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July 23, 2015 12:00 ET

More Exciting New and Returning Acts Announced for 16th Annual Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy Presented by Scotiabank

August 27-30, 2015 Throughout the Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood; New acts include Magician Steven Brundage, Mirror Family, Mr. B's Joybox Express & Zap Circus

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - July 23, 2015) - Toronto's Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood will welcome some awesome entertainers as Epilepsy Toronto, in partnership with the Downtown Yonge BIA, announces more new and returning acts at its signature fundraising event, Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy, presented by Scotiabank.

The 16th edition of the festival -- the largest of its kind in North America and the world's biggest epilepsy fundraising event -- runs Thursday, August 27 to Sunday, August 30, throughout the Yonge Street corridor, from Queen to College Street (which will be closed to traffic) and surrounding areas (including Yonge-Dundas Square).

With more entertainers than ever before, this year's BuskerFest -- the last major festival of the summer season -- promises to be the biggest and best yet. There are over 170 world-class performers in more than 70 acts from across Canada and around the globe.

Last year, well over 1.5 million spectators enjoyed daredevil stunts, fire manipulations, acrobatics, aerial acts, music, magic, comedy, contortion, dance, balloon creations, mime and some acts that defied description. New this year is the Family Fun Zone with great activities for the younger kids and performances by some of the festival's silliest buskers!

Guests are asked to donate at the gate to Epilepsy Toronto. Buskers retain proceeds 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. In 2014, BuskerFest raised $250,000, and Epilepsy Toronto is hoping donations exceed that this year.

Among the terrific newly announced acts coming for their first time ever to BuskerFest are:

  • Steven Brundage (U.S.) - This hilarious and family-friendly magician has been featured on "Good Morning America" and just over two weeks ago "fooled" Penn and Teller with his incredible Rubik's Cube act on their hit show "Fool Us." The YouTube video of the Penn & Teller appearance has garnered over 1.6 million views since it was posted on July 7.
  • Catwall Acrobats' Trampo Wall (Quebec) - An international troupe based in La Belle Province featuring some of the best trampoline-wall performers in the world. Trampoline-wall is a new extreme sport where acrobats jump on their backs on a trampoline and seemingly defy gravity by walking up a vertical wall over 2 storeys high.
  • Mirror Family (Austria/Slovakia) - Their entire bodies are covered head to toe with hundreds of mirrors, reflecting the light of the world right back upon their viewers.
  • Mr. B's Joybox Express (U.S.) - A 385-lb. piano on a bicycle led by renowned blues and boogie-woogie pianist Mr. B. Powered by three riders, in 2014, Joybox completed a 1,840-mile ride along the entire length of the Mississippi River.
  • Zap Circus (Australia) - This internationally awarded, high-energy circus and fire duo have wowed audiences across the globe. Tarrabelle and Rusty lead audiences on a hilariously death-defying adventure, culminating in an unbelievable finale of Acrobatics, Fire and Stupidity!
  • Jack Miron (Toronto) - A talented young performer who juggles balls, fire, cupcakes and more while unicycling and tumbling. Catch him performing in the Family Fun Zone.
  • Steve Stergiadis (GTA) - This international circus artist performs a high-energy comedy show that mixes clowning, hat juggling and unicycle.
  • The LOL Brothers (Quebec/Peru) - Taking audiences on a tour of the history of rock 'n' roll music that is both graceful and unusual, brothers Acee and DeeCee perform electrifying circus numbers mixing risk and humour.

And some of the fabulous newly announced returning acts include:

  • Billions Cobra (Toronto) - Awash with flames, the Billions Cobra show features amazing acts of body contortion and precision whip cracking, punctuated with some creative dance moves.
  • Kromatik (Quebec) - Performing for over 20 years throughout North America, Europe and Asia, Kromatik has earned a reputation as one of the most sought-after body artists in the world.
  • Oparty (Toronto) - The ultimate party superhero, Oparty is the defender of good times and destroyer of the bad, performing fun party stunts. Guaranteed to entertain!
  • Pyromancer (Netherlands) - An incredible fire-breather performs an unusual fire show that mixes good laughs with spectacular flames.
  • USA Break Dancers - A high-energy interactive show created by former Cirque du Soleil member Julio "Klown" Santiago. Winners of 7 People's Choice Awards at fests around the world.
  • Wacky Chad (U.S.) - Laugh until it hurts as stunt comedian Wacky Chad rides another person on his tiny bicycle and handstands on a skateboard.

Donate at the gate to Epilepsy Toronto, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping more than 40,000 Torontonians with epilepsy and their families through counselling, employment support, advocacy and education.

"Every year BuskerFest gets bigger and better. Thanks to the generosity of visitors who donate at the gate to Epilepsy Toronto, we are able to provide much needed support to the 1-in-100 people in Toronto living with epilepsy," says Geoff Bobb, Executive Director of Epilepsy Toronto. "This is one of the most amazing festivals in Canada. We are incredibly excited about all of the international and Canadian performers who make this festival come alive and who share their talents to support Epilepsy Toronto by performing at the benefit shows on the Scotiabank Stage at Yonge-Dundas Square."

Stay tuned for an announcement about the fantastic musical acts that will be featured at this year's festival! Check the website for updates on the full line-up of performers: http://torontobuskerfest.com/.

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.

Interviews on request. 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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