Greyed images of circus performers with bright orange and yellow fire in front. Promo image for Adam Bunch's Circus Riot event

The Toronto Circus Riot: A True Tale of Sex, Violence, Corruption and Clowns with Adam Bunch

June 03 at 3:30pm


Adam Bunch brings the history of Toronto and the rest of Canada to life with engaging storytelling, images and humour. In this presentation, Bunch will cover the Toronto Circus Riot:

The strangest riot in Toronto history broke out in the summer of 1855, sparked by a brawl at a King Street brothel. When some rowdy clowns picked a fight with a battle-hardened crew of firefighters, they would quickly learn they’d made a terrible mistake. The circus performers found themselves facing off against Toronto’s powerful Orange Order in a bloody clash that revealed the fault lines that once violently divided our city.

Event Info:
Date & Time: June 3 at 3:30pm ET
Where: Outdoor Tent C on Harbourfront Centre’s West Lawn
*This event will be followed by a book signing

Please note, there was a change of venue and time for this event. It will now take place on the west lawn at Harbourfront Centre at 3:30pm.

This presentation is part of the free, outdoor events at #MotiveTO, taking place on Harbourfront Centre’s west lawn and open to the general public. No tickets or passes are needed to attend.

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