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Scotiabank Buskerfest

Weekend Roundup August 24 to 26

Friday: Buskerfest sees spectacular performances by the likes of Pancho Libre.

Friday August 24
Have you always wanted to relive your prom? Well now you can with the 10th and final Fake Prom 2012. Get dressed up and enjoy live music and dancing—or a blind date if you’re really brave—at the only annual party that mimics the look and feel of a highschool graduation formal dance at Palais Royale.

The Boss of rock ‘n’ roll returns to Toronto to perform all-American classic hits from a career that spans over four decades. Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band will have their fans dancing in the dark at the Rogers Centre.

All weekend-long, take the family to the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood to enjoy the wacky Busketfest.There’s something for everyone to enjoy including slapstick or silent comedy, daredevils, magicians, circus acts, aerialists, acrobats and so much more. (more…)

Hot Date: Feats on the Street at BuskerFest

Pancho Libre is back to wow the crowds

AUGUST 23 TO 26  Magicians, mimes, sword swallowers and stilt dancers—they’re all here for another year of Scotiabank BuskerFest, North America’s largest and most outlandish gathering of street performers. More than 100 unique and talented entertainers from around the world occupy the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood to amuse and amaze audiences while raising funds and awareness for Epilepsy Toronto. This year’s mind-boggling artists include America’s Got Talent contestants the Chicago Ultimate Tumblers, Australian contortionist Alakazam and Mexico’s Pancho Libre. Along Front Street East between Yonge and Jarvis streets. Admission by donation; visit here for more information.

Weekend Roundup, August 26 to 28

Friday: Dance the techno prince at Harbourfront Centre's Telus Taiwanfest

Friday, August 26
Discover the age-old traditions and contemporary customs of Taiwan at Harbourfront Centre’s Telus Taiwanfest. The weekend-long festival immerses visitors Taiwanese culture through dance, music, art and food. Tonight, hear music by the Musuo Girls Band, and learn the modern dance known as the “techno prince.”

Witness weird and wonderful street acts at the Scotiabank Buskerfest. This weekend, the St. Lawrence Market area is taken over by talented jugglers, magicians, fire dancers and more, performing to benefit the Epilepsy Toronto foundation.

Enjoy the acoustic sounds of singer-songwriter Matt Costa at the Great Hall. The indie-folk artist plays selections from his soulful repertoire and is supported by opening band Bahamas.

Saturday: Lady Antebellum headlines the CMT Music Festival (photo by 1035 WEZL)

Saturday, August 27
Make your way north of the city to Burl’s Creek Park near Barrie, for the CMT Music Festival. Headliners include Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and Ronnie Dunn—all rarin’ to entertain at this family-friendly country music showcase.

Support Ryerson University’s student radio station CKLN/CHRY by checking out its Vintage Vinyl Party & Sale at the Ryerson Student Centre. Thousands of records, CDs and books are available, with proceeds going to support community radio.

Test your basketball skills against the pros! The NBA Jam Session at Yonge-Dundas Square begins today with basketball programming for all ages. The event features NBA personalities, slam dunk contests and mascot appearances all in celebration of basketball.

Sunday: Let your geek flag fly at FanExpo

Sunday, August 28
Calling all comic, anime, Sci-Fi, gaming and horror aficionados: FanExpo is here! For four days at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the industry’s leading experts and celebrities make appearances to satisfy their ever-growing Canadian fan base.

Kapisanan Philippine Centre for the Arts presents its sixth annual Kultura Arts Festival in Kensington Market. The festival highlights the cultural identity of the Philippines through art, dance, music and film, and today it coincides with Pedestrian Sunday—car traffic is barred from the neighbourhood, making it that much easier to explore.

Enjoy an afternoon of classical music by the Windermere String Quartet at the Toronto Music Garden. The acclaimed group is known for their dynamic performances of popular and lesser-known compositions from the Baroque and Classical eras.

Hot Date: BuskerFest’s Fantastic Feats

FlameOz—just one of the wild and wonderful acts at Scotiabank BuskerFest

AUGUST 25 TO 28 The weird, wacky and wonderful converge at Scotiabank BuskerFest, one of the largest festivals of its kind in North America. More than 100 street performers from around the world showcase their rare talents at this popular event, which benefits Epilepsy Toronto. Among the countless must-see daredevils, magicians, aerialists and more are Australian fire dancers FlameOz (pictured), contortionist Bendy Em, acrobat and “human flag” Pancho Libre, and Alberta’s chair-juggling duo The Chairmen. Front Street East, between Jarvis and Yonge streets, free admission (donations encouraged); click here for more information.

