Buskers take over Kingston, Ontario. for the annual festival – Kingston

The Buskers Rendezvous festival kicked off at the Renaissance Theater on Wednesday night for a special preview.

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the festival celebrates its 32nd year in the limestone city.

Excitement was in the air as a small crowd was able to watch performances by a handful of artists who will be moving to Kingston over the next four days. Juggling and music were just a few of the many talents on display.

Many performers and artists have struggled throughout the pandemic with restrictions hampering performance.

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On Wednesday evening, some of those present said they were chomping at the bit to take to the streets of Kingston this weekend.

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“We’re lucky to even be here because we’ve continued to do this as our job even during the pandemic and it’s amazing, man. We are really lucky to continue making music and performing in places like Kingston,” said musical duo Walker and Wild.

“I’ve wanted to do this festival for a long time but I usually had scheduling conflicts, you know, or just, something’s going on or whatever, so this is my first time here. Really, really excited to do it and I look forward to a full weekend of action-packed shows,” said juggler Kobbler Jay.

So has globetrotting juggler Richard Filby, who arrived last week from the UK.

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“It’s amazing to be back on the road, traveling the world, everything has reopened,” Filby said. “It’s such a relief because so much of an artist’s identity is based on their performance.”

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The excitement the crowd showed was just a sliver of what to expect once the festival officially begins.

With new faces and returning favorites, Kingston residents are in for a treat when the festival officially kicks off on Thursday.

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