The man shut us down today. While busking on Queen like we always do, a few plainclothes officials from the licensing division of the Man walked by and decided to give us a stern talking to. Apparently we accidentally violated a few (well, more than a few) busking by-laws and told us that we could have racked up a total fine of over $25 000. We had like 15 fam out supporting us and creating some buzz, and even though I had a busking license not everyone who was dancing did. Also, apparently the use of speakers is illegal… which makes me wonder how people even dance on the street. What does one dance to? Not frontin’, the guy was pretty nice about everything, and just educated us about the intricate and numerous laws that a busker must understand.
ALSO while I’m on the topic of understanding, YOU must understand that we have a new member of our team, Miss Abi Ferstman of Toronto who will be helping David hold it down here in the T.dot as we go our separate ways in about a week. Soon the team will split up to their respective universities (BUT WE WILL LIVE ON!) and so continue to support us in our three major cities of operation: London, Toronto, and Montreal.
Thanks to everyone who came out today (haha, came) and keep giving us your love (…came). Peace out!
We’ve released a new video! This is a bit different compared to all of our previous videos, but we think you’ll enjoy it just the same. This is a little bit of a teaser showing just how we do things here in Toronto, and it previews what you could see if you come downtown for a little entertainment and shirt buying. Busking on Queen St. West, you’ll only catch us there for another week before university move-in kicks in.
Anyway here’s the video:
The TYA boys learned a tough lesson in marketing today: People would much rather buy shirts from attractive girls than random boys. Yesterday, we sold 2 shirts to complete strangers in 40 minutes with the aid of our, *ahem,* “persuasive” associates Daniela Chang and Angela Li. Today we tried this again, only this time we didn’t have the aid the fairer sex.
We busked for over an hour and no one stopped to look at our shirts.
SERIOUSLY CANADA ARE YOU THAT SEX-ORIENTED?!? We were bustin out our most illin and freshest moves and we could hardly sell to toddlers.
So we’re telling you this for two reasons. The first is that this is a blog and we just talk about crazy things that happen to us. The second is that, if you fancy yourself an attractive girl, please come downtown to Queen and Spadina to help us busk. You hardly even have to do anything, just stand there and look good, sex sells.
I hope you’re all having a better day than we did, peace out
Today the boys of TYA were working hard to get a busking permit so we could perform on the streets to advertise some more. We were having trouble with the application because the only one we could find online said it was last updated in 2006. So we called the Department of Municipal Licensing & Standards to ask about what the correct process was. WHAT ENSUED WAS THE MOST FRUSTRATING PHONE CALL I’VE EVER HAD. I think the woman on the other end was on her last day of work or something and was just trolling or something to get back at the world. Here’s a small list of thing’s she did that made no sense:
– I asked how to get multiple permits, her answer was “why?”
– I asked her what website I should go to if I wanted to apply. She gave me a long URL with backslashes and stuff and I got lost halfway through so I asked “Sorry did you say ‘permit.html?’ ” She sighed, and replied “No. That’s not what I said. You need to listen to me”
– At the end of the conversation I said “Oh okay that makes sense then. Thanks for your help!” She responded with a grunt.
– She breathed REALLY LOUDLY. BY THIS POINT EVERYTHING WAS MAKING ME ANGRY
WHO ARE YOU AND WHY ARE YOU IN CUSTOMER SERVICE I’M GOING TO EAT YOUR CHILDREN
Anyway, despite this minor set back, TYA will soon have its busking permit and you’ll be able to find us on Queen St. busting out cool dance moves and selling shirts (hint hint come buy a shirt haha just kidding but not really at all)
That’s all I have to say today, peace out everyone