CANADA: Vancouver's Carnaval del Sol, Edmonton's Christmas in July UnGala, Updates on TIFF, and More

NATIONAL: Organizers of The Grand Prix Cycliste Québec and Grand Prix Cycliste Montréal, originally scheduled for Sept. 11 and 13, are uncertain that the races will take place this year because of unpredictable circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The organizers of the event plan to release a final decision on July 31 as to whether or not the races will take place this year. 

CALGARY: Applications for the fifth annual International PARK(ing) Day, taking place Sept. 18-20, are open; participants are encouraged to submit their applications by Aug. 21 as space is limited. This event transforms parking spaces around the world into parks, playgrounds, and gardens to spark community interaction and conversation. As a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic, parking stalls will be spaced out all throughout the city this year instead of all in one area. 

EDMONTON: The Christmas Bureau's Christmas in July Fundraising Dinner, originally scheduled for July 25, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers have taken the event virtual with the Christmas in July "UnGala," encouraging guests to purchase tickets/donate to help support the organization. Each donation will receive a tax receipt for the entire contribution.

TORONTO: Actress Kate Winslet will receive the 2020 TIFF Tribute Actor Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, which is going mostly virtual this September. Winslet will be recognized through an online ceremony on Sept. 15. For the 45th annual event, TIFF plans to screen a slimmed-down program of 50 film titles during its first five days in physical theaters, assuming the city and provincial health and safety authorities approve. 

VANCOUVER: The 12th annual Carnaval del Sol, an event that celebrates Latin American culture, returned on July 15 and will run until Aug. 9 with events both virtual and in person. The festival's new six-episode series includes music, cooking demos, dance performances, art exhibits, travel destinations, social innovation initiatives, and more. Episodes can be watched via the festival's YouTube and Facebook channels. 

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