Toronto's "Despacito" Accordion Guy Fined for Playing on Transit

One of two performers was fined for "interfering with the ordinary enjoyment of the transit system"

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Apr 30, 2018

Earlier this month, Toronto public transit commuters found themselves both entertained and irritated by a pair of accordion players who would ride the subway playing Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's 2017 hit "Despacito" to no end. Now, one of the men has been fined by transit officers.

As the National Post points out, two Toronto Transit Commission special constables stopped one of the players on a southbound train from St. Andrews station this morning at about 11:15 a.m. local time.

Transit officers charged the man with "interfering with the ordinary enjoyment of the transit system," TTC spokesman Stuart Green told the paper. Should the accordionist choose to fight the infraction in court, a justice of the peace could lower the set $235 fine.

"We've seen them a couple of times. We have twice issued them warnings," Green told the National Post.

TTC policy permits preapproved musicians to play in specified areas within subway stations.

Those in Toronto will have the opportunity to take in some TTC-sanctioned sounds at Lower Bay Station on May 11 as part of CMW Underground, featuring Fucked Up, Eliluh, E-Saggila and Tyriqueordie.

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