Weekend Roundup, August 27 to 29

This last August weekend is jam-packed with activities—make it count!

Friday: See the Rom Shing Hakka Opera at Telus TaiwanFest

Friday, August 27
Canada’s largest fair continues! The Canadian National Exhibition has something for everyone, including rides and games, a working farm, daily parades, celebrity chef demonstrations, live concerts and entertainment, and so much more. See you at The Ex!

Exploring the concept of the “crossover,” this year’s Telus TaiwanFest offers a number of cultural events—both traditional and contemporary—related to the intermingling of Taiwanese, Canadian, Dutch, Japanese and indigenous cultures. Harbourfront Centre is home to this weekend-long festival, featuring dance, theater, fashion, food and live music. Tonight, witness a performance by the Rom Shing Hakka Opera Troupe.

Scotiabank Buskerfest takes over the streets of the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood beginning tonight! Some of the world’s most talented street performers, including members of the renowned Cirque Éloize, are on hand to show off their unique skills. A donation to the Epilepsy Toronto charitable organization is encouraged.

Saturday: Laugh with Graham Harley and the cast of What the Butler Saw (photo by Sian Richards).

Saturday, August 28
Attention all comic book enthusiasts, sci-fi aficionados and anime experts: Fan Expo Canada has arrived. The largest event of its kind in the country features top names in geekdom, plus vendors, panel discussions and more. Don’t miss the Masquerade on Saturday morning, when die-hard fans show off original costumes of their favourite characters!

Enjoy a theatrical night out with a performance of What the Butler Saw, an inappropriately hilarious play on now at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. The witty farce is set in a psychiatrist’s office and is certain to keep the audience guessing which characters are the sane ones.

Cheer on “The Reds” this evening, as Toronto FC squares off against Real Salt Lake, one of Major League Soccer’s top teams. Can Dwayne DeRosario and company sneak into the playoffs with a win tonight? Head to BMO Field to find out!

Sunday: Sunnyside Pavilion hosts an art fair (photo by Imnop88a)

Sunday, August 29
Against all odds, ’90s grunge stalwarts Stone Temple Pilots are back with their first original album in a decade. The Scott Weiland-led rockers are set to riff on their newest tunes and popular classics at the Air Canada Centre.

Yonge and Dundas Square turns green this weekend. The Live Green Toronto Festival brings together more than 100 exhibitors featuring eco-friendly products and services, as well as live music, street performers, a farmer’s market and more.

The Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale returns for another year of fine visuals. Hosted within the historic Sunnyside Pavillion on the shores of Lake Ontario, the event features artworks in various media created by emerging artists. Cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award to give your favourite artist the chance to win a cash prize.

Hot Date: Sidewalk Spectacle

Victor Rubilar is renowned for his ball-juggling act

AUGUST 26 TO 29 The circus moves out from under the big top to one of Toronto’s main avenues, as more than 100 international street performers animate the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood for Scotiabank BuskerFest. North America’s largest annual gathering of buskers—from hilarious comedians to daring fire eaters—features a bevy of new acts for 2010, including contortionist Bendy Em, renowned Argentine football juggler Victor Rubilar and Australia’s FlameOz, a dynamic combination of dance, acrobatics and fire manipulation. Front Street East, between Yonge and Jarvis streets, admission by donation; proceeds aid Epilepsy Toronto.

August Hot Date—Buskerfest

The pyrotechnic performers of Fire in the Sky.

Performers of Fire in the Sky.

AUGUST 27 TO 30 Magicians, musicians and mimes? Be awed by international street entertainers at Scotiabank BuskerFest 2009, North America’s biggest busker fair, which turns 10 this year. In addition to clowns and comedians, the St. Lawrence Market area boasts more than 100 daredevils like knife jugglers, acrobats, sword swallowers, escape artists, and, on Friday at 10 p.m., a white-hot pyrotechnic performance called Fire In The Sky. Front Street, from Yonge to Jarvis streets; free admission with a voluntary donation to support epilepsy research.