History of the Waterloo Busker Carnival: 1994 - Year 6

The front cover of the 1994 carnival proclaimed "Taking It To The Streets" four days of outdoor fun and entertainment on King Street in Waterloo August 25th to 28th. The amazing artwork on that cover was the first of many by world renowned illustrator, Sue Todd.

This year, the chairpersons were Tracy Johnston-Aldworth and Kim Gilchrist. "The 1994 Carnival is packed with new and expanded venues as well as your all-time favourite events from past years Opening Ceremonies and The Vaudeville Show." In addition to the free turkey BBQ, the Opening Ceremonies was advertised as a "sneak preview" of the next 4 days.

Children were the focus on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons with kiddie midway rides, free balloons and treats, animals, face painting, and more. New that year was the Late Night Show for adults on Saturday from 11pm to 12:30am featuring magic, music, fire, and comedy on Centre Stage.

 

 

For the first time, the Vaudeville Show at the end of day on Sunday was held on the rooftop of the new Waterloo Parking Garage! Tickets were Adults $3.00, Kids 3 and up $1.00, and Kids under 3 free.

The busker lineup included:

Jim the Juggler, Massachusetts - juggling, comedy

The Simple Tones, Toronto - singing quartet

Master Lee, New York City - comedy, martial arts

Morons in Motion, Toronto - clowning, juggling, mime

Will Soto, Florida - juggling, tight rope walking, magic, fire

Hooter Clown, Ottawa - unicycling, juggling, clowning

Just Us, Halifax - juggling, comedy, magic, dance

Tesseract, Vancouver - circus skills, acrobatics, dance

Heart Act To Follow, California - fire walking, fire eating, fire act

Alexis Lee, Georgia - clowning, mime, juggling, escape

Peter Gross, Massachusetts - magic, comedy

Bob Cates, Hamilton - juggling, comedy

Buck Naked, Calgary - improv

Ron Pearson, Edmonton - magic, comedy

Paul Haslem, Fordwich, ON - music, hammered dulcimer

 

 

Other local acts included Steve Holditch of the U of W Juggling Club, Busking Drums featuring Tim Mulligan and Terry Williams, Theatre on the Edge, and singer guitarist, Jack Cooper. Also on hand were harpist Paul Dueck, classic guitarists Dan Rau, Cory Skinner, and Collin Roberts, childrens entertainer Cathy Schneider, sax player Robert Warburton, the Deuce Brothers Street Dancers, magician DJ Caroll, the Butler Academy of Irish Dancing, and the Ole Spanish Dance Troupe.