Accordion players issued fine for breaking TTC bylaws
Two accordion players who have entertained and annoyed Toronto subway riders with their performances of the hit song “Despacito” have learned a new tune, but the city’s transit agency says the men are still breaking the law.
The pair, whose subway performances have recently circulated online, had been warned to stop or risk being fined as busking on trains isn’t allowed.
A video posted online this week now shows them playing a different song on the subway.
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) says it understands the men, believed to be brothers, are mixing up their set list.
But spokesperson Stuart Green says that doesn’t make what they’re doing any more acceptable than when they were “subjecting our customers to that other musical abomination.”
As of Thursday, Green says the men have been issued one ticket with a set fine of $235 and two summonses compelling them to appear before a justice of the peace for a penalty.
He says the transit agency realizes the pair have their supporters and critics, but notes the bottom line is that their actions are against TTC bylaws and must stop.