TORONTO, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - More than 100 top buskers from all over the
world will take to the streets and perform at the 11th
Annual Scotiabank BuskerFest, North America's largest street
performer festival. Scotiabank BuskerFest will once again inhabit Toronto's
historic St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood from Thursday, August
26 to Sunday, August 29, bringing four wild days of fun for fans of
all ages while raising much needed funding for Epilepsy Toronto.
"One in every 100 Canadians experiences some form of epilepsy and for
the past 11 years, Scotiabank BuskerFest has raised close to $1 million
in support of Epilepsy Toronto," says Geoff Bobb, Executive Director of
Epilepsy Toronto. "Through the generosity and support of the festival
spectators, we can continue to help those living with epilepsy and their
families as we have been doing for the past 50 years."
"At Scotiabank we are proud to have been part of this festival from the
very beginning and look forward to this year's festival which promises
an assortment of daredevils, magicians, circus acts, fire-breathers and
more!" said John Doig, Scotiabank Senior Vice-President, Toronto Region.
"Scotiabank BuskerFest is the largest epilepsy awareness event in the
world, and through the pay-what-you-can admission helps support the
estimated 40,000 Torontonians living with epilepsy and their families,
through counselling, information, and support."
Making their first-ever appearance at Scotiabank BuskerFest this
year are the following new acts:
From the USA: Stunt
Double Circus features four "out of work stuntmen" performing
death-defying stunts and high skill circus routines on the Cyr Wheel,
the Russian Bar and some of the most extreme Pogo Tricks performed in
From the Netherlands: Close Act's giant dinosaurs,
standing approximately 18' tall and 20' long, forge through the crowds,
amazing and mystifying onlookers as part of Saurus,
the theatre company's larger-than-life prehistoric production!
From Australia: A unique blend of circus stunts, virtuosic violin
and fire combine in Liqueur
Flambé's musical comedy performance. Winner of the 2009 Best
in the City award for Sydney's Best Street Performance!
From the USA: America's Got Talent finalists the Calypso
Tumblers have been wowing audiences in New York and Los
Angeles with their fun, reggae-filled street acrobatics for over 20
From Canada: Montreal's Cirque
Éloize, whose groundbreaking performances recently
seduced Broadway with Rain, will perform a special 'Sneak Peek'
Benefit Show (Thursday, August 26 at 8pm) featuring excerpts
from their newest show ID that combines the magic of the circus
with the hard-hitting funk of urban dance and hip hop and will be
opening at the Sony Centre for the
Performing Arts October 1st.
Scotiabank BuskerFest returning favourites:
From Toronto: Hercini Arts returns to the street festival
Magical Music Box, a show that combines music with fantastic
aerial and acrobatic stunts as beautiful bird-like creatures dance in
and out of a giant jungle gym box.
From Australia: Didgeridoos, bamboo flutes, harmonica, slide
guitar and more fill the air as OKA
return like a boomerang from the land Down Under, taking you to the
roots of the South Pacific.
From Quebec City: Kromatik
will transform your face, body and soul with their magical colours.
Performing for more than 20 years throughout North America, Europe and
Asia, Kromatik have earned a reputation as some of the most sought-after
body art artists in the world. Become a piece of art for the day!
From Hamilton: 11-year-old fiddling sensation Liam
McGlashon returns for his fourth year at Scotiabank
BuskerFest, bringing east coast melodies to the big city.
From Toronto: PyRomeo
returns to the festival with two shows! At night PyRomeo will perform a
solo show demonstrating his skills with blazing props in a lavish storm
of fiery brilliance and during the day he will team up with his beloved
& Fueliette, a show especially for the family in the Scotiabank
BuskerPlay area with circus skills, hula-hoops and of course - fire!
From Toronto: Silver
Elvis is the most unique spin on Elvis you will ever see,
with a cash-activated metallic Elvis statue that magically comes to life
with dynamic hip swivels and slick pompadour.
Previously announced hot acts, never-before-seen at Scotiabank
From Australia: At the cutting edge of fire performance, FlameOz
delivers highly skilled and uniquely choreographed fire shows.
They've captivated audiences of all ages around the world with their
dynamic fusion of fire manipulation, dance, acrobatics, martial arts and
From the UK: Former National Gymnast and dancer Bendy
Em will have you on the edge of your 'seat' as she comically
bends and contorts her body into freakily mind-boggling positions. Watch
Bendy Em squeeze herself into a 16 inch Perspex box balanced on a
From Argentina: Four-time Guiness world record breaker Victor
Rubilar's soccer ball-juggling show mixes Latino soap opera
with the passion of a football arena. "The things that Victor can do
with a football are mesmerizing," says the Guiness Book of World
Records. A family-friendly show everybody can enjoy.
From Canada: Quebec's palm-reading gypsy ventriloquist/dummy duo, Madam
Bao and Cosma, offers an hilarious glance at what life has in store
for you while Toronto's Suspended
Animation Circus perform The 477th Greatest Show on
Earth, moving through the festival suspended from a giant helium
Ross of Circus Montreal can be spotted performing elegant and silly
shows daily in the Scotiabank BuskerPlay area, as well as in his
installation piece "Authentic Circus Artist in Natural Habitat."
Toronto's own Aidan
Orange balances a running lawn mower on his face and performs
yo-yo and contortion tricks while English comedian and gentleman
Ricardo entertains with impeccable style as the only performer in
the world who will pull the tablecloth off the set table and then put it
back on again! Whitby's Max
T. Oz has performed his slick sleight-of-hand and hilarious antics
at every Scotiabank BuskerFest while New Zealand's Lurk
demonstrates his stilt skills as a "clown with a complex". The
Russian Bar Trio, woman performing aerial acrobatics from a
bar only four inches wide, braced on the shoulders of two men - one of
the most dangerous acts to be performed on the street!
Scotiabank BuskerFest is more than just buskers! The event showcases street
vendors from around the world, and features Scotiabank
BuskerPlay, a kid-friendly area which includes the TELETOON Most
Awesome Summer Tour, free workshops in balloon twisting and face
painting, crafts and more family fun.
For a full listing of benefit shows at Scotiabank BuskerFest and to
enter a draw for the chance to win a fabulous prize package of a
three-night hotel stay in Toronto, two tickets to the 2011 Scotiabank
BuskerBall, Fire Show and $500 spending money, please visit href="http://www.torontobuskerfest.com/">www.torontobuskerfest.com.
Contest closes August 30, 2010.
11th Annual Scotiabank BuskerFest
International Street Performers Festival
Thursday, August 26 -
Sunday, August 29, 2010
throughout the St. Lawrence Market
Front Street from Jarvis Street to Yonge Street, and
all adjacent side streets
Thursday, noon - 10 p.m., Friday, noon
- 11 p.m.,
Saturday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
is by voluntary donation to Epilepsy Toronto.
SOURCE Scotiabank - Sponsorships & Donations
For further information: For further information:
Dianne Weinrib or Eleni Deacon, DW Communications, 416-703-5479, firstname.lastname@example.org
Livy Feldgajer, Scotiabank Public Affairs, 416-866-6203 or email@example.com