Festival will return in 2014
© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Chalk artist Chalk Nerris puts the finishing touches on his artwork on the sidewald at Confederation Landing Park in Charlottetown Sunday.
As the first ever buskers festival on P.E.I. wrapped up on Sunday evening, one thing was certain.
The festival will be back again next year.
Organizer Jeremy MacFayden said he was ecstatic with the way the inaugural festival turned out.
“There’s no question it will be back next year. We had amazing turnouts all weekend and it exceeded our expectations.”
Even with a bit of damp weather on Friday and Sunday MacFayden said crowds were still great.
“Sunday with the forecast it definitely kept some people away, Saturday was just
fantastic, and Friday it rained early but just as the first performance started the sky turned blue.”
He said the finales from all of the performers were what stood out as the biggest
highlights from the entire weekend.
“Everybody has a great finale, from juggling five soccer balls at once to jumping through a flaming star on a skateboard to cracking four foot fire whips on a
A busker is someone who entertains people for money in public places by doing
anything from fire skills, musical performances, magic and even fortune telling.
“Everything we’ve heard so far has been positive, they love the family festival aspect
and the fact there is no admission to get into the festival. From what it looked like
people weren’t shy from tipping the buskers properly.”
The buskers couldn’t believe that this was the first year for the festival said
“Just from the crowds and the way it was operated, they all knew it was a first year
festival but they said it blew their expectations out of the water and that came from
about four different buskers at four different times.”
The P.E.I. Buskers Festival started through a friendship made from the Jack Frost
“I hired Cobbler Jay and we made a connection, he kept saying that we needed to do
one. So we partnered up on it and he took the lead on lining up the performers and I
took the lead on making it happen here in Charlottetown.”
The festival was held at Peakes Quay on the Charlottetown waterfront, preparation
has already begun on planning for next year’s event.
“We think it will be around the same time of year, I know 2014 is a big year and we
want to make sure every festival that is happening in 2014 has a fair shot, so if we
have to move by a week we will so what we can,” said MacFayden.
“We’d love to stick with the Labour Day weekend because it’s proven to be good for
He said it wouldn’t happen a week later because everything at Peakes Quay is closed
“They were a big sponsor for us and it was great to have them on board.”