History of the Waterloo Busker Carnival: 1997 - Year 9

This year's carnival took place August 21 - 24, 1997 after a period of construction in UpTown Waterloo. At 3:00 pm on Thursday, amateur community performers competed for prizes and a spot on the street. Opening ceremonies and a community bbq kicked on the carnival in the evening.

New for this year, Habit for Humanity Waterloo Region held "Cornfest" on Friday and Saturday evenings from4pm to 9pm 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 with while the Family Vaudeville Show wrapped up on the carnival on Sunday.

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.