The 15th anniversary of the Waterloo Busker Carnival promised to have something for the whole family. Chairperson, Jennifer OConnor told everyone to "expect the unexpected, prepare to laugh, be charmed, and amazed."
Festival of Fools kicked the carnival off on Wednesday night at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery followed by Opening Ceremonies the next day featuring a free BBQ and cake sponsored by CHYM-FM, 570 News, and M&M Meat Shops. Buskers filled the street pitches for the next 4 days.
Kidz Day on Friday included such special entertainment as The Silly People, the music of Mike Ford, and Bertoit the Explorer. An indoor vaudeville show was held at Waterloo Stage Theatre for $15 admission. Kidz Day was back on Saturday during the day and at night, it was adult time at the Late Night Adult Show. It all wrapped upon Sunday at 4pm with the Family Vaudeville Show. Every busker performed a mini show and the proceeds went to the carnival to support next years event.
Heres the busker lineup for 2003:
Ash Circle, Halifax - music, dance, fire
Aytahn, Montreal - theatre, comedy, circus
The Leopardman, Scotland - hand balancing, juggling, hoola hoop, clowning
Mark Segal, Scotland - comedy, ladder balancing, juggling
Rob Torres, New York - mime, comedy
Rubber Boy, California - contortion, escape, comedy
Handsome Little Devils, Colorado - juggling, comedy
Jason McPherson, California - balancing, manipulation, comedy
John-Paul McKendry, Australia - battle axes, whips, knives, medieval
Tesseract, Vancouver - acrobatics, theatrics, comedy
Tomko Lamb, Calgary - unique music
Daniel Nimmo,, Australia - rope walking, magician, manipulator, comedy
Zandra Bell, Alberta - comedy
The Silly People, Kitchener - balloon artistry, comedy
Seams Like Magic, Waterloo - balloon artistry, clowning, face painting
Junkyard Symphony, Ottawa - music on everything including the kitchen sink
Master Lee, New York - comedy, martial arts
Kim Potter, New Zealand - comedy, circus
10 years later, Aytahn returns as a busker fan favourite for the 25th anniversary of the carnival in 2013.