Fest is a definite must for Hip-Hop, R&B and soul lovers, and this event so big that not only will A-Lister’s rock the stage in flocks, you’ll be sure to catch tons of celebs in the crowd and partying at all the OVO after parties that happen at the hottest clubs in the city.

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2. VELD Music Festival

VELD Music Festival is not only one of the hottest EDM festivals to ever hit Toronto, it is one of the biggest festivals North America has ever hosted, and it is only getting bigger. Ink Entertainment is hosting the 3rd annual 2-day event August 2nd & 3rd at Downsview Park, and the line-up is one of the biggest yet. Calvin Harris, Armin Van Burren, Martin Garrix, Nero, Tommy Trash, Sebastian Ingrosso, Bingo Players and that’s just naming a few. For the all the big-room EDM party goers out there, or anyone looking to experience a proper electronic music festival for the first time, VELD is definitely where it’s at.

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3. Digital Dreams

Digital Dreams is Canada’s biggest music festival and the 2-day event is back Canada Day long weekend. Electronic Nation hosts the 3rd annual 2-day festival at Ontario Place and all we have to say is… 40+ of the worlds top DJ’s, 4 stages, 80,000 + fans and we guarantee you some of the best parties the city has ever experienced. Whether you feel like rocking a neon bodysuTIFit, pink tu-tu or a holiday inspired Canadian wardrobe; freedom and creative energies flow through this festival like water. This year’s line-up is bigger than ever including DJ’s from all genres of EDM, including big room electro heavyweights like Tiesto, Wolfgang Gartner, Dash Berlin, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Fedde Le Grande, as well as underground icons like Victor Calderone, Nicole Moudaber, Guy Gerber, and not to mention home grown favourites like Addy, Andy Ares, and a B2B show with Nathan Barato & Carlo Lio. If you have attended Digital Dreams in the past we know we will see you this year, if not, make sure you don’t miss this epic weekend of sun, music, friends, and amazing parties.

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4. TIFF

You can easily say that the Toronto International Film Festival has successfully maintained being the cities most anticipated entertainment event as well as one of the most significant and influential cinematic events in the world. The festival is held every September and brings in not only every A-List celebrity to the city but hosts over 60+ countries and screens over 300+ films. The glamorized red carpet events, diverse selection of international films, and star studded after parties are just a few of the things that draw in almost half a million guests every year. In 2010, the festival opened new doors at the TIFF Bell Lightbox which marks the home ground for the festival and brings year round workshops, screenings, and other industry programs and events that bring our cities creativity and talent to new heights. For entertainment and film enthusiasts TIFF is definitely an event not to miss, and you will be sure to return year after year.

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5. Much Music Video Awards

The Much Music Video Awards, also known as the MMVA’s are a staple in the Canadian music industry. The MMVA’s bring together artists, performers, and thousands of fans to the Much Music head quarter’s downtown Toronto, for a night of show-stopping performances and honouring all genres of music for their achievement in video. The MMVA’s have broken creative standards in more ways than one by changing the typical theatre style award show into ‘street party’ theme; closing down parts of Queen Street, co-hosting the show with VJ’s and pop icons like Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and PSY and not to mention the red carpet entrances that always are always unforgettable . The MMVA’s are back this June celebrating their 25th anniversary so it’s sure to be one not to miss. Introducing a first ever Live Simulcast and performances by Lorde and Dragon’s First are just a few big things we can expect from our favourite Canadian award show.