Ac­cor­dion play­ers is­sued fine for break­ing TTC by­laws

Waterloo Region Record - - Local -

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.

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