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Scotiabank

August 15, 2014 14:00 ET

Media Advisory / Photo Op: Thursday, August 21, 2014: 12:00PM to 12:45PM -- Scotiabank BuskerFest Opening Ceremonies at Yonge-Dundas Square

Incredible Acrobats, Break Dancers, Stilt Walkers and Internationally Renowned Acts

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - August 15, 2014) -

WHAT
Media are invited to attend the opening ceremonies for the 15
th annual Scotiabank BuskerFest in support of Epilepsy Toronto and the launch of the new benefit stage in support of Epilepsy Toronto, with special announcements from Scotiabank and Samsung Canada. A variety of world-class acts kick off the largest and most vibrant street performer festival in North America. Over 1.5 million people are expected to attend the festival, which runs August 21-24.

WHO
Media personalities Steve Anthony and Colin D'Mello welcome everyone to the 15th annual Scotiabank BuskerFest and the launch of the new Benefit Stage, where all proceeds go to Epilepsy Toronto.
Daryl Yeo, President, Epilepsy Toronto Board of Directors
John Doig, Chief Marketing Officer, Scotiabank
Mark Garner, Executive Director, Downtown Yonge BIA
Mark Childs, Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung Canada
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale

A selection of the festival's top buskers will perform including:
Flying Tortillas (USA)
: this group of young performers from Huntington Beach, California incorporates acrobatics, stunts, tumbling, break dancing and comedy into one thrilling performance!
JOHNman (Germany): the two-time winner of the World Living Statues Competition in the Netherlands returns to the festival with his award winning, audience participation act, BLANKO.
Les Vitamines (Québec)
: this colourful, high-energy duo dazzles with acrobatic feats during which the public is invited to participate.
MaracaTall (Toronto): this troupe of stilt drummers with choreographed moves and colourful costumes play Maracatu and other afro-Brazilian rhythms on oversized traditional drums.
Mr. Spin (Australia): this comic vaudevillian-style street/circus act performs a three-ball juggle, Chinese devil-sticks with baseball bats, one-ball manipulation and an eight-ball juggle!

WHEN
Thursday, August 21, 2014 
12:00PM - 12:45PM 

WHERE
Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto

WHY
Scotiabank BuskerFest
in support of Epilepsy Toronto runs August 21-24 throughout Toronto's Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood and features the elite of street performers from around the globe. Audiences will be entertained and charmed by acrobats, aerialists, contortionists, musicians, magicians, fire jugglers and a few other incredible artists over four days and nights of silliness and spectacle with something for all ages -- from specialty children's events to late-night fire performances and live music.

North America's largest street performers festival is also the world's largest epilepsy support event, providing world-class entertainment in support of a great cause. One of the premier events of its kind world-wide, it raises much needed funds and awareness for Epilepsy Toronto through its pay-what-you-can admission. An estimated 40,000 Torontonians living with epilepsy and their families benefit from the work of Epilepsy Toronto through services such as counseling, information and support.

15th Annual Scotiabank BuskerFest in support of Epilepsy Toronto
Thursday, August 21 - Sunday, August 24, 2014
throughout the Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood from Queen St. to College St.
 (including Trinity Square Park, Yonge-Dundas Square and Gould St.).

Thursday noon - 11pm; Friday noon - 11pm; Saturday 11am - 11pm; Sunday 11am - 8pm
Admission is by voluntary donation to Epilepsy Toronto.
For information, visit: www.scotiabankbuskerfest.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BuskerFestToronto, Twitter: buskerfestto hashtag: #SBBF

About Scotiabank BuskerFest
Since its inception in 2000, Scotiabank BuskerFest has featured hundreds of the best street performers from around the world, hosted millions of amazed spectators and helped raise much-needed funds for Epilepsy Toronto, a charitable organization that provides services to those living with epilepsy and their families. Scotiabank BuskerFest is the largest street performers' festival in North America and is the largest Epilepsy awareness-raising event in the world. www.scotiabankbuskerfest.com

Media Refer: For photos visit: www.scotiabankbuskerfest.com/mediaresources (login: media password: epilepsy)

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