THE ORIGINAL TRICKSTA!: Scotiabank Buskerfest in Toronto

Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.

Lighting a fire under our collective keisters!

Why Buskerfest? Because all cultures have a history of trickster characters who offer social commentary via entertainment!

Traditionally buskers are transmigratory, crossing borders mixing into weird and wonderful clusters that gather around at the fringe of societies. When they exit the edge to come out onto centre stage they reflect back to us a little something about who we are. More than just transcending barriers with their daredevil feats they crack social barriers bringing the community together for a little fun. They use wit to break the ice with the crowd and aren’t afraid to be playful provocateurs heckling the audience to shake them up.

The joke de rigueur this year was that “Toronto is the most diverse city on the planet so it would really suck to be a racist here!”  Undoubtedly, yes. But if your mind is open and barrier free Toronto is the perfect place to be!

Thanks to Nile and his mommy Jamie, Rebecca and her daddy Antony, Aisha, Farrah, Nazira and  Bushra, Yamoussa and Maccie for all your smiles!

For more information on Scotiabank Buskerfest visit their >website, friend them on >facebook or follow on twitter >@BuskerfestTO.

Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil performers facepainted at Buskerfest Toronto.
Yamoussa Bangoura, Artistic Director of www.kalabante.org & Maccie Paquette, www.macciepaquette.com.

Photography by Leah Snyder & Ahmed Sirry for Mixed Bag Mag.