There was something special about the 2010 carnival that ran from August 26th to 29th. All the usual events were in place including the Festival of Fools fundraiser on the 22nd, Opening Ceremonies, the Adult Show, and the Family Vaudeville finale. Yet, there was a unique chemistry to the busker lineup that was fresh and exciting. Michele Schroder, Director of Entertainment for the carnival, had pulled together a group of buskers that would include not one but four fan favourites at the 2013 25th anniversary of the carnival.
2010 also featured a different twist to the advertising and branding of the carnival. In addition, the new website from 2009 was enhanced under the technical guidance of Waterloos own Christopher Lane, Montana Publishing.
To top it off, the weather was absolutely amazing. The 2010 Waterloo Busker Carnival was sizzling from start to finish and busker fans showed their appreciation with some of the highest "hats" (money put into the busker hats for their performance a street performer's income) ever in their personal history.
The electric lineup of 2010 buskers was:
LAccordniste Automatique, Vancouver - mime, accordion
Alakazam, Australia - contortion, comedy, high pole balancing
Becky Hoops, Montreal - hoola hoops extraordinaire, comedy, improv
Dave Cox Dangerous Comedy, New York City - juggling, unicycling, balancing, comedy
Bike Boy, England - bicycle stunts, comedy, juggling
Chalkmaster Dave, Toronto - chalk artistry extraordinaire
Fireguy, Toronto - skateboarding feats, fire eating, juggling
PitterPat, Florida - face painting extraordinaire
Bob at Large, Utah - juggling, unicycle, comedy
The Collector, California - wacky, crazy comedy
Savage Amusements, California - physical comedy, improv
The Real McCoy Show, Vermont - comedy, improv, juggling
Rob Roy Collins, England - escape artist, comedy
Wacky Chad, Massachusetts - comedy, pogo stunts, unicycle
Juggle Bugs, Ottawa - juggling, unicycle, comedy
Street Circus, Winnipeg - acrobatics, contortion, clowning, circus stunts
Toronto Batman, Toronto - batman impersonator
Alakazam was making his 4th appearance at the carnival after appearing in Waterloo in 1999, 2001 and 2005. There was no doubt that the crowds loved him. Chalkmaster Dave wowed everyone with his incredible sidewalk art. It marked his first appearance at the carnival. It wouldnt be his last.
Another first was the appearance of Dan and Kim as Street Circus! Dan had surprised Kim at the 2009 carnival with a proposal of marriage. They would be married in September of 2010 not long after the Waterloo Busker Carnival. Unfortunately, Kim had injured herself so Dan carried on with the act. It was a disappointment for both the couple and busker fans that would be rectified in 2011.
Becky Hoops made a huge impression in her first appearance at the carnival. Her "Barbie and Ken" act and incredible hoola hoop stunts made her an instant favourite. What people on the street didnt realize is that Becky also hosted the special media event where she surprised carnival Chair, Randy Warren, by pulling off his shirt, replacing it with a tie, and calling him her Ken. It was that same charm and personality that endeared Becky to her Waterloo audiences.