~ Guests surprised with unique, original acts from around the world, including the renowned Dream State Circus ~
TORONTO, Aug. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Toronto Pearson was full of laughs and excitement yesterday as airport gates were reminiscent of busy city streets, featuring performances from buskers around the world. The festivities marked the beginning of Scotiabank BuskerFest - North America's largest busker festival, in support of Epilepsy Toronto.
Magicians, jugglers, comedians and acrobats filled areas throughout Terminal 1 delighting guests with live busker performances featuring International award winning duo, Dream State Circus and Cirque Mechanics founder, Chris Lashua.
"Toronto Pearson is thrilled to be celebrating Scotiabank BuskerFest in support of Epilepsy Toronto for the very first time," said Jennifer Larson, Manager, Guest Experience Marketing, Toronto Pearson. "Partnering with Scotiabank BuskerFest allows us to bring elements of this long-standing Toronto tradition to our guests and share this unique experience with them, while supporting a great cause."
In addition to Dream State Circus and Chris Lashua, guests were wowed by a range of international street performers including Canada's own juggler Dawn Dreams who performed with her crystal ball, and Chinese pole performer Pancho Libre whose acrobatic, mind-boggling feats left guests astounded.
As part of the festivities, Toronto Pearson introduced the "Check in for Charity" program. One of the most checked-in places in Canada on Facebook and FourSquare, Toronto Pearson donated $1 for every check-in at the airport starting on August 16th to Epilepsy Toronto. Thanks to the support of airport guests and visitors, Toronto Pearson was able to raise over $5,000 to support the cause.
About the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA):
The GTAA is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada's biggest airport and one of the largest airports in North America in terms of passenger and air cargo traffic. In 2011, Toronto Pearson handled 33.4 million passengers and is ranked 4th largest in international passenger traffic in North America. The focus of the GTAA continues to be on competitiveness, growing the airport's status as an international gateway, meeting the needs of our guests 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:
North America's largest busker festival, Scotiabank BuskerFest is Toronto's wildly successful international street performers' festival, now in its 13th wacky, outlandish year. Produced by Epilepsy Toronto, this year's event runs Thursday, August 23 to Sunday, August 26, 2012 throughout the historic St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood.
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SOURCE: Greater Toronto Airports Authority
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