The Buskers Have Arrived: Toronto Pearson Kicks-Off Scotiabank BuskerFest

~ Dinosaurs, Acrobats and Magicians Take Over Terminal 1 ~

TORONTO, Aug. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Toronto Pearson was full of wildly wacky talent yesterday as some of the very best in international street performances marked the start of Scotiabank BuskerFest 2013. From break dancers to acrobats and magicians to comedians, Terminal 1 guests were surprised and delighted with these unexpected acts.

Here for Scotiabank BuskerFest in support of Epilepsy Toronto, live busker performances included acts by Cirque Du Soleil performer, Julio "Kown" Santiago and his crew, along with entertainment from flexible comedian Jonathan Burns. There was also a spontaneous appearance by playful beasts from prehistoric times, the Sauruses.

"For the second year, Toronto Pearson is happy to celebrate our city by working with Scotiabank BuskerFest to bring one of Toronto's greatest events right to Terminal 1," said Jennifer Larson, Manager, Guest Experience Marketing, Toronto Pearson. "In support of Epilepsy Toronto, we're pleased to share this unique experience with our guests for such a great cause."

Beginning today, Toronto Pearson will donate $1CDN up to $5,000CDN to Epilepsy Toronto for every Twitter post using the hashtag #PearsonBuskerFest. To further encourage the Toronto Pearson community to get in on the busking action, the airport is asking Canadians to "Put Forth their Best Busker" by sharing their videos which showcase their unique busker-like talents. Videos can be shared to Twitter from August 19 to August 25 and should include the hashtag #PearsonBuskerFest.

About the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport, the largest airport in Canada and one of the largest in North America in terms of passenger and air cargo traffic.  In 2012, Toronto Pearson handled 35 million passengers.  The focus of the GTAA continues to be on competitiveness, growing the airport's status as an international gateway, meeting the needs of our travellers and ensuring the long-term success of the organization, our airline customers and the regional economy. Join Toronto Pearson on Facebook and Twitter (@torontopearson) #PearsonBuskerFest.

About Scotiabank BuskerFest Toronto
Since its inception in 2000, Scotiabank BuskerFest has featured hundreds of the best street performers from around the world, hosted millions of amazed spectators and helped raise much needed funds for Epilepsy Toronto. Scotiabank BuskerFest is the largest street performers' festival in North America and is the largest Epilepsy awareness raising event in the world.

Video with caption: "Video: Toronto Pearson kicked off Scotiabank BuskerFest 2013 in Terminal 1 on Monday.". Video available at:

Image with caption: "Toronto Pearson's Terminal 1 was full of wildly wacky talent on Monday as the airport kicked off Scotiabank BuskerFest 2013. (CNW Group/Greater Toronto Airports Authority)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "Some of the very best in international street performers surprised airport guests as Toronto Pearson kicked off Scotiabank BuskerFest on Monday. (CNW Group/Greater Toronto Airports Authority)". Image available at:

SOURCE: Greater Toronto Airports Authority

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For more information, high resolution images or interview requests please contact: 
Sarah Shelest
Edelman Public Relations

For Scotiabank BuskerFest Toronto: 
Dianne Weinrib
DW Communications

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