This year's carnival took place for the first time behind Waterloo City Hall and was a huge hit. The re-location was prompted by construction that would soon take place to bring light rail transit to Waterloo Region in 2019.
Here's the 2015 lineup of not 12 but 16 buskers!
It's a bright, new busker experience!
ART$ Fortune, Toronto
Fun fortune telling, comedy Drop in a Loonie, Toonie, or more and see what your future holds. Art$Fortune takes you back to the era of circus sideshows with its "mechanical" fortune teller. You'll leave with a mystical grab bag that includes your fortune inside. It's all in good fun and will surely make you smile.
Living statue, audience participation Starting completely in white, Blanko is surrounded by paints and brushes. This unique living statue waits for budding artists to pick up a brush, dab it in paint, and add their own special artistry. Bit by bit, Blanko will be transformed into a colourful work of art unlike anything you've ever seen before! It's the ultimate in busker fan participation.
CATE GREAT, Boston
Acrobatics, circus stunts, juggling, comedy Blending extraordinary handstand tricks with juggling and comedy, Cate has endeared audiences from Melbourne to Dubai. A native of sunny Florida, she came up to the snowy north to study at Ecole de Cirque de Quebec. Her training in static trapeze, Chinese pole, flying trapeze, slack rope, acrobatics, and trampoline has all added up to one amazing show. Simply "great"!
CHALKMASTER DAVE, Toronto
Chalk - Street Artistry Chalkmaster Dave is a Toronto born artist whose specialty is chalk art. This unique art form has won him numerous awards across Canada and around the world. In addition to his incredible 3D chalk creations, Chalkmaster Dave's artwork also extends to murals and paintings on canvas, walls, and ceilings. He's definitely a favourite of busker fans in the Waterloo Region.
CIRCO LOCO, Ste-Aurie, Quec
Fire, juggling, acrobatics, dance Are you ready for a heady concoction of Tango Argentino, Voleadoras, stilts, theatre, fire swinging, free-standing ladder, whip, extreme juggling, Tribal Belly Dancing, amazing acrobatic stunts, pure passion, and mystery?!! If you're not already exhausted, be sure to see CiRcO LoCo's breathtaking show that's mesmerized audiences around the world for over a decade.
FEETS OF FIRE, Toronto
Acrobatics, circus stunts, juggling, fire World class acrobatics, amazing one-of-a-kind tricks, and a girl on fire are the recipe for an award winning show that thrills audiences of all ages. This daring duo presents the ancient circus art of hand-to-hand with their own quirky twist as they perform a number of tricks and stunts that no one else on the planet performs. When you add some fire to their already unpredictable undulations and risky relationship, you have... Feets of Fire!!!
GROOVY GUY, England
Juggling, rope walking, unicycling, comedy When Penn Jillette of famed illusionists Penn & Teller placed $10 thousand dollars in his hat and crowned him winner of TV show "Street Cred", Groovy Guy was astonished. Once you see his extraordinary juggling tricks and improbable feats of balance on a slack rope, you'll gasp with delight and want more!
KOBBLER JAY, Niagara Falls
Juggling, balancing, comedy Apples zoom through the air with blazing speed as Kobbler Jay performs the fastest and most furious juggling routine you'll ever see. Grimace as he walks barefoot over broken glass while juggling flaming torches. Hold your breath as he juggles knives while balancing on tables atop a teetering tube. It's life on the edge and Kobbler Jay delivers in spades.
JACK WISE, Ireland
Sword swallowing, magic, comedy, ventriloquism From smashing jewellery and making it reappear to turning a busker fan into a human ventriloquist dummy, you're in for a roller coaster ride of magic and mayhem. At the end of it all, watch closely as Jack Wise swallows a 24 inch sword right before your eyes. It's something you won't believe until you see it!
PETER RABBIT, New York City
Bucket drumming extraordinaire From subway stops to music tours to Broadway, Peter Rabbit has been drumming his way into people's hearts since childhood. His infectious rhythms and driving beats will mesmerize you as he turns ordinary buckets into a street performer's drum set. It's a high energy show with incredible drumming dexterity and showmanship.
SEB WHIPITS, Germany
Whip stunts, fire, unicycling, comedy Sebastian "Seb" Whipits is a fictitious German whip performer with a relaxed presence and a pleasant personality. He allegedly grew up in a small German town where he had ample time to perfect his art as the only whip juggler in the world. The show features whip cracking, whip juggling, and an unbelievable duel fire whip finale. Verpassen Sie sie nicht!
STILT GUYS, Windsor
Roving Fun on Stilts This crazy duo has performed at festivals and carnivals throughout North America taking busking to new heights. They will be roving this year's carnival with their unique brand of circus, dance, and street theatre. From giant clowns, to 9 foot Elvis, cowboys, hockey guys, and more, the Stilt Guys will sweep you up into an improvised world of fun and laughter!
THE SECRET CIRCUS SHOW, Classified
Archery, circus stunts, acrobatics, fire, juggling, unicycling Agents Honeymoon and Butterfly are on a top secret mission to save the planet. Using their high energy circus skills, they will dazzle you with their 7-foot, mono-wheeled stealthcycle and the world's first and only bow-and-plunger. It's The Secret Circus Show with diabolo, partner acrobatics, juggling, some top secret comedic subterfuge.
THE HOCKEY CIRCUS SHOW, Toronto
Acrobatics, juggling, comedy, fire It's game time! The Hockey Circus Show is the ultimate hockey tribute show with three periods of family friendly, comedic, hockey circus action all in one "arena" rocking performance. Hockey fans love the theme. Busker fans love the action. Everyone enjoys this all-star show. Game on!
THE REAL MCCOY, Vermont
Juggling, circus stunts, fire, comedy, improv Meet Brent McCoy, an entertainer whose physical comedy has been called hilarious and extraordinary by audiences around the globe. His hard-working character, technical skills, quick-witted improv, and charming persona make this show a must-see. This isn't just a funny guy in a hard hat. This is the Real McCoy.
Living statue Woody Woodman is a spectacular, wooden figure who carves himself from a tree trunk. He looks at everything around him with a natural curiosity about humans and their way of life. He's unlike any living statue you've ever seen before!