It’s weird to writing a post about an event that marks the end of summer when spring just literally began on Monday. However, on Tuesday it was announced that the Scotiabank Buskerfest in support of Epilepsy Toronto would be saying its goodbyes to the St. Lawrence Market area and hello to one of the busiest streets in Toronto – Yonge Street.
The move is largely due in part to the increasing number of people who visit the event each year. Last year over a million people came to see an international squad of Buskers from Yonge to Jarvis on Front Street. I will admit that the area is too small and when I went last year I felt as though I was making my way through a nightclub. To put it in perspective from Yonge to Jarvis is about 0.55 km, whereas the new location between Queen Street West and College will add about another 0.45km making the festival 1km in length.
However, I do see some pro and cons to the move. A major con is that the St. Lawrence Market area is a beautiful place. From the architecture of the Gooderman Building (Flatiron) to the old row houses turned shops to St. Lawrence Market itself, the area is truly a great representation of Toronto’s past. My major concern with Yonge Street is that it is already such a busy pedestrian spot. It is known as the heart of Toronto and on any given weekend the area is packed with shoppers and tourists, not to mention the bumper to bumper traffic which for the event will move to other spots of the city. However, a pro with Yonge Street is that the festival will be more accessible with multiple TTC stops. Not only do you have Queen, Dundas and College Station, but you have the 501, 505 and 506 Streetcars that all stop at Yonge as opposed to the walk you would need take from King or Union Station to get to Yonge and Front. Another pro for Yonge Street is that it does have Yonge-Dundas Square which can fit a large number of Buskers.
Overall, no matter where it is located Scotiabank Buskerfest is a great way to support Epilepsy Toronto and is a pay what you can event. However, I do suggest you bring some coin as it is customary to drop money into the Buskers hat after they are done performing. Every year Buskers with remarkable talents from around the world come to perform. From break dancers, daredevils, contortionists and sword swallowers - just to name a few – it is truly a see it to believe it event.
So click the link below to read the original Scotiabank Buskerfest post and make sure to check out the event at its new home August 22nd to 25th 2013.
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