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Toronto International BuskerFest is Cancelled

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Toronto International BuskerFest 2021 Cancelled

After 20 years of festivals, the event faces it’s second year of cancellation due to Covid-19

 

TORONTO, May 14 —It is with a heavy heart that Epilepsy Toronto, the organizers of the Toronto International BuskerFest, announce the cancellation of the 2021 festival that was scheduled to take place in Woodbine Park from September 3 to 6. 

 

Today, the City of Toronto announced that in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, they are officially cancelling all summer festivals until September 6. Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, that will include the Toronto International BuskerFest.

 

“The cancellation of Buskerfest for the second year in a row will not only impact the artists, vendors, volunteers and thousands of Torontonians who enjoy the festival; but it will also impact the epilepsy community, which this festival supports.” says Geoff Bobb, Executive Director of Epilepsy Toronto. “We sincerely hope that with government support, BuskerFest will be able to return in 2022.” 

 

“The cancellation of another season of summer festivals is going to be an especially hard blow to performers across our city. The performers’ livelihoods depend on festivals like BuskerFest and other Toronto festivals throughout the summer which are all now cancelled,” says BuskerFest Entertainment Director, Mackenzie Muldoon. “We know that buskers are creative and resilient, but hope there will be support for them as well.”

 

Epilepsy Toronto would like to thank the loyal audiences and volunteers who come out and support the event year after year; the incredible performers whose unique and captivating talents have made the festival what it is; and the BuskerFest sponsors (CTV, CP24, Toronto Education Workers, BlogTO, Toronto4Kids, DailyHive, Indie88, snapd, Allied); all of whom they look forward to working and celebrating with again in the future. 

 

For more information or to request an interview, please contact: Mackenzie Muldoon, Marketing & Entertainment Director, Toronto International BuskerFest

Phone: 416-230-4230  Email: mackenzie@torontobuskerfest.com

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Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy features spectacular circus artistry; music, magic and mime; feats of the impossible, and the ridiculous, performed by comedians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists, clowns, daredevils, beat boxers and much more. What makes this world class festival truly unique is that it is produced by a local charitable organization, Epilepsy Toronto. Established in 1999, the event is one of the biggest street performer festivals in North America, and is the largest epilepsy event on the planet!

Epilepsy Toronto is a place where Torontonians living with epilepsy can learn more about their condition, get the help they need and be a part of a family of caring and supportive people. Epilepsy Toronto prioritizes individual needs, the importance of living as independently as possible and the benefits of community engagement. Their programs address all aspects of epilepsy from the first diagnosis of a child, to the struggles that young people face, to adult needs such as employment and relationships.