What Buskers Do Over the Winter

Hello, everyone!

Happy spring holiday of choice! I have emerged from the depths of my hole and am dusting off the ol’ hat and kit in preparation for another season of busking fun.

Many people have asked me: what do buskers do over the winter? While this may befit my other website, I think it’d be a great issue to address in this post today.

So…what *do* buskers do in the winter time, when we are unable to perform on the streets. Many of us opt to go somewhere warm to continue working. Others choose to stay home and take on corporate events. Others, still, seek out other methods of employment or invest in training and building new material for the next year. For myself, it all depends upon a few factors: do I have anything lined up, do I want to line something up, do I want to go somewhere, do I want to stay home and work on the life I’ve neglected while on tour, or do I want to go forth and experience new things? Last year, for example, I spent the entire winter touring through Europe and Africa because I was on a roll, so to speak. This year, however, I opted to stay home and do the domestic thing and the working on new material thing.

Touring can be hectic, especially when traveling across the International Date Line so frequently within the span of 12 months, and I was grateful for some time on the ground in my favourite city in the world. I spend so much time away from my home in Toronto that I discovered a few things about myself as I stayed put over the course of this winter:

1. I had no routine at all in Toronto.
2. I had absolutely no furniture, other than suitcases and roadcases.
3. I didn’t know how to cook at ALL! (okay, I sort of knew how to cook… after all, I am Italian!)
4. I lost a lot of fitness. Fitness I kinda need for work. The irony of this does not escape me.
5. I became creatively drained while on tour.
6. I totally forgot I have a boyfriend!

So, I went about fixing all of that stuff, because, let’s face it: a performer who has no structure at home will have on structure on tour. If you’re a mess in one area of your life, you tend to be a mess in ALL areas of your life.

So, first thing I did was get back to the gym and re-kindled my passion for fitness and proper nutrition. I started weight training again on a serious athletic level which took care of Problems 1 & 4. To maintain proper fitness, one needs routine, after all.  I also took an amazing masterclass workshop with my corporeal mime mentor.  This also took care of Problem 5, because I was around some very talented like-minded individuals and worked on some new pieces with their encouragement and help. I re-developed my creative spark and even introduced an exciting new act in Winnipeg in February! I will be posting a blog update with information about this new act once I receive the promotional proofs from my photographer.

All in all, I had a wonderful winter, even if it was a physical shock to my system to be in a cold, snowy country.. (I’d managed to avoid winter in Canada for two years straight prior to this year…) and I am really happy to have stayed home to focus on fixing and building. I wouldn’t have traded it for all of the exotic gigs in the world. Okay. Maybe if I had a *really* cool gig somewhere warm….

So, there ya have it. My winter in a nut-shell: keeping a low profile and emerging with some new and amazing material for 2011!

Oh…and yes, I learned how to cook. Very well, I might add! This not only solves Problem 3, but also solved Problem 6. After all, cooking for one can get boring and expensive…. 😉
And.. on a final note: I FINALLY received my partial refund from Air Canada from the Heathrow Incident. Special thank-you shout-outs to Monica and Brian from the Eaton Centre Flight Centre for their diligent work in helping me procure my refund after months and months of trying!


  •    Reply

    Thanks for the article.

    I was expecting you to say you performed in snowdrifts, or stood on outdoor vents.

    Travelling is not much of an option for me as me though.

    Sounds fun.


  •    Reply

    Interesting article, I can relate very much (with the exception of leaving Canada).

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