performing August 27-30, 2015, throughout
Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood
Toronto, August 4, 2015 - Organizers of the 2015
Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy, presented by
Scotiabank and in partnership with the Downtown Yonge Business
Improvement Area (BIA), are pleased to announce a rich line-up of
outstanding musical acts among the more than 170 performers from
Canada and around the world performing August 27-30, in the
Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood.
Toronto BuskerFest includes a wide array of street performers,
from acrobats and magicians to comedians, fire-manipulators,
contortionists and musicians! Among the 170 talented acts at this
year's festival are more than a dozen musical acts representing a
variety of styles - from soothing acoustic guitar to old-time jazz,
from rock 'n' roll to beatboxing, and more!
To watch a video of each musical act listed below, click on their
Acoustic Guitar Virtuosos
- Australia's acoustic guitar
master returns to Toronto BuskerFest with his distinctive percussive
style and smooth voice.
- The big instrumental guitarist from
the little country-town of Stouffville, Ontario, Andrew Lopatin
enthrals audiences with his lively guitar playing and unique
rhythms. Toronto BuskerFest debut!
Old-Style Jazz & Blues
Boxcar Boys (Toronto)
- Delivering a gumbo of
original old-style jazz, folk, klezmer and country, this group of six
inimitable musicians on clarinet, sousaphone, fiddle, trombone,
accordion and washboard were nominated for Instrumental Group of the
Year at the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
B's Joybox Express (U.S.)
- Mr. B's Joybox Express
is a 385-lb. piano on a bicycle led by renowned blues and boogie
woogie pianist Mr. B. Powered by three riders, Joybox completed a
1,840-mile ride along the entire length of the Mississippi River in
Scott Jackson (Toronto)
- Former Canadian Beatbox
Champion and a finalist on Canada's Got Talent, this master human
beatbox returns to delight audiences with his incredible vocal
- This 18-year-old first fell in love with beatboxing
when she saw Scott Jackson performing at BuskerFest. Four years later,
she is competing on a world stage and just took 2nd place for Female
Beatboxer of the Year at the World Beatbox Championship in Berlin. She
will be joining Scott Jackson for one show daily in the Family Fun
Zone as well as teaching workshops daily in the Scotiabank Tent.
Toronto BuskerFest debut!
Pop/Rock/Jazz Instrumental Covers
Fagott Mannschaft (Toronto)
- Covering great tunes
from yesterday and today, this quartet of classically trained, yet
slightly unhinged bassoonists (whose name is German for "the bassoon
team") cannot be contained by your typical symphony orchestra.
Toronto BuskerFest debut!
- Hogtown Sound is an exciting
busking band of young musicians from Toronto who perform brass
band-style instrumental covers of pop, rock, disco, jazz and more.
They started busking as a means to pay for their music school tuitions
and can be found playing your favourite hits all around the streets of
Street Funk (Toronto)
- Discovered on the streets of
Toronto in 2012 by Canadian jazz legend Richard Underhill, Turbo
Street Funk has grown from a street savvy busking crew to a festival
favourite. Following the traditions of classic New Orleans horn bands,
they draw from music styles ranging from R&B, disco, jazz, funk,
rock, Colombian porro, classical music and electronica.
- Toronto's hippest chamber orchestra makes
classical music more accessible through personality, passion,
creativity and technology. A huge hit when they appeared at Toronto
BuskerFest for the first time last year, Euphonia invites audience
members to "Conduct Us" and have their moment as the Maestro!
Country, Celtic & Folk
Gypsy Band (Australia)
- These masterful
musicians from Australia play an eclectic mix of original tunes with
folk, rock, jazz, world and gypsy influences.
Chappell and Vince Peets (Toronto)
- These two
Toronto-based singer-songwriters have been partners in music and life
for over a decade, playing a mix of original folk/roots songs and
lively traditional jigs on a plethora of pretty penny whistles, a
romping red guitar and a purple accordion named Violet. Heather and
Vince both live with epilepsy.
- This three-piece acoustic trio brings
East Coast Celtic flavour to Toronto with their rich harmonies.
- A high energy, high impact stilt-drumming
troupe that can be seen and heard over 100 metres away! With colourful
costumes, choreography adapted from folkloric traditions and Maracatu
drums, MaracaTALL raises Afro-Brazilian rhythms to new heights!
- The OKA boys return to Toronto BuskerFest with
their earthy, feel-good sound: a mash-up of dance and down tempo
electro beats marinated in the Dreamtime didgeridoo spirit of
Australian Indigenous culture.
- Samba Squad follows the path of the
drum from Brazil to Toronto. Inspired by the Escola de Sambas of Rio
de Janeiro, the Afro Blocos of Salvador Bahia and the Maracatu
nations, the beats and the grooves of Samba Squad come together in a
seething cauldron of sound.
Toronto BuskerFest is teaming up with Monarchs Pub in the Chelsea
Hotel to present BuskerFest After-parties, with special evening
performances by festival musicians:
Thursday, August 27 @ 8:00 p.m. - Daniel
Friday, August 28 @ 9:00 p.m. - Turbo Street
Saturday, August 29 @ 9:00 p.m. - Hogtown
Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto
Epilepsy Toronto is organizing the Purple Walk for
on the final day of BuskerFest (Sunday, August 30
a.m.). Participants will meet as a group in the parking lot of
Epilepsy Toronto to enjoy a pancake breakfast before embarking on the
city's inaugural epilepsy walk ending at Yonge-Dundas Square, where newchoir
, Toronto's premiere rock choir featuring 50-70 singers at a time,
will perform a benefit concert on the Scotiabank Stage!
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
Saturday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.
- 8 p.m.
Donate at the gate to Epilepsy Toronto
Instagram & Twitter: @BuskerFestTO
About Toronto International BuskerFest for
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.
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