A Few Photos From ScotiaBank Toronto BuskerFest 2011

For the past 7 years we have spent the last weekend of August shooting the Toronto Buskerfest, sponsored by ScotiaBank. This year the festival seemed bigger than ever with crowds of spectators and over 100 performers out on the pitches giving their best in support of Epilepsy Toronto.

In additional to the usual shots of the performers in action, we also set up a make-shift studio in the performer’s greenroom hoping to capture something unique from each performer and give recognition to all of the crew members who put so much of their time and effort into making this festival the largest of it’s kind in North America. Above are a few shots from the street and the studio, more will follow in the days to come as we sort through the thousands of shots the weekend provided.

For those of you who missed our portrait series from last year you can see it here. And once again, our thanks to everyone who stood before our cameras, you allowed us to give a collective face to a festival.



Filed under Buskerfest, Charity, Editorial, Epilepsy, Our Job is Fun!, Photography, Portraits, Promotional, Street Photography, Toronto, Uncategorized

84 responses to “A Few Photos From ScotiaBank Toronto BuskerFest 2011

  1. Could those pix BE any more fun? I think not … especially digging the personality reflected in the portraits. Brilliant!


  2. Great pics that really capture what Buskerfest is all about! Congrats on being FP!

  3. Carlie Chew

    Thank you for sharing these pictures. They are amazing and quite entertaining.

  4. Love the story these tell, you captured some great shots!

  5. The portraits of the buskers at the end were amazing. Reminds me of the 4 000 faces project.

  6. Neat. A buskerfest. We don’t have a fest like that in vancouver but we have a lot of buskers along Granville St. It’s their playground.

  7. Really awesome post! Adore the shots!

  8. Shivani Suresh


  9. The second night one is my favorite. All are cool pictures. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. LOVE these photos!! So great to see photos of my home town on Freshly Pressed…congratulations! 🙂

  11. I live in Toronto and boy am I grateful for these pictures. I went to Buskerfest but could barely see anything b/c of the throngs of people! Beautiful photos!

  12. great photos. i especially love the ones of the performers. they are well captured! that flat iron building is amazing. makes me miss Toronto!

  13. Funny we were just there, it was awesome!! I will post some picture too later! they still sitting in my camera!

  14. You have some talented buskers in Toronto! That trapeze act looks amazing. Great photos, really capture the atmosphere!

  15. ok…never heard of it, but i MUST attend. in fact, i’d like to be in it. i could do something stunt-like…maybe high dive into a tiny pool, or do some bendy moves, or trampoline shinnanigans. love it! gotta go practice for next years act now.

  16. I think some of those street performers were in Edmonton recently for the street fest there! I love the portraits of each busker 🙂 Congrats on FP!

  17. markella

    Great photos and great eye capturing such raw and passionate entertainment.

  18. So sad to have missed Buskerfest this year, thanks for sharing these photos!

  19. Those are great photos – thanks for sharing them. We always stay away from that event because it is so well attended (crowded!), but looks like a great time in assistance of a great cause. Thanks again –

  20. if only i was there to witness that!!! based from the pics, they really looked so amused… thank you for sharing. c”,)


  21. Fascinating photos and entertainment! Congratulations on FP!

  22. Awesome pics! Wish I could be there. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.


  23. Lovely photos! Congratulations on Freshly Pressed! 🙂

  24. auls_

    nice photos!!

  25. Such fun has been captured here!
    Great to see aussy busker Space Cowboy in the mix too!

  26. Wow! It’s fantastic, I like all photo. *-*++

  27. Hey Yes, these are wonderful shots. Well Done. you made it look easy..

  28. Great Pictures!
    Is this a recurring event? I’d love to see it in person!

  29. Great photos. Love the wind-up lady doll! Congrats on Freshly Pressed.

  30. Wow! The first bunch of pictures are crazy! Especially the guy upside down on the other guy’s head. What in the world?! Thanks for sharing.

  31. I love those portraits. Those poses are very creative.

  32. your portraits are amazing! you have talent!
    my favourite one is the one with dress made up with balloons!!!

  33. Thanks for posting. Great work in getting to the heart of the action. Always seems easy till you try to capture a performer doing what they do best. Love the studio work also.

  34. That’s a nice post. Thanks so much for sharing good pictures to us.

  35. Sarah

    Amazing shots!! I never knew about this before our office supported ALS last year i think because I learned about this now we will support Epilepsy this year. great work on this!

  36. Wow, fantastic shots…. that looks like my kind of event! 😀 I particularly love the nighttime silhouettes; wish I could get a closer look at those stilt-walkers’ costumes, they look wicked!

    • Thank you! Yes it is a fantastic event with incredible performers. I will send you an email with a closer (brighter) shot of the stilt-walkers costumes. The act is called ‘close acts’ and they are actually giant ants… (bugs)! Last year they were dinosaurs… or if you ask the guys in the act, they were giant atomic chickens! Either way, they were awesome…

  37. How brilliant. The two guys head to head was amazing. Thanks for the shots.

  38. Cool pics and looks like a fun time! Congrats on being FP!

  39. Toronto looks like a sexy place to be!

  40. Wow, you took some amazing photos! My fave is the man in the fuzzy pants, cartwheeling through the air. I live close enough to visit Toronto but I had never heard of Buskerfest before- I’ll have to check it out next year.

  41. This sounds so cool. Now I really want to go. Great pics!

    • By all means, please come next year and I’m sure it will be even bigger – it is a massive 4 day event and the performers are always at the top of their game. Would be great to have everyone in the city aware and there… tell everyone you know! 🙂

  42. danie216

    This makes me want to leave USA to go live in Canada! This shows how Canada is not all about moose and bacon. Great pictures and amazing quality!

    • Haha! Yes, you’re absolutely right we aren’t all about moose and bacon – although the festival takes place right by the St. Lawrence Market which is famous for it’s peameal bacon sandwiches! Thank you for writing – your comment is awesome! 🙂

  43. wow, nice pictures thanks for sharing with us I loved the dark backgound studio pictures

  44. really nice pics of Toronto! I felt like I was there already! Toronto sounds very interesting than I imagined! Thanks for sharing your pics!


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