Everyone who reads this blog knows I love live music and I’m lucky to live where I can get lots of it. Another thing I love about my community is that I can get local produce almost right through the year. Even when the snow is blowing and we are longing for spring there are tables full of good things to eat at our farmers’ market: apples, honey, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, maple syrup, eggs, potatoes, onions as well as baked goods, sweet and savory.
I brought these two loves together this month when my trio sang at the Elora Farmers’ Market. We saw how the music made people smile when they walked in – some even sang along. And we sang for the vendors, giving them something a little different to accompany their Saturday morning routine.
Markets & musicians – a great combo.
This weekend (September 14-15), Hamilton transformed a long stretch of James Street North into a concert and street party venue. For a day and a half the street was closed to cars to allow thousands of music and art lovers to enjoy Supercrawl. The festival hosted dozens of musical acts on four stages and filled the neighbourhood with drama, dance and visual arts installations and performances. Organized busking stages collected money for Warchild, the charity Supercrawl chose to sponsor at this year’s event.
Highlights for me: Terra Lightfoot, The Born Ruffians, and Owen Pallett.
Also the creative and thought provoking installations here and there throughout the venue.
Part of the street entertainment was “unofficial” busking. One unfortunate result of buskers setting up too close to each other was that their sound competed and it was hard to enjoy either one. I liked this unscheduled and impromptu part of the festival but some better location planning or even a friendly agreement to take turns playing sets would have solved that minor irritation.
The breathtaking Circus Orange
To Supercrawl organizers, volunteers, artists and performers – congratulations for reclaiming some street space (even temporarily) for art and music.
Yet another way to take music into public spaces: Busking! I have no first hand experience to share but here is a great blog post about busking in Lyon, France: http://www.weareallonfire.com/?p=290
Do you have a busking story to tell? Or maybe you have a prime busking spot you’d like to share the location of? If you have a street musician gig coming up post it here.