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Toronto International BuskerFest at Woodbine Park (Toronto)

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Now in Woodbine Park (Park, not Beach!) September 1 to 4, 2017

In my family, we know first hand that the ex-Scotiabank BuskerFest is one of the most interactive events in Toronto. In past festivals, my son has been held hostage by menacing gladiators, was involved in a balloon sculpture contest, has shaken hands with an extra-terrestrial and has passed the hat for a wacky cowgirl. Buskers from different cultures rival to entertain us. It is quite interesting to see how humour differs from one country to the next. Over the years, I have noticed that Australians are the most provocative, UK performers play with the absurd, Americans are more politically correct and Canadians have a tendency to downplay their act to better surprise us with something bold when we're off guard. Bring lots of toonies for the kids to hand over when the artists pass the hat at the end of their shows! It's part of the game and it allows the kids to see the entertainers from up close. The event (which was on Front Street, then used to be on Yonge Street), is now set in Woodbine Park (in the Beaches neighbourhood).

BONUS! Woodbine Park includes a really cute splashpad and a nice walk around the pond. Plus, it is just north of sandy Woodbine Beach!

You never know what you’ll see when strolling Woodbine Park during the Buskerfest
Great view from the hill by the large rotunda (of the show’ and of the cityscape)
One of the many stages at the Buskerfest.
Busker fish got to eat too!

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