History of the Waterloo Busker Carnival: 1997 - Year 9

This year's carnival followed some road construction in UpTown Waterloo so the over 300 stores and services were welcoming the four days of frivolity from August 21st to 24th. As always, the carnival kicked off with the Community BBQ and Opening Ceremonies on Thursday evening. But once again, a Busker Fringe Festival preceded it at 3pm where community amateur performers could compete for prizes and a spot on the street.

New for this year, Habit for Humanity Waterloo Region held "Cornfest" from 4pm to 9pm on Friday and Saturday while the Hunt for Health Group held a "Where is Welldo?" draw on Saturday from Noon to 9pm. Participants were asked to locate the three Welldos, collect 2 stamps from each, and enter the draw for various prizes.

Saturday featured the Late Night Adult Show and of course, Sunday ended the carnival with the Family Vaudeville Show.

Buskers included:

Barto, Boischatel, Quebec - comedy, contortion

Rachelle Elie, Toronto - comedy

Green Fools, Calgary - comedy, dragon puppet, stilt walking

Jeff Hill, Toronto - escape, fire show

Hilby, Ithaca NY - juggling, unicycling, unsupported ladder

Junkyard Symphony, Ottawa - music on everything including the kitchen sink

Klassic Komedy Troupe, Hamilton - comedy, theatre, historic figures

Magic in Motion, Waterloo - mime, comedy, magic, escape, balloons

Master Lee, New York City - comedy, martial arts

Miss Take, Quebec - puppetry, juggling, comedy, magic

Pucara, Montreal - Argentine dance

Lee Ross, Colorado - mime, comedy

Mark Segal, Glasgow, Scotland - comedy

Sheree Vickers, London, England - comedy

Young Raoul, Winnipeg - clowning, comedy



Special Note: For the first time, a Busker Buddy Club was started. It included a newsletter with insider information on carnival gossip and entertainment as well as prizes and discounts on "cool stuff". All this for just $15.