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August 27, 2015 12:45 ET

Media Advisory & Photo Ops: 16th Annual Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy NOW ON Until Sunday, August 30, 2015 -- Rain or Shine!

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - August 27, 2015) - Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy, in partnership with the Downtown Yonge BIA and presented by Scotiabank, kicked off today at noon throughout Toronto's Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood for four wild days of all-ages fun -- rain or shine through to Sunday, August 30!

The 16th annual Toronto BuskerFest showcases a stellar array of over 170 of the best street performers from around the globe: comedians, contortionists, magicians, musicians, daredevils, acrobats, clowns, fire jugglers and more! Toronto BuskerFest is North America's largest festival of its kind and the largest epilepsy awareness event in the world -- it is the signature fundraising event of Epilepsy Toronto.

Over the course of the four-day festival, there will be more than 400 performances on 10 main stages and four music spaces along the Yonge Street strip from Queen St. to College St. (including Yonge-Dundas Square).

The new Family Fun Zone will be located on Yonge Street between College and Gerrard Streets -- featuring face painting, balloon twisting, music, free workshops for kids in the Scotiabank Tent, games, a midway and busker acts from an incredible line-up of international performers, all geared especially to the family audience!

Epilepsy Toronto is working to ensure all visitors enjoy the festival with ease. At the BuskerAccess Tent, located in Yonge-Dundas Square (near the festival's Info Tent), visitors with disabilities are provided with assistance such as an escort to one of the accessible stages by volunteers wearing an identifiable accessibility symbol on their shirts. Non-verbal performances will take place daily throughout the festival.

Visitors to Toronto BuskerFest are asked to #DonateAtTheGate to Epilepsy Toronto. The buskers keep the money from the "hat" passed after their performances except for shows on the Scotiabank Stage in Yonge-Dundas Square, where each act will do a benefit performance with all proceeds going to Epilepsy Toronto. There are more fun ways to raise money for Epilepsy Toronto:

  • Heart of the Festival -- EPILEPSY TORONTO BENEFITS
  • The Scotiabank Stage in Yonge-Dundas Square serves as the charitable epicentre of the festival. All proceeds raised by performers in Yonge-Dundas Square throughout the festival are being donated to Epilepsy Toronto. Note that the ever-popular Fire Show returns on Friday, August 28 at 9:30 p.m.! This awe-inspiring spectacle of fire juggling and manipulation features Dream State Circus, Zap Circus, Pyromancer and more!
  • Scotiabank Day
  • On Friday, August 28 from noon to 11 p.m., all donations made to Epilepsy Toronto in Yonge-Dundas Square will be matched by Scotiabank!
  • Look Up -- Look Way Up!
  • A returning sponsor of Toronto BuskerFest, Samsung Canada is helping attendees donate to Epilepsy Toronto with a fun, digitally driven donation program. Beginning Thursday, August 27 at 12:00 p.m., every Facebook, Twitter or Instagram post which includes the #SamsungBusker hashtag will see Samsung donate $1 to Epilepsy Toronto -- up to a total of $10,000! For an added 15 seconds of fame, posts including the #SamsungBusker hashtag will appear above the crowds on Samsung's largest outdoor LED billboard in Canada, perched above the north-west corner of Yonge St. and Dundas St., until Sunday, August 30.

Media/photo ops by request every day of the festival! Upon arrival, please check in at the media tent, located in the northwest corner of Yonge-Dundas Square, for accreditation and assistance with setting up interviews/shoots:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27: 12 noon to 11 p.m.

  • Photo ops of extraordinary acts abound such as: Alakazam (Australia), Witty Look (Japan), The Sauruses (Netherlands), MaracaTall (Toronto), USA Break Dancers (U.S.), Funnykito Show (Brazil), Dream State Circus (Australia/UK) and more!
  • Toronto BuskerFest is teaming up with Monarchs Pub in the Chelsea Hotel (33 Gerrard Street West) to present BuskerFest After-Parties, with special evening performances by festival musicians beginning on Thursday, August 27 at 8 p.m. (Daniel Champagne) and continuing Friday, August 28 at 9 p.m. (Turbo Street Funk) and Saturday, August 29 at 9 p.m. (Hogtown Sound).

