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Bestival Toronto | Beyond The Music

The one and only British music festival Bestival makes its inaugural appearance this coming June 12th and 13th at Hanlan’s Point Beach, Toronto Island. This two day event is filled with little touches to make your experience memorable - from bubble blowing brilliance to awesome acrobatics, this is a taste of how Bestival takes you beyond the music.

This is your time to lose yourself amidst a crowd of likeminded individuals and enter the the escapist world of Bestival made up of world attractions including the world-renowned inflatable church, yarn bombing, amazing carnival bands, incredible dancers and acrobats and loads more stuff all waiting to be discovered. So come along for the ride as it doesn't stop there.

Here's the full low down on events beyond the music this weekend:

Fido's Grove of Curiosities
Fido will be on-site with a ‘Grove of Curiosities’; an organic space where you can sit back and take in Bestival. Lounge in their human-sized dog house, tree-forts, hammocks and hanging yurts. Take in the multi-media works of young artists from across-Canada, get yourself professionally body and face painted, grab some Fido festival-going swag and charge your smartphone (for capturing and sharing amazing pics of course!).

As part of the experience, Fido is working with one of the Bestival acts - electronic Canadian DJ trio – Keys n Krates – to make the World’s First Location-Based #MobleMusicVideo. Directed by Vania Heymann, not only does the video feature a different viewing experience wherever you watch it, but it will also be the highly-anticipated premiere of the new Keys N Krates track "Save Me" featuring UK vocalist Katy B.

Like an Instagram feed, the #MobileMusicVideo will be a scrolling content stream of GIFs of the band performing seamlessly incorporated into photos submitted by artists from across the country, photographers, the public, and YOU.

To become part of this ground breaking collaboration, you just need to post a picture on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #MobileMusicVideo for your chance to be featured in the video – the first iteration to be unveiled at Bestival.

At Bestival be sure to tag your photos with #MobileMusicVideo as the video is constantly changing and you can be featured!

Amazing Costume Pop Up Shop
Hosted by Amazing Party & Costume

Since Bestival is a Fancy Dress flavoured festival it goes without saying that an on-site pop up costume shop is an absolute MUST!  In the Bestival tradition of keeping things costume-crazy, Canada’s largest costume and party supply store Amaizng.ca, will be on site to make sure there are many kinds of kooky costumes to choose from for those who forgot to come prepared, ensuring no one has to miss out on any dress up fun.   If there is Christmas in July then the Amazing Pop Up Shop will make sure that at Bestival it’s like Halloween in June!

Bollywood Temple/Dancers
 (as well as elsewhere in the festival)
The Mystical Eclipse Clan

A enchanting troupe of otherworldly, ethereal beings who will most often be holding court at the Bollywood temple - otherwise you can catch them dancing and prancing around the rest of Bestival spreading love, magic and sparkles all over, making endless loco motion & creating dazzling, spellbinding supernovas everywhere they go.

Bubble Battle Flash Mobs
Hosted By Newmindspace

From the creators of International Pillow Fight Day: Join Newmindspace for a magical & exceptionally hyperactive bubble battle.  They will converge, distribute hundreds of bubble guns, and blow millions of bubbles all Bestival long!  Loosely based on the Dr. Seuss classic The Butter Battle Book, choose your side:  Bubble side up or bubble side down - there will be bubble battles all around!

Knitting Tent & Yarn Bombing
Hosted by Knit-O-Matic

During all of Bestival knitting workshops will be run in the knitting tent by Toronto’s sweetest knitting supply shop Knit-O-Matic, where anyone who pops in can learn how to knit and crochet.   Knitted squares will be created for Streetknit, a charity that knits all year round for homeless outreach groups in Toronto - creating blankets, sweaters, socks, scarves and hats to keep people without shelter warm during the harsh Canadian winters.  onated to Streetknit to assemble into clothing and blankets to help those in need.

Visit www.bestival.ca to spark your curiosity and purchase tickets.
Rosalyn Gambhir
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