Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Viva Pancho Libre

Buskerfest, as it's called, marked its 25th year here in Ottawa on the Civic Holiday weekend. It takes place each year along the Sparks Street pedestrian mall, with some spots giving one views of Parliament Hill a block north. I photographed a lot of the acts over these days, and it was a blast. I'm starting off with a Mexican entertainer who goes by the name Pancho Libre. I caught this acrobat on a couple of occasions at this location over the five days of the festival. In the first case, he was getting things set up and warming up his audience.


On the second occasion, he was perched high on a pole over the street, and shirtless, getting towards the end of his act. It turns out that he won the peoples choice award for this year's Buskerfest.

29 comments:

  1. Streetartists are always fun to watch.

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  2. for whatever reason, my connection is acting up so couldn't see most of the photos. but yay for his efforts and talents.

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  3. He sure is confident in his ability to climb to such a height. Looks like a fun time!

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  4. @Linda: daring indeed!

    @Denise: he obviously has no problem with it.

    @Marianne: they really are a blast.

    @Hilary: it was.

    @Tex: I get that occasionally. Hopefully it clears up for you later.

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  5. Truly amazing! I can understand why he won an award.

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  6. Pancho has my award for being very libre! (Whatever that means). What a great event this is. You folks do have fun in Ottawa!

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  7. Um belo evento muito bem fotografado por você
    Fotos fantásticas
    Um abraço

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  8. love that hat!! i always tell the hubby i want a hat that will cover my shoulders when we got kayaking ... i have the weirdest tan this year. like in stages ... on my arms and legs it is hilarious! ( :

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  9. As in Pancho Libre , there are amazing acts in summer street festivals.

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  10. @Bill: it takes lots of practice.

    @Marleen: he had a good way of engaging the crowd.

    @Lowell: this whole event is a lot of fun- and I still didn't make it to all of the acts.

    @Gracita: thank you!

    @Beth: it's quite a sombrero.

    @Red: there really are, and this one's a popular event here.

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  11. A civilized people value their buskers. In Waikiki they are subject to arrest!

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  12. That standing on the pole thing looks pretty daring.

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  13. Looks like a brave and talented guy. I hope it was worth his while.
    Janis
    GDP

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  14. This must have been a fun event, William !

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  15. That is certainly something you don't see on the streets every day!

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  16. A hard way to make a living but probably fun!

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  17. @Cloudia: I prefer having them entertain.

    @Norma: it is.

    @Sharon: I agree.

    @Janis: I know I put in my tip for him.

    @Karl: it's such a blast, seeing this each year.

    @MB: he is!

    @Halcyon: not most of the time!

    @RedPat: it involves a whole lot of travel.

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  18. Everyone else has all the fun and he has all the risks.

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  19. Looks like fun to watch. I can't imagine doing it!

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  20. Such a great idea, and it must be heaven for photographers.

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  21. Wow. These buskers certainly draw quite a crowd. Looks like the street is blocked for these performers. That guy on the pole is incredible.

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  22. @Revrunner: quite true.

    @Mari: and it's quite a risk.

    @Kay: it was a blast to watch.

    @Stefan: it really is.

    @Gemma: yes, they do draw crowds, the bigger as the act goes along. And the streets are blocked to the south and the north, but traffic manages quite well.

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