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What’s Hot Across Canada in September

Canadian Rockies

Add artistic flair to your mountain travels during Art Days at the Jasper Activity Centre (780-852-3381) September 17 – 19; support artists by chowing down on soup served in handmade bowls, buying gifts at the Art Fair and seeing Tim Van Horn’s Canadian flag comprised of faces. To test your athletic limits, bike, swim and run the Subaru Banff International Triathlon on Sept 11; visit www.triseries.ca <http://www.triseries.ca> .

Victoria

In Victoria, enjoy a drive out to the West Shore communities where the Luxton Fair celebrates the harvest season. In addition to a whole host of agricultural displays, the weekend-long festivities include a midway, entertainment, plenty of delicious food, antique farm equipment exhibits and more. Don’t miss the Luxton Tough Truck Challenge 2010, from 11am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

Toronto

September is always a busy month in this city, as thousands of movie industry insiders—and more than a few world-famous stars—flock to the Toronto International Film Festival with the 300 movies to be screened September 9 – 19. If live theatre is more your speed, the always entertaining Cirque du Soleil is in town to perform its Banana Shpeel. Opening September 14, this unique production marries the company’s jaw-dropping acrobatic acts with vibrant dance numbers and vaudeville-style slapstick.

Whistler

Watch off-road triathletes compete for $10,000 during the La Terra XTERRA Canadian National Championships on September 5, while later on in the month dare devils can participate in a gruelling mountain bike race from Squamish to Whistler in the Cheakamus Challenge Fall Classic on September 18.

Halifax

Symphony Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada’s largest professional orchestra, kicks off another season with Symphony Week. Running from September 20 – 26, the week-long celebration of classical music features live performances by Symphony members in a variety of unusual venues, including Pier 21, the Museum of Natural History and Province House.

Ottawa

The popular characters from the children’s TV show Yo Gabba Gabba come to Ottawa on September 19, with the aptly-named There’s a Party in My City! tour, which includes beat boxing, dancing, animation, and top secret guests. The Ottawa Senators are back in action on September 25 with their first pre-season home game. When they hit the ice, watch for newest member Sergei Gonchar (from the Pittsburgh Penguins), Captain Daniel Alfredsson, and forward Mike Fisher (husband of country singer Carrie Underwood).

Vancouver

Cinema buffs head to the Vancouver International Film Festival to catch 350 feature films and documentaries from over 80 countries September 30 – October 15. From September 9 – 19, the unjuried, uncensored Vancouver International Fringe Festival takes over the city with 600 performances by more than 80 groups.

Calgary

Under the Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) in Stampede Park, Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA, tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world. Featuring daring acrobatics and slapstick humour, September 16 – October 10. Head to the Calgary Zoo to see 20 animatronic dinosaurs, including T-Rex and Brontosaurus, stalk the Zoo in the interactive Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit on until October 31.

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