About Canada's Premier Busker Carnival

The Sun Life Financial Waterloo Busker Carnival is a not-for-profit, volunteer operated busker festival in Waterloo, Ontario where families from Waterloo, Kitchener, Guelph, Cambridge, and communities in the Region of Waterloo are treated to street performances by buskers from Canada and around the world. Started in 1989, the carnival is now considered to be one of the premier busker carnivals not just in Canada but around the world. Today, nearly 80 thousand people attend the 4-day event held during the 3rd week in August.

Starting in 1989 as a prelude to the Waterloo Chamber of Commerces 100th anniversary in 1990, the carnival continued to flourish and grow each year. The following links will take you back in time from 1989 right up to present day. Its a wonderful journey through the years. Youll be surprised from time to time when you get treated to some historical tidbits like "What music group performed at the 1990 carnival and went on to be international superstars?"

Follow the carnival from its inception right through to present day in this look back on what has become Canada's Premier Busker Carnival. Enjoy!

History of the Waterloo Busker Carnival

1989 - Year 1

1990 - Year 2

1991 - Year 3

1992 - Year 4

1993 - Year 5

1994 - Year 6

1995 - Year 7

1996 - Year 8

1997 - Year 9

1998 - Year 10

1999 - Year 11

2000 - Year 12

2001 - Year 13

2002 - Year 14

2003 - Year 15

2004 - Year 16

2005 - Year 17

2006 - Year 18

2007 - Year 19

2008 - Year 20

2009 - Year 21

2010 - Year 22

2011 - Year 23

2012 - Year 24

2013 - Year 25

2014 - Year 26

2015 - Year 27

2016 - Year 28