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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Who to watch for at YouTube FanFest 2016 in Toronto

Toronto YouTube FanFestYouTube FanFest 2016 in Toronto will let you see 17 YouTubers in the flesh at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on August 13. This year's free event will feature lots of Canadian talent as well as Americans, like Kurt Hugo Schneider and Sam Tsui (their Michael Jackson medley is still one of my favourite YouTube videos of all time).

But if you're interested in our locally grown stars, here are some Toronto YouTubers who will take the stage at FanFest 2016.

Lauren Toyota
This former Much Music VJ and After Degrassi host now runs two enormously popular YouTube channels: Lauren Toyota and Hot for Food. Appropriately enough, she'll be hosting this year's FanFest.

Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown aim to make science fun. They ask a range of questions in their predominately animated videos, like what if you only drank soda? Or, should you shave your pubes? Basically, they explain scientific concepts in an approachable way - their videos are pretty easy to binge, so beware.

Humble The Poet
Toronto-based spoken word artist Humble The Poet, or Kanwer Singh, is also an elementary school teacher. He fuses that experience into his creative work and beyond YouTube, he's previously performed around the world, including at Lollalapalooza back in 2012.

Beatboxer KRNFX (or Terry Im) covers pop hits on his YouTube channel, including this recent remix of three Drake songs (One Dance, Work and I'm On One) - clearly he has hometown pride, so see him live in the 6ix on August 13.

LaurDIY (Lauren Riihimaki) may have made the move out to Los Angeles., but she got her start right here in Toronto. This Ryerson grad now helps her subscribers create and complete colourful DIY lifestyle projects.

Lilly Singh (aka IISuperwomanII)
You've probably seen Lilly Singh on billboards or busses around Toronto. That's because she has nearly 9.5 million subscribers on YouTube. These dedicated fans tune in for her unique style of comedy and her array of signature characters.

Who are you excited to see at YouTube FanFest 2016? Let us know in the comments.

by Amy Grief via blogTO

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