SOURCE: Scotiabank

Scotiabank

August 20, 2015 12:00 ET

Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy Festival Launch at Yonge-Dundas Square

Incredible Acrobats, Break Dancers, Contortionists and Internationally Renowned Acts

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - August 20, 2015) -

WHAT
Media are invited to attend the festival launch for the 16
th annual Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy, with special announcements from Scotiabank and Samsung Canada. A variety of world-class acts kick off the largest and most vibrant street performers festival in North America. Over 1.5 million people are expected to attend the festival, which runs August 27-30.

WHO
Media personality Steve Anthony
welcomes everyone to the 16th annual Toronto BuskerFest.
Daryl Yeo, President, Epilepsy Toronto Board of Directors.
Jacquie Ryan, Vice President of Sponsorships, Scotiabank.
Mark Garner, Executive Director, Downtown Yonge BIA.
Mark Childs, Chief Brand Officer, Samsung Canada.

A selection of the festival's top buskers will perform including:

Alakazam (Australia) - The "Human Knot" returns to comically contort his body and perform sky-high feats of danger and cheeky comedy.
The Sauruses (Netherlands) - All the way from the Cretaceous Period by way of modern-day Holland, these beautiful, larger-than-life dinosaurs return to fascinate and awe with their absolutely thrilling performance. Just watch out for snapping dino jaws!
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.
Witty Look (Japan) - DAIKI, the former unicycle world champion, and his partner, the acrobat clown CHEEKY, pair up to create a comic act that is a fusion of the cartoon world and high-level unicycle skills.

WHEN
Thursday, August 27, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

WHERE
Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto

WHY
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. 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. 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 -- and $250,000 was raised for Epilepsy Toronto!

16thAnnual 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 #DonateAtTheGate

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

BUT DURING THE FESTIVAL:
EMAIL: - dw@dwcommunications.net or call if urgent or time-sensitive.
Josh Dumont cell at 647-290-6787
Dianne Weinrib cell at 416-889-7239
(Use cell phone numbers ONLY during the festival Aug 27-30. Otherwise use the office number at 416-703-5479.)

SIGN IN UPON ARRIVAL AT THE MEDIA DESK LOCATED IN THE INFO TENT AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE. Interviews on request.

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