How to Avoid Cash and Get Music-Festival Ready With Contactless Payments

June 10, 2016


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Music festival season is here again. And with it comes more than just good tunes. Your festival style is almost as important as the lineup! One of the first events this year is Toronto’s Bestival, a two-day wonderland of music and arts in Woodbine Park on June 11-12. We challenged Hawley Dunbar, writer and cofounder of daily cultural blog Sidewalk Hustle, to complete her pre-music festival shopping without reaching for cash.

Hawley is a frequent festivalgoer and fashion fiend. Her mission: score some great finds and use Apple Pay to pay for them quickly and conveniently.

She hit some of the hottest stores in Toronto. What she found was that it’s easier than ever to avoid paying with cash. With a quick wave or tap of her iPhone or Watch, she was one step closer to the music. 

“Using Apple Pay was a breeze,” said Hawley. “I’m looking forward to more of my favourite stores making payments easier.”

Did you know contactless payments help increase speed, convenience and lead to customers typically spending more? Believe it! Click here for more information.

Scroll down to see what Hawley bought. Challenge complete! 



ARMED | 1024 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON

The perfect accessories can really make or break your festival look. I love how even a simple necklace can make a festival ensemble come together perfectly. I loved shopping at ARMED and paying was painless with Apple. 


I Miss You Vintage | 63 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z2

Vintage clothing is one of the many ways to stand out at a music festival. For Bestival, the I Miss You staff helped me pick out an amazing dress that I can’t wait to wear. Plus checking out was quick and easy using their payment terminal. 


AESOP | 880 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G3

Skincare is such an important part of festival season. After spending hours in the sun, your skin needs some serious reviving. I picked up their new facemask which I’ll apply every day after Bestival so I wake up fresh.


Jonathan + Olivia | 49 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y9

I’m a regular at Jonathan + Olivia, but especially at festival season. They have the best curated selection of designer dresses and shoes in the city. I picked up a pair of cut off jean shorts, which are basically the unofficial uniform for music festival season. I was in and out in just a few moments.



Greenhouse Juice | 2553 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P 2J2

Festival prep includes more than just getting dressed. You have to get your body ready too. I biked over to Greenhouse Juice to pick up a couple bottles of cold pressed juice, tapped my Apple Watch to pay and off I went. For me, the pre-fest cleanse is a must! 


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