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5 LGBTQ+ Performers At The 2023 Toronto International Buskerfest Festival

Here are five exciting LGBTQ+ performers participating in this year’s Toronto International Buskerfest in the city’s east end…

Things are about to get quirky. Toronto’s annual Toronto International Buskerfest is set to return to Woodbine Park from September 1 – 4, bringing along with it some of the most interesting performers from around the globe. This year, the festival’s programme boasts an impressive list featuring several must-see LGBTQ+ performers. 

In addition to an international line-up of incredible Buskers, expect a weekend filled with food trucks, a beer garden, a family fun zone, nighttime programming and much more! Buskerfest is spontaneous, outrageous, fun, and fabulous but it is also a charitable event that is run and founded by Epilepsy Toronto. In fact, Buskerfest is the only festival in the world that is set up to benefit a specific charity. All proceeds from the festival support Epilepsy Toronto.

Click here for the full 2023 Buskerfest programme and read on for more on five amazing LGBTQ+ performers you can catch during the four-day extravaganza.

The Amazing Martika
themartikashow.com

Martika is the international one-woman stunt show! With over a decade of sideshow entertainment industry experience, Martika eats, sleeps, and breathes sideshow entertainment, designing her own stunts as well as teaching classes and workshops. Martika hails for the U.S. and this is her first time at Toronto’s Buskerfest festival.

Kyle Sipkens
incirque.com, luckybarbershow.com

Kyle Sipkens was the first OUT performer in the North American Busker circuit. For 19 years, Kyle’s worked as an award winning professional street performer, actor, circus artist, and entrepreneur teaching classes. This year, Kyle will be performing highly interactive acts with INCIRQUE as well as his solo show Lucky Barber Show at the festival.

Kaile H. Glick 
thespontaneousprosestore.com

Kaile H. Glick “The Spontaneous Prose Store” is loved and known as an immersive on-the-spot poetry generator. They have dispensed custom, spontaneous prose-poetry to innumerable pedestrians and partygoers around the world for years.

Dawn Dreams
dawndreams.ca

Dawn Dreams has been street performing across the world for over a decade as a contact juggler and a human statue. She is a contemporary circus artist specializing in contact juggling, clown and ground level circus arts.

Mike Nagoda
mikenagoda.bandzoogle.com

Born with Cerebral Palsy, Mike Nagoda is a bisexual, queer and disabled blues and roots musician and independent recording artist based in Toronto. As a queer and disabled blues musician, Nagoda writes and performs with strength, pride and compassion.


The 2023 Toronto International Buskerfest will be held at Woodbine Park in Toronto (1695 Queen Street East, at Coxwell Ave and Eastern Ave) from Friday September 1 thru Monday September 4. For more information visit, torontobuskerfest.com.

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