waterloo was buskers-crazy this weekend!
the fun and games all started thursday eve, but i was working at the store then, and again all day friday, so my earliest opportunity to get in on the action myself was friday eve.
we were blessed with perfect weather this weekend, too, for the outdoor festivities:
i was really keen to see a 7 p.m. show on friday eve: the aerial angels from kalamazoo, michigan. i was a few minutes early, so i checked out the *midway* section of the festival for a bit:
GUESS WHAT. there is no whack-a-mole game this year. what a shame! that was the joy of my evening at last year’s buskers outing!
this year, i really wanted to see more of the cirque du soleil type acts. the aerial angels fit the bill perfectly!
mimi, isabel, and spike put on the quite the show. here are a couple of highlights:
i really give isabel (the performer above and below, here) credit: she could not be that much younger than me, and she more than held her own with the acrobatic moves. plus, she had the most charisma and star-power of the three performers:
wow, i give aerial angels top marks. the girls were funny, entertaining, acrobatic, and just put on a really good show.
from there, i wandered over to the main stage and caught most of ernest the magnifico who hails from redfern, australia.
unfortunately, i arrived after the show started and was at the back so it was a little hard to see and hear.
it amazes me how the performers are able to pick volunteers from the crowd who end up doing a really good job. these guys helping ernest the magnifico were perfect! this show was pretty funny, but the pace was a bit slow. still, a worthwhile performance to see, and i laughed out loud several times.
and that concluded friday evening!
saturday, i had good intentions of getting to buskers by late afternoon. we ended up putting together the ikea couch (photos at another time!) so i arrived later than planned but still caught parts or all of four shows.
first up, circo loco from ste-aurélie, québec. me = confused because the program said the show would start at 6 pm. that’s when i arrived, and i only caught the last 10 minutes! that’s ok, because this duo weren’t really my style.
since that show wrapped early, i accidentally caught most of les vitamens from sainte-brigette-de-laval, québec.
it’s great how this worked out, as this duo’s performance ended up being one of the best shows i saw all weekend!
the buskers program describes les vitamens as “high octane” and that’s the perfect description. very entertaining.
there’s been a staging area in front of the store all weekend, and twice i had caught snippets of a performance i really wanted to see: a duo called street circus from winnipeg, manitoba.
this married couple, dan and kim, were just fantastic: high energy, funny, cute as anything, and they had awesome music to go along with their act. they really played to the audience, and exuded enthusiasm and humour.
so glad i had the opportunity to watch this show, beginning to end. plus, they entertained us for a full hour!
the last show of my night was jason escape from boston, massachusetts. unfortunately, i should have quit after street circus, while on a high note. jason basically had one act – his big escape. he wasn’t all that funny (his ad libs were mildly amusing, at best), so the 45 minute set-up before the grand escape was rather tedious.
i do wonder how he did that…part of the magic of a professional performer!
what a fun weekend! there was better variety in performers this year, and my yen to see acrobatics is satisfied. plus, i laughed a lot! i’d say the buskers festival this year was the best one that i have attended, over the years!
~ i met my cousin heidi, her husband jim, and 12 month old baby on saturday eve! had so much fun chatting, i forgot to take a photo!
favourite type of street performance? acrobatics, magic, slapstick physical comedy…what would you choose to see first? the more acrobatics the better, although i do appreciate a performer with a gift for funny ad libbed banter, too!
tomorrow‘s blog post will be up some time around mid-day! see you then!