Thursday, August 22, 2013

#Toronto Scotiabank Buskerfest 2013

OMG I love @BuskerfestTO! The official opening of the street performer festival began at noon today as the Fire Guy hosted the launch event at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. Mayor Rob Ford’s assistant presented a plaque to the Scotiabank rep, yada, yada, then it was right into exciting performances that presented just a small group of the festival’s over 100 buskers. The event runs from Thursday, August 22 to Sunday, 25 at Yonge Street just around the Toronto Eaton Centre. Three giant beasts called Sauruses wandered the square, meeting and sometimes scaring the visitors as they brought their long necks and heads down to the people. See photos of the Fire Finale on my post here.
Expect to see some Toronto favourites like Silver Elvis and Kate Mior, while performers from around the world descend on our city from places like Sweden (Charlie Caper), Australia/UK (Dream State Circus – last year’s People’s Choice winners), Netherlands (Lisa Lottie: Bend it like Barbie) and even Quebec (Catwall Acrobats: Teeter-board Act, photo at top). The big change this year is the move from the St Lawrence Market area to smack dab in the middle of downtown.
Seb Whipits

Bring some donations in Support of Epilepsy Toronto and some change to reward the hard working and entertaining performers.
Lisa Lottie

Seb getting onto his unicycle with the help of the Fire Guy
Seb and his flaming whips

Please note that the city will have some street closures for BuskerFest from Thursday to Sunday (Aug 22-25, 2013):
- Yonge Street from Queen Street to Gerrard Street will be closed from Thursday, August 22 at 6:15 p.m. to Sunday, August 25 at 11:59 p.m.
- Yonge Street will be closed from Gerrard Street to College Street from Saturday, August 24 at 9 a.m. to Sunday, August 25 at 11:59 p.m.
- Other road closures on local streets including Victoria Street, Gould Street, Edward Street and Elm Street will take place from Thursday, August 22 to Sunday, August 25 to accommodate BuskerFest.
Catwall in the air
Dream State Circus

Silver Elvis
See my video of the creatures below

See more fun after the jump.

Up, up and away
Twisted Design's friendly and colourful balloon monsters

A performer recreates Harry Houdini's straitjacket escape while hanging upside down from the billboards at the corner of Yonge and Dundas Streets. The crowd below looks high up to the billboard and finds the man swinging above the intersection

Here are more photos of the weekend's festival.
Some hula hoop action
The Chalk Chick and her superheroes 
Kate Mior, character and mime actress
More chalk art

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