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.

BALKAN-KLEZMER-GYPSY-PARTY-PUNK SUPER BAND: The Lemon Bucket Orkestra


The Lemon Bucket Orkestra performing on King Street after Luminato 2012.

An apt description!

If you have yet to experience The Lemon Bucket Orkestra then there is something special waiting for you at Scotiabank’s Toronto Buskerfest this weekend (at the St. Lawrence Market) as well as Harbourfront Centre’s ASHKENAZ Festival next weekend.

It would take a whole lot of words to describe the experience of witnessing a performance by The Lemon Bucket Orkestra – they are musical Vitamin B! Peps you up, is good for what ails ya!  They are a true musical mashup crossing cultural borders and musical genres. Treat yourself sometime this weekend to being caught up in the moment – Lemon Bucket Style!


Toronto’s The Lemon Bucket Orkestra performing on the anniversary of the Toronto Blackout.

Check out the The Lemon Bucket Orkestra website for more videos, snaps and tour info and follow their updates this weekend on facebook and twitter @Lemonbucket.

For information on the Toronto Buskerfest visit their website, facebook page and follow on twitter @BuskerfestTO.


The Lemon Bucket Orkestra performing on King Street after Luminato 2012.

Photography by Leah Snyder