Toronto's Subway Accordion Players Are Now Playing Camila Cabello's "Havana"
But their skills have earned them a fine and two summonses
Published May 17, 2018A pair of accordion players took Toronto transit — and the internet — by storm last month with their tasteful arrangement of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's 2017 hit "Despacito." Though the Toronto Transit Commission issued one player a fine only weeks ago, the two have appeared again with a new song — and summonses to appear before a justice of the peace.
Video has surfaced on social media of the two playing through Camila Cabello's Young Thug-assisted smash "Havana," which you can find below. Obviously, the TTC is not too happy about the new tune, with spokesperson Stuart Green reiterating that the two should not be "subjecting our customers to that other musical abomination."
"Not only is it disruptive to the expectation our customers have for a relatively peaceful ride, it can prevent those with sight loss, and who may rely on the audible stop announcements, from navigating the subway system," Green told the Canadian Press today.
Green added that as of today, the pair have been issued a fine of $235 and two summonses compelling them to appear before a justice of the peace for a penalty to be issued.
Should the men continue to play on the trains without a proper TTC busking permit, they will be issued a Part 3 summons, which can lead to increased fines and probation with conditions.
TTC policy permits preapproved musicians to play in specified areas within subway stations. The pair's first summons hearing is June 1, while the second is slated for July 20.