I had a chance to attend a media preview Friday morning hosted by the creative and PR teams behind Bestival Toronto as the site was coming together to see the grounds and here about some of the activities that will be on offer this weekend. The festival has, for logistics reasons, been moved from last year’s location on Toronto Island to Woodbine Park and I’m excited to report that, though on a smaller scale, it has all of the look and feel of its counterpart on the Isle of Wight.
In spite of the fact that the site was still under construction we were able to get a good feel for the look and the flow of the site and it’s definitely one of the easier festival ground layouts I’ve experienced in the GTA. Navigating between the BigTop, the Bollywood Stage and the Main Stage is going to be a breeze even with the estimated 15 thousand daily attendees.
One of the things Bestival has become best known for is all of the activities taking place beyond the music and this year’s Toronto installment will be no different. Saturday will feature the iconic costume parade and with the theme of the year being “Summer of Love” it will no doubt be a colourful affair. Saturday will also find the inflatable church playing host to a real wedding in the afternoon amongst the many non-binding ceremonies it will see throughout the weekend. Lost & Found will be on site hosting a variety of outlandish shenanigans from binocular football to vegetable olympics to snail racing and even more. Attendees can also look forward to sugar skull face painting, a knitting tent and of course plenty of options for staying cool in the summer heat with onsite bars and food vendors.
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