P.E.I.'s first busker festival planned for Labour Day weekend

Deserie Murphy
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Jason Henderson "Kobbler Jay" performs feats with audience member Kate Van Gerven promoting the inaugural P.E.I. busker festival, slated for Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 on the Charlottetown waterfront.

The inaugural P.E.I. Busker Festival Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 is being billed as a free, family-friendly event which will showcase buskers with talents from around the world, some of whom have broken multiple world records.

With late shows at The Guild and performances all day at the Peakes Wharf, the festival will be entertaining audiences day and night.

Jason Henderson, also known as Kobbler Jay, is the festival’s artistic director and can be seen walking over glass barefoot while juggling fire among other amazing feats.

Henderson, originally from Niagara Falls, has performed five times before on P.E.I.  and said he’s always excited to come back.

“The people are always great and the scenery is great,” said Henderson.

He said the idea for holding the event came last year on Canada Day.

Henderson said it is going to be a fantastic event with great performers from across Canada, the United States and even a person from Argentina who has broken five world records.

“People are going to see stuff at this event that you can’t see anywhere else.”

Candace Woodside, an operation manager for the event, said the main location at Peakes Wharf will be the perfect atmosphere.

“It’s going to be perfect for the beautiful scenic value,” said Woodside.

We’ve gotten good vibes from businesses because we’re providing a positive economic impact, said Woodside.

“Preparation has been running smoothly.”

The New Hot 105.5 is the media sponsor for the event, said Woodside.

“The 105.5 demographic matches the demographic for the demographic we want for the festival.”

 Busker festival president Steve Larkin said the level of busking entertainment is world renowned.

“It is a very worthwhile endeavour,” said Larkin

“After Old Home Week, it’s been our experience at the Peake’s Wharf area that tourism starts a bit of a decline. It’s our goal with the P.E.I. Busker Festival to increase the amount of visitors, especially families, to the waterfront on Labour Day Weekend,” Larkin said.

Henderson is no stranger to Prince Edward Island, having performed previously with the Festival of Lights and SummerFest. He says Charlottetown is an ideal location for a busker festival.

“The people on P.E.I. are some of the best in the world and Charlottetown’s setting, combined with its rich history and cultural diversity, makes it the best location for a busker festival in the entire East Coast,’’ said Henderson.

Other performers confirmed include Victor Rubilar (www.victorrubilar.com), Fire Guy (www.fireguy.ca), James Jordan (www.fuzzyhair.net), Trulee Odd (www.truleeoddshow.com), and Dave Cox (www.dangerouscomedy.com).

Organizations: The Guild, Peake

Geographic location: Niagara Falls, Canada, United States Argentina Charlottetown Prince Edward Island East Coast

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  • Cindy
    August 31, 2013 - 11:24

    Can't you guys just be thankful you have so much things to do on the island?? Who cares where they entertain! Driving from Summerside or Montague Or Belfast isn't that far! PEI is very beautiful Island and has a lot to offer and you all should just be thankful!! I've never seen a bunch that is so negative about there Island!! Just enjoy and have fun!!

  • betty j
    August 29, 2013 - 19:11

    For the people who think it should be the charlottetown busker festival....Have you ever heard of the Nova Scotia Tattoo? Same idea,uses the province name but takes place in Halifax. Charlottetown is in PEI so what's the probem?

  • Gary
    May 23, 2013 - 17:38

    Might be a good ideal to invite mike Duffy.put him in one of those. Dunk tanks . Concerned about what the future is like down there now.event,to bring more money spending people in.we will be all working.

  • Jill
    April 19, 2013 - 16:44

    @Kobblers & I agree with Jon Like any festival, the funding will be provided by company sponsorship. It does not cost the tax payers anything. Let's get excited!!! :D I can't wait to go!

  • I agree with Jon
    April 08, 2013 - 13:57

    I agree with Jon. Should be called the Charlottetown Busker Festival unless there will be buskers events all around the island. Also, like Kobblers, how much is the festival costing taxpayers?

  • Kobblers
    April 07, 2013 - 12:51

    How is the festival being funded?

  • jon
    April 07, 2013 - 09:30

    Sounds like the Charlottetown Busker festival not the PEI Busker Festival. I live west of Summerside What does this have to do with me. I'll be working anyways to pay my MLA's salary. Dear MLA's you could at least thank us for your un deserved raise. Pay for your own Cars and gas You can obviously pay for it!!!