Toronto International BuskerFest 2020 Cancelled

Epilepsy Toronto, the organizers of the Toronto International BuskerFest have announced the cancellation of the 2020 festival that was scheduled to take place in Woodbine Park, in the Beach Neighbourhood, September 4 to 7, 2020.

The highly anticipated festival takes months of planning and preparation, and with the current climate of uncertainty, it is unrealistic for organizers to move forward with plans. It will be the first time in 21 years that the festival will not be showcasing world-class street performers from Toronto and around the globe.

BuskerFest has become a staple in the city’s summer festival event calendar. Not only is it one of the largest festivals of its kind in North America, it also raises awareness for Epilepsy Toronto, an organization dedicated to supporting people with epilepsy. Serving Torontonians for over 60 years, they provide free programming, counselling, support and advocacy services to assist people living with epilepsy, and their families. For now, Epilepsy Toronto is concentrating their efforts on their Annual Purple Walk, which is transitioning into a virtual event happening on July 11th.

BuskerFest typically brings hundreds of thousands of people together, and right now, we must all do our part to help keep each other safe and support our front line workers. It is with great sadness that this decision has been made, however based on the recommendations from Public Health authorities, and to protect the safety of our audiences, artists, staff and volunteers, it feels like the best choice” says Epilepsy Toronto Executive Director, Geoff Bobb. “But we sincerely hope to be able to present Torontonians with another exciting year of BuskerFest in 2021.”

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

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. 

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