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  • Photo ops of extraordinary acts abound such as: Fireguy (Toronto), Lords of Strut (Ireland), MUTE (Thailand), Hercinia Arts Collective (Toronto), LOL Brothers (Peru/Quebec), Kiki the Clown (Toronto) and more!
  • 5 p.m. -- 8 p.m.: Performances on the Scotiabank Stage in Yonge-Dundas Square will be accompanied by ASL interpretation.
  • 9:30 p.m.: The spectacular Fire Show returns! This awe-inspiring spectacle of fire juggling and manipulation takes place on the Scotiabank Stage in Yonge-Dundas Square and features Dream State Circus, Zap Circus, Pyromancer and more!

SATURDAY AUGUST 29: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  • Photo ops of extraordinary acts abound such as: Natural Wings (Australia), Nathaniel Rankin (Toronto), Pyromancer (Netherlands), Lulu's World (Italy), Daniel Champagne (Australia), Steve Stergiadis (Toronto) and more!
  • 1 p.m.: The cast from the hit show "Full House the Musical," featuring Perez Hilton, performs on the Scotiabank Stage in Yonge-Dundas Square in support of Epilepsy Toronto!
  • 5 p.m.: Samba Squad (Toronto) heats up Yonge-Dundas Square.

SUNDAY AUGUST 30: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

  • 12:30 p.m.: Purple Walk for Epilepsy -- Toronto's first-ever epilepsy walk starts from Epilepsy Toronto (468 Queen Street East) at 10 a.m. and ends at Yonge-Dundas Square, where Toronto's premier rock choir, newchoir (featuring 50 + singers), performs on the benefit stage at 12:30 p.m.
  • Photo ops of extraordinary acts abound such as: Wacky Chad (U.S.), Oparty (Toronto), Zap Circus (Australia), Yo-Yo Guy (U.S.), Mighty Mike (Toronto) and more!
  • 6:30 -- 7:30 p.m. Grand Finale hosted by beatbox phenomenon Scott Jackson on the Scotiabank Stage in Yonge-Dundas Square. The winner of this year's Metro People's Choice Award will be announced.

16th Annual Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy
presented by Scotiabank
Thursday, August 27 - Sunday, August 30, 2015
throughout the Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood:
Yonge Street all the way from Queen to College and surrounding areas (including Yonge-Dundas Square).

Thursday, noon --11 p.m.; Friday, noon -- 11 p.m.;Saturday, 11 a.m. -- 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. -- 8 p.m.
Donate at the gate to Epilepsy Toronto

For information, visit: www.torontobuskerfest.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BuskerFestToronto, Instagram & Twitter: @BuskerFestTO #BuskerFestTO

About Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy
Since its inception in 2000, Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy 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. BuskerFest is the largest street performers' festival in North America and is the largest Epilepsy awareness-raising event in the world.

Torontonians and tourists alike can take in non-stop, eye-popping performances from such acts as Alakazam (Australia), the "Human Knot" who comically contorts his body and performs sky-high feats of danger and cheeky comedy; Catwall Acrobats' Trampo Wall (Quebec), an international troupe based in La Belle Province featuring some of the best trampoline-wall performers in the world; Dream State Circus (Australia), an Aussie/English couple who perform acrobalance, juggling and dynamic high skill fire manipulations; Funnykito Show (Brazil), Dan Marques' award-winning enchanting comedy magic and illusion show in his North American debut; Lords of Strut (Ireland), a high energy acrobatic show, with break dancing, contortion, acrobatic ladder, acrobalance and very original comedy; Mirror Family (Austria/Slovakia), whose entire bodies are covered head to toe with hundreds of mirrors; Nathanial Rankin (Toronto), the international award-winning circus artist who combines state-of-the-art modern magic, juggling, mind reading, comedy, audience participation, dangerous stunts and a sharp wit; Steven Brundage (U.S.), a hilarious and family-friendly magician who just over two weeks ago "fooled" Penn and Teller with his incredible Rubik's Cube act on their hit show "Fool Us"; and The Sauruses (Netherlands), beautiful, larger-than-life dinosaurs.

MEDIA: Check in with DW Communications at the media table located by the info tent at the northwest corner of Yonge-Dundas Square to pick up accreditation.

For photo downloads -- login: media; password: epilepsy

2015 BuskerFest Acts: http://www.torontobuskerfest.com/mediaresources/1

2014 BuskerFest Highlights: http://www.torontobuskerfest.com/mediaresources/23

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