TreebotDespite a brief thunderstorm on Saturday afternoon, Kingston’s 21st Buskers Rendezvous went off without a hitch.  The 4-day event attracted droves of cash-spending spectators, who enjoyed a wide array of talent throughout the pedestrian friendly downtown.  I personally made it out on Thursday and Sunday respectively, where I saw the likes of Treebot, Charlie Coper, the Dan Show, Peter Rabbit, Pierre St. Pierre, and the Pogo Dudes.  In previous years, Kingston’s Buskers Rendezvous has featured sidewalk chalk artists, fire juggling unicyclists, and magicians; all of which have similar talents to this year’s pool of performers.  Such repeat performers might make the event stale for some, but for me, there’s nothing more exciting than watching these folks do their thing.

As always, in addition to the “standard” fire juggling unicyclists, a new crop of performers also made their way to the Limestone City this year.  My personal favorites were Peter Rabbit, a New Yock City-based drummer who was accompanied by an amazing break dancer.  At one point in their show, Peter Rabbit took off his shirt, all the while maintaining an unbelievable drum beat.  Additionally, I really enjoyed the musical stylings of Treebot, whose membership is partially based out of Kingston.  I was thoroughly impressed with their drum and looping machines, as well as Treebot’s ability to make a street-side jam sound like so much more.  Needless to say, both of these acts received a bit extra from me in their tip hats, or in Treebot’s case, their hollowed out television helmet.

In case you missed out on this year’s event, be sure to check out Buskers Rendezvous photos on Kingstonist’s Flickr, as well as a few of the performances on our YouTube Channel.  What did you think about the weekend?  Did you brave the crowds, or were you perturbed by a lack parking, or seats in your favorite restaurant.  Drop a few comments in the bucket below, and watch the conversation grow.

Harvey Kirkpatrick

Harvey Kirkpatrick is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. His features curiously explore urban planning, what if scenarios, the local food scene and notable Kingstonians. Loves playing tourist and listening to rap music. Learn more about Harvey...

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