COVID-19 may have forced the cancellation of the Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival so the festival is posting videos of festivals past.
The Street Performers Festival is posting videos on its website with highlights from their event dating back to 1985. It’s a hair-raising trip down memory lane for one performer, Heather D. Swain.
“I’m glad I wear wigs because my hair looks just as good now as it looked then,” laughs Swain.
Swain has been making people laugh at the Edmonton International Street Performers festival for almost 30 years.
Swain is known for her array of comical characters that roam the site, including Miss Information, Dr. Auntie Dote and Poope le Mime in a Box, the world’s first talking mime.
However, her foray into funny was totally unexpected. She is a classically trained actor who accidentally entered the world of street performing after coming from Toronto to Edmonton to act in a play.
Swain stopped by the festival to check it out and was instantly hooked.
By Graham Neil
July 7, 2020