The Roberta Bondar Parking Lot was Full of Art This Past Weekend


 The Arts Council of Algoma’s Art in the Park N’ Lot MultiArts Festival, continued this past weekend with the Art in The Parking Lot at Roberta Bondar Park, where people gathered to watch various acts such as singing and busking, as well as to check out local artists, musicians and craft-makers.

Karl has been busking for about two to three years, juggling flaming torches almost the entire time. From Southern Ontario, he told SaultOnline that he and his busker crew have had the opportunity to travel around Ontario – from Sault Ste. Marie to Thunder Bay to Toronto to various other places. He said he and his partner usually perform a duo show, but sometimes he performs alone.

Karl heard about Fringe two years ago from a friend at another BuskerFest and thought it’d be a great opportunity. This year is his second year performing at the festival.

“It’s a big fest and a lot of opportunity at a long duration fest, so there’s a lot of opportunity up here to have a great time,” he said.

He said he chose flaming torches because he enjoys the reaction they get from audiences.

“I just enjoy doing torches, it’s a really good tool – captures the audience, and it’s a lot of fun and everyone likes it,” he explained. “My favourite part (of busking) is that you put smiles on people’s faces and you make everyone happy, and it’s a really fun way to make some extra cash as a student.”

He said, although sometimes the turnout isn’t the best, what really matters is the energy in the crowd that is there, which he finds the Sault brings a lot of.

“I think what matters is the energy of the crowd,” he said. “People are pretty good-spirited up here. Even though the crowds are small, we’ve got some good spirits.”

The Arts Council and Fringe North partnered up to present #UptheArts Festival this year. Mary-Louise Jalbert, communications and public relations coordinator for the Arts Council, has been part of the on-going planning of the Sault’s second Fringe Festival since she was hired in February. She said she thinks events like this are a great way to showcase the talent the Sault has to offer.

“This city is so full of talent – right from the little kids all the way to the seniors – there’s so much talent here for sure,” she said. “I think (this is important) because we are limited here in Sault Ste. Marie for ways for artists to show their work and to get their name out there to the public. It’s a great way every summer to have them be able to participate in an event like this to get their name out there to people.”

The Fringe Festival continues this week from Wednesday to Sunday. For more information and a full itinerary, visit