Media Advisory/Media Op - 10th Annual Scotiabank BuskerFest Official Launch: Thursday August 27, 2009 from noon to 12:30pm



    
    -Mayor David Miller at Launch Cake Cutting!
    -Alakazam Attempts Guinness World Record!
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ -

    
    WHAT:  Scotiabank BuskerFest launches on Thursday, August 27 at noon with
           a celebratory 10th anniversary cake-cutting with Mayor David
           Miller, a special appearance by Circus Orange and their giant
           TRICYCLE and a Guinness World Record attempt by Alakazam as he
           passes his entire body through a tennis racket 3 times in less
           than a minute!

    WHO:   Mayor David Miller
           George Smitherman, Deputy Premier, Minister for Energy and
            Infrastructure and MPP Toronto Centre;
           Robin Hibberd, Scotiabank Executive Vice President, Personal
            Lending & Insurance
           Toronto Councillor Pam McConnell.
           A range of amazing buskers

    WHEN:  Thursday, August 27 12 noon-12:30pm, at Front and Market Streets

           Noon:       Arrivals, Welcome Remarks and Cake-Cutting with Mayor
                       David Miller and other special guests.

           12:25pm:    ALAKAZAM attempts to break Guinness World Record by
                       putting himself through a tennis racket 3 times in
                       less than a minute.

    WHY:   Scotiabank BuskerFest, in support of Epilepsy Toronto, runs August
           27-30 throughout Toronto's St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood and
           features a dazzling display of awesome street performers from all
           over the world. It promises to be bigger and more exciting than
           ever before, with a stellar array of over 100 top buskers from
           Canada, the United States, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia,
           Japan, and England in a powerhouse line-up that brings back the
           very best from the past 10 years as well as showcases top new
           acts. Audiences enjoy everything from high-flying acrobats and
           awesome jugglers to rocking musicians and out-there magicians, as
           well as a bevy of gastronomic delights, an avenue of artisans,
           roving stilt walkers, human statues, chalk artists and more.

           In ten short years, Scotiabank Toronto International BuskerFest
           has evolved into one of the premiere events of its kind world-wide
           and features the elite of street performers from around the globe.
           The last of the major summer festivals in Toronto, Scotiabank
           BuskerFest is expected to match or surpass the 1,000,000 estimated
           spectators it attracted last year.

           Proceeds from Scotiabank BuskerFest support the work of Epilepsy
           Toronto on behalf of the 40,000 Torontonians who have epilepsy.
           Scotiabank BuskerFest has helped raise close to one million
           dollars for Epilepsy Toronto. Not only is Scotiabank BuskerFest
           now the largest festival of its kind in North America, it is also
           the largest Epilepsy awareness-raising event in the world.
           Volunteers will be standing by the entrances, accepting donations
           on behalf of Epilepsy Toronto, as crowds come and go.

                      10th Annual Scotiabank BuskerFest
              Toronto International Street Performer's Festival
                 Thursday August 27 - Sunday August 30, 2009
       throughout the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood - along Front
            Street from Jarvis to Yonge and adjacent side streets
                    Thursday noon-10pm, Friday noon-11pm,
                       Saturday 11am-11pm., Sun 11am-8pm
           Admission is FREE with a voluntary donation to benefit
                               Epilepsy Toronto
               For information, visit www.torontobuskerfest.com
     www.facebook.com/BuskerFestToronto http://twitter.com/BuskerFestTO
    





For further information:

For further information: DW Communications - Dianne Weinrib, Savi Pannu,
(416) 703-5479 or dw@dwcommunications.net; Scotiabank Public Affairs, Ann
DeRabbie, (416) 933-1344


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