- Event proceeds to benefit Epilepsy Toronto -
TORONTO, June 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Scotiabank BuskerFest organizers are proud to announce exciting new acts for the 12th annual Toronto international street performers festival. The 2011 Scotiabank BuskerFest will dazzle Toronto's St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood once again as buskers from all over
the world take over the streets from Thursday, August 25 to Sunday, August 28. Prepare to be amazed by some of the most unique pogo-sticking,
hula-hooping, fire-breathing, artistic juggling, body-contorting,
whip-cracking, plate-spinning, unicycle-lassoing performers in the
world. Named for the fourth time as one of Ontario's top 100 festivals and events by Festivals and Events Ontario, Scotiabank BuskerFest promises four days and nights of spectacular entertainment in support of Epilepsy Toronto.
Last year's Scotiabank BuskerFest attracted over 1 million spectators of all ages and this year promises to be even bigger, with over 100 of the best street performers from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the
Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States
participating in the Festival.
Making their first-ever appearance at the Scotiabank BuskerFest are the
following new acts:
From Denmark: Internationally renowned clown, comic and acrobat Mr. Toons, aka The Professional Idiot, unicycles, juggles, and squeezes his body into a giant helium balloon in
this wonderfully madcap act.
From the UK: The legendary Gazzo has been mixing comedy, magic and British charm for over 30 years into a
must-see show. Famous for his cups and balls routine, Gazzo has turned
a classic magic effect into a hilarious show.
From the U.S.: Leapin' Louie Lichtenstein, aka The Roping Fool, combines physical comedy, improvisation, world-class lasso and whip
tricks and other surprises in an explosive cowboy act.
From Canada: Alberta's chair-juggling duo The Chairmen offer a truly chair-raising experience, while A Billy Kidd, brings to magic what most magicians can't... a female twist. She is one
of the few female magicians in the world and the first ever at this
From Mexico: Acrobat Pancho Libre astounds audiences with his mind-boggling feats; circus, fire, martial
arts and a high-flying human flag!
From Japan: High energy acrobatic and juggling antics along with mime and magic
happenings are Yoshi's forte. During this difficult time for Japan, Yoshi will make his way
half way around the world in honour of his people and his craft.
Returning Scotiabank BuskerFest favourites include:
From Australia: Fire dancers FlameOz perform a multi award-winning, tightly choreographed, action-packed fire
From U.S. and Canada: The circus-comedy foursome, Stunt Double Circus perform death-defying, world-record breaking stunts - all while
sporting killer moustaches.
From the U.K.: Pint-sized contortionist Bendy Em comically bends her body into freakily mind-boggling positions and fits
herself into a 16" plexiglass box.
From Toronto: One-man fire-juggling skateboard circus Fireguy mixes circus tricks and skateboard stunts for the 'skatest' show on
Admission to Scotiabank BuskerFest is by voluntary donation to Epilepsy Toronto, a
non-profit organization dedicated to helping more than 40,000
Torontonians with epilepsy, and their families, through counselling,
employment support, advocacy and education. Buskers retain proceeds
from "the hat" passed after their performances except for two special
group benefit shows where proceeds go to Epilepsy Toronto: the 6th Annual Fire Show showcases the 'hottest' fire performers at the fest (Fri. August 26 at
9:30pm - rain date August 27), and the Grande Finale (August 28 at 6:30pm) where the winner of the Metro's People's Choice
Award will be announced.
"BuskerFest is produced by Epilepsy Toronto with support from title
sponsor Scotiabank. Over the past eleven years almost $1 million has
been raised in support of Epilepsy Toronto, a non-profit organization
that has been helping people living with epilepsy and their families
for the past 50 years," says Geoff Bobb, Executive Director of Epilepsy
Toronto. "One in every 100 Canadians experiences some form of epilepsy.
Thanks to the generosity of Toronto, this amazing festival helps raise
the funds needed to provide important services to promote the
independence and quality of life for people in Toronto living with
"Scotiabank BuskerFest brings together healthcare and the arts -two
important pillars of our philanthropic program, Scotiabank Bright
Future," said John Doig, Senior Vice President, Toronto Region,
Scotiabank. "We are proud to support this family fun festival that
also provides much needed support for Epilepsy Toronto. We have a
tremendous line-up of new performers this year and are all very excited
to see these exciting new acts."
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic
program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader
internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable
donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on
average approximately $44 million annually to community causes around
the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.
12th Annual Scotiabank BuskerFest
Toronto International Street Performers Festival
Thursday August 25 - Sunday August 28, 2011 throughout the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood,
Front Street all the way from Jarvis to Yonge and adjacent side streets
Thursday noon-10pm, Friday noon-11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm. Sun 11am-8pm
Admission is by voluntary donation to Epilepsy Toronto
For information, visit www.torontobuskerfest.com
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