Canada event a busker’s paradise?

July 27th, 2009 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General
Photo courtesy Telegraph Journal

Photo courtesy Telegraph Journal

The Telegraph-Journal published an interesting report about busking performers and how it’s tough to get a crowd, even during a festival devoted to busking.

There were a bevy of performers at the Buskers on the Boardwalk Festival in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. One of them was Jonathan Burns, the star of Burnsy’s Flexible Comedy Show.

Reporter Andrew McGilligan tailed the performer and detailed how a crowd of four grew into about 100:

With the sun not yet shining through, Burns warmed up his tiny audience with some magic tricks as part of Burnsy’s Flexible Comedy Show. The crowd steadily grew as Burns interacted with as many passersby as possible; ending his show some 20 minutes later with approximately 100 people crowded in front of the entrance. “It was weird walking up because no one was around and you never really know how it’s going to go. You just sort of cross your fingers and hope,” he said.


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