The streets of downtown Toronto come alive during the Scotiabank BuskerFest, August 21-24. In its fifteenth year, the summer festival welcomes more than 160 buskers in over sixty-five acts from across Canada and around the world. Scheduled acts include daredevil stunts, fire manipulations, acrobatics, aerial, magic, contortion, dance, and mime, and some acts that simply defy categorization.
Street performance can be a lively mix of entertainment and artistry, and is sure to attract many a passerby. Buskers can also provide a glimpse into the world of circus arts. In the July/August 2014 issue of The Dance Current, writer Molly Johnson explores the exciting world of contemporary circus in Québec. Get a copy of the feature story here.
This year’s BuskerFest runs along the Yonge Street corridor, from Queen to College Streets (which will be closed to traffic) and surrounding areas (including Trinity Square Park, Yonge-Dundas Square and Gould Street). Benefit performances are also featured this year on the Scotiabank Stage in Yonge-Dundas Square, with all proceeds going to Epilepsy Toronto.