Scotiabank Buskerfest took over Yonge Street
After a long summer of music and street festivals, well, sadly, summer is winding down. Scotiabank Buskerfest is one of the last major festivals in the Toronto summer season. It’s a street festival that’s just slightly tied into music – and every other art form and performance tactic possible.
The festival is extremely lively, brilliant, and holds a little bit for every one to enjoy – young and old. This annual event draws a large number of tourists from around the world, as it puts on display talents from all walks of life and from a variety of cultures and scenes.
It’s a few days of colourful, that’s bursting at the seams with the unknown and the unexpected. There’s everything from musical acts, to silent comedy and slapstick, daredevils and magicians, high skill circus acts and a pleasant, or scary mixture of clowns, contortionists, acrobats, aerialists, puppets, fire and a some things that there are simply no words to describe – all in the name of charity for EPILEPSY Toronto. The event took place from Aug. 21-24, ranging in times throughout the days, but basically from noon to night each day with slight variatons. Unlike last year’s event, there was no pre-scheduled performance itinerary, as I’m sure they felt that last year this left them with too many boundaries and restrictions. This is after all a no holds barred festival – anything goes. You can check the entire list of performers and other details at the Scotiabank Buskerfest website.
Patrons could peruse the festival at will, all the while looking up and down the signs to see what exactly was going on or soon to come at each stand or kiosk. In between all the madness of flames and folkers, there was also a myriad of refreshment and gluttony mobiles, including delectable yet death-warrant signing treats such as Colossal blooming onions, Texas potatoes, poutine trucks, and ribs, meats, and whatever else you can find to clog your arteries. All to be washed down with some freshly squeezed lemonade.