History of the Waterloo Busker Carnival: 2005 - Year 17

The theme for the 17th annual Waterloo Busker Carnival was "setting the streets on fire". So when Chairperson, Randy Warren, noted that "you may just become part of the show", you had to wonder what was in store for busker fans!

In addition to Festival of Fools on Wednesday, August 24th, the red hot carnival ran for four days from August 25th to 28th. From Opening Ceremonies on Thursday to Kidz Day on Saturday and Sunday, the Adult Show on Saturday night, and of course, The Family Vaudeville Show on Sunday at 4pm, this years fire laden lineup of buskers was as unique as it was outstanding:

Alakazam, Australia - contortion, stunts, comedy

All Star Skateboard Circus, Montreal - ticks, flips, fire, juggling

Buckethead, Vancouver - fire, stunts, comedy

Ella Vate, Toronto - stilt walking, violinist

Etienne, Maryland - circus tricks, magic, comedy

Flying Debris, Red Deer/Vancouver - comedy, juggling, improv

PitterPat, Florida - face painting extraordinaire

Heather Swain, Edmonton - mime, comedy

Scott Free, Vancouver - escape, comedy, daredevil tricks

Scott Hammell, Toronto - magic

Spark, Calgary - fire eating, circus tricks

SplashNBoots, Kingston - childrens entertainment, music

Trip Inc, Australia - magic, comedy, hypnosis

Trulee Odd, Hamilton - juggling, unicycling, comedy

Les Walkeyries, Montreal - fire, acrobatics, music, fantasy

Vincent Dube, Quebec - unique juggling, comedy

Alakazam makes his 2nd appearance at the carnival and is truly a fan favourite.
Trulee Odd is truly odd and crazy and nuts. He actually started busking after seeing a busker blowing fire. He was mesmerized and soon mastered fire eating as part of his act.