Ottawa Busker Festival

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The 17th Ottawa Busker Festival took place in the same street where the Texas Style BBQ was a few weeks ago. Sparks Street was closed and hundreds of people gathered to watch acrobats, jugglers and entertainers.

Oh, and for once, it didn’t rain.

The performers were really good and really engaged the audience, which had quickly gathered in the pedestrian street. Definitely a great place for street photography!

Closed Streets...

Closed Streets...

It's The Buskers Festival!

It's The Buskers Festival!

Beavertails Break

Beavertails Break

...Or Maybe A Hot Dog?

...Or Maybe A Hot Dog?

Caricatures Drawing

Caricatures Drawing

Knives Waiting For Performer

Knives Waiting For Performer

In The Audience

In The Audience

I Loved This Guy's Teeshirt!

I Loved This Guy's Teeshirt!

Juggling With Fire

Juggling With Fire

Getting Ready

Getting Ready

Juggling With Knives

Juggling With Knives

Juggling With Fire

Juggling With Fire

Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy

Want Some?

Want Some?

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16 Comments

  1. Interesting. I didn’t know that busking had its own festival. I always see buskers in cities, although not always. I never saw them in South America, except for Bogota, when there was a guy dressed up in all gold pretending to be a statue. Prague had street musicians near the Castle District, and Vienna had plenty of them too, especially near the St. Stephen’s Cathedral. I never saw any buskers in Budapest nor Copenhagen for that matter. But, if you ask me which city I have been to that have a lot of buskers, then it would be New York City, no questions asked. Just walk around Times Square and there’ll be someone trying to entertain people.

  2. It seems like the weather has been nice in Ottawa 🙂 I really like beaver tail…Do you like it as well? And I also dare that guy to take a plane with his t-shirt on. Hahaha…

  3. Busking is good. It gives ordinary folks to show off their skills.

    Singapore banned busking in the past and has now allowed it. The government understand that this is a way to make the city state more lively.

  4. @Linguist-in-Waiting – You are right, not too many busker in Latin America, except maybe Rio where people built huge sand castles for money. Paris and London has the most I think… never been to NY!

    @Bluefish – The weather was nice for… 24 hours! It’s back to rain and wind now. Geee, what a summer!

    @Khengsiong – You are right, it does make a place more lively. I personally love street performances!

  5. Looks like a fun time! We’ve had a few festivals here but there are lots of people and it’s been hot and I’m not so much in the mood to take photos… 🙂 Great shots and looks like a fun time!

  6. i love buskers. street performers are so interesting to watch, and sometimes they are genuinely talented.
    the best version i ever heard of the song ‘summertime’ was by a saxophone player in a doorway in new orleans.
    having a busker festival is awesome. wish i could have been there!

  7. @expatraveler – Lucky you, I heard the weather was very hot in the West. Well, I guess it may actually be too hot… Okay, sip some cold drinks and refresh!

    @Seraphine – I know, they make a city so lively!

  8. Cotton candy on clothespins are truly a wonderful sight. Lol. The shots you took are wonderful, as usual– the day looked like a lot of fun! 😀

  9. Great pictures, Zhu!!! I believe the Waterloo Buskers festival is coming soon, it’d be interesting to go, take pictures and then try to find the same performers on both posts!

    Also, I have to agree with you, that guy’s shirt… rocks! 🙂

  10. @Lizz – Cotton candies is always a synonym of street festivals or fairs to me. I love it!

    @Seraphine – I love taking risks for faithful readers like you. I’m fearless 😆

    @Celine – Thank you!

    @Gabriel – You definitely have to go. I’m sure your kids will love it!

    @Final_Transit – 😆 That’s cute! Now I’m gonna think of it every time I see cotton candy.

    @aline – It was so funny!

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