Front Row Busking

Fun can be hard work, ask any entertainer–better yet, ask a busker.

At this year’s Busker’s Festival, I gained a front row appreciation for the sweat equity invested by these modern day vaudevillians.

When it comes to catching and holding a crowd, they’re playing with fire.

 

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I had seen this married pair perform before, but enjoyed this close-up so much more.

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The crowd was pumped…

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As is often the case–a call was made for audience participation, and a young girl responded.

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Fortified, our young volunteer made ready for the catch in the hat.

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Alas, not all attempts are successful, though she made an after-the-fact lunge.

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Despite the drop she was a happy camper, and got $20 for her performance.  

Meanwhile the leader of the next act was warming up by massaging the shoulder’s of an audience member .  

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Until the tourist turned the tables.

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These break dancers from the heart of the city, brought a bit of New York to Victoria’s island scene.

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And yes, they asked for audience participants.

Earlier, I had mistakenly responded to their question: “Anyone here from New York?”

“Born in Brooklyn,” I shouted.  

Minutes later, I found myself in front of my own camera, pulled up from my front row seat to “dance”.  Dare I say, I got a bit carried away.

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After I exited, to the high fives of 8, 10 and 12 year olds, the show climaxed with a successful leap over a bevy of new volunteers…

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Eye Sight

I am three and a half months into this most recent Victoria sojourn.

So, some impressions.

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     Due Vigilance

 

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Sky High

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Carrying a Spare

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Homeless Stick

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Heron Klatch

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Bounty

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When’s the Last Time You Saw an Edsel?

(Look it Up)

 

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Triple Play

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Frightfully Fun

Where Art Thou?

Victoria, BC is graced with an abundance of artists.  

 Almost every stroll turns into an art walk.  Here’s what 2014 has displayed for me so far.

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Sometimes it’s in the eye of the beholder, au naturale…

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…or is it?

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Then there is the bounty of the organized art walk, this one down Moss Street.  

Where artists and aficionados reign for a day.

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Art and street life reside.

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Where artists and their art, blend…P1300313

 

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and where even snack time, offers a tasty treat for the eyes.

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If You See it – Celebrate It!

In the midst of a sunny summer, Victoria knows how to celebrate.

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Canada Day was a birthday bash 147 years in the making…

Standing “on guard for thee.”

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The sun set, music filled the great lawn in front of the Legislature…

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venders took last call, as expectations rose for the grand finale.

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A stroll down to the harbor gets you close to the little island…where the big bang awaits.

Then night gives way to light.

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The celebration ended with an image that looked like…creation.

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The next weekend brought out the flash and color of Victoria’s annual Gay Pride Parade.  Quite the scene…

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Tourists wondered what they had walked into.

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Just one more reason to celebrate in the Capital City.

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Scene it Victoria: Three!

June jaunts around Victoria, and the coast of Vancouver Island, served up plenty of eye-catching moments:

Dining Out

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Got kids?  

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Waiting their turn.P1270785

 

I came across this fish story, quite by chance.P1280156

 

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Senior scooter traffic jam…P1270919

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Of course, if it’s Classic Cars you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right Island.P1270034

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Indeed, car nuts do abound!  

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…this is not the end.

More scenes to come…

 

Scene It: Kite Flight Fest

A walk in Victoria, BC will often stop you in your tracks.

Even the eagle, resting atop the world’s 4th highest totem pole, appears transfixed…

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…by the impromptu festivities below.

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Then again, festivals are de rigueur for Victoria in the summer.

This Victoria Day found Chinese Dragons once again, leaving mouth’s agape.

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There were tykes on motor bikes…

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…and a street demo to palpitate a parent’s heart.

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What really lit up the coast of Victoria in late May was the city’s first International Kite Flying Festival.  

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Kiting is a high art form.  

Acclaimed kite designers  from around the US and Canada used the blue sky for their canvas. 

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Kids were, of course, captured by the kites.

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The kiters who journeyed to Victoria put on a show of synchronized kiting.

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 As dusk descended along the coast, and a cruise ship departed for Alaska…

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Kites lit up the night sky.  

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Providing fireworks…without the fire.

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And another Victoria day ends with a splash of color.

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Scene It!

Returning to Victoria after a 6 month stay in suburban Maryland was certainly a breath of fresh air.

There was also a slight sense of “been here, seen this,” unlike our initial landing on Vancouver Island three years ago.  

But then, as before, the beauty hit.  I relaxed into the sublime slide-show of Victoria’s day-to-day:

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Kites dancing above Dallas Beach.

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Herons stepping out.

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While it was lovely to once again view a mini-duck dynasty in the placid ponds of Beacon Hill Park…

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…I got an unexpected jolt from seeing ducks in the soup, in the rolling waves of the Strait.

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Where they had to seek shelter from the storm.

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There are the other unique Island characters that cross your path.  Like this long man on a short bike…with takeout.

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It was, of course, wonderful to see my old friend, Anna’s Hummingbird.  

If you are patient, Anna is likely to reward you with a dance.  Or was it yoga…a sun salutation perhaps?  Whatever it was, this Anna was into the flow.

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Loose, limber, and ready to fly!

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To be continued…

Canadians Confront the Climate Crisis

May 10th was a National Day of Action across Canada, with demonstrations protesting government plans for expanding oil pipelines, tankers and tar sands.  

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In Victoria, BC, the day started with the local chapter of the Raging Grannies coming on stage as an oil slick.

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There were concerned clowns…

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and an endangered bear with a ballad.

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Good reviews from the bear’s best friend.

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BC’s Premier, Christy Clark, is due to make a decision in June on whether to allow the Northern Gateway pipeline to move oil from the Alberta tar sands thru British Columbia’s Pacific Coast.

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With rising concerns about the growing climate crisis—

on this day in May, there was reason enough to cheer.

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