Why I Love Toronto Reason #259
Wow, I remember making a primary list of all the things I loved about Toronto and Buskerfest was one of the first things I put on that list and now I am writing about it. Let’s start with a definition of the word Busker. A Busker is a person who entertains people for money in public places, usually while asking for money. Now we see buskers all the time in Toronto! You know the silver looking Elvis like guys who stand outside the H&M at the Toronto Eaton Centre? Well they are buskers. However, Buskerfest is a festival which sees the St. Lawrence area closed off in support of Epilepsy Toronto. It is here that for four days buskers of all types of performance art come together to perform. The website even considers the festival one of the last of summer.
Every year there seems to be some amazing busker who wows the crowd. It could be a magician, a group of break dancers, daredevils, clowns, contortionists, sword swallowers and some many more different buskering people. It not only attracts Canadian buskers, but also buskers from all over the world! This year there were buskers from Australia (such as Surreal McCoy who are huge seagulls), Italy, England (such as Betty Balloon, which by her name you can just guess she uses balloons as props and characters in order to tell children’s stories), Ireland (such as Jack Wisc a magician/ ventriloquist) and Mexico! Its amazing, people just gather around in crowds and watch these people perform in the streets. I know when I go I am that person who is like “Oh Look a crowd! Let’s join them!”
What I love about watching these people the most is that they are risk takers. They love what they do and they do it no matter what the cost. I remember years ago we went to see this one busker and after his show he spoke about how our support allows him to do what he loves to do and that is entertain people through his art form. Then he pointed down the street behind us at another busker who had less than 10 people and said that he remembered when he had a crowd like that and asked politely to go down to support his fellow busker who is just doing the thing he loves. That is what I admire most about these people – they do what they love no matter what. Many of us will sacrifice our dreams just so we can live a comfortable life and in some ways that’s a shame. However, I love this festival because it supports a good cause and it allows us to help support these brave men and women who are just doing what they love most for a living.
That is Why I Love Toronto.
Ps. What Was your favorite part about buskerfest?
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