Thursday's Child: Buskerfest, Toronto

Thursday, August 30, 2012



This month, I’ve been writing about the trip Andrew and I took in July to Colorado and New Mexico.  But today I’ll tell you about a day we spent in Toronto last weekend at Buskerfest.

My cousin Wendy was visiting from California, and I gave her a list of things we could do when she was in town.  She cheerfully chose Buskerfest without really knowing what it was.  The weekend festival was a display put on by street performers, musicians and artists.  In case you're wondering, Wendy is the one not dressed in copper in the above photo.





Of all the acts we saw, Fireguy was the standout.  Imagine juggling two flaming batons and a bottle of champagne.  Then to raise the stakes, imagine doing it while balanced on three stacked skateboards, six feet off the ground.  Add in a little humour, and you'll see why we were alternately laughing and gasping throughout the show.




Hula hoop spinning was attempted by several members of my family, with varying levels of success.




We walked as far east as the St. Lawrence Market, a great destination in itself.  Some of the best cheese, meat, baked goods and seafood in Toronto are sold here.  We bought bagels for breakfast the next day.


We rounded out the day with street art, and henna tattoos for all of us.  We'll go back next year! 


20 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

Looks like a fun time. We so want to go to Toronto for a long weekend. We loved it, especially Chinatown. (My daughter's adopted from China.) It didn't work out this year or last. Hopefully next Spring we can go for a long weekend.

Belinda said...

Fireguy...that should be his legal name. I love Toronto - it's always full of stuff going on.

From the Kitchen said...

Looks like fun! We've talked about a trip to Toronto as we've always managed to skip it in our Canada travels. I've thought about going during the film festival.

Best,
Bonnie

Jess said...

How cool! I especially enjoyed that last photo~ lots of personality there :) I love, love, love hearing about your adventures!

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

Looks like a wonderful time! I haven't been to Toronto in years, + should definitely plan a trip back soon.

Carol said...

Looks like a fun, fun time! Wht a cool festival.

Valerie said...

Lol! Beth, your husband is awesome. :D
It sounds like a lot of fun, especially Fireguy's act!!

Kayte said...

The guy doing hoola hoop and getting a henna tatoo...who knew??? lol...very fun.

MTeacress said...

So is that copper statue and real person holding still? Check out those braids! They could injure if you're not careful. ;)

Claire Davis said...

I've been to Toronto but I wish I had gone when this festival was going on! Looks like so much fun :)

The Golden Eagle said...

It sounds like a fun festival! Love the pictures. :)

And wow, that photo is of two people? Could have sworn the one on the left was actual copper!

yummychunklet said...

Looks like a fun time!

Joanne said...

What a great weekend! My only experience in Canada has been to St. John in New Brunswick but I've been meaning to get to Toronto! Looks like a fun place!

Sue said...

What a fun time! Love that last photo of your husband;)

Food Gal said...

I can't wait to make it to Toronto one of these days. I love Canada, and have been to so many other cities there, but never Toronto (well, unless you include a change of planes at the airport there). ;)

Vicki Bensinger said...

I've never been to Toronto before but would love to go. It's sounds like you had a fun time. We were in Colorado in July too. What part of the state were you visiting?

Victoria said...

Looks like a fun day! I've only been to Toronto once and would love to return. That market looks like fun and the corn looks super fresh :) I always drive by corn fields on the way to Montreal and always want to pick up some fresh Canadian corn. Maybe next time!

Lizzy Do said...

I'm not sure how my family would do with hoola hoops :) Looks like you showed your cousin a marvelous time!

Medeia Sharif said...

This looks like so much fun. :) I enjoy street performances.

Jemi Fraser said...

Buskerfests are so much fun! There are so many talented folks out there :)

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